Chinese: 学前阅读计划 – 拍球
I’ve been struggling to keep up with a routine that I can stick to in coaching my 2 kids on Chinese. English is still our primary spoken language at home and in order to fix the problem in helping my children be more confident and comfortable in speaking in mandarin, we’ve decided to revert to our original habit of speaking mandarin on alternate days (we got complacent when the kids started going to school since beginning of last year; have noticed the reluctance in our kids when using mandarin to converse).
This reading program, 学前阅读计划, by Odonata Publishing makes a good lead-in to guide my children as it’s easy to follow and with very minimal preparation if you purchase the entire reading program that includes, 8-readers, box flash-cards consisting of 100 words, CD ROM game, accompanying story books and the workbooks. However, most of the items (besides the 8-readers pack) are not available readily here, it could be purchased through Odonata Publishing’s website though. Within the box of flash-cards, there is a list of great fun learning card game ideas for the teacher/parent to make word recognition more appealing to the learner. Rote learning need not be mundane and dry if it’s done in a meaningful and fun way.
I have worked out a plan to use these books – one reader at a time on a weekly basis. This set of books will introduce the first 100 words; by the end of 8 weeks, I’d envision that my children would have learned 100 words. To aid my kids in familiarizing and internalizing the words learned, reading practice, writing and card games will be done daily throughout the week. Each revision will be 15mins or less depending on the children’s interest. Drilling is not my cup of tea, what I want to create is a positive learning atmosphere in addition, it’s crucial not to force/push the children beyond what they can handle at this age, lest we build a resentment in learning.
Here are the various materials I’ve used and some printables made available for your use with your child/children.
Combining various resources to enrich the learning experience beyond just word recognition. We will be using “10小时教会孩子1000个常用字” to learn how chinese characters were formed through pictograph. This resource can be purchased from here.
Learning aids I’ve created are Word Formation board, additional word cards, picture cards. These can be laminated for durability purpose. You may download the resources and print for your personal use from here.
Worksheets to enhance the learning with additional word recognition activities and hand writing practice. You may print it from here.
To supplement the learning, I’ve picked out a book containing majority of the words we have just learned in the reader “拍球” so that the kids could learn to identify the words outside of the reader and not form a reliance on memorizing through the reader. You may pull out any books you might have in your home library that consist of the words your child has learned from the Odonata’s readers.
I’ve created a video with all the card game ideas and how you might be able to deliver the lesson. You may view the video here. Do check back again later for updates on lesson 2 and more.
Have fun with your little ones and more importantly, I hope that your chinese home learning will be a great and fruitful time of bonding!
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