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Ms. Claudia Lee Kimura
This is a place where you will find my memorable lessons as an educator, teachable moments with my children at home, and my journey as a lifelong learner.
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I feel blessed to be able read, speak and write Chinese, Japanese and English, and am able to create a lot of resources to support language learning and English literacy. I hope my blog will be able to support you and your child’s literacy journey in whichever language that you have decided to focus on.
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If you are reading this, chances are you are probably familiar with the 四五快读 series and are looking into whether to begin this with your child at home. Although IContinue reading “My DIY resources for using 四五快读 (Book 1)”
Kei is 3 years and 10 months, and he reached Book 2 just a week ago! This is him reading Lesson 11, which is the first lesson of 第二册. PleaseContinue reading “My DIY resources for using 四五快读 (Book 2)”
If you haven’t read my other post on 四五快读, please click here I taught both my boys Chinese characters, Japanese hiragana and katakana, and the English alphabet using the mnemonicContinue reading “MY DIY resources for using 四五快读 (Book 5)”
Supporting our children in learning 4 languages is no easy task. It doesn’t make it easier that I am so selective in the resources that I use. Either I research for hours just to find one specific item, or I end up creating my own teaching materials from scratch. From the process of searching […]
Many parents have come and talked to me about their chid’s writing, “How can they be a better writer?” Apart from lessons at school, I think the other 50% of the “how” can be and SHOULD be done at home. Just like reading which can be encouraged, writing can be too. Children can only be betterContinue reading “Ways to encourage your toddler to write stories at home”
When I started teaching Kai how to read, I taught him all the letter and sounds simply by using the Starfall app (here). I did not intentionally teach phonics. There were no desks, no papers, and no instructions. But what ‘phonics instruction’ looks like to a 2-3 year old is very different from what youContinue reading “A mother’s takeaways from- “Teach your child to read it in 100 Easy Lesson””
A while ago, I posted something on Instagram regarding purposeful and meaningful writing that I thought I should elaborate on in a blogpost. I wrote: From Age 3 until now, Kai did many kinds of writing that reflected his interests and need. After all, writing is not only the act of making marks on theContinue reading “Guiding your child to write authentically (3-5 years old)”
There are so many different kinds and styles of Advent calendars on the market, from classic ones offering one chocolate a day to calendars that feature Lego figures to keep your child entertained throughout the Christmas holiday. If you don’t believe me, here is a link to some eye-opening Advent calendars in 2020 (here). InsteadContinue reading “Origami Advent calendar (10-day countdown)to promote writing”
I did a lot of Word Family practice with Kai between the age of 4-4.5 years old. Since I don’t use worksheets with him, I incorporated many hands-on activities actives to help Kai recognize that words can be simplified into chunks, and by learning different chunks, he can actually read many words with the sameContinue reading “How I teach Word Families at home”
Long before Kai and Kei were born, my husband and I knew that we play an important role in fostering a love of reading and writing in our children. Teaching literacy also happens be our passion, and we longed to share my passion with my kids. My goal is not to ensure they learn toContinue reading “Teaching my child to read using traditional VS technology-based resources”