Reading / Writing activities for Chinese

Maomi Stars- 6 features that make the app a game-changer for Cantonese learning

Introduction Language options (Simplified/Traditional, Cantonese/Mandarin!)Theme-based characters Speaking component Mini-games/ interactive elements to consolidate learning Real children’s voices Curriculum that will continue to expand Conclusion Introduction I often get asked why, being Cantonese myself, I do not teach my children to read and write Cantonese in Traditional Chinese? There are just many more resources in Singapore…

Maximizing 洪恩识字 to learn Chinese (7 tips and printables)

**iHuman has kindly reached out and offered a discounted bundle for my followers (here) on the apps and add-ons: 识字永久+识字子集永久+成语永久+拼音永久 Technology can be useful to support learning so I am not entirely opposed to apps as long as children use technology with the right intentions. I started looking into Chinese learning apps after Kai finished…

What we need to know about children’s stages of writing development

Many parents ask me: When does a child start writing?  It is difficult to answer this question since writing could be anything from “meaningful scribbles,” “letter formation” to “spelling accurately.”  Children as young as 2 years old begin making marks on paper to show their thoughts and ideas.  Children go through stages of writing development when…

Supporting sentence-writing using predictable books- Odonata series

What are predictable books? Predictable books , also known as patterned books, are stories with a predictable pattern. These books contain repeating words, phrases or sentences throughout the story. Predictable books are written so that children can easily guess what comes next. BILINGUISTICS (here) has a detailed post introducing the different types of predictable books…

10 ways to use sticky notes to support literacy at home

I use a lot of sticky-notes in the classroom! I use them for assessments, I use them for Reading Groups, and I use them during Writer’s Workshops. It’s no surprise that I’ve found ways to incorporate them at home when working with Kai and Kei. I use them so much that I keep a stash…

Mommy’s Game Plan for Spring: 5-senses Goldfish Journal (Part 3)

Lahlahbanana recently introduced me to this amazing Chinese-learning platform Lingobuddies (here). After browsing the website as a premium member, the first thing I downloaded was a Goldfish Journal Template and a 5-Senses dice. As some of you may recall, I have…

Ms. Claudia’s 10 Mandarin-pop songs for kids

My Mandarin journey began when I was 15 years old. I could read and write Chinese but never spoke Mandarin until then! I learned Mandarin pretty much entirely by listening to Mandarin songs and singing karaoke. In fact, learning songs in…

B-I-N-G-O for Reading!

During the school year, I always try to encourage students to read daily in an enjoyable way. Right before a long holiday, I usually introduce something fun to keep the reading going! Book reports, reading response worksheets are NOT my style…

Using 5-senses to encourage your child to write descriptively

Many parents ask, “Ms. Claudia, I want my son to write about his birthday party but he has nothing to write about!” Some other issues among parents who are trying to encourage their child to write descriptively at home include: If…

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