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 finishedContinue reading “Maximizing 洪恩识字 to learn Chinese (7 tips and printables)”

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 stashContinue reading “10 ways to use sticky notes to support literacy at home”

“Raining hearts” and making fortune cookies- Valentines Day books and activities

This year’s Chinese New Year falls on Valentine’s Day, and so it’s extra busy trying to keep up with Chinese New Year AND Valentine’s Day activities for the family and for the little kids. This will be quick post on my favourite Valentine’s Day books. As a teacher, I have always had access to allContinue reading ““Raining hearts” and making fortune cookies- Valentines Day books and activities”

How I teach Word Families at home

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”