Wednesday, June 8, 2011

How we learn Mandarin

I've come to realise that the best way to teach a child any topic is simply by reading. And that's exactly how we learn mandarin- we read lots of Mandarin books!

Earlier this year, as i've shared, i bought a set of chinese books and we've been reading at least 5 books each night. Im happy to declare that our efforts have paid off! Sonshine boy can read Mandarin! No need to send him to any Mandarin enrichment classes! WOOT!

These are some of the books we've been reading. If im not wrong its by Orchard series- i think its not sold in the retail shop. Its sold only to schools.

These are books recommended by N's school. Each term they'd read 2 books and the kids will bring them home (obviously, since i paid for it!). Usually, i'd not be too quick to read the books to N, instead i'd ask him to read to me. I wanted to see if he was paying attention in class. So far, he's been proving to me that he has! He's had no issues reading the entire book.

In addition, i used this book as a guideline to teach N some Mandarin words. The theme of this book is 'Opposites'. Thanks to this book, Sonshine boy has mastered a number of mandarin words! We're almost through with this book and will be moving on to another.


  1. I can't agree more! Reading is the best way to learn language and inculcate values/morals to the kids. Personally, I love using music & movement too. Though my daughter still can't read, but she enjoys listening to chinese songs especially during her free-play time. =)) Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yeah, I just continue his Chinese education by reading.

  3. Yeah, I start getting some mandarin book for my girl too, feel sorry for her tht she can't really speak and understand mandarin!>_<

  4. what is the name of the series? and where do you buy these books?


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