Monthly Archives: January 2018

Book Review: 笨狼的故事 (簡體,简体书): Silly Wolf Series – Simplified

Age: 5+ Independent , Grades 1-3 (Lower Elementary) This is a simplified bridge book set of 10 books. This is a very easy read, cute pictures and the stories are very cute. I’ve only read through the first story but … Continue reading

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Book Review: 奇奇系列 – Ricky Rabbit Book Series by Guido van Genechten

Age: 3+ assisted, 5+ independent This is the collection by Guido van Genechten. It’s a series of cute books that was translated. I found five and I’m not sure if there are more. I showed the five books in the … Continue reading

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Book Review: 紅色小電車系列 Little Red Electric Train Series

Age: 3+ assisted This series is really simple and uber cute!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, I’ll admit, I bought it because I loved the pictures when I saw it. Was it too easy to read for my 5 year old? Probably but I … Continue reading

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Book Review: 寶寶第一套科學繪本 Baby’s First Science Picture Books

Age: 3+ assisted, 5+ independent reading This is a simple set of science books that teaches kids about why you fart, where water goes after you flush, where do babies come from, etc. You can buy them as a set … Continue reading

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Book Review: 四五快读: 4,5 Quick Read (简体书, Simplified)

I have no clue how to translate that so it didn’t sound stupid. Whether it was quick reading, quickly read, read quickly, … it was driving me crazy so here it is. 4,5, Quick Read. We got this set because … Continue reading

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Why Using Textbooks To Teach Chinese May Not Be the Most Efficient Way To Teach Reading

Chinese textbooks bore me to death and they will surely bore my kids to death. Do we do it? Yes, for the worksheets. Do we read it? Not really. We jump straight to worksheets to practice some writing. Plus, their … Continue reading

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“Glow in the Dark”, “Bouncy”, “Balls” … Enough Said

Alex Toys Craft Glow in the Dark Bouncy Ball Bonanza We buy science kits to kill time during weekends. We tell ourselves we’re at least educating the kids while they play during the weekend and let’s face it: projects take … Continue reading

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Bellz Game – Time Killer, Strategy Developer, and Motor Skills for Kids

I love games that are educational and I love games that seem dumb and fun with hidden educational qualities inside. This is one of them. The strategy of this game is whoever gets 10 bells through the magic magnet wand … Continue reading

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Book Review: 莉莉尋貓記+小偵探莉莉 LILY CHERCHE SON CHAT &Lily mène l’enquête

Join me on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ 莉莉尋貓記+小偵探莉莉(2書一套) LILY CHERCHE SON CHAT &Lily mène l’enquête Age: 3+ Adapted from a French book, this is a cute picture book that’s full of beautiful pictures! It’s a search and find book. … Continue reading

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Book Review: 幼童創意橋樑系列 Creative Kinder Bridge Books Collection

Join my Facebook group for more information and free materials: https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ I want to start by saying how much I love this set for educational purposes in teaching Chinese. It has the right amount of words for my 3 almost … Continue reading

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Book Review: 水果奶奶好故事 Grandma Fruit’s Stories Collection

Join me on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ 水果奶奶好故事1:什麼時候可以吃冰淇淋? 水果奶奶好故事2:奶奶不會收玩具 水果奶奶好故事3:琳琳的生氣帽 水果奶奶好故事4:淇淇會讀詩 Age: 3 with parent, 5+ by themselves The pictures are not cute at all. I actually find them repulsive. LOL! I love beautiful things and I love art … Continue reading

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Where to Buy Books in the States? How to Navigate 博客來 (Books.com.tw)?

There are always questions on how to buy from Taiwan easily and have it shipped to the USA. I have to be honest, it’s EASY, SUPER EASY. So easy that it is dangerous!!! It is the reason why my library … Continue reading

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Book Review: 世界經典橋樑書系列 World Classics Bridge Sets 1, 2, 3

Where to buy them: 世界經典橋梁書:低中年級(小學生閱讀小火車)  – Lower Grades (K-2nd) 世界經典橋梁書:中高年級(小學生閱讀小火車)  – Middle Elementary (2nd-4th) 世界經典橋梁書:高年級(小學生閱讀小火車) – Upper Elementary (4th-6th) Here are 3 sets of “bridge books.” When most people think of bridge books they get scared and think it’s usually too … Continue reading

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Book Review: 短耳兔系列 – Short Eared Rabbit

Suitable Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ by themselves This series is composed of 3 books, all hardcover. Each story again gives a lesson. 短耳兔系列 – 全3冊 – Entire Series and Collection (link shows where to buy) By Individual Titles and where … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小蠶豆系列 – Fava Bean Collection

Age: 3-5 with parents, 5+ read by themselves This set contains 5 books. You can find them in the following links: 小蠶豆和好長好長的豆子– Fava and the Long Bean  小蠶豆的床 – Fava’s Bed 小蠶豆的一天 – Fava’s Day 小蠶豆的新床 – Fava’s New Bed 小蠶豆與小(魚將)魚 – Fava and … Continue reading

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Book Review: 好多好吃的米飯 (Yummy Rice),好多好吃的草莓 (Yummy Strawberries),好多好吃的雞蛋 (Yummy Eggs),好多好吃的馬鈴薯 (Yummy Potatoes)

Books can be purchased through this link: 好多好吃的米飯 (Yummy Rice),好多好吃的草莓 (Yummy Strawberries),好多好吃的雞蛋 (Yummy Eggs),好多好吃的馬鈴薯 (Yummy Potatoes) Recommended Age: 2-5 This is a really cute set of books we have right now and it deals with food, how you cook it, … Continue reading

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Using Sage Books As a Native Chinese Speaking Family

As I’m looking on the Facebook groups and other forums. The number one issue families have is that the kids don’t want to read the books. Some run away at the first word. Some just cannot make it through. Some … Continue reading

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