Monthly Archives: March 2018

Book Review: 天才認字王套書, 成語書苑 Genius Chinese Character Reading Pen Learning Set , Idioms Set

  Age: 3+ independent or with parent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  【智點】 基礎語文認知套組(含新型點讀筆) 天才認字王套書 Genius Chinese Character Reading Pen Learning Set 【智點】成語書苑點讀學習套書 – Idioms Set There’s a slight correction for the stuff said on video. There are 1200 … Continue reading

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Book Review: 幼幼小百科- 動物,食物,常識,健康 – Children’s Encyclopedia of Why (Animals, Common Food, Knowledge, Health)

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  動物-幼幼小百科 – Animals 食物-幼幼小百科  – Food 常識-幼幼小百科  – Common Knowledge 健康-幼幼小百科  – Health I like this set of books that ask “why” questions. There are 47 questions in each book … Continue reading

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Book Review: 漢字說故事Ⅰ自然篇, 漢字說故事Ⅱ物象篇,漢字說故事Ⅲ人事篇 – Stories Of Chinese Characters Learning Set

Age 2+ with parent, 6+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  漢字說故事Ⅰ自然篇 – Nature 漢字說故事Ⅱ物象篇 – Objects 漢字說故事Ⅲ人事篇 – People I was hesitant to put the topics of each book on there because truthfully, the words are all from differing … Continue reading

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Book Review: 便便大冒險, 遊樂園大冒險, Poop Adventure, Amusement Park Adventure (Science Books)

  Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent (or with parent due to no phonetic assistance) Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  探索人體消化排泄與食物分解循環:便便大冒險 – Poop Adventures 探索人體感官與神經傳導:遊樂園大冒險 – Amusement Park Adventures This is a set of lift the flap books that … Continue reading

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***Chinese Bridge Books Sale (Buy Out of Print Books From Taiwan***

3/26/2018 The following books are for sale. Prices are listed in TWD and will be converted by the exchange rate the day the books are purchased from the seller from our contact in Taiwan. Most of these are lower elementary … Continue reading

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Member Post: How My Child and I Both Learned Chinese (Melissa C.)

Intro: Melissa is one of our creative moms on our Facebook Group Motherly Notes. Her dedication to her children, her dedication to herself, and the crafts they do at home always BLOW MY MIND away!!!! I have forever grateful that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Grace 說恆心 – Grace Said Persistence

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  Grace 說恆心  Grade said Persistence Grace 說專心  Grace said Focus Grace 說耐心  Grace said Patience This is the story about persistence and perseverance. I really love this book and … Continue reading

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Book Review: 阿黛兒與西蒙美國旅遊記 – Adele and Simon in America , 阿黛兒與西蒙東方歷險記 (China), 阿黛兒與西蒙巴黎放學記 (Paris)

Age: 3+ with parent 6+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  阿黛兒與西蒙美國旅遊記  Adele and Simon in America 阿黛兒與西蒙東方歷險記  Adele and Simon in China (no zhuyin) 阿黛兒與西蒙巴黎放學  Adele and Simon in Paris I love love love this set of books. It’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: 公雞的新鄰居 Chicken’s New Neighbor

Age: 2+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  公雞的新鄰居 Chicken’s New Neighbor This is the story of a Chicken who lived next door to an empty house. Then one day, the house looks like a … Continue reading

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Book Review: 請問一下,踩得到底嗎?Excuse Me, Does Your Feet Touch the Bottom?

Age: 2+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  請問一下,踩得到底嗎?  Excuse Me, Does Your Feet Touch the Bottom? This is the story of three animals who forgot their lifesaver in the bus and one even forgot … Continue reading

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Book Review: 挖鼻孔好好玩 It’s Fun Picking Your Nose

Age: 2+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  挖鼻孔好好玩  It’s Fun Picking Your Nose Yes, yet another boogers book. They are popular in this household for their very educational values! This one is about an … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小恐龍,幫大忙 Roo The Roaring Dinosaur

Age 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  小恐龍,幫大忙 Roo The Roaring Dinosaur I love this little dinosaur. The illustrations are just so cute. This is the story about a dinosaur and his lovey. … Continue reading

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Book Review: 阿文的小毯子 Owen

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  阿文的小毯子 Owen  This one is a Caldecott winner and it’s super cute. Everyone know a kid always has his or her lovey and this is the … Continue reading

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Member Post: How Her Daughters Learned to Read Chinese Fluently (Nelli C)

Another inspirational member of our Facebook Group has shared their incredible journey of how their children learned to read fluently in Chinese at an early age. You are welcome to join our group to learn more from our members! 感謝Julie Liu的邀稿。 … Continue reading

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Member Post: How Her Child Read Chinese Fluently Before 5 (by Valen S.)

  Valen did her post in our Facebook Group in Chinese but I will translate it as best as I can here. You can visit our group to get advice from more crazy moms and dads and how they taught … Continue reading

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How to Elevate Reading Comprehension in Chinese (Age 5+) 如何提升閱讀理解能力

My biggest issue in having my girls advance in reading comprehension is … “comprehension.” Ok, that sounds dumb. It’s a pain explaining a phrase every single sentence and you really want to give up sometimes. It’s tedious during reading and … Continue reading

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Member Post: How We Learned Mandarin With Perfect Accent

We have an amazing member in our Facebook Group. They speak Cantonese at home but Jennifer C (an amazing mom) was determined for her children to learn the proper tones for Mandarin. She suggested: Put the phonetic guides next to … Continue reading

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Book Review: 勇敢的贝雅和她的朋友 – Beya and Her Friends (简体书,Simplified)

Age: 8+ Independent Each of these books has over 10,000 characters. However, each page is full color! Lots of characters but very fitting for a second grader in maturity or maybe a tad higher. It’s definitely a book after you … Continue reading

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Book Review: 劳拉的星星 Laura’s Star Series (简体书,Simplified)

Age: 6-9 Years Independent This is set of cute readers from a German author translated and it’s not hard to read after you have your first 500 characters down. It will add more characters to your vocabulary as well. It’ll … Continue reading

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Book Review: 大人不知道的小秘密 Secrets Adults Do Not Know Series (简体书,Simplified)

Age: 5+ independent I’ve finally found an easy reader set in simplified and where the stories are not dead boring. You can read this after you know about 200+ words. Sentence structure is easy and only a few lines on … Continue reading

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Book Review: 外公的大衣 My Grandfather’s Coat

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  外公的大衣  My Grandfather’s Coat This book has a no fail crying spell on me every time I read it so I apologize for the bad read in … Continue reading

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Book Review: 阿摩的聰明藥 Gorilla’s Smart Pill

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  阿摩的聰明藥 Gorilla’s Smart Pill Yet another booger book! This is the story of the Gorilla who secretly ate a booger which he likes to do but the … Continue reading

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Book Review: YES!也算是小超人 Yes, Supergirl!

  Age: 6+ independent This is such an interesting bridge book. They got me right on the first page. It’s another monster’s book. There are monsters at the school and in this city. The cute monster looks cute but then … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小秋與小根 Kon and Aki

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  小秋與小根  Kon and Aki This is the story of a cute her and her stuffed doll. The stuffed doll fox has always been with her even before … Continue reading

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Book Review: 黑貓與花貓,吱吱,喵嗚!Black Cat and Bengal Cat, Squeak Squeak , Meow!

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  黑貓與花貓  Black Cat and Bengal Cat 吱吱  Squeak Squeak 喵嗚  Meow! This is a set of three cat books. This set doesn’t have zhuyin or pinyin. Words are not … Continue reading

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Chinese 注音 Zhuyin Phonetic Magnets Contest!

Let’s have some fun in our Facebook Group! I have uploaded a song we’ve sang growing up (my kids at least) that I’ve made up to help them remember Zhuyin. I am having them sing it (please don’t judge as … Continue reading

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Zoob to the Rescue on a Winter Storm Day

We are snowed in today and the kids are home. This means I have from 6:30am in the morning until about 8:30pm. That’s a long time with the kids at home! I always take out open ended toys when they … Continue reading

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Use This To Practice Reading Characters When You Can’t Find Better Books

 When you cannot find the right books for your kids to read in Chinese without phonetic help, you can try using Post Its! Post It’s has a “Labeling and Cover Up Tape.” It doesn’t harm the book, perfectly removable and … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小熊貝魯和小蟲達達 系列 Little Bear and Little Caterpillar Collection

Age: 4+ with parent , 6+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  小熊貝魯和小小蟲達達全集(五冊)  – Set of 5 Books for Little Bear and Little Caterpillar 外星來的神祕朋友  – Friend from Outer Space (6th book) This is an extremely cute set. I … Continue reading

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Book Review: 公主怎麼挖鼻屎? How Do Princesses Pick Their Nose?

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  公主怎麼挖鼻屎?  How Do Princesses Pick Their Nose? This is a story about animals debating about how princesses pick their nose. Some said she eats them, some say … Continue reading

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Book Review: 鼻屎大冒險 Adventures of Booger 鼻屎大冒險2:鼻屎總動員 Adventures of Booger 2

Age 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  鼻屎大冒險 Adventures of Boogers 鼻屎大冒險2:鼻屎總動員 This is the story about a booger who has never left the nostril until one day, he met with the booger from … Continue reading

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Book Review: 子兒吐吐 (中英雙語書+CD) Spit Out The Seeds!

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  子兒吐吐 (中英雙語書+CD) Spit Out The Seeds!  This is a very creative book. It’s about a big faced pig who loved to eat and one day, he … Continue reading

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Book Review: 永遠愛你 Love You Forever

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  永遠愛你 Love You Forever I had waited a while before I was brave enough to read and recommend this book. We’ve had this book for years and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Guji Guji

Age 3+ with parent, 6+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  Guji Guji This book does not have phonetic guide (zhuyin) and will need a parent to read with the child unless if the child knows how … Continue reading

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Book Review: 阿迪和朱莉 Lion and the Rabbit

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  阿迪和朱莉  This is an extremely cute book on a little lion and little rabbit. The little lion was taught to catch rabbits for food and taught … Continue reading

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Using Little Flashcards For Games and Phrases

  Here I printed the most frequently used 500 words on cardstock paper and then used a paper slicer and cut them up into little cube cards (not all perfect cubes but that’s okay because I wanted to do it … Continue reading

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Book Review: 植物大戰殭屍:成語漫畫 系列 Plants Vs. Zombies Idioms Comics Series

Age 7+ Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  植物大戰殭屍:成語漫畫1  Plants vs. Zombies Idioms Comics 1 植物大戰殭屍:成語漫畫2  Plants vs. Zombies Idioms Comics 2 植物大戰殭屍:成語漫畫3  Plants vs. Zombies Idioms Comics 3 植物大戰殭屍:成語漫畫4  Plants vs. Zombies Idioms Comics 4 植物大戰殭屍:成語漫畫5  Plants vs. Zombies Idioms Comics 5 … Continue reading

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Using Reusable Sheets to Learn Chinese Phonetics ㄅㄆㄇ

Many friends have asked me when to start writing or learning the phonetic system in Chinese and in my article My Journey in Teaching My Children Chinese, I mentioned that I always started them early. Toddlers have very less refined motor … Continue reading

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