Category Archives: Toddlers

Reading Pen Review: C-Pen 2.0 點讀筆, Listening and Reading Tool for Kids

  Introduction Video: I’ve used a lot of pens and this one I’m quite happy with! There are many functions of this pen: It can record your voice so you can read books to your children without you even being … Continue reading

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We Finally Graduated from 注音 (Zhuyin)

歡迎來加入我們的瘋狂虎爸虎媽團,一起分享教小朋友中文的心得呦! Join our Facebook group to know more about how more moms and dads are teaching their children Chinese! I never knew how many characters my big one knew. After she was born, I went with the flow of what … Continue reading

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Using Heart Attack As a Game to Learn New Chinese Characters 用“心臟病” 的遊戲來認國字

There are many card games that are used in our Facebook group and I decided to use one on a daily basis with my two kiddos. To my surprise, it hasn’t gotten old yet. Many people use the game heart … Continue reading

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Using “Build Up” Method for Flashcards (20 Characters in 20 Minutes) – 如何用識字卡來認國字

Everyone does flashcards differently. I do a “Build Up” method that’s shown on the video and the steps are listed below. I led the example with my four year old in the video: Do a once over. Go over each … 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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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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Get Your Child to Teach You Something Using a Whiteboard!

I’m always thinking of more ways to make learning more dynamic because it helps with memorization and internalization of the material. Luckily, I found my kids to love “teaching” me stuff because it makes them feel empowered with their knowledge. … Continue reading

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Fast Way to Acquire Language? Karaoke for Kids

One of the fastest ways for kids to start learning how to read another language is through singing their favorite songs! I remember when I first started teaching my kids Chinese and English, we always played their favorite songs and … Continue reading

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Brain Game for Kids (and Adults): Think Fun Hoppers

Age: 5+ (or for those who don’t eat toys anymore) You can buy it on amazon: Think Fun Hoppers Game We have had this game for over two years now and it’s one that repeatedly gets taken out because it … Continue reading

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Learning Chinese Characters With Stickers

One of the moms on our Facebook group showed a video of her daughter putting stickers on a Chinese character chart. How “wonderful” is that? Stickers + Kids = WIN. I used to give them stickers for everything. Did you … Continue reading

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There’s No Other Way Around Knowing How to Write Chinese!

My five year old writes Chinese. We’ve started her on 康軒國語課本(一) Kang Xuan First Grade Material this year and their writing worksheets are okay for a five year old but for my three year old who sooooooo eagerly wants to … 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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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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Citiblocs Provides Multi-Age Learning

Most of you who know me figured I never like toys that are one ended or targeted towards only one age group. If I get bored with my kids, I’ll never appear lively. I think the number one reason we’re … Continue reading

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Art + Role Playing = Hidden Learning & Reading

I love art and I love supplies that do more than one thing. One of my favorite coloring supply is the watercolor pencil. Watercolor is usually light in color which is great but what about when you want some punch? … Continue reading

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One Hour Project with Your Kids with Broken Crayons

I found this nice idea to use your old crayons and make them new again. I found this from this site that explains how to do this. The only thing different I did was find cuter molds off Amazon! You can … Continue reading

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Teaching Your Child Geometric Shapes and Math Through These Manipulatives by Learning Resources

By now you probably know I’m not a sit down type of mom who likes to do everything from the books. Whenever I have a “building toy” that’s open ended, I dive for it. When I saw this set, I … Continue reading

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How to Trick Your Children into Practice Writing Letters (Chinese and English)

Children waste paper. Children waste paper. Children waste a lot of paper. There’s also miscellaneous paper they love throwing everywhere. There’s the frequent folded up paper they said it’s a “letter” to someone found under the bed, under the table, … Continue reading

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Create Your Own Puzzle (How to Kill 2 Hours on a Rainy Day With Your Kids)

My children were into a puzzle phase (I’ll do a review of the puzzles we have later) and it turned to a point where it’s not enough to just do the puzzles at home. I always like to spark their … Continue reading

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Using Legos as an Educational Tool with Preschool Children

Everyone loves legos. It keeps the kids occupied and they get to explore their creative side. I had no issues with Legos but found it annoying that they came in these boxes with pre selected parts and how to put … Continue reading

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How My Children Started Reading Chinese and English Before 3 Years Old

Education isn’t hard and it’s not boring. Most moms think you gotta sit them down and torture their kids in order for them to read. I taught my kids how to read way before 3 years old in English and … Continue reading

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You Don’t Always Have Time to Prepare an Art or Craft Session for your Kids, Here’s the Solution!

Using boxed science craft kits to save time preparing a project for your kids to do. Continue reading

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Teaching Your Children to Read Fast with Sticker Labels

This isn’t a new trick. This is actually a very traditional type of teaching. When I first taught my older daughter to read, I used these labels around the house with English words when they were younger. I’m now doing … Continue reading

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Why the Word “No” is Detrimental to the Development of Your Baby

I’ve heard many types of “no’s.” Stern: “No! Stop doing that! You stop it right now you hear?” Softly: “No no dear, that’s not for you sweetie…” Playfully: “No no no no no no no no no” (with a singing … Continue reading

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Infants should NEVER watch TV. Educational videos slows down your child’s brain.

As I’m reading through all these books, one recurring theme is the effect of media on the child’s brain. The more I read, the more agitated I get at these companies making educational videos for babies and saying it’s good … Continue reading

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Do Children Lie?

Most parents want to believe that their children don’t lie and many say that children can’t lie because they don’t know how to yet. However, from reading NurtureShock, I found it amazing that kids “do” lie and parents don’t even … Continue reading

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