Category Archives: Reviews of Books, Toys, Etc.

Reviews on educational toys, educational systems, and other necessities for baby and child.

親子天下: 閲讀123 / Reading 123 Collection

Age: 6+ independent *note the picture above also shows 樂讀456 which is a series for upper elementary so ignore those for now. I’ll review those later. I also have 5 more sets of those that need to fit together with … Continue reading

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Book Review: 還要睡幾個晚上才到聖誕節? How Many Sleeps Till Christmas?

Age: 2+ with parent, 5+ independent http://www.MotherlyNotes.com Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Puchase Link: 還要睡幾個晚上才到聖誕節? – How Many Sleeps Till Christmas This is a story about a little bear who can’t wait til Christmas and wakes … Continue reading

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C-Pen 2.0 百科掛圖 – C-Pen 2.0 Encyclopedic Picture Boards

I received C-Pen’s NEW product recently and have been holding off a review until I’ve played with it a little. Uh WOW. First of all, my daughters flipped through every page with 尖叫聲 because it’s well…. HELLO KITTY Even my … Continue reading

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Book Review: 寫信給耶誕老公公 : My Penpal, Santa

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent http://www.MotherlyNotes.com Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Link: 寫信給耶誕老公公 – My Penpal, Santa  This isn’t a book about adventures of Santa but a book about a little girl who writes … Continue reading

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Book Review: 好忙好忙的耶誕老公公 – The Very Busy Santa

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent http://www.MotherlyNotes.com Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Link: 好忙好忙的耶誕老公公  The Very Busy Santa This is a cute book about what Santa Claus does on a monthly basis. Children can learn the … Continue reading

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Book Review: 爱悦读: 小豆包系列 (简体桥梁书) – Dumpling Series (Simplified Books)

Age: 5+ independent For more information, please visit our facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ First Set: 小豆包一路奇遇记, 小豆包在学校, 小豆包侦探记, 小豆包的好朋友, 小豆包养宠物, Second Set: 小豆包遇见童话书, 小豆包与疯狂的食物, 小豆包与奇怪小家具, 小豆包读字典, 小豆包旋转木马 I wanted to thank Meijie CG from our Motherly Notes Facebook Group  for recommending this … Continue reading

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Book Review: 瑪德琳系列 Madeline Series

Age: 2+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase links: 瑪德琳、瑪德琳的親愛小狗、瑪德琳的耶誕節 – Madeline series of 3 books 瑪德琳+大象巴巴 Madeline and Barbar the Elephant Who doesn’t love Madeline? I don’t think I need to … Continue reading

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C-Pen 2.0 Flash Cards 識字卡

Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ C-Pen is actively making curriculum and teaching aids for kids who are learning Chinese. This is their first take at flashcards and as always, this company is a bit nerdy and … Continue reading

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Book Review: 國語周刊 (基礎版, 小學版), 國語月刊 (成長版), Chinese Weekly Newspaper for Kids (MWM)

Age: Varies depending on level. In this article, ages 4+, 6-8, 9-12 I have been really loving magazines and newspapers lately because when school started, we’re always on the run somewhere and sometimes do not have the concentration to just … Continue reading

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Book Review: 姊弟倆 Big Sister Little Brother

Age: 5+ independent Purchase Link: 姊弟倆 Big Sister Little Brother This book is part of a set of 40 that I purchased. Yesterday my little one took it out and cracked up big time to a point where I find … Continue reading

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Book Review: 魔數小子 – Marilyn Burns Brainy Day Collection – Math Set (25 Books)

Age: 4+ with parent or independent if they know zhuyin, 5+ independent Where to Puchase: 魔數小子 – Marilyn Burns Brainy Day Collection This is a set of math picture books great for smaller kids to an introduction of “concept” of … Continue reading

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Chinese Teaching Systems: 樂樂文化 聽讀套書 Le Le Chinese 300 Books, 1000 Characters (Traditional & Simplified)

Introduction Video This is a set of 300 little books ranging from 8 to 12 pages. There are three levels with 100 books a level. You can do them in any order you wish when you’re within the level and … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小兵快樂讀本系列 90 本 - Little Soldier Happy Reading 90 Books

Age 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ 快樂讀本第一輯  Set 1 快樂讀本第二輯  Set 2 快樂讀本第三輯  Set 3 Needed more practice readers? Here you go! 90 Books, all different authors and illustrators. Great variety. There are roughly 3000 characters in … Continue reading

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Book Review: 神奇樹屋系列 52本 +小百科套書 20本 - Magic Tree House and Fact Tracker Set

Age 6+ Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Links: 神奇樹屋 1-52 :Magic Tree House Set 1-52 神奇樹屋小百科套書(全套20冊) :Magic Tree House Fact Tracker This is a really popular set. It’s used in the states in schools as … Continue reading

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Book Review: 樂讀123 系列 44本 Happy Reading 123 - 44 Books

Age 4+ with parent or independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Link: 樂讀123 系列  – Happy Reading 123 Series This was a set much loved by our Facebook group members! Each book is roughly 3000 characters … Continue reading

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Book Review: 漫畫教科書:數學益智王 套書6本 Smart Math Comics Grades 1-6

Age: 6+ independent, up to 6th grade Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Links: 漫畫教科書:數學益智王 1  漫畫教科書:數學益智王 2  漫畫教科書:數學益智王 3 漫畫教科書:數學益智王 4  漫畫教科書:數學益智王 5  漫畫教科書:數學益智王 6  I was searching for a math set that didn’t involve … Continue reading

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Using a Dictionary: 5000字多元學習國語圖典 – 5000 Character Dictionary

Age: 5+ For more information, please join our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase link: Gloria Bookstore If you are teaching your child Chinese, you’re probably starting to wonder when to start them on using a Chinese dictionary. For me, it’s: when the child … Continue reading

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My Journey in Teaching My Children Chinese (Teaching Children Chinese From Age 0-5)

Note: The above video physically shows you some main points I listed below. I didn’t go over everything in the video but I think it’s the ideas that needed a video. Also, I’m not a professional blogger and this is … Continue reading

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Book Review:刷牙小小兵勇闖蛀牙王國 & 把飯吃光光好棒!Tooth Kingdom Invasion, Finish Your Food!

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Although there isn’t a whole bunch of technical terms, the message is very strong and clear through the crazy pictures. You should brush your teeth. This book is full of cuteness and at the … Continue reading

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Book Review: 宮崎駿系列 Ghibli Series – 20 Books

Age: 4+ with parent, 6+ independent http://www.MotherlyNotes.com Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ ****Limited Time group discount price!!! Please join in our facebook group above to get the link and coupon code!****** Buy links below: 龍貓  崖上的波妞  … Continue reading

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Book Review: 喬治系列 Curious George Collection

Age: 3+ with parent, 6+ independent (with zhuyin) For more information, please visit our facebook group: MotherlyNotes 好奇猴喬治 – Curious George  好奇猴喬治上醫院 Curious George Goes to the Hospital 好奇猴喬治放風箏 – Curious George Flies a Kite  好奇猴喬治得獎牌 – Curious George Gets … Continue reading

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“懂了” 識字卡! (简体 + 繁體)Dongle Flashcards Simplified and Traditional – 2,346 Cards

I’m super excited to introduce this set of flashcards. You can purchase through Taobao or through their own company. Their website has a lot more items you may be interested in purchasing… Dongle 懂了: http://www.idongle.cn/ This is a set of … Continue reading

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Book Review: 湯姆的服裝店,加油! 熊醫生,Tom Dress Maker, Go Bear Doctor!

Age: 2-5 with parent, 5+ independent Where to Buy: 動物村翻翻書 – 扮演遊戲禮物盒(醫生扮演組)- Go Bear Set of 3 books including the one in video 湯姆的服裝店 – Tom Dress Maker The Bear Doctor book is a book that my kids read over … Continue reading

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Book Review: 你一半,我一半 , Split it in Half

Age: 0-3 你一半,我一半 – Split it in Half Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  This is a cute little book that teaches a bit of math but also teaches easy simple language. It teaches you how to split items … Continue reading

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Book Review: Book Review: 可愛(的)貓熊, 小寶寶翻翻書, 爸爸,媽媽,這是我家, Cute Panda, Baby’s Flip Book Set, Daddy, Mommy, Happy Home

Age: 0-3 Where to Purchase: 可愛(的)貓熊 – 風車出版 – sorry, couldn’t find a link in books.com.tw 小寶寶翻翻書 – Baby’s Flip Book Set 爸爸- Daddy 媽媽 – Mommy – same author as Daddy but about mom (not on video) 這是我家 –  … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小小兵有絕招(一套12本+2CD) Little Soldiers’ Smart Tricks (12 Books, 2CD)

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  You can purchase this at Books.com.tw: 小小兵有絕招 -Little Solders’ Smart Tricks This is a really neat set of books. There are 12 books and 2 CDs. … Continue reading

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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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Book Review: 低年級雜誌,幼兒雜誌介紹:未來兒童,康軒Top945,巧連智,小行星,星期八,小小牛頓。Magazine Preview from Kindergarten Level to Lower Elementary in Traditional Chinese

For more information and group discussion on this topic, join our Motherly Notes Facebook Group by clicking on this link.  I wanted to do a piece about the different types of magazines that are out there. I have a couple … Continue reading

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Book Review: 亮亮的成長 30本+6 CD , All About Vicky Set (30 Books + 6 CDs)

Age: 3-6 ######DISCOUNT CODE ##### Now sold on Gloria’s Bookstore: 亮亮的成長 (中文本30本6CD) (已含運)(優惠預購中) Shipment date: August/September 2018, sold until sold out Use the coupon code: motherlynotes Special Pricing: $65 including shipping , $10 rebate if you pick up at her … Continue reading

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How I Taught My Toddlers Math (Ages 2-5)

  Math is something that my husband and I are pretty focused on. My goals were to achieve the following: Before Age 3: Count to 100, know shapes and colors including harder shapes like rhombus, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, isosceles triangle, … Continue reading

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Book Review: 愛挖耳朵的國王 Ear Picking King

Age: 4+ with parent, 6+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  愛挖耳朵的國王 The Ear Picking King This book is part of the Ferris Wheel Collection Book Review: 故事摩天輪系列 Ferris Wheel Bridge Book Series. It belongs in the lower … Continue reading

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Book Review: 啊!睡覺的時候最幸福 Oh! The Joy of Sleeping

Age: 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  Purchase link: 啊!睡覺的時候最幸福  Oh the Joy of Sleeping! Although the book is labeled for lower elementary, I think an avid kindergartner can read this just fine. It has very very … Continue reading

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Book Review: 南瓜弟弟忘東西,南瓜弟弟去遠足 Pumpkin Forgets His Stuff, Pumpkin Goes Hiking

Age: 6+ Independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  南瓜弟弟去遠足  Pumpkin Goes Hiking 南瓜弟弟忘東西  Pumpkin Forgets His Stuff This is a set for lower elementary students to read. It’s very much a first grader type of book. The book I … Continue reading

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Book Review: 冰箱放暑假 Refrigerator Takes a Summer Vacation

Age: 6+ Independent Join our Facebook Group for more information and worksheets on this book! You can buy on 博客來: 冰箱放暑假 Refrigerator Takes a Summer Vacation  This is a book about a refrigerator who decided not to be cold because … Continue reading

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Book Review: 直映认字教材 Picture Guided 1500 Character Learning Set (Simplified,简体)

Age: 2+ Join our Facebook Group to learn more from other crazy parents! This is a very very affordable set and teaches a lot of characters. It has 6 books with 11-13 lessons in there and for each lesson there … 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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Book Review: Magic Math Stories Set 數學故事魔法盒

Age: 2-5 Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  數學故事魔法盒  Magic Math Stories Set This is a cute set of 8 books with CD. Note that the CDs do not follow the book. If you are native, then I think … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小小地球人 Little Earth 36 Book Set

Age: 5-10 Please join our Facebook Group for more information!!! I want to mention that I said this is for age five and up because I feel that children can still benefit from looking at the photos and absorb a … Continue reading

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Book Review: 新小小牛頓 高幼版 + 南門書局寄到美國 unboxing of Nanmen Bookstore Package

Age: 5+ So I finally got my magazines!!!! These are one step harder than 小幼 version of the magazines and they are all science related!!! YES!!! I have a lot that includes stories coupled in with science but these are … Continue reading

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Book Review: 大偵探奈特系列1-6 Nate the Great Detective Series

  Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  大偵探奈特系列 1-3  – Nate the Great Books 1-3 (消失的圖畫 Nate the Great, 夜間任務 Goes Undercover, 遺失的清單 The Lost List) 大偵探奈特系列 4-6  Nate the Great Books 4-6 (恐龍郵票 the Sticky Case, 消失的鑰匙 Missing Key, 雪地奇案 Snowy Trail) This is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: 翻一翻‧懂更多 系列套書 Lift the Flap Usborne Series (Rain, Flowers, Babies)

  Age: 3+ with parent, 4+ independent (if you can read zhuyin) Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  翻一翻‧懂更多 系列套書 Usborne Lift-The-Flap Series in Chinese   (all 3) 天空為什麼會下雨?:翻一翻‧懂更多 Usborne Why Does It Rain?  植物為什麼要開花?:翻一翻 懂更多 Usborne Why Do Flowers … Continue reading

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Book Review: 屁屁偵探讀本 (1-3) Butt Detective Bridge Book Series

Age: 6+ Independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  屁屁偵探讀本 (1-2)  – Butt Detective Books 1-2 黑影竊盜團入侵  – Butt Detective Book 3 This is a set of bridge books for lower elementary grades in Taiwan. It has some harder terms … Continue reading

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Book Review: 屁屁偵探繪本(1-5冊) Butt Detective Picture Book Series (6th one: 屁屁偵探 噗噗!有兩個屁屁偵探?!)

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  屁屁偵探繪本(1-5冊)  – Butt Detective Picture Books 1-5 屁屁偵探 噗噗!有兩個屁屁偵探?!  – 6th book (NEW) – 2 Butt Detectives?   Who doesn’t like butt face? Come on! It’s a butt … Continue reading

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Little Fox Chinese – Reading System For Native AND Non-Native Chinese Learners (Simplified Chinese)

Please join our Facebook Group for more details, information, and recommendations! I rarely rarely rarely recommend web apps, tv programs or online learning… until now. This site was brought to our group’s attention by Vincent B. so I really really … Continue reading

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Reading “Short” Essays with Kids Daily to Develop Confidence, Patience, and Comprehension

I’ve heard it many times before. Bridge books are scary. They’re long. They have less pictures, etc. There’s a constant issue of kids not wanting to read with their parents or do not want to move on to the next … Continue reading

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Book Review: 二十一世紀人格養成繪本系列 – 21st Century Personality Development Series

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent This is a set of 12 books with CDs in each book. It’s goal is to develop a better personality and gives topics on how to make the right choices, how to be happy, … Continue reading

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Book Review: 螢火蟲 美德易開罐 – Firefly Book Set: Morals

Age: 8+ For more information, please visit our Facebook Group. This is a set of bridge books that I think is relevant for second grade and up not because the words are hard (because they’re not) but because of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: 螢火蟲 無奇不有的魔法學校 – Firefly Book Set: Magic School

Age: 7+ independent For more information, please visit our Facebook Group This is a set of bridge books for first graders. It’s a set of 12 books based on funny stories. The stories are all written by well known authors … Continue reading

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Book Review: 巧連智, 小一版裡面內容有什麼呢? , Qiao Hu First Grade Magazines

Age: 7+ I am only reviewing the magazines in this review and didn’t review any of the toys and other workbooks that usually come with the set. I bought a set of these magazines “used” and I am using them … Continue reading

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Book Review: 我和別人不一樣也很棒! It’s Okay to be Different!

Age 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  我和別人不一樣也很棒! It’s Okay to be Different!  This is a book on self imagery. The boy starts by wondering if he had grown antlers, what would he … Continue reading

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Book Review: 花園裡有一隻老虎 There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  花園裡有一隻老虎 There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart  There’s an Amazon English Version: There’s a Tiger in the Garden  This is a book about … Continue reading

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Book Review: 不一樣的卡梅拉 系列 簡體書(Simplified Books – La Petite Poules Series by Christian Jolibois)

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent http://www.MotherlyNotes.com Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  You can buy off Amazon!!! Yay!!! 不一樣的卡梅拉  La Petite Poules Series by Christian Jolibois This set has 12 books and it’s a really cute series! It … Continue reading

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Book Review: 這是蘋果嗎?也許是喔,爺爺的天堂筆記本, 做一個機器人,假裝是我, Apple, Heaven, Robot

Part 1: Part 2: Age: 5+ Independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  這是蘋果嗎?也許是喔  – Is this An Apple? Maybe! 爺爺的天堂筆記本  Grandpa’s Heaven Diary 做一個機器人,假裝是我  – Robot Be Me This has to be one of the favorite authors in the group. … Continue reading

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Book Review: 我的語文小書包 , 我的自然小書包, 我的故事小書包, My Language, Science, Story Backpack Series

Part 1: Part 2: Age: 3 – 5 independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  我的語文小書包 (20本平裝圖畫書+4片CD)  – Language Backpack 我的自然小書包(20本平裝圖畫書+4片CD+2片DVD)  – Science Backpack 我的故事小書包 (20本平裝圖畫書+4片CD)  – Story Backpack Here are three backpack series. Each backpack set has 20 little books … Continue reading

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Book Review: 14隻老鼠系列套書 — 14 Mice (12 books)

  Age: 3+ with parent or independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  14隻老鼠系列套書  14 Mice Book Set I love this set of picture books. The words are simple and I am intrigued every time I flip through it … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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: 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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Book Review: 老鼠郵差來了! , 老鼠郵差去度假 The Mouse Postman is Here!, The Mouse Postman Goes on Vacation

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  老鼠郵差來了!  The Mouse Postman Is Here! 老鼠郵差去度假  The Mouse Postman Goes on Vacation This is an insanely cute set of books and the size of it is huge. … Continue reading

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Book Review: 公主出任務 Princess Black Series

Age: 6+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  公主出任務 – 套書組 (共5冊) – The Princess Black Series 公主出任務 01:怪獸警報  – The Princess Black 公主出任務 02:完美的派對  – The Perfect Princess Party 公主出任務 03:飢餓的萌兔怪  – The Hungry Bunny Horde 公主出任務 04:度假好忙  – Takes a … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小小孩最愛問百科書套書 Larousse Why Book and How Things Work

Age: 3+ with parent This is a book to be read wit parents who can read Chinese without zhuyin or pinyin assistance. The book is beautiful with lots of illustrations and it’s two books that asks “Why” questions and how … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小妖怪系列書 Little Monsters Series

Age: 6+ Independent reading 小妖怪系列套書 Little Monsters series with 4 books: 海洋裡的小妖怪、森林裡的小妖怪、城市裡的小妖怪、校園裡的小妖怪 Ocean, Forest, City, School 鬼怪不想讓你知道的50個祕密  50 Secrets of Monsters I love this set because my kids love it and they can go at it for a long time “without” me. … Continue reading

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The Battle of the First Grade Chinese Textbooks: China vs. Taiwan vs. States

Out of curiosity, I am going to compare textbooks: 康軒 from Taiwan Grade 1 上海世紀 語文 from Shanghai China Curriculum Grade 1 馬立平 Mǎ lì píng States Curriculum Pre Grade, Grade 1 (and Grade 2) There’s a huge difference in … Continue reading

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Book Review: 念故事給我們聽好嗎? Can You Read For Us?

Age: 6+ Independent Join our Facebook Group for more recommendations! This is a first grade book and very sweet. Not very long at 80 pages with almost a 1-1 ratio of words to pictures. The language is very sweet and … Continue reading

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Book Review: 工藤紀子 系列2 工藤紀子 Series 2 小修與沃特, 海盜船 , 冬天是什麼樣子? , 叢林之王

Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  This is the same author as the Little Chicken, Penguin, and Wild Cat Series. These are their comic books and one new book with little bear and one with the life of … Continue reading

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Book Review: 工藤紀子 系列 小雞,野貓軍團,企鵝 Little Chicken, Wild Cats, Penguin Series

Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  Age: 3+ (with parent or independent) Everyone loves the Little Chicken Series. This author is known for being very random! The stories are super cute and it’s told through pictures. Because this … Continue reading

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Book Review: 紅豆綠豆碰 系列 Red Bean Green Bean Series

Age: 5+ independent I’m so excited to find this series of comics with zhuyin! It teaches good behavior and whatever your child has come across at school, it’ll probably have a story that goes with it. It has topics on … Continue reading

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Book Review: 賴馬系列 Author 賴馬 Lai Ma Series

My video got cut off so here’s the second video: Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Age: 3+ with adult, 5+ independent I love this author because his books are full of fun and information and a … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小兵童話精選 Little Soldiers Fairy Tales Series (6 Books)

Age 4+ (with parent) 6+ (independent reading) Please visit our Facebook Group for more information! I’m rating this set to be at a higher age for independent reading because it is a lengthier book than regular picture books and has … Continue reading

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Interviews With Parents Who Have Successfully Taught Their Children Chinese

We frequently get asked the questions of how to teach our children Chinese in the states and there’s a lot of resistance from children here in the states. All sorts of problems come up and every family has a different … Continue reading

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