Category Archives: Reviews of Books, Toys, Etc.

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

“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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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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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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Doodle the Day Away & Improve Motor Skills While You’re At It!

We love this pen. We love this pen. It’s not some new product but we love it. I forgot about this until I looked at our old photos. You melt plastic from a pen and they stick together to form … Continue reading

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Book Review: 閱讀123 / Reading 123 換換書 Change Change Change!

Age 6+ Visit Us on Facebook for More Information! 換換書  Change Change Change! This is a book recommended by one of our members! It’s about changing body parts, changing names, changing even their own moms! Teaches you what it’s like to … Continue reading

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Book Review: 閱讀123 / Reading 123 小東西系列 Little Things Series

Age: 6+ This is one of the really cute series. It talks about the little things we have in life like cups and spoons, etc. and what their lives and viewpoints are. Whimsical stories about the lives of little things. … Continue reading

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Book Review: 閱讀123 / Reading 123 我家有系列 Our House Has Series

Visit our Facebook Page for more information! Age 6+ This is a really educational series where they embed all sorts of science like knowledge in cute stories and in forms that’s easy to understand. The series consists of a Turtles, … Continue reading

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Book Review: 閱讀123 / Reading 123 – 屁屁超人系列 Fart Superhero Series

Join our Facebook Group for more information! Age: 6+ Yes, I know I’ve mentioned this many times that my kids like all the stuff that’s not high level intellectual material. Anything to do with fart, butt, nose holes, boogers, it’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: 白熊的內褲 (White Bear’s Underwear),叫我第一名 (First Place),小小迷路 (Lost Little Owl),不行 (No!)

This is a collection of 4 books. Links below: 白熊的內褲 (White Bear’s Underwear) Age (0-3) – Super cute book about a bear trying to find his underwear and it’s a guess and look book where you can peep into what the … Continue reading

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Book Review: 漢聲精選 Han Sheng Collection

This 70 book collection is a BEAST. I was super excited to skim through everything and provide a quick overview. My favorite ones are the Human Body collection that I listed below because my kids are into stuff like looking … Continue reading

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Doing Arts with Watercolor Pencils & Book Review: 十二生肖的故事 Story of the 12 Zodiac Animals

I’m working on a project with my little one for her school and it took forever to do only because we wanted it to look pretty. We modeled all the animals after 賴馬’s book: 十二生肖的故事: This book tells the story … Continue reading

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Book Review: 未來領袖 CEO 菁英計劃 : Leaders of Tomorrow Book Set

Age: 5+ independent This is a set of 47 picture books and 47 CDs and one parent manual. There’s one CD for each book. The CDs do not follow the book verbatim but I find it easy to listen to … Continue reading

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Book Review: 字的童話 Fairy Tales of Words

Age: 5+ You can find this set here: 字的童話 I love this set of books. I’ve been reading my girls stories from this set here and there. There’s a lot of material to learn in here. It’s full of most … Continue reading

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Book Review: 王文華的品德故事屋 Developing Good Character Collection

Age: 3 (read to), 5+ 王文華的品德故事屋 1 – Set 1 Good Character Collection 王文華的品德故事屋 2 – Set 2 Good Character Collection This set is not really there for it’s “pictures” but they are picture books. What I love about this set is … Continue reading

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Book Review: 故事摩天輪系列 Ferris Wheel Bridge Book Series

Age: 6-9 (Grade 1-Grade 3) This set of books is really wonderful. Although it doesn’t sort out from easy to hard for you, each box has a variety of easy to harder books. It has a variety of books in … Continue reading

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Book Review: 愛智繪本系列 Love Wisdom Picture Book Collection

Age: 3+, 5 independent This is a series of picture books (I have 44 of them) that teach some love and wisdom in each one. The words are simple and they have CDs with each book of audio reading and … Continue reading

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I Hate Doing Flashcards! Please Spit Them Out Automagically For Me!

Everyone has been saying how useful flashcards are and giving a lot of credit to how “informative” the cards are. I always always always share my resources. I use: http://www.archchinese.com No, I am not a crazy mom (ok, maybe a … Continue reading

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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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“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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