• 故事聊一聊 – 林世仁老師的秘密 + 故事時間!

    故事聊一聊 – 林世仁老師的秘密 + 故事時間!

    Books in the Video are not limited to: All our sessions are broadcasted in our Facebook Group FIRST and presented LIVE in group. Don’t forget to JOIN! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes

  • 故事聊一聊: 王文華老師來說故事!

    故事聊一聊: 王文華老師來說故事!

    We were able to invite the famous author 王文華 to come tell stories to our kids here in the United States! Whoo hoo! He’s written hundreds and thousands of stories, haha. Enjoy the video! We were so lucky to have had him come here and grace us with his recommendations. I couldn’t be thankful enough! […]

  • Book Review: 樂讀456+ (無注音):晴空小侍郎套書, 檸檬水戰爭系列,說謊的阿大,12月的暑假,半個老大,看不見的敵人,我是好人,我是怪胎,蛋糕學校,超級乖寶寶

    Book Review: 樂讀456+ (無注音):晴空小侍郎套書, 檸檬水戰爭系列,說謊的阿大,12月的暑假,半個老大,看不見的敵人,我是好人,我是怪胎,蛋糕學校,超級乖寶寶

      Age: 9+ independent if can read without Zhuyin I wanted to bring out that the 456 Collection has many variations of levels. They have the beginner levels, intermediate and now I will introduce the advanced with no Zhuyin (phonetic help). There’s a large collection of these but I’m bringing out a few to show […]

  • Book Review: 奇先生妙小姐典藏版 Mr. Men Little Miss Collector’s Edition Set

    Book Review: 奇先生妙小姐典藏版 Mr. Men Little Miss Collector’s Edition Set

    Age: 6+ with parent or independent with Zhuyin. Purchase link: https://glorias-bookstore.com/products/mr-men-little-miss This set is so darling. Just the illustrations should give it away that it’s a CLASSIC translated from Roger Hargreaves. My original set looked like the little books in the images below but they recently made a collectors edition of super large sized, gold […]

  • Book Review: 12歲之前一定要學的生活大小事 Things you should know about life before you’re 12!

    Book Review: 12歲之前一定要學的生活大小事 Things you should know about life before you’re 12!

    Age: 9+ with parent or independent Purchase Link: 12歲之前一定要學的生活大小事 I love books that teach my kids on how to be a good person… because… what’s the point of life if you don’t know how to get along with others? You’ll have no friends and be very unsuccessful in life. This set of books is very […]

  • Book Review: 汪喵偵探系列

    Book Review: 汪喵偵探系列

    Age: 6+ independent if they know Zhuyin Purchase link: 汪喵偵探 This is a cute set of books and it really mimics our beloved 屁屁偵探系列 because they’re detective stories, gives out puzzles and mazes and little exercises. I didn’t personally do a video because my little one wanted to read the first part for our little […]

  • Book Review: 神奇酷數學 1-8 Murderous Maths

    Book Review: 神奇酷數學 1-8 Murderous Maths

    Age 7+ if advanced, age 9 by self if advanced in math as well as Chinese Books links: Box set 1-4 神奇酷數學 1-4 Box set 5-8 神奇酷數學 5-8 This set of books is the translated version of Murderous Math series. This set has no zhuyin to assist and the math is set for middle to […]

  • Book Review: 妖怪出租 1-4 Rent A Monster

    Book Review: 妖怪出租 1-4 Rent A Monster

    Age:6+ Purchase link: 妖怪出租 套書 1-4 This is a set by the same author as 神奇柑仔店 series. The stories are very fun and finished by my kids in record time. We love lighthearted reading. My kids alternate between these fun books as well as the heavier books for balance. Maturity wise, if your kid isn’t […]

  • Magazine Review: 新小牛頓 Newtonkids!

    Magazine Review: 新小牛頓 Newtonkids!

    Age: 5-7 with parent, 7+ independent This is a neat set of science magazines fit for first to third grade level in Chinese. 99% of the magazine has zhuyin but there are a couple lines in their comics section that don’t but it won’t deter your budding reader from reading this because it’s FULL of […]

  • Book Review: 樂讀456 系列 : 神奇柑仔店 1-8

    Book Review: 樂讀456 系列 : 神奇柑仔店 1-8

    Age: 8+ Purchase Link: 神奇柑仔店 1-4 神奇柑仔店 5-8 This is a very whimsical set for grades three and above in reading level in Chinese. It’s about a mysterious candy/snack shop opened by a supposedly old grandma who doesn’t have wrinkles. Her candies have magical powers and sometimes can give you magical powers. This candy shop […]

  • Book Review: 故事奇想樹 系列 Whimsical Trees Set

    Book Review: 故事奇想樹 系列 Whimsical Trees Set

    # Title Collection 325 不偷懶小學1: 不摸魚老師 不偷懶小學 328 不偷懶小學2: 不可能奇蹟 不偷懶小學 334 不偷懶小學3: 不好找寶藏 不偷懶小學 349 不偷懶小學4: 忍不住大師 不偷懶小學 308 再來仙島小學 仙島小學 331 仙島小學1: 桃花源大考驗 仙島小學 345 好品格童話1: 壞脾氣的星星 品格故事 346 好品格童話2: 孔雀先生的祕密 品格故事 347 好品格童話3: 偷影子的小精靈 品格故事 348 好品格童話4: 狐狸奶奶的魔法餅乾 品格故事 355 好品格童話5: 小威愛哭哭 品格故事 356 好品格童話6: 蝴蝶女王與糞金龜 品格故事 357 好品格童話7:小鱷魚別開門 品格故事 358 好品格童話8:大野狼咕嚕咕嚕 […]

  • Magazine Review: 泛亞 地球公民 365 兒童版 The Earth Kid

    Magazine Review: 泛亞 地球公民 365 兒童版 The Earth Kid

    Ages: 6+ independent Please join our Facebook Group for more information: http://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes I love love love this set of magazines! It reads everything! It’s just as great as the other encyclopedia from the same company! See them in my previous posts: Book Review: 小小地球人 Little Earth 36 Book Set Book Review: 小小地球人 Little Earth 37-60 Book Set […]

  • Book Review: 小兵故事百匯 72本, 3套 (Little Soldier Stories Parfait 72 Books, 3 Sets)

    Book Review: 小兵故事百匯 72本, 3套 (Little Soldier Stories Parfait 72 Books, 3 Sets)

    Age: 6+ with parent, 7+ by self Purchase Links: 故事百匯 第一輯 故事百匯 第二輯 故事百匯 第三輯 I only say you should read with a parent if your six year old isn’t mature enough to understand some content but I find a very mature six year old would love to hear these stories. I have an almost […]

  • Book Review: 怪傑佐羅力系列 (55 本)  Zorori Series (55 Books)

    Book Review: 怪傑佐羅力系列 (55 本) Zorori Series (55 Books)

    Purchase Link: 怪傑佐羅力 1-40 怪傑佐羅力 41-45 怪傑佐羅力 46-50 怪傑佐羅力 51-55 Age: 5+ with parent, 7+ independent This set of books was first published in the 1980’s and now has grown to a whopping 55 books. The style in there is a mixture of bridge, comics, and picture book format. Words are easy to read, not […]

  • Book Review: 三采 西方經典童話 20 本 Suncolor Western Classics

    Book Review: 三采 西方經典童話 20 本 Suncolor Western Classics

    Age 8+ Purchase Link: 西方經典童話套書(1~20冊) I’ve been tracking down sets of classics for a while now. One that has detailed stories and close to the original zhuyin colorful illustrations excitingly written for the 3rd to 5th grade child comprehension questions in the back has 20,000 to 30,000 characters a book (Little Prince and Midsummer Night’s […]

  • Book Review: 中國經典童話 Chinese Folk Tales and Legend Set of 20 Books

    Book Review: 中國經典童話 Chinese Folk Tales and Legend Set of 20 Books

    Age: 5+ This set has CDs! You can put it in the car to listen, etc. I really love the titles in this set. Basically if you want your child to be aware of the Chinese folk tales, legends, and culture, this is a great set. The language isn’t too hard but hard enough to […]

  • Book Review: 皮克西隨身繪本 100本 Pixi Mini 100 Picture Books

    Book Review: 皮克西隨身繪本 100本 Pixi Mini 100 Picture Books

    Age 5-9 I really really really like this set of 100 little books. It’s out of print but I still felt the need to share it. It’s portable and it’s oh so cute… There are 100 little books from easy to hard. The first 50 books have zhuyin while starting book 60, there isn’t. The […]

  • Book Review: 艾利克與小怪獸系列 Agus and the Monsters

    Book Review: 艾利克與小怪獸系列 Agus and the Monsters

    Age: 8+ Purchase Links: 艾利克與小怪獸1:不聽故事會死的小書怪 艾利克與小怪獸2:拯救餐廳大作戰 艾利克與小怪獸3:公園保衛戰 I would leave this to kids who can read without zhuyin already and knows at least 1500 characters or more. There aren’t any hard idioms in here but there are references to classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tarzan, etc. so it’s for the older child for […]

  • Book Review: 海龍號 系列  Bande de Pirates Collection

    Book Review: 海龍號 系列 Bande de Pirates Collection

    Purchase Link: 海龍號1-4盒裝套書(海盜摩根的寶藏、鑽石失竊記、迷霧中的幽靈船、神祕島) Age: 6+ I think for a kid to read this on their own, they really need first grade level Chinese down to understand on their own what is happening. there are four book each with about 6000 characters and around 60 pages in length. This set is good for boys and girls […]

  • Book Review: 名著大家讀 系列  Well Known Classics Picture Book Collection

    Book Review: 名著大家讀 系列 Well Known Classics Picture Book Collection

    Age: 3-6 with parent, 6+ independent Purchase links: Set 1: 伊索寓言、格林童話、安徒生童話和日本童話,共4冊 Set 2: 經典故事、偉人傳記、星座神話和知名故事,共4冊 Book Not in Above Sets: 動物趣味故事15篇 This set is full of classic stories from all over the world. It has stories from Greece, Japan, China, even Canada???  Each story is about 10-15 pages long and every single page has illustrations! These […]

  • Book Review: 跑跑薑餅人 漫畫系列 城市大逃亡, 無限爆笑科學 Gingerbread Comics, Cities and Science

    Book Review: 跑跑薑餅人 漫畫系列 城市大逃亡, 無限爆笑科學 Gingerbread Comics, Cities and Science

    Book Purchase Links: 跑跑薑餅人城市大逃亡1:倫敦 跑跑薑餅人城市大逃亡2:北京 跑跑薑餅人1:無限爆笑的科學 跑跑薑餅人2:不可思議的科學 Age 6+ At the start of first grade or a mature kindergartner, you can start with some comics to develop confidence in non-zhuyin reading. This is a new set published starting in 2019 and my kids ARE IN LOVE WITH THIS. It’s got weird story lines, monsters, adventure, […]

  • Book Review: 我愛瑪婷 52 本, 26張 CD. I Love Martine Series Chinese Version

    Book Review: 我愛瑪婷 52 本, 26張 CD. I Love Martine Series Chinese Version

    Book Review: 我愛瑪婷 52 本, 26張 CD. I Love Martine Series Chinese Version Age 3-6 This is totally 1970’s style set of 52 picture books with 26 CDs. The CDs are read verbatim with the book! Those that don’t want to read with your children? Great! Have them listen to the CDs! LOL! The CDs […]

  • Book Review: 幼兒 心性開發套書 12本

    Book Review: 幼兒 心性開發套書 12本

    Age 5+ This is out of print and we loved it. My little one read through all of them with ease when she started bridge books. Classic stories, thick paper, huge words, simple but long sentences. Different twists on stories. We really enjoyed this set. They are about 100 pages per book. Most used books […]

  • Book Review: 喜羊羊與灰太狼 Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf (56 Books) Comics

    Book Review: 喜羊羊與灰太狼 Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf (56 Books) Comics

    Age 5+ This is a set of 56 comic books (I don’t have them all but I have enough) that I believe is out of print. You’ll be able to find these in the out of print sales sites or groups sometimes Used Chinese Book Group by Motherly Notes. It’s about a not so smart wolf […]

  • Book Review: 电话里的童话第2辑 注音版(套装全13册)Simplified 簡體版

    Book Review: 电话里的童话第2辑 注音版(套装全13册)Simplified 簡體版

    Age 3-6 Although the set calls itself a “bridge book” set, I find it better to call it a picture book set. It’s part of the Christian Andersen Awards series of books. Their awarded books are a hit and miss for me sometimes. Some stories are great. Others leave me with a question mark. However, […]

  • Book Review: 小小少年·少年励志小说馆(全六册)Simplified – 簡體

    Book Review: 小小少年·少年励志小说馆(全六册)Simplified – 簡體

    Age: 9-12 This set of books was translated from the Taiwan Set 樂讀456. It was created for the transitioning middle elementary and for the upper elementary children. In the traditional Chinese set, some have zhuyin and some don’t. In the simplified set, there’s absolutely zero pinyin. It’s for your older children who really have 2500+ […]

  • Book Review: 小老虎和小熊 系列 (簡體 Simplified)

    Book Review: 小老虎和小熊 系列 (簡體 Simplified)

    Age: 3-7 This is a set to read to your toddlers or have the early readers go at it themselves. It has pinyin and also has great warm stories about a bear and a tiger and their adventures together. The pages are thick and glossy. It was translated from a German set and I think […]

  • Book Review: 少年励志小说馆 挫折万岁 全套6册 (Simplified 簡體版)

    Book Review: 少年励志小说馆 挫折万岁 全套6册 (Simplified 簡體版)

    Age 6-9 This is a great set of books for lower to middle elementary level reading for simplified Chinese. It’s a series of story about children’s lives and what it means to lie to see people growing old, making friends, getting good/bad grades, etc. In other words, it’s about overcoming challenges. It was translated from […]

  • 康軒: 需要買哪些課本或練習簿來學中文? Which Books Do I Need to Buy from Kang Xuan to Practice Writing Chinese?

    康軒: 需要買哪些課本或練習簿來學中文? Which Books Do I Need to Buy from Kang Xuan to Practice Writing Chinese?

    Many moms from our Facebook Group: Motherly Notes have seen my original post The Battle of the First Grade Chinese Textbooks: China vs. Taiwan vs. States and have asked me about what to buy in KangXuan’s website because there seems to be a million items in there. Well, the answer is… you should really buy all their workbooks […]

  • Book Review: 小小地球人 Little Earth 37-60 Book Set

    Book Review: 小小地球人 Little Earth 37-60 Book Set

    Age: 5+ Please visit our Facebook Page to learn more! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ My beloved book set is BACK!!! Not back but MORE has been produced? I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for them to complete this set to buy and FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY IT’S COMPLETE. I feel like Gollum rubbing the ring in my hands […]

  • Member Post: Non-Native Mom’s Second Year Chinese Journey (5.5 Yr Old Reads Beyond Native Level) by Melissa C.

    Member Post: Non-Native Mom’s Second Year Chinese Journey (5.5 Yr Old Reads Beyond Native Level) by Melissa C.

    This is a follow up post.  As you may recall, I started teaching my daughter characters in July 2017, when she was four.  Almost 1.5 years later, she and I are reading bridge books together.  We are reading 1st grade level books, and our comprehension level is roughly that of a slightly behind Kindergartner.  I […]

  • Book Review: 我最喜愛的中國神話 (My Favorite Chinese Fairy Tales)

    Age: 5+ with parent or independent 我最喜愛的中國神話  My Favorite Chinese Fairy Tales Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ I love this Chinese Fairy Tale book. It’s WELL WRITTEN!!!!! My kids love love love love love love love this book. It’s come to a point where I have to re-read stories to them. […]

  • Book Review: 每天一篇故事,10天學會150個成語 (10 Days, 150 Idioms)

    Book Review: 每天一篇故事,10天學會150個成語 (10 Days, 150 Idioms)

    Age: 8+ (third grade reading level) 每天一篇故事,10天學會150個成語 (1)  每天一篇故事,10天學會150個成語 (2)  Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ I listed this book as age 8+ (second grade) and stated third grade reading level due to the content of the books but that doesn’t mean younger children cannot do it. With parent guidance, younger children […]

  • Book Review: 迪士尼系列 , 三采文化 Disney Collections by Suncolor

    Book Review: 迪士尼系列 , 三采文化 Disney Collections by Suncolor

    Ages: 2 to Adult Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ I’m going to review a large selection of Disney picture books from Suncolor, 三采文化. Disney Princess Collection Disney Movies Collection Disney Stories Collection Disney Social Emotional Collection Disney Language Collection They are, in my opinion, the best at translated picture books and […]

  • Book Review: 棕色的熊、棕色的熊,你在看什麼, 從頭動到腳, 變色龍捉迷藏, Brown Bear, From Head to Toe, Chameleon, Eric Carle

    Age: 0-3 with parent Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Link: 棕色的熊、棕色的熊,你在看什麼 從頭動到腳  變色龍捉迷藏  Everyone in the states has Eric Carle. Case closed. Ha ha… just listing a few that I found in my storage. We have the English versions too. The only thing I don’t love in these is the […]

  • Book Review: 蔬菜躲貓貓 Veggies Hide and Seek

    Age: 0-2 Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Link: 蔬菜躲貓貓 Tupera Tupera is an author we’ve been attracted to. For babies, the books are direct and simple and great for babies. There’s humor and cuteness. This is a lift the flap book. The only thing I wished for is for the […]

  • Book Review: 誰吃掉了 Who Ate It?

    Age: 0-2 Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Link: 誰吃掉了 This is by a really famous Japanese author and both my kids just loved this book because they loved finding the fruit or vegetable or food that each page introduces. The way they incorporated the look and find is super sweet […]

  • Game:成語接龍 撲克牌 (10 盒) Idioms Playing Cards (10 Boxes)

    Game:成語接龍 撲克牌 (10 盒) Idioms Playing Cards (10 Boxes)

    Reading levels in Chinese is hugely dependent on how well you know idioms. The harder the books, the more idioms there are. Why? Well, it’s using four characters to describe something or a situation or feeling that could take a whole paragraph to explain! This is why the Chinese language is so beautiful. Every feeling […]

  • Book Review: 好忙的遊樂園, 好棒的海灘 Busy Amusement Park, Amazing Beach

    Age: 0-2 Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Link: 好忙的遊樂園  好棒的海灘  Who doesn’t love books that you can make balls bounce and make people pop up? These are really thick board books and every page is very very strong so it’s great for babies up to two. It’s bilingual and easy […]

  • Book Review: 親子律動歡樂歌謠 , 小蜜蜂歡樂歌謠 , 卡布利島世界歌謠 , 歡唱世界童謠:兩隻老虎 Children’s Song Books

    Age 0-4 (with parent) Purchase Link: 親子律動歡樂歌謠  小蜜蜂歡樂歌謠  卡布利島世界歌謠  歡唱世界童謠:兩隻老虎  Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Kids love music and my kids loved loved loved these classic songs that I also enjoyed as a child. There are a lot of books in this series but these are the ones with the classic […]

  • Book Review: 親愛的動物園 Dear Zoo

    Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Age: 0-2 Purchase Link: 親愛的動物園 This is a popular book in English. Lift the flaps and voila! I haven’t seen any kids not like this in English or Chinese so I recommend this book for babies to two years old. It’s great to learn some words […]

  • 國語日報 周刊 vs. 國語周刊 哪裏不同? Comparing Mandarin Daily News vs. MWM

    Age: 6-9 Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ These are competitor newspapers. Mandarin Daily News Book Review: 國語日報周刊 Mandarin Daily News (小一 ~小三) came out first (I believe) and is like a standard the others first based themselves off of. However, with the coming of 國語周刊 MWM Book Review: 國語周刊 (基礎版, 小學版), 國語月刊 […]

  • Book Review: 國語日報周刊 Mandarin Daily News (小一 ~小三)

    Age: 6-9 independent For more information, join our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ This newspaper is one of the oldest and really the standard in Taiwan. I think they’re the first ones that started off newspapers for kids and it was set as the standard for outside reading for a “kid newspaper.” Over the years, many more […]

  • Book Review: 格林童話貼紙書 , 安徒生童話貼紙, Grimm Tales and Andersen Tales Sticker Books

    Age: 2+ Purchase links: 格林童話貼紙書:三隻小豬(1套6冊)  格林童話貼紙書:小紅帽(1套6冊)  安徒生童話貼紙:醜小鴨(1套6冊)  安徒生童話貼紙:賣火柴的小女孩(1套6冊)  http://www.MotherlyNotes.com Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ This is a cute set of sticker books that are open ended. You can use it for your 2 year old to play with stickers or you can use it all the way up to lower elementary […]

  • Book Review: 魔法校車套書 Magic School Bus Set 22 Books

    Book Review: 魔法校車套書 Magic School Bus Set 22 Books

    Age: 6+ independent or with parent Purchase Links: 魔法校車第一輯  Magic School Bus First Set 12 Books 魔法校車第二輯  Magic School Bus Second Set 10 Books Please visit our Facebook group for more information! We’re having a sale! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ This is a set of books about science topics everything from water to electricity and nature. The story is all […]

  • Onyx Boox Reader Review – Tool for Teaching Reading, Writing, Etc.

    Onyx Boox Reader Review – Tool for Teaching Reading, Writing, Etc.

    Last year I had my children read from Kindle for their English books and then uploaded my own Chinese books but the problem with Kindle is the screen is so small, it’s not really Chinese compatible and Amazon doesn’t have any Chinese books that my children can read so trying to load Chinese on Kindle […]

  • Book Review: 「查理和蘿拉」系列 Charlie and Lola Collection

    Book Review: 「查理和蘿拉」系列 Charlie and Lola Collection

    Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent with zhuyin Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Links: 我絕對絕對不吃番茄  照顧我們的地球  我太小,我不要上學  我那顆在搖的牙齒絕對絕對不能掉  我不睏,我不要睡覺  但我們到底在哪裡?  For a Set of Three This is a very popular set of books! It’s translated, has DVDs and there are a ton in this collection although I was only able […]

  • Book Review: 國語日報 孩子的第一套節日讀本!(Chinese Holidays Bridge Set – 8 Books)

    Book Review: 國語日報 孩子的第一套節日讀本!(Chinese Holidays Bridge Set – 8 Books)

    Age: 3+ with parent 5+ independent (with zhuyin) Visit our Facebook Group to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase link: 國語日報 孩子的第一套節日讀本!(Chinese Holidays Bridge Set – 8 Books) I really love this set of books for the holidays coming up including New Years. I was never attracted to the book covers on this set but I bought […]

  • Book Review: 過年立體書 New Years 3D / Pop Up Books

    Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Ages: 2-Adult Having Chinese New Years being known to my kids is something I will start working hard on because in the last few years, we haven’t done enough or nearly as much as I had experienced growing up. Therefore, I have purchased books about Chinese […]

  • Journey Step 2: Teaching Chinese Beyond First Few Hundred Characters- Learning Curriculum Before Second Grade

    Journey Step 2: Teaching Chinese Beyond First Few Hundred Characters- Learning Curriculum Before Second Grade

    If you haven’t already, you should read my first post on My Journey in Teaching My Children Chinese (Teaching Children Chinese From Age 0-5) In that article, I really stopped around age three and didn’t really go into detail of what my three year old read in the last year and what my five year […]

  • Book Review:小熊咕噜噜的冒险之旅 Little Bear’s Adventures (Simplified , 简体书)

    Book Review:小熊咕噜噜的冒险之旅 Little Bear’s Adventures (Simplified , 简体书)

    Age: 5+ with parent or read independently if you know 1000+ characters 小熊咕噜噜的冒险之旅 套书 This is a set of three books about a bear and his adventures. In 小心魔法 he wakes up from a long lazy nap and it’s spring so he goes out to find something to eat. He wants to eat a flower […]

  • Book Review: 爱之阅读桥梁书 Love Reading Bridge Books Simplified Set 简体书

    Book Review: 爱之阅读桥梁书 Love Reading Bridge Books Simplified Set 简体书

    Age: 5+ (with a few hundred characters and with parent) Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Titles: 鸭妈妈的蛋 箱子 最好最好的朋友 皮普要去美食国 蕾妮病了 对不起,乖乖 信 乖乖和乐乐去海边 泰尔,明天见 罗萨想当女巫 卖哥哥 弗兰克老师是兔子 这是个秘密 广场上来了马戏团 妈妈要去旅行 绿眼睛 给梅特的礼物 在院子里露营 我想写信 儒尔迷路了 This is a really nice set of picture book like bridge books! There are a […]

  • Book Review: 企鹅机动队套书 – Marching Penguins (简体书) Simplified Chinese

    Book Review: 企鹅机动队套书 – Marching Penguins (简体书) Simplified Chinese

    Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent (with a couple hundred character recognition) Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ This is a set of 11 books that are so…. darn… cute. It has a box and comes with five cute little bookmarks. It’s the story of 50 little penguins marching out doing different […]

  • 親子天下: 閲讀123 / Reading 123 Collection

    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 the others! Yikes! #NoMoreShelfSpace This is an amazing set of books with all different authors, […]

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

    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 up Papa bear every morning for the four nights before Christmas. Every day they have […]

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

    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 very ungirly girls like Hello Kitty… so… this was a hit. There were a few […]

  • 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 to Santa monthly. You’ll get a feel for holidays that occur in the year and […]

  • 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 months of the year, how it correlates to weather, some holidays and the most interesting […]

  • 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 set to me! We started our journey (finally) of learning simplified and the process has […]

  • 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 convince any Madeline lovers that these books are true classics. I struggled a bit to […]

  • 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 geeky just the way I like it. Just from looking at their pen, you already […]

  • 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 sit there and read a whole bridge book or get into the depths of a […]

  • 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 it worthy to just feature the book by itself. This book talks about the daily […]

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

    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 different topics in math. There’s everything from counting, addition, subtraction, to multiplication, division, measuring, time, […]

  • 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 pick up characters from each book. Each level introduces a few hundred new characters as […]

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

    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 each book and they are illustrated simply alternating between black/white and color pages. I like […]

  • 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 readers. It has 52 books and grows in lexile level book after book almost. The […]

  • 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 and if you wanted practice reading, this is a good set to begin after the […]

  • 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 too much working out of problems because we follow the Singapore Match Curriculum at home […]

  • 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 knows how to differentiate radicals, when they know pinyin/zhuyin, when they can respect a book […]

  • 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 written for my own records only as well as to share with friends and family. […]

  • 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 same time presents disgusting facts about cavities. The illustration is to die for though. My […]

  • 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  天空之城  魔女宅急便  神隱少女  貓的報恩  借物少女艾莉緹  霍爾的移動城堡  來自紅花阪  螢火蟲之墓  歡喜碰碰狸  風起  風之谷(上) 風之谷(下) 輝耀姬物語  回憶中瑪妮  魔法公主(上) […]

  • 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 a Medal  好奇猴喬治騎腳踏車 – Curious George Rides a Bike  好奇猴喬治去工作 – Curious George Takes a […]

  • “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 2,346 flash cards with both traditional and simplified fonts! Simplified in the front and traditional […]

  • 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 and over and learned quite a bit of characters from without zhuyin! It was fun […]

  • 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 in half and what is the correct way of splitting stuff in half and teaches […]

  • 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 –  (Happy House) Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  I wanted to introduce some […]

  • 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. The CDs follow the book verbatim! Yay! Each book is roughly 1000 characters and is […]

  • 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 there! Whoo hoo. You can input MP3 files in there! Great for language learners so […]

  • 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 and I only bought the popular ones out there and honestly, it’s enough for my […]

  • 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 warehouse in Sunnyvale, CA Join our Facebook Group to learn more about this set! Click […]

  • 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 elementary reading bracket with about roughly 3000-5000 characters. Characters are large and easy to read […]

  • 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 few words on a page and the words repeat! It’s about a sloth who “sleeps” […]

  • 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 read in the video is about how pumpkin forgets to bring his stuff to school […]

  • 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 it’s summer and it wants to take a vacation. The family was surprised to see […]

  • 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 are “black” characters and “red” characters. Red characters are for the kids to learn and […]

  • 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 I thought was an efficient teaching method for learning to read in both English and […]

  • 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 the math inside is really fit for kids under five but the reading could be […]

  • 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 lot of science related information from this set. However, the information in this set of […]

  • 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 all about science topics and they have workbooks along with game items with each magazine. […]

  • 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 set of bridge books. The language is “simple” and it’s good for first through third […]

  • 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 Grow?  寶寶從哪裡來?:翻一翻‧懂更多 – Usborne Where Do Babies Come From?  This is a series from Usborne […]

  • 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 but coupled by really really really colorful photos and makes reading fun for the kids. […]

  • 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 as a face! He’s a detective who solves cases and always farts in the bad […]

  • 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 have to thank him for finding this terrific website. Vincent B. is a dad who […]

  • 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 level. They see a thick book and they run. I’ve found that it’s not the […]

  • 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, how to respect others, and all the way to where Christmas came from (weird to […]

  • 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 concepts that are taught. This who set is about being a good person with good […]

  • 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 and the words are big. Books are typically about 3000 characters? That’s my rough estimate. […]