• 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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: 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: 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 […]

  • 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: 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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: 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 […]

  • 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: 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: 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: 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. […]

  • 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: 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. […]

  • 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 as just readers in the household instead of utilizing their usual monthly toys. If you […]

  • 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 characters in this set, not 1600. This is a character learning system. It won’t help […]

  • 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 all science related so they called this set “encyclopedic knowledge” but it’s really random facts […]

  • 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 categories that “somewhat” fits in those descriptions. Nonetheless, that’s what the books say on the […]

  • ***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 level. The ones that are mid elementary I have marked. To buy, you must join […]

  • 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 have at least 800 characters under your belt to start reading. It’s about a girl […]

  • 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 be harder than Book Review: 大人不知道的小秘密 Secrets Adults Do Not Know Series (Simplified) I see this as […]

  • 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 a page. There are 12 books in the series and they all look somewhat similar. […]

  • 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 spit out a huge bubble to trap the teacher and the girl’s dad! They are […]

  • 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 it’s a good way to just cover up the zhuyin so your child can practice […]

  • 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 have no counted how many words but from the length of it, I’m guessing it’s […]

  • 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 There are actually 20 books in this series and I have the first five so […]

  • 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 Vacation 公主出任務 05:遊戲日的祕密  – Mysterious Playdate This set is for pure entertainment for my kids. There […]

  • 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. I would purposely only read ONE out of the four books so they can sift […]

  • 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 the curriculum of the three above. The general gist is we are slow in the […]

  • 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 straightforward so it’s a pretty easy read for children by themselves. The story starts off […]

  • 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 how to make friends, why studying is great, things about the earth, school, EQ, etc. […]

  • 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 3000 characters each book. This is a 6 book set. You can try out one […]

  • 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 live in the life of someone else. Really cute book and definitely first grade beginning […]

  • 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. I show pages of the stories inside. It’s divided by one chapter per item. The […]

  • 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, Plants, Backyard Discoveries, and Building Homes. In each book, there’s a topic that they cover. […]

  • 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 fascinating. Yes, even for my girls who think they are total princesses! Here’s a set […]

  • 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 at blood and eyes and veins. However, what I’ve found is that this company only […]

  • Book Review: 字的童話 Fairy Tales of Words

    Age: 5+ You can find/purchase 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 commonly used phrases and idioms! They do it in the most intuitive way. At the […]

  • 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 each box and each box contains 10 books. I really really love the stories inside. […]

  • 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 as a sample, it’s about a silly wolf (really he’s kind of dumb) and he […]

  • 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 I am preparing the girls to learn both traditional and simplified characters. I like teaching […]

  • Book Review: 幼童創意橋樑系列 Creative Kinder Bridge Books Collection

    Join my Facebook group for more information and free materials: https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ I want to start by saying how much I love this set for educational purposes in teaching Chinese. It has the right amount of words for my 3 almost 4 year old and she reads by herself. It’s easy to understand and has just […]

  • Book Review: 水果奶奶好故事 Grandma Fruit’s Stories Collection

    Join me on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ 水果奶奶好故事1:什麼時候可以吃冰淇淋? 水果奶奶好故事2:奶奶不會收玩具 水果奶奶好故事3:琳琳的生氣帽 水果奶奶好故事4:淇淇會讀詩 Age: 3 with parent, 5+ by themselves The pictures are not cute at all. I actually find them repulsive. LOL! I love beautiful things and I love art so to see illustrations that look like this just aches my heart. HOWEVER, I have […]

  • Book Review: 世界經典橋樑書系列 World Classics Bridge Sets 1, 2, 3

    Where to buy them: 世界經典橋梁書:低中年級(小學生閱讀小火車)  – Lower Grades (K-2nd) 世界經典橋梁書:中高年級(小學生閱讀小火車)  – Middle Elementary (2nd-4th) 世界經典橋梁書:高年級(小學生閱讀小火車) – Upper Elementary (4th-6th) Here are 3 sets of “bridge books.” When most people think of bridge books they get scared and think it’s usually too hard for their kids or think that picture books are easier. That’s not the case. […]