• 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!

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  • 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: 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: 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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: 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: 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: 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 […]

  • “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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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. […]