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

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

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

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Book Review: 小妖怪系列書 Little Monsters Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Book Review: 賴馬系列 Author 賴馬 Lai Ma Series

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

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

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

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Interviews With Parents Who Have Successfully Taught Their Children Chinese

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Book Review: 漢聲精選 Han Sheng Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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Book Review: 字的童話 Fairy Tales of Words

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Book Review: 笨狼的故事 (簡體,简体书): Silly Wolf Series – Simplified

Age: 5+ Independent , Grades 1-3 (Lower Elementary) This is a simplified bridge book set of 10 books. This is a very easy read, cute pictures and the stories are very cute. I’ve only read through the first story but … Continue reading

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Book Review: 奇奇系列 – Ricky Rabbit Book Series by Guido van Genechten

Age: 3+ assisted, 5+ independent This is the collection by Guido van Genechten. It’s a series of cute books that was translated. I found five and I’m not sure if there are more. I showed the five books in the … Continue reading

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Book Review: 紅色小電車系列 Little Red Electric Train Series

Age: 3+ assisted This series is really simple and uber cute!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, I’ll admit, I bought it because I loved the pictures when I saw it. Was it too easy to read for my 5 year old? Probably but I … Continue reading

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Book Review: 寶寶第一套科學繪本 Baby’s First Science Picture Books

Age: 3+ assisted, 5+ independent reading This is a simple set of science books that teaches kids about why you fart, where water goes after you flush, where do babies come from, etc. You can buy them as a set … Continue reading

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Book Review: 四五快读: 4,5 Quick Read (简体书, Simplified)

I have no clue how to translate that so it didn’t sound stupid. Whether it was quick reading, quickly read, read quickly, … it was driving me crazy so here it is. 4,5, Quick Read. We got this set because … Continue reading

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“Glow in the Dark”, “Bouncy”, “Balls” … Enough Said

Alex Toys Craft Glow in the Dark Bouncy Ball Bonanza We buy science kits to kill time during weekends. We tell ourselves we’re at least educating the kids while they play during the weekend and let’s face it: projects take … Continue reading

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Bellz Game – Time Killer, Strategy Developer, and Motor Skills for Kids

I love games that are educational and I love games that seem dumb and fun with hidden educational qualities inside. This is one of them. The strategy of this game is whoever gets 10 bells through the magic magnet wand … Continue reading

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Book Review: 莉莉尋貓記+小偵探莉莉 LILY CHERCHE SON CHAT &Lily mène l’enquête

Join me on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ 莉莉尋貓記+小偵探莉莉(2書一套) LILY CHERCHE SON CHAT &Lily mène l’enquête Age: 3+ Adapted from a French book, this is a cute picture book that’s full of beautiful pictures! It’s a search and find book. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Book Review: 短耳兔系列 – Short Eared Rabbit

Suitable Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ by themselves This series is composed of 3 books, all hardcover. Each story again gives a lesson. 短耳兔系列 – 全3冊 – Entire Series and Collection (link shows where to buy) By Individual Titles and where … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小蠶豆系列 – Fava Bean Collection

Age: 3-5 with parents, 5+ read by themselves This set contains 5 books. You can find them in the following links: 小蠶豆和好長好長的豆子– Fava and the Long Bean  小蠶豆的床 – Fava’s Bed 小蠶豆的一天 – Fava’s Day 小蠶豆的新床 – Fava’s New Bed 小蠶豆與小(魚將)魚 – Fava and … Continue reading

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Book Review: 好多好吃的米飯 (Yummy Rice),好多好吃的草莓 (Yummy Strawberries),好多好吃的雞蛋 (Yummy Eggs),好多好吃的馬鈴薯 (Yummy Potatoes)

Books can be purchased through this link: 好多好吃的米飯 (Yummy Rice),好多好吃的草莓 (Yummy Strawberries),好多好吃的雞蛋 (Yummy Eggs),好多好吃的馬鈴薯 (Yummy Potatoes) Recommended Age: 2-5 This is a really cute set of books we have right now and it deals with food, how you cook it, … Continue reading

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Using Sage Books As a Native Chinese Speaking Family

As I’m looking on the Facebook groups and other forums. The number one issue families have is that the kids don’t want to read the books. Some run away at the first word. Some just cannot make it through. Some … Continue reading

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Art + Role Playing = Hidden Learning & Reading

I love art and I love supplies that do more than one thing. One of my favorite coloring supply is the watercolor pencil. Watercolor is usually light in color which is great but what about when you want some punch? … Continue reading

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Teaching Your Child Geometric Shapes and Math Through These Manipulatives by Learning Resources

By now you probably know I’m not a sit down type of mom who likes to do everything from the books. Whenever I have a “building toy” that’s open ended, I dive for it. When I saw this set, I … Continue reading

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Using Legos as an Educational Tool with Preschool Children

Everyone loves legos. It keeps the kids occupied and they get to explore their creative side. I had no issues with Legos but found it annoying that they came in these boxes with pre selected parts and how to put … Continue reading

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How My Children Started Reading Chinese and English Before 3 Years Old

Education isn’t hard and it’s not boring. Most moms think you gotta sit them down and torture their kids in order for them to read. I taught my kids how to read way before 3 years old in English and … Continue reading

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You Don’t Always Have Time to Prepare an Art or Craft Session for your Kids, Here’s the Solution!

Using boxed science craft kits to save time preparing a project for your kids to do. Continue reading

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How I Pumped TWICE a Day and Still Got Full Output for My Baby

How to pump less and get the same volume of breastmilk for baby. Continue reading

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Vitamin D For Breastfed Babies

Having a baby is quite enough right? Feeding is already hard enough and if anyone has “my” type of baby, they don’t eat anything you stick in their mouths. My baby Elli was like that since birth. Other than a … Continue reading

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