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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Book Review: 閲讀123 / Reading 123 嬉遊民間故事集 – Chinese Folk Tale Collection

Age 6+ Purchase links: 奇幻蛇郎與紅花 – Snake Lord and the Red Flower 一個傻蛋賣香屁  – The Dummy Who Sold Farts 機智白賊闖通關 – The Smart Liar 黑洞裡的神祕烏金 – The Treasure in the Dark Hole This is a set from 閲讀123, Reading 123. Previous posts on other … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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如何加快小孩閲讀的速度? How to Increase Reading Speed (Chinese/English/etc.)

I’m getting this question so often now. Somehow people like to gauge reading level by speed. So many parents are so in a rush to have their child reading faster. You can’t just force them to read faster. You can’t … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Member post: Amazing Twin Boys Who Are Reading Chinese and English At Least Two Years Above Grade Level (Sin Yee T.)

Hi Members of Motherly Notes!  Once in a while I find a gem in the group and I pester invite them to share their teaching methods with us because I find it truly valuable to the community to know how miracles … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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“懂了” 識字卡! (简体 + 繁體)Dongle Flashcards Simplified and Traditional – 2,346 Cards

I’m super excited to introduce this set of flashcards. You can purchase through Taobao or through their own company. Their website has a lot more items you may be interested in purchasing… Dongle 懂了: http://www.idongle.cn/ This is a set of … Continue reading

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Book Review: 湯姆的服裝店,加油! 熊醫生,Tom Dress Maker, Go Bear Doctor!

Age: 2-5 with parent, 5+ independent Where to Buy: 動物村翻翻書 – 扮演遊戲禮物盒(醫生扮演組)- Go Bear Set of 3 books including the one in video 湯姆的服裝店 – Tom Dress Maker The Bear Doctor book is a book that my kids read over … Continue reading

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Book Review: 羅北兒故事集 Arnold Lobel Book Collection

Age: 3+ with parent 6+ Independent Where to purchase or for more information: 羅北兒故事集 – Arnold Lobel Collection Whole Set 1. 大巨人約翰 – The Big Giant 2. 明鑼移山 Ming Lo Moves the Mountain 3. 露西兒- Lucille 4. 小豬離家記 – Small Pig 5. 老鼠爸爸說故事 … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小小兵有絕招(一套12本+2CD) Little Soldiers’ Smart Tricks (12 Books, 2CD)

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  You can purchase this at Books.com.tw: 小小兵有絕招 -Little Solders’ Smart Tricks This is a really neat set of books. There are 12 books and 2 CDs. … Continue reading

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Reading Pen Review: C-Pen 2.0 點讀筆, Listening and Reading Tool for Kids

  Introduction Video: I’ve used a lot of pens and this one I’m quite happy with! There are many functions of this pen: It can record your voice so you can read books to your children without you even being … Continue reading

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Book Review: 亮亮的成長 30本+6 CD , All About Vicky Set (30 Books + 6 CDs)

Age: 3-6 ######DISCOUNT CODE ##### Now sold on Gloria’s Bookstore: 亮亮的成長 (中文本30本6CD) (已含運)(優惠預購中) Shipment date: August/September 2018, sold until sold out Use the coupon code: motherlynotes Special Pricing: $65 including shipping , $10 rebate if you pick up at her … Continue reading

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Book Review: 愛挖耳朵的國王 Ear Picking King

Age: 4+ with parent, 6+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  愛挖耳朵的國王 The Ear Picking King This book is part of the Ferris Wheel Collection Book Review: 故事摩天輪系列 Ferris Wheel Bridge Book Series. It belongs in the lower … Continue reading

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Book Review: 啊!睡覺的時候最幸福 Oh! The Joy of Sleeping

Age: 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  Purchase link: 啊!睡覺的時候最幸福  Oh the Joy of Sleeping! Although the book is labeled for lower elementary, I think an avid kindergartner can read this just fine. It has very very … Continue reading

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Book Review: 南瓜弟弟忘東西,南瓜弟弟去遠足 Pumpkin Forgets His Stuff, Pumpkin Goes Hiking

Age: 6+ Independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  南瓜弟弟去遠足  Pumpkin Goes Hiking 南瓜弟弟忘東西  Pumpkin Forgets His Stuff This is a set for lower elementary students to read. It’s very much a first grader type of book. The book I … Continue reading

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Book Review: 冰箱放暑假 Refrigerator Takes a Summer Vacation

Age: 6+ Independent Join our Facebook Group for more information and worksheets on this book! You can buy on 博客來: 冰箱放暑假 Refrigerator Takes a Summer Vacation  This is a book about a refrigerator who decided not to be cold because … Continue reading

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Book Review: 直映认字教材 Picture Guided 1500 Character Learning Set (Simplified,简体)

Age: 2+ Join our Facebook Group to learn more from other crazy parents! This is a very very affordable set and teaches a lot of characters. It has 6 books with 11-13 lessons in there and for each lesson there … Continue reading

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Book Review: Magic Math Stories Set 數學故事魔法盒

Age: 2-5 Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  數學故事魔法盒  Magic Math Stories Set This is a cute set of 8 books with CD. Note that the CDs do not follow the book. If you are native, then I think … Continue reading

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Book Review: 屁屁偵探讀本 (1-3) Butt Detective Bridge Book Series

Age: 6+ Independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  屁屁偵探讀本 (1-2)  – Butt Detective Books 1-2 黑影竊盜團入侵  – Butt Detective Book 3 This is a set of bridge books for lower elementary grades in Taiwan. It has some harder terms … Continue reading

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Reading “Short” Essays with Kids Daily to Develop Confidence, Patience, and Comprehension

I’ve heard it many times before. Bridge books are scary. They’re long. They have less pictures, etc. There’s a constant issue of kids not wanting to read with their parents or do not want to move on to the next … Continue reading

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Book Review: 二十一世紀人格養成繪本系列 – 21st Century Personality Development Series

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent This is a set of 12 books with CDs in each book. It’s goal is to develop a better personality and gives topics on how to make the right choices, how to be happy, … Continue reading

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Book Review: 螢火蟲 美德易開罐 – Firefly Book Set: Morals

Age: 8+ For more information, please visit our Facebook Group. This is a set of bridge books that I think is relevant for second grade and up not because the words are hard (because they’re not) but because of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: 螢火蟲 無奇不有的魔法學校 – Firefly Book Set: Magic School

Age: 7+ independent For more information, please visit our Facebook Group This is a set of bridge books for first graders. It’s a set of 12 books based on funny stories. The stories are all written by well known authors … Continue reading

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Book Review: 14隻老鼠系列套書 — 14 Mice (12 books)

  Age: 3+ with parent or independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  14隻老鼠系列套書  14 Mice Book Set I love this set of picture books. The words are simple and I am intrigued every time I flip through it … Continue reading

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Book Review: 漢字說故事Ⅰ自然篇, 漢字說故事Ⅱ物象篇,漢字說故事Ⅲ人事篇 – Stories Of Chinese Characters Learning Set

Age 2+ with parent, 6+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  漢字說故事Ⅰ自然篇 – Nature 漢字說故事Ⅱ物象篇 – Objects 漢字說故事Ⅲ人事篇 – People I was hesitant to put the topics of each book on there because truthfully, the words are all from differing … Continue reading

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Book Review: Grace 說恆心 – Grace Said Persistence

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  Grace 說恆心  Grade said Persistence Grace 說專心  Grace said Focus Grace 說耐心  Grace said Patience This is the story about persistence and perseverance. I really love this book and … Continue reading

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Book Review: 阿黛兒與西蒙美國旅遊記 – Adele and Simon in America , 阿黛兒與西蒙東方歷險記 (China), 阿黛兒與西蒙巴黎放學記 (Paris)

Age: 3+ with parent 6+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  阿黛兒與西蒙美國旅遊記  Adele and Simon in America 阿黛兒與西蒙東方歷險記  Adele and Simon in China (no zhuyin) 阿黛兒與西蒙巴黎放學  Adele and Simon in Paris I love love love this set of books. It’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: 公雞的新鄰居 Chicken’s New Neighbor

Age: 2+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  公雞的新鄰居 Chicken’s New Neighbor This is the story of a Chicken who lived next door to an empty house. Then one day, the house looks like a … Continue reading

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Book Review: 請問一下,踩得到底嗎?Excuse Me, Does Your Feet Touch the Bottom?

Age: 2+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  請問一下,踩得到底嗎?  Excuse Me, Does Your Feet Touch the Bottom? This is the story of three animals who forgot their lifesaver in the bus and one even forgot … Continue reading

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Book Review: 挖鼻孔好好玩 It’s Fun Picking Your Nose

Age: 2+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  挖鼻孔好好玩  It’s Fun Picking Your Nose Yes, yet another boogers book. They are popular in this household for their very educational values! This one is about an … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小恐龍,幫大忙 Roo The Roaring Dinosaur

Age 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  小恐龍,幫大忙 Roo The Roaring Dinosaur I love this little dinosaur. The illustrations are just so cute. This is the story about a dinosaur and his lovey. … Continue reading

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Book Review: 阿文的小毯子 Owen

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  阿文的小毯子 Owen  This one is a Caldecott winner and it’s super cute. Everyone know a kid always has his or her lovey and this is the … Continue reading

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Member Post: How Her Daughters Learned to Read Chinese Fluently (Nelli C)

Another inspirational member of our Facebook Group has shared their incredible journey of how their children learned to read fluently in Chinese at an early age. You are welcome to join our group to learn more from our members! 感謝Julie Liu的邀稿。 … Continue reading

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How to Elevate Reading Comprehension in Chinese (Age 5+) 如何提升閱讀理解能力

My biggest issue in having my girls advance in reading comprehension is … “comprehension.” Ok, that sounds dumb. It’s a pain explaining a phrase every single sentence and you really want to give up sometimes. It’s tedious during reading and … Continue reading

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Member Post: How We Learned Mandarin With Perfect Accent

We have an amazing member in our Facebook Group. They speak Cantonese at home but Jennifer C (an amazing mom) was determined for her children to learn the proper tones for Mandarin. She suggested: Put the phonetic guides next to … Continue reading

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Book Review: 勇敢的贝雅和她的朋友 – Beya and Her Friends (简体书,Simplified)

Age: 8+ Independent Each of these books has over 10,000 characters. However, each page is full color! Lots of characters but very fitting for a second grader in maturity or maybe a tad higher. It’s definitely a book after you … Continue reading

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Book Review: 劳拉的星星 Laura’s Star Series (简体书,Simplified)

Age: 6-9 Years Independent This is set of cute readers from a German author translated and it’s not hard to read after you have your first 500 characters down. It will add more characters to your vocabulary as well. It’ll … Continue reading

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Book Review: 大人不知道的小秘密 Secrets Adults Do Not Know Series (简体书,Simplified)

Age: 5+ independent I’ve finally found an easy reader set in simplified and where the stories are not dead boring. You can read this after you know about 200+ words. Sentence structure is easy and only a few lines on … Continue reading

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Book Review: 外公的大衣 My Grandfather’s Coat

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  外公的大衣  My Grandfather’s Coat This book has a no fail crying spell on me every time I read it so I apologize for the bad read in … Continue reading

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Book Review: 阿摩的聰明藥 Gorilla’s Smart Pill

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  阿摩的聰明藥 Gorilla’s Smart Pill Yet another booger book! This is the story of the Gorilla who secretly ate a booger which he likes to do but the … Continue reading

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Book Review: YES!也算是小超人 Yes, Supergirl!

  Age: 6+ independent This is such an interesting bridge book. They got me right on the first page. It’s another monster’s book. There are monsters at the school and in this city. The cute monster looks cute but then … Continue reading

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Use This To Practice Reading Characters When You Can’t Find Better Books

 When you cannot find the right books for your kids to read in Chinese without phonetic help, you can try using Post Its! Post It’s has a “Labeling and Cover Up Tape.” It doesn’t harm the book, perfectly removable and … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小妖怪系列書 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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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: 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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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 – 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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Learn Your First 2400 Chinese Characters

In efforts to help everyone in my Facebook Group track their progress of their children’s Chinese study, I’ve compiled the most frequently used 2400 characters. If you can’t read independently after this list, I’ll be very surprised! Some people may … Continue reading

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Learning Chinese Characters With Stickers

One of the moms on our Facebook group showed a video of her daughter putting stickers on a Chinese character chart. How “wonderful” is that? Stickers + Kids = WIN. I used to give them stickers for everything. Did you … Continue reading

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