23 December 2011

Lessons based on 贝尔熊的圣诞夜

Here's a great story to be read with your kiddo if you are looking for story books with Christmas theme. I love the 贝尔熊 series because the books are full of brilliant colours and the author is very good with the choice of words used.

DD is very fond of pasting. So I've made activity materials that caters to that. Using pictorial association, we learnt the word "朋", and subsequently "朋友" which can be found in many pages in the book.

Another pasting activity for her to reinforce her understanding of the words "白天" and "晚上".

Counting the days to Christmas Day.

DS learns more conceptual words. Again, pictorial association is used here to help him remember the 2 words. He has the bad habit of doing before listening, so he has gotten it wrongly initially. 

Testing his observation skill...

Attempted to teach him the different parts of a sentence and how to expand a sentence...

And let him form a sentence by modeling after the previous example. I've used the re-arranging the sentence method. You can ask your child to write out the sentence too.  

Writing time...

My bold attempt to teach idioms. 齐心协力 appeared in page 13 of the book. I felt that it is a good opportunity to teach idiom. Using the story to explain the meaning of the idiom makes it easier. As a learning outcome, I require him to form a sentence to describe the picture below.

If you are interested in the lesson, printables can be downloaded here.


Welcome to Happy Cottage!

I started 开心屋 - Happy Cottage because I have 凯 and 欣 in the house. Together they are the 开心 (sounds like) team.

Mommy loves Chinese language and is a big fan of Chinese story books. Thus the kids often receive interesting children Chinese story books from mommy. Many of the children Chinese story books are so beautifully drawn and well written that I like to read them myself.

Learning and loving the language is not an easy task in Singapore as our environment is not condusive enough for such learning. Thus I believe I have to create such an environment at home. Through daily communication in Mandarin and regular reading of the Chinese materials, I hope to cultivate their likings for the language. You can find many of the books in the Book Store.

Besides introducing children Chinese story books to you, I would also like to share some learning resources and tips on the usage of the language here. I've met some parents, in their best attempt to communicate with their kids in Mandarin, misread some words or used an incorrect sentence structure. You can find the information in the tabs above.

So, why is this blog written in English? I know of many parents who have kinda lost touch with the language. If I were to share in Chinese, then it may not be as effective.

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