24 February 2012

Guide to home-learning Chinese Workshop

Have you often felt lost and don’t know where to start in coaching your child in learning Chinese? Looking for fun and interesting ways to excite your child about the language?
Guide to Home-learning Chinese workshop is designed to empower and provide busy parents with simple and easy to adapt methods to personally coach their young children at home with fun learning activities.

The workshop is jointly presented by Happy Cottage and My PlaySchool.net; participants will be provided with loads of home-learning activity ideas and resources to engage the child with. There will be plenty of interactive activities and hands-on participation.

Brief outline of workshop agenda :
1) Participants will be guided with hands-on practicum on how to work out a lesson plan
2) All participants will also walk away with a pack of printed learning aids
3) Get practical tips through our Q& A on teaching and exciting young children in learning the language from a former chinese teacher (that's me ^.^).

Workshop Schedule –

Dates: 17th March 2012

Time: 10am – 12.30pm

Location: TBC (Central Singapore)

Cost: $85 per participant / $80 per participant for early bird registration
Special rate of $78 per person for group bookings (Enquire about group booking by leaving a note in the registration form)

Sign up here before 9th March 2012 to qualify for early bird registration!

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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.

Do come back often for more updates.