This coming fall, my oldest daughter DD will go to kindergarten in a local Chinese school to learn Chinese. She is excited, since she is going to make more friends there.
I am excited too. I am going to TEACH 1st grade in the same Chinese school! So, we are going to Chinese school together.
Since most students in my class have little or zero Chinese language basics, the school principle recommended using the Hanyu leyuan (Chinese paradise), a series of bilingual textbooks with three volumes, as the textbook.
In each level there are two textbooks, two workbooks, one set of flash cards, a teacherâ€™s guide and four multimedia CD-ROMs. The content includes Chinese characters and phrases, sentences patterns, songs and stories, crafts and games on Chinese language and Chinese culture.
Volume one covers greetings, names, numbers, ages, body parts, family, home, school supplies, food, drinks and more.
Based on my personal experiences of teaching my children a minority language, I think the best way is to spark their interest of learning, engage them in a fun and happy learning experience and encourage them to quickly apply their learning into real life.
To achieve this goal, I plan to use stories, role-plays, dramas, songs/rhymes, finger plays, games and hands-on craft activities to combine learning and playing. I will take good use of the flashcards and CDs that go with the textbook. I will also borrow videos from Qioahu DVD series (see Qiaohu teaches children to love to learn) and other videos found on the Internet.
DD is looking forward to attending the Chinese school. She picked several Chinese characters from watching Chinese DVD: Qiaohu Learns Chinese at home. I am looking forward to teaching in the Chinese school. I am eager to help more children and parents to learn Chinese language and culture.
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