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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 teacher’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.

Chinese School Textbook: Chinese Paradise Chinese School Textbook: Chinese Paradise

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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    Lizzy Allan // August 15th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Lina! What a great blog! We are also bringing up our children bilingual; my partner is Italian so our daughter is learning both languages from birth and my son (my partner’s stepson) learnt Italian as a second language in Sicily as a 5 year old. Like you, I am very passionate about languages and believe that giving a child a second language is one of the best and most important things you can do for them. Unfortunately, I speak absolutely no Chinese but I totally agree with what you wrote about sparking children’s interest in the target language and engaging them in fun activities. Those books look great too. Have a lovely day!

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    Lina // August 15th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    @lizzy: I agree. A second language is one of the best gifts we can give to children. I hope my children can speak two or more languages and can enjoy the journey. I am exploring the best way myself too.

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