The Importance of Reading Stories in the Learning of Chinese

It has been 4 years since I started teaching my youngest son. It has been a great learning process for the both of us. In […] Read More

A Painless Way to Practise Chinese Comprehension

Most primary school children taking Chinese as a subject have problems with two main areas : 1. Composition – I will talk about this another […] Read More

Hanyu Pinyin – When It Is Useful and When It is Not

One of my pet peeve is that most of the Chinese stories books sold in Popular are annotated with Hanyu Pinyin. When I was selling […] Read More

Hanyu Pinyin – When It Is Important and When It Is Not

It is important to know Hanyu Pinyin if you are learning Chinese. It is the romanised form of Chinese writing, which you need to know […] Read More

Our First Chinese Writing Camp

I have a couple of friends who are pretty strong in Chinese and we often discuss about how to teach our children Chinese, the way […] Read More

How to Buy Assessment Books

This is the time of the year when parents receive next school year’s booklist and head off to Popular or the school’s bookshops to purchase […] Read More

Two Kinds of Chinese Flashcards

To teach young children Chinese, we often use flashcards.  There are all kinds in the bookstores.  Generally, they can be catogorised into two kinds : […] Read More

Teaching Children How to Write Chinese Characters

To teach our children how to write Chinese characters, teachers always get the kids to do writing practice, also known as 写生字 or 习字.  It […] Read More

iPhone/iPad Audiobook App

I have this iPhone/iPad audiobook  app from Cross Forward Consulting, LLC on my iPhone.  As something to entertain the kids with, it is a good alternative […] Read More

Sìwǔ Kuàidú 四五快读 Non-Tactile Character Cards Templates

I know that not everyone wants to make tactile cards to use with the Siwukuaidu 四五快读 series because of the work involved but some may […] Read More

Having Fun Learning vs Really Learning

Recently, I had this unique experience of sending my firstborn for two different tuition classes for the same subject within the same day, the same […] Read More

Why We Did Not Sell Multimedia Learning Tools

A few years ago, my friend and I started a small eCommerce business selling mainly teaching and learning tools.  We sold a lot of mathematics […] Read More

Place Value Mat

  I mention in my earlier post that I created a set of Place Value Mat that I use with my Base 10 Blocks.  I […] Read More

My Favourite Mathematics Manipulatives

I use mathematics manipulatives a lot to teach mathematics at home.  For very young children, who are very tactile and visual, the best way to […] Read More