Monday, August 31, 2015

Home Chinese Preschool- Day 1

Today I started home preschool my 4 year old and 2 year old. My 4 year old M was in a English preschool co-op last year where each mom took turns teaching once a month, he really misses his classes this year. My two year old P is too young to really learn to read or write but he had fun participating circle time. All in all, it was a success. 

Before I get into today's preschool, I wanted to talk about the curriculum I used for today's Chinese lesson. I used <ZhongWen> (Mandarin Chinese Language) course materials. 

For today's Chinese lesson, I started out with circle time and animals. We played a game where everyone closes their eyes and one person would run around the circle with an animal in their hands until the music stops. When the music stops they put the animal behind someone's back, and then everyone opens their eyes if they have an animal behind their back. If so, it's their turn. Every time we sing different Chinese songs. They both loved this game and played over and over again and even played again when my oldest got home from school. 

After the circle time, I taught the first lesson of writing from 1 to 10 in mandarin chinese, plus 100.
一  二  三 四 五 六 七 八 九 十  百 

Circle Time

This is what the lesson looks like

Practice sheets I bought in China 

M's practice sheet
My preschool will always be bilingual, meaning that I will also be teaching English lesson as well. For today, we learned the letter A and all kinds of shapes. 
M hard at work

Chinese nursery songs we sing to our kids

I like to sing these songs to my kids. They are all famous Chinese nursery songs that I heard growing up, and the kids like them! Enjoy!

Two Tigers 两只老虎

Here you will hear our kids sing two little tigers song. We will be adding the video very soon.

Find Friends 找朋友

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 一闪亮晶晶

I'm a painter 我是一个粉刷匠

Where is spring 春天在哪里

Mom is the best in the whole world 世上只有妈妈好

"If you are happy and you know it" "幸福拍手歌”

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Little Mandarin giveaway winners!

Thank you everyone for entering our contest! It was very fun to read everyone's comments and see how motivated so many of you are to teach your kids Chinese. It's inspiring!

We have 2 winners! Instead of using a computer program, we decided to have a game with our kids. There were 12 entries, so we put 12 scraps of paper into a bucket with our kids and had them draw them. We recorded it, and it's mostly in Chinese, so give it a watch!

Here are the winners and their comments:


"My 4 year old recently announced out of nowhere that he wants to learn Mandarin! So he's been attending a Mandarin-immersion camp 6 hours a day for a week now and loves it! We could use all the wonderful Mandarin music we can get!"

Terri Ching

"I want my kids to learn Mandarin because it's part of who they are. When they grow up, I don't want them to regret not having tried."

Send us your address and we'll get a CD shipped to you! Contact us on our contact page, email, or you can message us on facebook or twitter.

We really hope you respond and get your prize, please respond to us by Monday night, 8/3/15, 11:59 PM! Or we will end up picking another winner.

Congrats to you both!