Let’s talk about this boy. Two weeks shy of 3YO, he’s a bubbly, opinionated young boy. Learnt language more from the sister and he really could talk. It’s been a joy listening to him in a conversation and the things he speak could surprise you.
We speak to him mostly in English, even though I started out with the One Parent, One Language policy with Faith. The policy didn’t quite work well with Dan because I find myself speaking to her more in English as she grows older. A lot of my instruction is in English and Mandarin has taken a backseat.
Before he entered preschool, Dan’s knowledge of Chinese was probably little. Thankfully, he learnt Chinese through 儿歌 in school and came back singing those songs which could be hilarious. His pronunciation is funny, heavily accented in an English manner, if you understand what I mean.
I always wondered if the boy was ready to learn some Chinese characters but held back teaching him because I think he wasn’t ready. Don’t waste the effort and time. What if he resists it? It wasn’t until I received the Chinese strokes sensory play kit and started to get the kids to work on it that I realised that the boy was curious and all ready to learn.
The boy was working on the play dough and repeating the strokes after me as I taught him. So maybe it’s time to bring out the Sage Chinese books! He seemed very receptive to learning Chinese.
I started the older girl on this series of Chinese books for our home Chinese curriculum. It is easy to teach and builds confidence in the kids when they find that they could read the characters and sentences. Naturally, because of the success with Faith, I tried it out on Daniel, with little to no expectation.
Surprisingly, he took well to it. We started on the second week of August and the journey has been rather delightful. There were, of course, times when he didn’t want to learn but that’s all right. We would skip that day of Chinese learning if he wasn’t up to it. We read and review the characters every day, twice each day, and such a routine was set up very quickly.
I am a bit contemplative about sending him for Chinese enrichment class. The sister went for one since N2 (the year she was 4YO) and I must say the classes have done her much good. With Dan, I am a bit reluctant simply because logistically, it can be rather complicated … and tiring for this mom. However, we really do need the environment for language learning. Hmmm…
I guess, for now, I would work with him using the Sage books and start reading Chinese books to him, on top of speaking more to him in Mandarin.
Above is the book that I’m referring to in this post. It can be bought from the local Popular bookstore. There are a total of 5 levels but I’m uncertain if level 1 is still available. The flash cards were given by friends and relatives but the last box of cards (yellow packaging) can be bought Popular too! 😀