Leia grows up in an all-english environment. Inevitably, she rarely converse in mandarin. All along, I leave academic development to the school until last week, her teacher called me.
Teacher: “Hi Mrs Khoo, do you revise Chinese Characters with Leia at home?”
Stunned Mummy S: “erm… no”
So now, I need to revise chinese characters with my little girl…
Did some cut outs and using blue tacs, I pasted the laminated cards on the wall.
Using the cards and portable whiteboard, I taught Leia the meaning and strokes of the characters. After 3 days, she is able to recognise and write couple of chinese characters now.
Leia likes Mummy-Turned-Teacher. We have a new routine; 15-30 minutes chinese lesson everyday over the weekend.
Inspired by my chinese teacher in primary school, our daily lesson plan includes:
- Introduction of two new Chinese Characters
- Practice Writing
- Reading Chnese Books & Story telling using whiteboard
- Playing toys and Conversing in 100% Mandarin
Her response to our routine has been pretty positive. I reckon its because she’s been watching Ni Hao Kai Lan.