ABC宝宝学中文: 老大的喜羊羊漫画

在中文学校上二年级的老大, 最近开始对中文不太感兴趣. 几个星期前的听写, 既然拿了个”满江红”回来. *哀*

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为了不让她仅存的那一点兴趣也被每日都得做的中文作业给抹杀掉, 我只好出动我的秘密武器….. 用动画片来奖励她. 现在她不但每日都很用心的把中文作业做好 (因为如果她不用心的话, 我就不让她看!:P), 近几期的听写也几乎都得了满分. 可是让我最开心的是,现在的她竟然还会在空闲的时间, 拿出纸头画画她的喜羊羊漫画! 🙂 真的, 什么我都不怕, 就只怕她对中文没了兴趣. 没了兴趣, 你说小孩还会认真的学习吗?

以下就是这周末她画的喜羊羊漫画图.

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还不错吧! 🙂

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the girl’s 1st school report card

Finally the lazy mom decided to stop procrastinating and post about the girl’s 2nd exam (Winter term) which she had on the eve of Chinese New Year. She scored a perfect 100 marks again. :)We are extremely proud of this little girl, who did so wonderfully well even though she is at least 1-2 years younger than her peers. 🙂 Along with her exam papers came this 1st school report card.

I’m sure the grandparents wish to know what was written on the report card, here’s the translation:

“The girl is respectful to the teacher and also the classroom discipline. She is active in participating class activities and is diligent in completing her home assignments. Teacher hopes that The girl would continue with her good learning attitude and be more confident in answering/asking questions during class. She believes that The girl’s Chinese will improve continuously.”

🙂

2006 “report card”

*For my own record purpose. *

I made the following list of what I want to teach Nikita, when we started our CL homeschooling journey in August 2006. As it bored me to death when I tried to follow strictly on the curriculum and schedule, I decided to adopt the child-driven approach instead. On some days, we maybe “working” on some of the topics listed below, while on the other days we maybe doing some new stuff that is not on the list. Own time own target. So, sometimes we also don’t get to do anything for weeks! :P I guess this approach suits us well. I didn’t feel pressurize or bored when I did those CL activities with her, and she seems to enjoy them too. Anyway, it is now the beginning of 2007, I am curious to see how much we have achieved for 2006. So, let me go through the list in much detail

Objectives: –
1. Understanding of:

  • Shapes – Square, Rectangle, Circle, Triangle (正方型, 长方形,圆形,三角型) tick
  • Self – Name, Gender, Clothing. (名字,性别,衣服) tick
  • Family – Members in the family. (爸爸, 妈妈, 婆婆, 公公, 奶奶, 爷爷, 哥哥, 弟弟, 姐姐, 妹妹, 叔叔, 伯伯, 舅舅, 阿姨) tick
  • Opposites – Up/Down, Small/Big, High/low, Heavy/Light, Same/Different, Happy/Sad etc (上下, 大小, 高低, 轻重, 相同/不相同, 开心/伤心) tick
  • Number – #1-20(一至二十), double (双

– Remarks: Only #1-10. (会数一至十.)

  • Colors – Red, Black, White, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Grey, Brown. (颜色) tick
  • School – Teachers, Students, Homework, Snack, Uniform, Books, Pen and School Bag. (老师, 学生, 作业, 吃茶点, 学校, 校服, , )

– Remarks: She only understands who are teacher, student, school, books, and school bag. (懂什么是老师, 学生, 学校, .)

  • Toys – Doll, Puppets, Toys. (洋娃娃, 木偶, 玩具) tick
  • Occupation – Driver, Waiter, Chef, Doctor, Nurse, Hawker, Cashier, Teacher. (师机, 侍者, 厨师, 医生, 护士, 小贩, 收银员, 老师)

– Remarks: She only understands who are Teacher, Chef, Doctor and Nurse. (懂什么是老师, 厨师, 医生, 护士.)

  • Animals – some farm & zoo animals. (农场与动物园里的动物.) tick
  • Nature – Hen/birds lays eggs; Goat/Cow produces milk etc, 4 seasons. (母鸡下蛋, 母牛产牛奶,四季) tick
  • Fruits – Common fruits like Bananas, Apples, Kiwi, Pineapple, Pear, Grapes, Strawberries, and papaya. tick
  • Vehicle – Traffic lights, Road, Cars, Motorcycles, Truck, MRT, LRT, train, Bus, Bicycle, Boat/Ship, Airplane, Helicopter. (交通讯号灯, 路, 车, 摩托单车, 货车, 地铁列车, 轻轨列车, 火车, 巴士, 脚车, 船, 飞机, 直生飞机)

– Remarks: I have not covered MRT & LRT yet. (还没教地铁列车, 轻轨列车.)

2. To be able to read(认读):

  • Body parts – Head, mouth,people, hand, and tooth. (, , , , ) tick
  • Numbers – # 1-10(一至十)

Remarks: 还不会七, , .

  • Family – Father, Mother, Baby (爸爸, 妈妈, 宝宝) tick
  • Opposites – Big, Small, Up, Down (, 下, 大, ) tick
  • Animals – Horse, Cow ( , ) tick
  • Vehicle – Car ()

-Remarks: 还没教.

  • Plants – Tree, Flower (, ) tick
  • Nature – Moon, Sun, Cloud, Water, Soil, Wood, Sky, Fire, Field, Wind (, , , , , , 火,田,风)tick

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The following Chinese words are either Nikita self-learnt or I taught her as we go along.

婆婆, 公公, 奶奶, 爷爷, 哥哥, 弟弟, 姐姐, 妹妹, 我, 爱, 门, 们, 不, 有, 家, 虫, 云, 白, 亮, 笔, 兔, 鸡, 羊, 猪, 鸟, 个, 只, , , 果 (30)

I did a count and found that she now knows a total of 62 Chinese words!! Wow… That’s definitely a good progress for our first year. I am very happy and feeling real motivated now. I guess the next step for me is to start planning for our ”Year 2″ curriculum soon. 🙂

诗媛讲故事

” 很久很久以前, 有一个小女孩. 她的名字是诗媛.
她和她的爸爸妈妈在一起.
有一天,她打破了.
是一个杯子.
妈妈喊:”不要动! 不要动!”
然后, 她就和她的爸爸在一起.
他们一起玩.
The End.

这是小孩在睡前为我讲的故事. 其实这故事不完全是她自己想出来的. 大约在五个月前, 她不小心把一个玻璃杯子打破了, 想伸手将碎片拾起. 我因为担心她会被碎片割伤,所以便喊了她. 可能是我的喊叫声把她吓坏了, 她现在还记忆犹新,所以将它编入了这个故事里.哈! 当然, 对一个还不到三岁的小孩来说, 能把故事讲到如此, 已经算是不错了. 对吗? (骄傲的妈妈 :P)

妈妈, 我要复习!

Almost every afternoon before Nikita’s naptime, she would ask me to revise the Chinese words with her. She would take off our Chinese flashcards (homemade) out of the pocket chart; pass them to me, so that I could go through every single card with her. When we are done, she would bring them back to the pocket chart again, and patiently slot them back and making sure that every characters are placed in correct direction. From the way she handles the flashcards, I know she takes pride in knowing the language. And I am extremely happy that she truly loves and enjoys learning the language and not because I want her to learn it.

For weeks, I have been really lazy in planning our Chinese homeschooling curriculum and teaching her stuff. But this little girl, who never fails to surprise me, actually picks up more than 15 Chinese characters all by herself! She picked up the words from the songs slides and the drawings we did together a year ago , the extended family tree craft, and some storybooks that I read to her. Amazing, right? I am so proud of her!

the extended family tree

A few days ago, I created an extended family tree to teach Nikita the right Chinese terms for calling our family members and hoping that one day she would pick up the chinese characters too.
Anyway, here’s the conversation we had after we put up the tree…

“妈妈, 婆婆是你的妈妈吗?” (Is popo your mama?)

“是的.” (yes.)

“你是我的妈妈.” :) (You are my mama.)

” 妈妈,阿嬷是爸爸的妈妈吗?”(Is Ah-Mah daddy’s mama?)

“是的. 阿嬷也叫做奶奶, 是爸爸的妈妈.” (Yes, ah-mah is also called granny, and she is your daddy’s mommy.)

” 奶奶是阿嬷?” (Ah Mah is granny?)
“是的.” (Yes.)

“哦, 奶奶是阿嬷!” (oh! Granny is Ah Mah!)
:)

Oh… by the way, because Nikita doesn’t know of any meimei (i.e. 妹妹, younger sister) except Joanne (mamajojo’s daughter), so I used her picture instead. Hee hee.

how she picks up Mandarin

For Hsin…

We actually didn’t speak any Mandarin to Nikita until she turned 16 months old. The reason being that Nikita was a high need baby and we wanted her to know how to express her needs to us as early as possible. We were afraid that speaking to her in two very different languages might make her confused and we would have problems in understanding her too.

By 16 month old, she could express herself really well so I started to teach her some simple Mandarin – like Chinese names of the body parts, fruits and clothing etc but the progress was really slow. I was still speaking to her in English mostly because I thought it would be overwhelming for her if I suddenly switch to speak to her in some “alien” language. The first few weeks of learning were really slow because she had no interest in the language and her concentration was really lacking. So, I had to change my strategy. I noticed that she picked up things faster and would give me her concentration during our 30-45mins of bedtime “chat”. So I used that time to teach her the Chinese names of her body parts, her name, bed, pillow, blanket (and anything that I could teach her in the dark) etc and sing her Chinese songs, while lying down on the bed with her.

I know Nikita loves animals and doodling. So, I began to draw animals for her and teach her the names of each animal in Chinese. She learnt faster through the drawings. Because children learn faster through visual aids, I put up all the drawings that we drew together on the walls and whenever I have the opportunity, I would name an animal for her to point out to me. She loves this pointing game and felt very happy whenever she got it right. I think this game actually makes her feel more confident and interested in the language.

Since young, Nikita has always enjoyed music. So, I began to sing a lot of new Chinese songs to her. But singing alone is not enough, so I found some Chinese websites for some songs with flash animations. I would watch the flash videos and sing along with her. Once she is familiar with the songs, I printed out the materials and pasted them on the wall. That way, she could relate to the songs without the need to watch the flash video. Sometimes, I would do silly dance or movements with her when we are singing too. P

Although watching too much TV programs is not good for children, but that is the easiest way for them to pick up any language. So, I began to watch some Chinese cartoons with Nikita. Of course, she would not understand when she first watches the program, so I had to explain to her. By the second or third time, she had no problem in understanding the story anymore and hence that was when she started to pick up the spoken language portion, and not just names of objects. So, I 打铁乘热, took the opportunity to speak more Mandarin to her and encourages her to speak more Mandarin to me too.

When I noticed that she has no problems in understanding me when I speak to her in Mandarin, I decided that it was time for me to start reading Chinese storybooks to her. I find that if I always choose the simple board book to read to her, she has absolutely no interest in them and it would also make learning so boring. So, I pick those books that have a storyline like the Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood etc. Now, she loves the Chinese storybooks as much as the English ones.

That’s pretty much what I did to make Nikita interested in learning Chinese. I know every child is different in terms of learning so you have to find the right approach for your child. Just remember that a child will only learn faster if she is interested, so you should try to make learning fun for her. )

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Nikita is more responsive now when i speak Mandarin to her. ) She no longer shows me that *sotong* blur look when i speak mandarin, as compare to a few weeks ago. I am happy with the progress so far.

The teaching got easier when I started drawing with her and naming the things in chinese as I draw. Sometimes, to help her remember the chinese names faster, I will sing chinese song which has the word i intend to teach. It really helps. Thanks to mamajojo’s advice. )

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I know she is definitely on the right track to learn the language when she exclaimed loudly…
“妈咪放屁! 臭臭!” ( mommy farted! Smelly!)
… becos I let off a fart while tucking her in bed yesterday night. P opps! *blushed*