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How to Turn Meltdowns into a Time to Demonstrate Love

How to Turn Meltdowns into a Time to Demonstrate Love

Sometimes, all your oldest kid needs from you is a gentle hug and some kind words, and a reminder that it's still okay to be a child.  That you're the adult in her life, that you will always be here for her and she will always be your baby. ♫ 

Learning Mandarin - speak more, read more。

Learning Mandarin - speak more, read more。

What is your strategy for teaching your child Mandarin? 3 key things we can do in the home right now to help our kids pick up Mandarin:

1. Speak more Mandarin, speak often! Our kids need to have a strong oral foundation in speaking and hearing Mandarin or it will aversely affect their ability to read and write.  The same applies for English. 

2. Create a print-rich environment in your home.  It's not gonna look Scandinavian-chic with big ugly Chinese labels stuck on your furniture and fixtures, but the more your kids see Chinese words, the easier it is to recognize them.

3. Read Chinese books (just like how you'd read English books).  Don't just read readers which has a different focus and function.  Read beautiful stories, translated stories, award-winning stories.  Because it's through these stories they will fall in love with the narrative, the characters, the lilt of the words and the beautiful detailed pictures. 

Again, no stress, have fun and your kids will love spending the time with you! 

Volcano Theme (for 3.5 years and 5.5 years)

Volcano Theme (for 3.5 years and 5.5 years)

We did a volcano theme because the children were so interested in singing I Lava You when they learnt it in school.  That was so cute to hear them singing it together!  So I tried to cobble something for them from the good, ol' Internet.  Listing out some of these activities and free printables if you want to try with your kids.

What to do with your child  and where to find resources?

What to do with your child  and where to find resources?

For your 2-6 year-old child: Decide on a theme.  One way of planning what to do with them is to first decide on a theme. I might follow what thei...

Clarifying Your Educational Philosophy

Clarifying Your Educational Philosophy

This post is for non-teachers because teachers already know how and what to teach babies and small kids right?  Totally not true!  I was a second...

Why Parents Should Teach Their Kids

When thrown into the deep end of parenthood, we suddenly assume the role as Baby’s first teacher. Like it or not, someone’s learning, whether or not we are teaching.  Here are a couple of reasons why we should teach: