Top 5 Tips

Happy New Year!

It’s a brand new year and we hope that inspires you to jump back into teaching your children Chinese. Whether you took a break or you’ve been consistently plugging away, our desire is to inspire you, provide timely advice, and educated you on your child’s development.

Just like you might not have been able to try the 20+ games and activities we featured on our site last year, we thought it would be convenient if we compiled a list of our Top 5 Tips as well. Since it’s a fresh start, we’d like to begin with a quick recap of some of our best tips from last year. This way, you can keep these in mind as we go forth in 2019.

Consistency is key

More important than anything else, consistently go over at least one chapter every day with your child. This will build a good habit and foundation in your little one’s memory bank and avoid frustration for both of you.

The longer break you take, the more characters your child will forget and have to review. Better to go slow and steady than to speed through a lot at a time and then stop.

Don’t worry if your child doesn’t remember new characters right away. It takes time.

Memory depends on so many factors such as age, cognitive development, emotional maturity, distractions, and many more. Give your child and yourself grace and time to get used to learning new things and integrating them in their brain.

Use the Treasure Boxes to reinforce characters and build confidence

The Treasure Box is a great resource because they use only the characters (with the exception of one or two new characters) your child has learned up through the end of that set. This is a good way to build confidence in your new reader as well as provide variety from the sets.

Keep your child’s age and developmental stage in mind

Sometimes, what you want them to do is simply not appropriate for their age or developmental state. Instead of hitting your head against a wall trying to get them to do something they’re not ready for, just wait. Once they hit the right time for them, they’ll get it.

Ask for help

Teaching Chinese to children is hard. It’s a long road and often, there are both big and small obstacles that discourage you. Sometimes, it’s even your children who are discouraging you – either due to their developmental stage or personality. Sometimes, it’s family or friends who don’t understand why you’re expending so many resources on Chinese. Whatever the reason, it’s highly likely that other people have experienced a similar situation.

There is no award for the most stoic or independent Chinese teaching journey. Ask for help.

We have a great Facebook Group where fellow parents on the Sagebooks journey can ask each other for advice, tips, and encouragement. Please join us!

We hope this quick summary has been helpful and reminds you that our children are human and that learning and teaching Chinese takes time and persistence.

Once again, Happy New Year! We wish you and your children health and happiness on this Chinese fluency journey.