Happy New Year!
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!