Oscar 媽媽的經驗分享 – 認識中文的美麗

在注重兩文三語教育的香港,不少家長會感到教小朋友學習認讀英文比較容易入手:26個字母,一下就全記住了。

家長都普遍感到:認中文字其實很難,學寫中文字更加難。Oscar媽媽親身感到「因為漢字體系由左至右,先外後內, 先撇後捺…學習中文字除了要認字之外,還要學習筆順 (有些筆順與家長小時學習過的早已不甚相同)。 字如果要寫得好看,小朋友還要掌握空間比例,總總對小小孩來說一點都不容易」。

Oscar媽媽本人最愛中文,「因為中文字美麗的地方就是一個字便是一個故事,所以用圖像或故事形式去幫助認字,這樣對小朋友來說是會增加學習中文的樂趣」。

在為Oscar選擇中文認字教材時,她採用了《基礎漢字500》。經過試用後,她和Oscar都喜愛上圖書的編排,認為「的確是一套專為學前兒童打造的、科學性的漢語文學法和識字法」。 對於出版社設計整整500課的思展方程式課程,「一開始令我望而生畏,感到無從入手」。不過,在跟着說明使用之後,便感到「其實很簡單」。

 小孩 

4歲半兒子 (開始:4歲;目前:快完成萌芽級)

4歲半的Oscar的語言發展進入高度敏感期,他很喜歡閱讀和學習新的字詞。目前學到萌芽級 (第二級)(綠色),希望能快些學到下一級躍進級 (橙色),相信能教導他更上層樓的進度。


 本人原述 

1. 你為甚麼會選用思展圖書?

因為很多家長推薦,也聽說很多海外華人家庭都用這套書教孩子學漢字,都學得很好。

2. 請談談你使用思展圖書的經歷。

Oscar每天最少讀2次 (早、晚各一次),每次5課。因為所有課文都只有5句 (5頁),每句最長只有12個字,所以每次只需5分鐘以下就可以完成,很適合專注時間不長的Oscar。

3. 請你分享一下使用基礎漢字500的體驗。每次閱讀的過程是怎樣? 有沒有配合其他活動?

我手上的《基礎漢字500》萌芽級 (第二級)(綠色) 是新版,每一課的生字上面加上了筆順 (我看部份家長手上舊版的好像沒有筆順。)  Oscar見到就會馬上取出白紙照着筆順練習摹寫。

我也會搭配「讀書郎」App,讓Oscar逐課利用朗讀音檔一起學習。

我也有利用字卡讓Oscar造句。在找尋字卡的過程中,他除了認字更能複習學過的生字,加強印象之餘而延伸到造句做實際演練,效果很好。

我們也有讀寶貝盒的故事。我喜歡那些故事內容比《基礎漢字500》的課文形式更多變化,單字也得到了更多不同組合,Oscar可以學到同一個字的新的用法和組合。而且同一級的故事題才很多元化,但又不太複雜,Oscar大部分能自己閱讀和理解,然後我會再和他談談內容。

        

4. 思展圖書最讓你喜歡的是甚麼?有沒有你不喜歡的地方呢?

我覺得最棒的是,出版社設計上把所有課文都有5頁設計加插相關文字的小故事,像繪本般有着大幅圖畫以及端正楷書、加大字體,這是特別適合孩子閱讀。另外還有普通話拼音,中英對照。很適合香港的小朋友學習兩文三語。

5. 如果你要再教一名孩子,還會使用思展圖書嗎?

一定會!

6. 請你為現在快要開始的家長提供一些心得和建議。

思展有很多周邊的學習資源,都是免費,家長應該多加利用。

好像新版的基礎漢字500每一冊末有幾頁的練習像是連連看、著色的小遊戲,就可以加深學習印象。

思展出版社部落格上有着豐富的語文練習、家長育兒歷程分享、免費學習資源下載… 也有豐富的專業文章,提供育兒和教育資訊。 我就剛下載過情感詞彙學習,覺得很實用。

另外「閱讀練習卡」是字卡式的設計,我覺得家長要多加利用,配合《基礎漢字500》的課程設計,5套一共也有500張閱讀練習卡。每張卡都有:級別、冊數、及課文標記,不怕亂,也好收拾整理。 初階使用可以用閃卡記憶方式單純認字,中階使用可以利用認閱讀練習卡設計一些小遊戲,讓孩子集中練習像是容易混淆的字。像是設計一些簡單的家庭遊戲活動: 接龍、翻牌遊戲…都可以利用字卡來讓孩子覺得學習中文是有趣而生動的。

   

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感謝 Oscar 媽媽與我們的分享。

雖然中文看似比英文難,但中文是很美麗的語文,只要有好的方法,孩子可以學得很輕鬆很開心。希望Oscar媽媽的分享能為你帶來新的鼓舞。加油喔~!

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Cherry 媽媽的經驗分享 – 利用字卡改善寫字筆畫佈局

香港大多數的媽媽都有全職工作,要同時兼顧工作與照顧孩子。而香港大多數幼稚園都會有寫讀功課,孩子要是沒有準備,就會感到吃力。

這次我們得到 Cherry 媽媽與我們分享她和女兒何莉妹妹使用思展圖書的學習體驗:在一個學期的時間取得了很大的進步。

 家庭狀況 (本人原述) 

我是生活在香港的在職媽媽。女兒就讀K1的時候生活悠閑,基本上沒有功課,但今年升上K2一切產生了很大的變化:除了每天有功課之外,還要開始寫字、認字。

我平日要上班,因此沒有很多時間陪女兒練習,大多利用假期和女兒一起看看書,玩認字遊戲,以求追上進度和學校的要求。

 小孩 

5歲女兒 - 是年尾出世的細B (開始:4歲半;尚未完成整個課程)


 本人原述 

1. 你為甚麼會選用思展圖書?

因為其他家長一致推薦。

2. 請談談你使用思展圖書的經歷。

我平日要上班,因此沒有很多時間陪女兒練習,大多利用周末和假期和女兒一起看書,也會利用配套的閱讀練習卡玩認字遊戲。

3. 請你分享一下使用基礎漢字500的體驗。每次閱讀的過程是怎樣? 有沒有配合其他活動?

我會和她看基礎漢字500,也會和她看寶貝盒的故事。有時間的話,會和她利用遊戲卡玩遊戲,練習寶貝盒教的額外生字。我知道思展部落格有其他家長設計的認字遊戲,但是還沒有試過。

4. 思展圖書最讓你喜歡的是甚麼?有沒有你不喜歡的地方呢?

我喜歡「思展讀書郎」的應用程式,可以在手機下載全級共100課的音檔,非常方便。

另外喜歡寶貝盒可以幫她重溫學過的生字,還可以令她更了解已認識的字的運用方法。而「遊戲認讀卡 」令她不能依賴圖案,更能專注認字,所以結合起來用很有效。

5. 如果你要再教一名孩子,還會使用思展圖書嗎?

一定會!

6. 請你為現在快要開始的家長提供一些心得和建議。

用認字卡單獨學習整個字型,可以增加她對每一筆一劃的分間感。再配合基礎500字,有助增強詞彙的認知,對組織完整句子表達有幫助。

何莉妹妹是年尾出世的細B,學期初時,每一筆長或短都不好掌握,通常字體都會偏向一邊,不能完整在整個方格中間。現在上學期完結,老師反映字體可以填滿整個方格,筆劃長短也分得清楚了。

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Vivian’s story – Learn Chinese characters directly

This week’s Parent Spotlight is Vivian Chen. She and her husband are raising two bilingual daughters in London. Her goal was to finish Sagebooks for both her daughters before they started mandatory schooling at 4 years old.

Family Background

I’m Taiwanese. My husband is English. We moved to London 5 years ago.

Children

6 year old daughter: started: 4; finished: 8 months
4 year old daughter: started: ~3.5; finished: 1.5 years


 In her Own Words 

1. Why did you choose Sagebooks?

We chose Sagebooks based on a friend’s recommendation. When my oldest girl was 3, we started to learn Zhuyin Fuhao (bopomofo) but felt we were not progressing fast enough. We decided to start to learn Chinese characters directly instead of the Taiwan transition way (start from zhuyin).

2. What was your experience with going through Sagebooks?

My oldest girl started at 4 and finished in about 8 months. My youngest girl started at 3.5 years old and finished in one and a half years. Because in UK mandatory school start quite early (4 years old) we wanted my oldest to finish Sagebooks before school started. For my youngest kid, we started early. Because she was too young it was a little bit hard to focus sometimes. We took a break some months last summer holiday then resumed again later. Finally it’s finished.

3. What did your typical lesson look like? Did you do additional activities?

We read at least one or two new sections everyday. We also repeated previous sections and used flashcards. After a couple hundred words, we started reading Taiwan primary school text books too, as well as some Chinese poems and 小豆豆學華語 to extend vocabulary and enhance the comprehension.

4. What did you like about Sagebooks? Was there anything you didn't?

Sagebooks has good structure to help kids learn the first 500 words. I like the idea of Treasure Boxes – especially for the first 100, 200 words. It made my kids feel as if they really could read a book. Even though it’s quite short and simple, it was a big achievement for them.

5. If you have more than one child, would you do it again?

Definitely.

6. Any advice for parents who are just starting?

Make this as a routine everyday. Each kid has a different personality.

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Po’s story – waiting until your child is ready pays off

This week’s Parent Spotlight is Po Tim King from Fortune Cookie Mom. She homeschools her four children in Hong Kong and is making good use of the sets! Po also creates lovely Chinese worksheets and activity sets and used her creations in conjunction with Sagebooks.

Family Background

My parents are both from Hong Kong so we are all native Cantonese speakers living in Hong Kong. My oldest daughter is 8 now, she read Sagebooks when she was 6.  My second daughter is 6 now, she is currently using Sagebooks. My third son is 4, I’m not going to officially start Sagebooks with him until he is ready, maybe 6 years old. And I have a 16-months old son, learning how to speak Cantonese and English.

Children

8 year old daughter: started: 6; finished: 5 months
6 year old daughter: started: ~6; currently at Budding Reader (Level 2), 4 months in
4 year old son (N/A)
1 year old son (N/A)


 In her Own Words 

1. Why did you choose Sagebooks?

I know there are different options of books like that, some of them are even cheaper. However, I chose Sagebooks because there are traditional Chinese that I need. I heard SO many good things about Sagebooks from everyone. I don’t remember – maybe it was Mandarin Mama. Someone took some photos and showed me the inside a little bit and I liked how simple and easy it was for my kids. Plus, when I was thinking about buying it, there was a discount so I bought it.

2. What was your experience with going through Sagebooks?

My oldest one when she was 6 years old she started reading from Beginning Reader Book 1 to the last book and she finished the whole thing about 5 months. I was in shock how much she loved it and how easy it was for her to learn it independently. Of course, in the first three sets, I sat her down and read with me almost everyday. After she got the first 300 characters, she started to understand the pattern and guessed most of the new characters herself. After that, she was addicted to read and learn all the characters. 

It was amazing to see once she got the basic characters, and she became in love with them. Now, she knows at least 1000 characters, she still would pick up Sagebooks Confident Reader (level 4)/ Fluent Reader (level 5) and read them for fun. One of the things she loves the most is how funny the content is. Also, she was motivated by the success that she had and it kept her going. I think that’s so important for kids to have.

My second child is working on it right now. I didn’t really push her to read since she is a more free will person. She didn’t like to be forced, but once she is interested in something, she will do it perfectly until it’s done. She was already learning indirectly from her older sister and throughout homeschooling. So whenever I pulled out a Sagebook and read with her, she learned very quickly. She is at the end of Budding Reader (level 2), it has been about 4 months. I’m planning on pushing her a little more in the summer, and hope she can finish more. I don’t want to require her to finish everything if she didn’t show interest. I would like her to take her time to love reading Chinese and learning Chinese with Sagebooks.

3. What did your typical lesson look like? Did you do additional activities?

I typically will sit down with one of my children one-on-one and guide them to read one book. If there are any characters that they kept forgetting, I will write them down on a piece of paper or on our whiteboard, so they get to look at them for the rest of the week. My oldest daughter can easily read the whole book or even two or three books; she is a bookworm. 

However, my second daughter can usually only read half of a book then she is done. Haaa… it depends, sometimes I will encourage her to finish the whole book, sometimes not. 

I also try to ask my oldest daughter to be the “teacher” and read with her sister. It works really well because two of them were actually learning at the same time, and I didn’t need to do anything. I will try to do it more in the future. Even for my second daughter (now is 6 years old), I will ask her to read to her brother (age 4) to let her show off the characters that she knows. It works great as well.

4. What did you like about Sagebooks? Was there anything you didn't?

I love the simplicity of Sagebooks. Each sentence builds on one another. And nothing too fancy or too hard that the child needs to take a lot of effort to learn tons of new characters in each sentence. Each book has 100 characters and they are small and light. It’s easy to bring it anywhere they want. 

The pictures, I don’t think it’s the prettiest one, but they do bring meaning, so that my kids can guess what the sentences’ meaning is on their own. It really helps them to build confidence in themselves and their ability to read in Chinese. I also LOVE LOVE the Treasure Box Set. They did a great job picking the topic and stories. I love those historical stories. They are awesome. 

I would love to have 501-1000+ characters!!! What’s next?? I don’t know. Some wording in Sagebooks is a little weird and very “Cantonese.” Haaaa…

5. If you have more than one child, would you do it again?

Yes. I bought the whole set and expect all four of my children will read them all.

6. Any advice for parents who are just starting?

Don’t compare your child’s process with others. I think they can wait to learn this “textbook” like set until they are a little bit older, at least 6 years old. I tried to read with my younger kid. I prefer to see miracles like my oldest daughter finishing the whole thing in 5 months by herself. She really loves reading in Chinese now, not by force. I think one of the reasons is because I let her choose and I waited until she was able to read with English first and then Chinese. Because of this basic skill, she could learn it much easier and faster and she gained great experience learning Chinese by then. I think it’s a very important foundation if we want them to keep learning Chinese. 

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Thank you so much for your responses, PoYour patience to wait until each child is ready and to adapt to their individual learning styles are excellent parenting skills. And your advice on not comparing children is indeed an invaluable reminder to all of us.

 

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Aussie Expert: 4-time expert shares her story

This week’s Parent Spotlight is Aussie Expert. Aussie has gone through the Sage Formula curriculum FOUR times - and she only has three kids! That’s dedication! She chose to teach her children both the Traditional and Simplified versions and as a result, really knows her way around the Sagebooks curriculum.

Family Background

I am an ABC (Australian-born Chinese) who learnt basic simplified Chinese as a young adult. My Chinese speaking and (especially) reading level has skyrocketed in the last two years since teaching my kids Chinese, with Sagebooks a crucial part of that journey!

I have now used Sagebooks a total of four and a half times. (Two times simplified, one time traditional, half twice with sets 4 and 5, and half with my youngest daughter!)

Children

7 year old son: started: ~7; finished: 4 months (Simplified), 4.5 months (Traditional)
5 year old daughter: started: ~5; finished: 7 months
4 year old daughter: started: 4; currently at Building Reader (Level 3), 13 months in


 In her Own Words 

1. Why did you choose Sagebooks?

I chose Sagebooks because of other people’s recommendations and the fact that it uses a systematic, spiral-up method for teaching kids to read Chinese. Initially I didn’t want to teach my kids to read Chinese, thinking my own level was so low and that I would rather spend time and resources on speaking, but I’m glad that I did, and Sagebooks made it easy to learn to read for all of us in a well-organised way.

2. What was your experience with going through Sagebooks?

I’ve used Sagebooks many times now with my kids.

Child 1 (boy): Started Sagebooks at nearly 7 years old, knew 350 simplified characters already (60% of Sagebook characters he already knew, 40% were new for him). He finished in four months, learning two new characters per day. This fast rate was possible because many characters were already familiar to him and he was older when we started Sagebooks.

I found that he had lower retention for sets 4 and 5, so we re-did both sets a few months later.

He currently reads 1200-1400 simplified characters.

Then I decided I wanted to teach him traditional characters too. However, I didn’t know how to read traditional and had always been intimidated by it, so I purchased a second set of Sagebooks in traditional characters and we went through that too together. I found that 158 out of the 500 characters were new to him (unique to traditional), so only 31% of the material was new to him. Again, he went through the curriculum very quickly, finishing in four and a half months.

Child 2 (girl): Started Sagebooks at 5 years old, knew approximately 50 characters already. Finished in seven months.

Again, retention of sets 4 and 5 were lower so I re-did these two sets with her a few months later.

She currently reads 800-900 characters.

3. What did your typical lesson look like? Did you do additional activities?

Review the “currently learning” characters (approximately 12 of them) from previous or future chapters with flashcards.

Review 20 “old” characters from previous sets with Anki flashcards (only did this with my youngest).

Read through two previous chapters of Sagebooks and 1-2 new chapters, ALWAYS covering the pinyin with a strip of thick paper.

NOTE: I have found covering the pinyin to be a crucial step with Sagebooks. I don’t want my kids to rely on pinyin to read like I did when I was young. Even now I have not formally taught my son pinyin. He only got a little bit of pinyin teaching at a Chinese school he no longer attends, but when I tested him recently at home, he was surprisingly accurate with his pinyin regardless!

4. What did you like about Sagebooks? Was there anything you didn't?

I like the systematic, spiral-up approach of Sagebooks.

I don’t like the pinyin present above the characters. It would be better if the pinyin was at the back of the book in a “cheat-sheet” for parents to refer to.

Also, the built-in natural review of characters in sets 4 and 5 is less as the number of characters learnt gets higher.

I wish that Sagebooks continued up to 1000 characters! But we find other ways (reading simple readers and books) to continue their reading journey.

5. If you have more than one child, would you do it again?

See above.

6. Any advice for parents who are just starting?

This is a great method for kids and parents to learn to READ Chinese, especially if you and the kids have basic spoken Chinese already. It is pricey but worth it, especially if you have multiple children. It is not a method to learn how to SPEAK Chinese.

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Ruby’s story: each child has their unique learning experience

This week’s Parent Spotlight is Ruby Yu. It’s always fun to see the different experiences even within the same family. Ruby’s experience reminds us that our children are different people from one another and age plays a bigger factor than we may think.

Family Background

Ruby went to college in Taiwan and her husband was born and raised in America. They speak Chinese at home, have had some Chinese tutors over the years, and both her children attend a regular elementary school.

Children

7 year old daughter (started: 5; finished: 6 months)
5 year old daughter (started: 4.5; finished: 18 months)


 In her Own Words 

1. Why did you choose Sagebooks?

I chose Sagebooks after reading the Mandarin Mama and Guavarama blogs. They were very convincing. I was originally using random flashcards from Taiwan but they were mainly nouns and did not help much with reading.

2. What was your experience with going through Sagebooks?

I am cheap and refuse to pay for shipping, so I asked coworkers that travel to HK to buy them for me one set at a time. By the time I got the books, my oldest daughter was 5. My goal was to finish them before she started Kindergarten and English took over. It took her 6 months.

My youngest daughter was excited about “learning” since she’s watched her older sister learn Chinese for so long. I started her early when she turned 4. She was super slow and could only do one character a day, and that wasn’t even terribly consistent. By the time she turned 5, I realized that she wouldn’t be able to finish before Kindergarten if we don’t step it up. We are now on the last book and she has 8 characters to go. It would be the 1.5 year mark. It was painful. Maybe I should have started later.

3. What did your typical lesson look like? Did you do additional activities?

We do 1~3 characters a day. Before we start, I show the flashcards of the characters we’ve already covered. I pull out the ones they don’t remember, and we read through those chapters first. Then we read the new material. We generally read through the text once. When there are characters they’re stuck on, I just move on. Might as well learn more that they can remember than spend extra time on ones that they can’t.

4. What did you like about Sagebooks? Was there anything you didn't?

I loved Sagebooks though I hear it’s an acquired taste. My kids enjoyed the story line, they enjoyed the illustrations, they enjoyed counting the hairs on each of the characters. I liked the characters they’ve chosen. I did not like the supplementary material. The little booklets, forgot what they were called, and the idioms book were not very good imo. The stories were lame, but I don’t blame them. What exciting story can you tell in 100 characters anyway. But yeah. Lame. Wish I didn’t get them.

5. If you have more than one child, would you do it again?

Dude. I am so done having children.

6. Any advice for parents who are just starting?

Not really. Just be consistent. Don’t stop. Don’t break. Just keep going.

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Fleur 的分享 – 妥善計劃+規律性是關鍵

(本文譯自英文版原文 For the original version in English please click here)

對於想在家教導孩子認讀,但面對基礎漢字500課程時又望而卻步的家長來說,日常工作的忙碌往往是其中的原因。我們固然有各自的情況和困境,但只要稍為計劃一下,總有辦法妥善安排。

這裏與我們分享體驗的Fleur,雖然她在自己的文章中並沒有提及,但在她教導大女兒的那段時期,她和先生兩夫妻都要上班,每天光是花在上班/下班的交通時間就要3小時。而到了教導第二名女兒的時候,其中3-4個月她更須獨自帶着三名女兒與另一位朋友全家在亞洲地區多個國家遊歷工幹。

換言之,只要你願意,就一定會有方法完成課程的。

 家庭狀況 (本人原述) 

Fleur 是在美國出生的第二代台灣移民,能以略為生疏的國語與人溝通。她小時候從父母那裏接觸到中文,到了大學曾正式學過國語。她的先生只會英文,但為了三名女兒學過一些基本的對話。他們目前以家庭學堂的形式,在家用中文上課,因此三個孩子對國語掌握得比較好。

 小孩 

9歲半長女 (開始:5.5歲;完成:7-8個月)
6歲半女兒 (開始:第一次5歲,第二次6歲;完成:7-8個月)
4歲女兒 (尚未開始)


 本人原述 

1. 你為甚麼會選用思展圖書?

因為我聽 Guavarama 和另一位朋友的介紹,覺得是一個不錯的課程,而我自己也應該應付得來。

2. 請談談你使用思展圖書的經歷。

與大女兒 (5歲半開始,大約7-8個月就完成) 的過程很順利。每星期兩三次,我們會一起看課書。我隨她喜歡一次讀幾課就幾課。(一般每次3-5課,啟蒙級和萌芽級的時候每次會讀多些。)

第二個女兒有些困難 (5歲時開始過一次,6歲時再試一次,花了大約7-8個月完成)。主要是因為我沒有堅持一個規律,幾次因為工幹/學校/時間安排困難而反覆停頓。最終我們有了一個規律性之後,每次她能讀2-3課。

3. 請你分享一下使用基礎漢字500的體驗。每次閱讀的過程是怎樣? 有沒有配合其他活動?

大女兒基本上每次學新字和讀新課。重複又重複,沒有其他添加的活動。

二女兒也一樣。

4. 思展圖書最讓你喜歡的是甚麼?有沒有你不喜歡的地方呢?

我很喜歡課程設計的重複性,孩子能記得牢。

5. 如果你要再教一名孩子,還會使用思展圖書嗎?

會的。

5. 請你為現在快要開始的家長提供一些心得和建議。

規律性是關鍵。不要把一次能讀幾課訂為目標,而是要想:每天(或盡量經常)都要讀一下,哪怕是一丁點兒也好。

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家長 PharmGirl 的經驗分享 – 孩子各有自己的獨點

(本文譯自英文版原文 For the original version in English please click here)

歡迎 PharmGirl 與我們分享她的體驗。她與我們分享她利用基礎漢字500教導第一和第二名孩子的經歷。

 家庭狀況 (本人原述) 

PharmGirl 有三名孩子。她每個月外出工作數天,其餘時間都在家進行家庭教學。先生全職工作,能聽懂廣東話但不會說,與孩子們以英語溝通。PharmGirl 自己是在美國出生的第二代台灣移民,能說流利的國語。她基本上能閱讀繁體中文,也懂國標注音和普通話拼音。

 小孩 

6歲長女 (開始:2.5歲;完成:4歲)
4歲兒子 (開始:3.5歲;尚未完成)
1.5歲女兒 (尚未開始)


 本人原述 

1. 你為甚麼會選用思展圖書?

因為其他家長一致推薦。

2. 請談談你使用思展圖書的經歷。

我的大女兒在兩歲半時開始,13個月就完成了全套課程。我讓第二名孩子(男孩)三歲半才開始,讀到第二冊,他就有些抗拒,也記不牢一些字。當他四歲時我再重新開始。只花了四個月就學會了200個字。

3. 請你分享一下使用基礎漢字500的體驗。每次閱讀的過程是怎樣? 有沒有配合其他活動?

當我教大女兒的時候,我依照思展建議,每天上五節,每天學一個新字和複習四課舊課,就是 1-5、2-6、3-7…。視乎她的學習情況,有時也會用閃卡作輔助,也會將進度減慢。她很喜歡描寫漢字,所以我為她做了白板本子。

第二名孩子學起字來比較快,所以也用不着閃卡。但他每次只讀四課,就坐不穩了。但我經常會一天教他2-3課新課。

4. 思展圖書最讓你喜歡的是甚麼?有沒有你不喜歡的地方呢?

我喜歡課程設計裏面就包含了重複性的溫習。孩子們也喜歡那些角色插圖。總之這套方法很見效。

書中有些拼音的錯誤,但因為我教孩子沒有用拼音,所以並不影響我們的學習。我用的是繁體版,當中發現有些錯字 (出現簡體字了)。 大女兒不太喜歡躍進級和信心級的寶貝盒,也許主要是因為她這個年紀還沒有耐性一次看完整個故事吧。所以當實力級寶貝盒出版的時候我也沒有買。

5. 如果你要再教一名孩子,還會使用思展圖書嗎?

一定會!我打算三名孩子都學習思展方程式。

5. 請你為現在快要開始的家長提供一些心得和建議。

我們要明白一點:就是每個孩子都不一樣。有需要的時候可以擱外一段時間再重新開始。但一定要堅持下去。

作為家長,我們很自然會將小孩互相比較。但應該盡量避免這樣做。雖然我的大女兒很早就開始認讀,很快就完成整套課程,可以後來就出現了很多其他問題。完成了思展圖書之後的一年我們採用了另一套漢字閱讀圖書。即使如此,四歲半的她仍然欠缺一般早讀孩子所擁有的耐力和理解力。

因此對第二名的兒子我等到他三歲半才讓他開始。但對他來說還是太早了些。到了他四歲,我發現他似乎進入了語言的高敏期。他對一些描象的字也不像他姐姐一般感到掌握困難。

最重要是要有規律。每天都要閱讀。即使有時只是由你來讀,也不要中斷。我的小孩到了晚上總是不愛去睡覺,所以你可想而知我家最佳的閱讀時段是甚麼時候了。

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Tiger Woo’s Story – adds zhuyin & games

This week’s Parent Spotlight is Tiger Woo. Since Tiger Woo’s kids already knew how to read English, she wisely covered the pinyin and English translations. She also incorporates an added dimension of teaching her daughter both the zhuyin and stroke order of the characters they review.

Family Background

Tiger Woo and her husband both immigrated from Taiwan in elementary school. They speak mostly English at home but everyone is fluent in Chinese and English. Her son attended a Mandarin Immersion school for K-2 and all her children are now attending a regular elementary school.

Children

10 year old son (started: 6; finished: 7-8 months)
7 year old daughter (started: 5; currently still learning)


 In her Own Words 

1. Why did you choose Sagebooks?

I chose Sagebooks because I was looking for progressive Chinese readers in Traditional Chinese much like the BOB readers for English. I liked the repetition of the characters as they introduced new ones to help the reader feel more confident in their reading abilities. It also helped that it was highly recommended by my friends who had a lot of success using the books.

2. What was your experience with going through Sagebooks?

I first used Sagebooks with my son at the end of Kindergarten and early First Grade so around the age of 6. He was at a Mandarin Immersion school so had already learned a hundred or so characters in Kindergarten so we went through the first set of Sagebooks fairly quickly and he was done with all 5 sets in about 7-8 months. He was a pretty confident English reader so I had to cover up the pinyin on each page so he would concentrate on the characters instead.

I’m currently going through Sagebooks with my daughter who started when she was 5 and we are just now finishing the third set. It has been slow going since she is more resistant to Chinese but also because I had her spend 6 months learning/practicing zhuyin as well. I also have to cover up the pinyin as well when we read Sagebooks together since she can read English.

3. What did your typical lesson look like? Did you do additional activities?

We designate 5 characters, read the chapters a few times until she recognizes the character. I usually print out the character for her to practice writing it using the Rainbow characters technique as we go over stroke order. I also go over the zhuyin for each of those characters. We play games where she has to match the characters with their corresponding zhuyin.

4. What did you like about Sagebooks? Was there anything you didn't?

I wish the illustrations were a little more engaging but she seemed to like it ok.

5. If you have more than one child, would you do it again?

I used this for my oldest and am currently using it for my second. 

6. Any advice for parents who are just starting?

Consistency is key. Everyone is always super busy with the various activities the kids are in but just carving out that 20 mins a day really makes a difference in character retention.

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Thank you so much for your responses, Tiger Woo! Many people write in asking about what to do if their kids can already read English and covering it up is the easiest! Also, your suggestion of being consistent is a great reminder to all of us parents.

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Vickie W 的體驗 – 忙碌家長的教學良伴

(本文譯自英文版原文 For the original version in English please click here)

歡迎 Vickie W 與我們分享她的體驗。Vickie W 每星期要上50小時的班。她等到女兒4歲才開始教她中文。雖然她的女兒起步較晚,但藉着基礎漢字500的課程能取得很好的成果,這很值得大家感到鼓舞。

 家庭狀況 (本人原述) 

Vickie W: 我是台灣人,母語是國語。我出生於台灣,直到9歲才跟隨父母移居到沙地阿拉伯。後來又轉移到美國,並一直在美國生活到現在。我在沙地阿拉伯時每星期一次會去上中文班,當時的中文班沿用台灣的中文學校課程,我跟着課程完成了中三。由於在家中我們只說國語,而且直到我讀大學的中段為止,每年的暑假我們都會回台灣住兩個月,再加上我本身熱愛閱讀中文小說,所以我的中文水平得以維繫了。

我的先生: 他是第三代美藉墨西哥人。他的母語是英文,中文大概只會5個字再加上他跟着女兒學的一些零碎字。他在高校和大學修過西班牙語,能說流利的西班牙語,但跟女兒沒有用來交談。

我和先生都要每星期外出上班大約50小時,即使在家有時也要繼續工作。我們請有一位全職的褓母照顧孩子,她和孩子說西班牙語。

 小孩 

女兒現在已5歲半。她1歲半時我開始教她說中文,在那之前她因為褓母的關係可能說西班牙語比較多。我很相信她最先說的字是 mas agua。開始時,我的目標只是想為她建立一個每晚睡前閱讀的習慣,所以每晚都會和她讀一本中文故事書。我也讓她看巧虎。大約一年後,我就開始教她認一些中文字。從2.5歲到4.5歲她上過中文浸透班,還可以,只是我認為那位老師用太多英文了。

她到了4歲左右才開始說較多的中文,我也在那個時候盡量和她多說國語。我為她換了一所學校,新的國語班比之前的好得多。目前我們的家庭國語接觸包括睡前閱讀、看巧虎、看國語卡通片、和與我的國語交談。

小兒子現正才10個月大,還沒開始說話。


 本人原述 

1. 你為甚麼會選用思展圖書?

女兒要到了4歲才開始真正地說中文。她3歲半時我用過Better Chinese來教她。我認為她要是學多了一致性的短句就會能把它們串起來。我也開始將一些中文字片在家中隨意放着用來教她認字。

就在那時候我開始搜索教中文的方法,看到了Mandarin Mama和Guavarama的介紹。我認為當時她還不適合使用思展圖書。她4歲時我們回過台灣去過年,那次她和完全不會英語的表姐玩。我發現突然她就會用一切能力將她所會的中文都串起來要和表姐溝通,也開始和她認為不會說英語的人用中文說話。

終於,在這個基礎上,加上我希望能記錄下她所認識的漢字數目(這一點主要是為了我自己),在看了很多家長的評價後,我決定開始使用思展圖書。我想那應該是在2017年底、2018年初那段時間吧。

2. 請你分享一下使用基礎漢字500的體驗。每次閱讀的過程是怎樣? 有沒有配合其他活動?

我們開始使用思展圖書時,女兒已經5歲了。她之前已學會了大約150-200個字,因此頭兩級的進度很快。大約3個月之前我們開始了第三級,目前剛完成了第三冊,進度比之前兩級慢。我們也沒有甚麼特定的每日計劃,但每晚睡覺前一定會讀基礎漢字500。

有一點我很喜歡:要是我那天很累,我可以只和她看一課,要是有精神,我也可以一次和她讀四課。每完成一冊書,我都會和她溫習一次才開始讀下一冊。要是她還記不牢,我會和她再溫習一次。經過兩次溫習以後,即使她還沒完全記牢,我也會繼續看下一冊的。這樣才可以保持她的興趣。

通常我們一天讀兩課。我會讓她描一下那課的生字,然後讓她自已讀,她遇上不會讀的字我才幫她。目前我們沒有看拼音。當我們完成了一冊書做溫習的時候會每之讀四課,就是說一個星期就可以溫習完一冊。視乎她對生字的記憶能力,有時會再溫一次才學下一冊。唯一的其他配合活動是看寶貝盒的故事。啟蒙級和萌芽級的故事較短,但躍進級開始就較長了,所以每次我讓她只看四頁。

3. 你最喜歡思展圖書的甚麼? 不喜歡的又是甚麼? 

我喜歡它容易用,我不必做其他的組織也不用多想。我覺得對我這種每週工作50小時、孩子沒睡自己就隨時能睡得着的忙碌母親來說是很大的幫助。我發現有些印刷上的錯誤,例如有時會漏了每課最後的「完」字。

4. 要是你要教另一個孩子,還會用思展圖書嗎?

我絕對會用思展圖書教我第二名孩子。這套書不便宜,當然要物盡其用!我希望我第二個孩子能早些開始學。

5. 請你為現在快要開始的家長提供一些心得。

首先,我覺得對孩子要有耐性。當我女兒2歲時,她完全聽不懂我說中文,當時我根本沒想過能有一天和她用國語交談。即使孩子們一開始好像總學不會,只要持之以恆,必定能學成。每天訂一個小小的、容易達到的目標,也可以訂個每週目標。最重要是大家高高興興地一起學習!

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我們非常感謝 Vickie W 抽空與我們分享。謝謝您!

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