Step up your child’s reading with Study Cards

If Chinese is not your child’s first language, you might sometimes find them reluctant to speak it or read Chinese out loud. This is mainly caused by a lack of confidence, which is completely normal for anyone who is learning a second language, especially if your child starts at an older age.
This is when you can use Study Cards to achieve some breakthroughs.
Let us walk you through a few games.

 Character Matching Game 認字配對 

  1. Choose 3-4 cards, lay them out in front of your child.
  2. Choose a sentence that your child has already learnt from the book. Point to one of the characters in this sentence and ask them to point to the card of the same character.
  3. If several children are learning and playing at the same time, you can turn this into a little contest to see who can spot the answer first. Such contest can boost focus and performance.
  4. As your child gets better at spotting the same character, you can choose cards with similar characters, such as 他、她、地 or 天、大、人. This helps your child to focus on details.
  1. 選3-4張字卡排在孩子面前。
  2. 從課文中選一句孩子已學過的句子,指着這句子的其中一個字,請他從字卡片找出相同的字。
  3. 如果有幾個學生在一起的話,還可以比賽誰最快找到。競賽往往可以提高遊戲性和專注力,提高辨認力。
  4. 隨着孩子能力的進步,可以選字形類同的字,訓練孩子辨別細部的能力,例如:他、她、地 / 天、大、人⋯等。

 Homophonic / rhyming characters 同音字 / 近音字 

  1. Choose one study card (e.g. 羊), then lay out another 3 cards in front of your child, making sure one of them is homophonic of 羊 (e.g. 牛、陽、門). Ask your child to identify which character is pronounced the same as (or rhymes with) 羊.
  2. Other monophemic / rhyming character pairs: 每 — 妹 / 樹 — 書 / 明 — 名 / 越 — 月.
  1. 選一張字卡 (例如:羊),放3張字卡在孩子面前 (例如:牛、陽、門),請孩子找出同音/近音字。
  2. 其他字組例子:每 — 妹 / 樹 — 書 / 明 — 名 / 越 — 月

 Care Taker 和漢字深化感情 

  1. At the beginning of each week, choose 3 cards from the list of characters that your child has already learnt, and ask them to take good care of them. Ask your child to check that they are in good condition everyday.
  2. When you read with your child, ask your child to take the card out whenever you come across the same character. Your child can also make some kind of record of it.
  3. At the end of the week, ask your child, “Which character has been read the most times?” Which character do they feel closest to?
  1. 每星期挑選3張字卡,讓孩子負責保管好:請孩子要每天檢查一下,看字卡是否都完好無損。
  2. 當你和孩子一起閱讀時,每當句子中讀到孩子保管的字,孩子將字卡拿出來示意並做記錄。
  3. 一星期之後,哪個字出被讀過的次數最多?孩子和哪個字最有感情?

With the Study Cards and the games, you can get your child to engage without being forced to read or say the words. Your child will gradually become more familiar with the characters and the sounds. They will eventually build up the confidence to take the next step in their learning journey.
We continuously develop new games to help children to learn while having fun. Please stay tuned for our upcoming posts and videos.​​​​​​​