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Song 6:Little White Rabbit

Little white rabbit White so white With two ears standing It loves to eat carrots and cabbage… This song brings back a lot of sweet memories for any Chinese. It is one of the classic piece that almost everybody in China knows. Well, now your child is about to learn it...

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5 Questions to Ask a Potential Tutor

Photo Credit: quinnanya According to Dr. Sandi Ayaz, executive director of the National Tutoring Association, private tutoring in the U.S. alone has “exploded tenfold” over the past eight years. While some parents hire tutors to help their children overcome academic obstacles, other parents hire tutors to encourage and challenge their children in ways that might not be possible in a classroom setting. In Chinese learning it falls into both categories. Whatever the objective of the tutoring may be, it’s important for parents to take the time to locate and hire a tutor who will work well with their child’s learning style and personality. To ensure you have found the right tutor for your child, ask your tutor the following questions before beginning lessons: 1. What is your teaching style? Every student learns differently, which is why it’s impossible for school teachers to structure their classroom lessons to match each individual student’s preferred learning style. The right private tutor, however, can adapt lessons to cater to your child’s strengths whether he is an auditory learner (learns best by listening), visual learner (learns best through sight) or a kinesthetic learner (learns best through experience). Before you hire a tutor, find out if he can structure lessons in a format that is conducive to your child’s preferred learning style. 2. What is your plan for helping my child? While this may seem...

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Mid-Autumn Festival

Sept 08 is Aug 15 in Chinese lunar calendar. It is so called Mid-Autumn festival, a festival for families to get together to enjoy fruit, eat moon cake and admire the round moon. Here is a good introduction of this important festival: There is a story about moon — Chang E. To watch the story, please visit here. If you want to find out even more, there is a famous song “Bright Moon Sends Yearning Over A Thousand Miles” which expresses deep yearning of the loved ones over great...

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How to Use Popplet for Mind-mapping

There are some good apps in iPad for creating mind maps. My favorite one is called Popplet. With some learning, even children at Kindergarten age can create good mind maps. HOW DOES IT WORK It is quite easy to use Popplet. Here are the basic steps: 1. Open the app and click on the banner “make new popplet”. 2. Give a name to the popplet, I gave a name as “Summer”. Then click on “make it so!” and you are ready to create. 3. Now you have a blank page of one popplet in the middle. 4. Click on the grey circles around the popplet and create other linking popplets. You can change the frame colors and font sizes to make your popplet attractive. Normally the central theme is located in the center and all the other words can be put in the connecting popplets. You can also handwrite or type text; of course you can insert images or free draw pictures to make the mind map even clearer. For young children, it is totally OK for them to draw and speak about their drawings and the connection among them. Once the popplet is done, it can be saved locally on iPad. It can also be emailed as either an image or PDF. To do it, you just need to click on “export” and choose the right command. Here...

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Use Mindmap to Introduce Words of Common Theme

If I list my favorite season, it is SUMMER. Thinking of summer, lots of images would pop up in my mind: sun, beach, sea, swimming, sunbathing, playing, reading, chatting with friends, walking in the busy downtown at night, enjoying an ice cream, fish, watermelon… In two words, good time! Children may visualize Summer with similar or different images. A good way to teach children words or phrases of those scenes is to help them establish a Summer vocabulary map. To achieve this, we can first invite children to brainstorm their idea about Summer. It is OK to draw pictures, to name them in Chinese, pinyin or even in English. Below you can find an example. Based on the mind map suggested by children, relevant words and phrases can be taught to the kids. Experience shows that it is an effective way teaching kids a group of words and phrases that they can use immediately. Back to the words mentioned in the mindmap, here they are: 夏天 Summer 大海 Sea 游戏 Play 西瓜 Watermelon 旅游 Travel 读书 Read 冰激凌 ice cream 太阳 Sun In the following post, I will show you how to use iPad to create a digital mind...

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