This review looks at the Squid for Brains Readers (also called Mandarin Chapter Books) published by none other than Squid for Brains. These are different from the Squid for Brains Picture Books which I’ve reviewed earlier, however the Readers are just as zany and unique. One thing I try really hard to do with thisContinue reading “Book Review: Squid for Brains Chapter Books”
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Ting xie word lists and apps for Singapore curriculum
This post has links to all the wordlists I have created which align with the MOE Primary Chinese curriculum 欢乐伙伴. They’re ready-made in Skritter and ready for you to use.
Best Children’s English Composition & Creative Writing Books
Great companion texts to encourage English compositions and creative writing, which will work in an Asian context too.
Book Review: Squid for Brains Picture Books
Squid for Brains picture books have fun, readable and accessible content for beginners learning Chinese as a second language. They are designed based on the theory of comprehensible input. combined with a dose of good humour.
Christmas gifts for preschoolers 2022…. with a Chinese literacy twist!
It’s my final blog post for the year! As always, the entire month before Christmas will be dedicated to a social media free Advent period (so please forgive the spelling errors, as this is being hurriedly typed in the few minutes before we jump on a plane). Given there is still time to buy ChristmasContinue reading “Christmas gifts for preschoolers 2022…. with a Chinese literacy twist!”
Helping a child to write Chinese characters
Creative ways o encourage your child to write more in Chinese, from apps to smart pens, and magnetic tiles.
Book Review: 朱尔多日记 Zhu Er’s Diary
This review is of a bridging book set 朱尔多日记 (Zhū ěr’s Diary), which is ideal for middle-to-upper primary school readers. My daughter borrowed it recently from the library. Until that point, I really thought we’d heard of most of the better known early chapter booksets from mainland China, especially those written in diary format, but apparentlyContinue reading “Book Review: 朱尔多日记 Zhu Er’s Diary”
Alpha Egg AI Writing Pen: Parent Review
A smart digital pen which teaches a child how to WRITE Chinese characters using traditional pen and paper.
Book Review: The Power of the Earth
The Power of the Earth 地球的力量科学绘本 is a book set for children who are nature lovers, geographers and mathematicians. See what it’s all about!
Parent Review: Alpha Egg Dictionary Pen T10
This post is a review of iFlyTek Alpha Egg Reading Pen T10 – a handheld multi-language dictionary and translating pen. It can scan just about any printed text and give an explanation or translation. The Alpha Egg T10 is designed to be kid-friendly and allows the user to accurately and quickly translate from/to different languagesContinue reading “Parent Review: Alpha Egg Dictionary Pen T10”