Is reaching Chinese fluency a realistic goal for non-native children?

This post compares the different schooling approaches to learning Chinese in Singapore (local school vs bilingual immersion), and how this translates into learning outcomes from a native-speaking perspective. It also lists good bridging books to encourage bilingualism and biliteracy.

Bilingual Chinese Books that teach Kindness and Peace to Inspire Children

8 bilingual Chinese-English books on the topic of kindness, peace and unity. The picture books selected in this post teach children about kindness through a variety of approaches – such as stories, poems, use of metaphors, or profiling peacemakers.

Review: Luka Idioms Smart Flashcards 哆学成语智慧卡

If you have a Luka Reading Robot, you shouuld consider getting the Luka Idioms Smart Flashcards 哆学成语智慧卡. Chinese idioms, or 成语 (chéng yǔ), are short (generally) four-character Chinese phrases which offer gems of wisdom – usually accompanied by fascinating origin stories.  They are really meaningful for children to learn, especially as can be common kindsContinue reading “Review: Luka Idioms Smart Flashcards 哆学成语智慧卡”

Books About Mid-Autumn Festival To Read With Your Kids

Mid Autumn Festival (中秋节 Zhōng qiū jié)  is just around the corner, and it’s one of our favourite festivals of the year! Here’s a review of what’s on our bookshelf this month, including books across a range of reading abilities, for pre-schoolers to read by themselves, through to books which can be enjoyed by readingContinue reading “Books About Mid-Autumn Festival To Read With Your Kids”

Book Review: House of 100 Storeys 100层的房子 (3 book set)

A stunningly illustrated and imaginative book set about houses which are 100 stories tall…. very similar concept to 13-Storey Tree House in English.

Book Review: Elephant and Piggie series in Chinese 开心小猪和大象哥哥

Elephant and Piggie is one hilarious book set! Suitable for nascent readers ages 4 to 8, with simple words, short sentences, lots of repetition, and clear illustrations with plenty of clues.
Originally written in English, and translated into Chinese.

Singaporean Children’s Picture Books about Singapore!

Children’s picture books by Singaporean authors on topics which make our Singapore unique – from coolies and Samsui women, to traditional food and festivals.

Book Review: Let’s Celebrate Singaporean Malay Traditional Festivals and Customs

A locally produced series of 3 books, called 大家来过节 “Let’s Celebrate – Singaporean Festivals and Customs”, details traditional festivals and customs celebrated by the ethnic groups in Singapore. With Hari Raya Haji coming up this week, we read the book on Malay Customs, and learnt a lot along the way.

Chinese books from favourite TV shows – Book Review: Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Magic Schoolbus, Octonauts

This post is sharing on books from our four favourite series from television, which we have in Simplified Chinese.   I’ve reviewed them in order from easiest to hardest, from a Chinese fluency perspective.  All of these series reviewed below are compatible with the Luka reading companion, for page-by-page audio and all are available to borrowContinue reading “Chinese books from favourite TV shows – Book Review: Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Magic Schoolbus, Octonauts”