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.
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…
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.
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…
New Chinese Learning Apps for Kids in 2022
In edu-tech, nothing stays still. This post is a round up of the new entrants and major upgrades that have happened in the Chinese Learning Apps for Kids space during first half of 2022. The exciting part is that there are…
Maomi Stars: review of the best Chinese literacy app for preschoolers
What is Maomi Stars? Maomi Stars is a Chinese literacy app for children, perhaps an equivalent to the English kindergarten literacy apps like Starfall, ABC Mouse or Reading Eggs. It’s been meticulously researched, and tested on children, and offers several great…
Youdao Dictionary Pen 3 Review
有道 Youdao Dictionary Pen 3.0 offers quick translation between Chinese, English and Spanish! This is an honest comparison between the 3.0 version and earlier versions.
Review: Youdao Pocket Printer for Chinese home learning
Super cute little thermal printer, which is ink-less and wireless, and connects to your phone. You can print notes, photos, flashcards, invitations, and much more, including Simplified Chinese character range, with OCR text extraction.
Teaching kids Chinese in a monolingual home – how to start?
How do you encourage a child to love and speak Chinese when you don’t speak it? Here are ideas for non Chinese speaking parents on ways to teach the language and increasing Chinese exposure to enable children to attain fluency,
Best Chinese Pop Songs for Kids: Mando pop & C-pop for families to enjoy
Songs are a great way to learn a language. This post shares catchy and clean Mando pop / C-pop songs for children from across the decades.
Skritter review: app to learn Chinese characters and tingxie
Skritter is the BEST way we’ve discovered to practice tingxie. Spaced repetition, customised wordlists, and effortless progress tracking. It includes pronunciation, tones, and much more.
Building a Chinese book library at home for children
This post outlines how you can go about creating your own children’s Chinese book collection at home, and what to think about as you do it. It includes the types of books we have by age, genre and author, and also…
Chinese Flash cards and Montessori Leitner Box approach for kids
Have you ever struggled to find the perfect Chinese flashcards and wanted to design you own? And what do you do once you find them? This post is about different types and uses for flashcards, including in a Leitner Box.
Excellent resources for meaningful home learning
Best out-of-the-box home curriculums which we’ve discovered for busy mums to support their kids with literacy in Chinese, & English, Math , and ,exploring nature as a family.
Dim Sum Warriors Bilingual Learning System – interview with CEO
An interview with Dr Woo Yen Yen, the co-creator of Dim Sum Warriors Bilingual Learning System 点心侠. Learn what translanguaging is, and how it can be effective and fun tool on a bilingual journey.
Extensive Reading: The secret to learning Chinese
Extensive Reading has been the key to our family’s Chinese learning. It’s about reading widely for pleasure, focusing on of texts where >98% of words/characters are known. This post describes how the approach works, and how stress free it can be.…
1000+ Chinese Picture Books compatible with Luka Reading Robot
Our 1000 favourite Chinese picture books to read with Luka Reading Robot or Luka Hero, split by age groups, along with tips on how to find great Chinese picture books for Luka.
Chinese eBook Apps for Children: Comparison and Review
A detailed comparison of nine Chinese e-Book platforms for Children, including Wawayaya JoyReader, Dudu, Ellabook, Epic, and others. The posts covers the range of books available, ease of use, and key considerations.
iFlytek Alpha Egg versus Youdao Dictionary Pen 科大讯飞扫描笔 vs 有道
This post is a detailed comparison of iFlytek Alpha Egg versus the Youdao Dictionary pen (科大讯飞扫描笔 vs 有道) in terms of design, accuracy, and other key features. They are both excellent options, and the race is clearly on between dictionary pen…
Learning in Lockdown! – Chinese HBL resources
If you’re feeling the fear (again) of what the next month may look like for homeschooling, then this post is for you. This was a post I had hoped wouldn’t be needed. It’s a simple list of what worked best for…
Parent Review: Alpha Egg Dictionary Pen Q3
A review of iFlyTek Alpha Egg Reading Pen – a handheld dictionary pen, which can read any printed Chinese or English text. It’s specifically designed to be kid friendly, accurate, and allows the user to effectively read and/or translate between the…
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