How to Utilize Classroom Labels to Facilitate Chinese Learning

I know teachers, parents and educators are enjoying their summer vacation, but you are probably already thinking about ideas and plans for next year.  Before the kids come back, decorating the classroom is one of the most important things to do. I wanted to decorate my home-school area with Chinese decorations, and Chinese classroom labels, but I couldn’t find very many.

So I have created a “Classroom Labels Jumbo Pack” {Chinese characters, with Pinyin, and with English} which contains over 100 pieces labels.

 

 

Labeling Benefits Everyone in the Classroom

 

Better Classroom Organization and Managment

Kids respond better, have more fun, and learn to be independent when you put labels all over the classroom. It is easier for kids to clean up and organize the classroom if there are labels for everything and they know where everything belongs. Their self-confidence will increase because they will be able to be proactive. At the same time, the workload of teachers would be easier when students are willing to clean up and get organized.
{Especailly in a Chinese immersion classroom setting with no English allowed, students will depend on the labels, in order to finish tasks.}

 

Provide Needs to Read for Real Purpose

Students learn materials and content provided by their teachers and if teachers always have questions and answers prepared for them, there is no need for students to search and find their own solutions.

Books can provide reading opportunities for kids, but signs, flyers, and posters are another great literary resources. If they want to find certain toys to play during playtime or want to know the schedule, they can find answers on their own. Putting labels, posters, signs, and  pictures around the school is a great way to improve students’ literacy. It also helps students ask questions and to find out the answer as well.

{In Chinese immersion classrooms/homeschool, putting labels and posters around the classroom is a great way to decorate, and provide extra-literary opportunities.}

 

Chinese Classroom Label Jumbo Pack

 

        

 

There are total 6 categories that are color-coded with high-quality Chinese background design.

 

You can get the Stationary category [with 24 labels] for Free.

There are 3 versions for the freebies: Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and English & Traditional Chinese.

 

 

If you would like to have all 6 categories, you can go to my store to purchase it.

There are 5 versions for all Jumbo Packs: Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, both Chinese with Pinyin, and English with Traditional Chinese

 

 

How to Utilize Classroom Labels to Facilitate Chinese Learning

 

Place the Labels all over the Classroom

 

      

 

For beginners, use the English & Chinese labels first, so you can teach them to clean up and be independent in their native languages as well as help them recognize Chinese words as well. Depending on your student’s learning pace, The English can be removed, leaving only the Chinese labels. You can let them know how long the English labels will be up, giving them a reason to take advantage of the English & Chinese labels, and help them remember the words. Then, switch the English & Chinese labels to only Chinese gradually. ( Maybe one category at a time)

 

Classroom Games: {Be a Salesman}

 

For preschoolers/ kindergarteners/ 1st graders, use the English & Chinese labels as flashcards. For the 2nd graders or above,  you may use Chinese characters labels ONLY or Chinese with Pinyin labels. Then, pick a category for your students to learn.

*This is only useful for objects only. Not the “ROOMS” category.

Prepare Students for the Game:

  1. Go through the labels of a category. First, with both Chinese & English pronunciation. (If your students are really young and have almost zero Chinese, you may want to only pick 5-7 items max. to learn.)
  2. Gather the items of the category you are using, then present each item speaking Chinese only. Ask them to repeat the Chinese pronunciation with you.
  3. After that, you can start the game { Be a Salesman}.

 

Before the Game Starts:

  1. Place the label cards that your students have learned on the board.
  2. Collect all the items (e.g. I picked 5 cards: pencils, pens, glues, papers, and erasers.) and place them in a big container, or on the floor, or teachers’ desk, wherever you like.

 

Game Instructions:

  1. For beginners, put all the 5 item labels on the board.
  2. Invite one student to come up and be the salesman. The salesman picks a label and reads it in Chinese to the class.
  3. Then, you say “1,2,3, GO!” The whole class searches for this item in the classroom. Who can bring back the correct item wins?
  • For the 2nd graders above, divide the whole class into teams of 4-5 people, and take turns to be the salesman and allow other groups to play.
  • You may use the Chinese characters ONLY or Chinese with Pinyin labels to increase the difficulty. You also can control the amount labels you use. (It really depends on how much Chinese your class knows.)

 

 Tips for Homeschool Rooms

For parents who are teaching Chinese to kids at home. I’m sure the methods and ideas in mentioned above can be used in your home as well. But for me, as a homeschooling mom, I would like to provide some additional tips:

  1.  Learn & Compete with your Kids: as you notice, especially when homeschooling young kids, you may often become their teacher and also their study buddy. Learning at home is different than learning in the classroom, there are fewer distractions and people at home. However, there is also less competition. I understand it is much more fun having someone to play and compete with. Kids learn MORE when you compete with them.
  2. First Learn Chinese Yourself: if you can’t speak any Chinese, but really want your kids to learn and love it. The best way is to learn and fall in love with learning Chinese yourself. It is more meaningful for your kids to know that you are learning along with them, and you are supporting them academically, physically, as well as emotionally. So when you prepare to label your home and play the “Salesman” game with your kids, learn the Chinese vocabulary you’ll need the day before. Everything will go much smoother.
    [* You may want the Chinese with Pinyin Pack for learning pronunciation, and English and Chinese for learning the meaning. If you are desire to purchase both packs, contact me and I’d love to give you a Jumbo Pack Bundle discount.]
  3. Involve your Kids, Label Together: You can turn putting labels up into an amazing learning opportunity and create some bonding time. As you both are putting up labels on the walls and on items in your living room, you are able to talk about why you love learning Chinese, or facts of about China that amaze you…

 

Are there enough categories for you? Which category is your favorite?

Do you label items in your classroom? Is it a good method for you and your students to learn?

Do you have any other suggestions of how to utilize classroom labels to learn?

 

 

You Might be Interested:

  1.  Classroom Labeling as Part of Print-Rich Environment (Earlychildhood News)
    It provides professional opinions of how labeling is a great way to enrich a print-rich environment. It gives us reasons with research and resources of how it affects kids learning. Love this article!
  2. Classroom Basics: 3 Ways to Support Your ESL Students (Cambridge English Language Assessment)
    It gives ideas on how to label to learn English as a second language. I know we can use the same idea and apply it to learning Chinese or other languages.
  3. Labeling your Classroom (Kindergarten Nana)
    Great tips and samples of how the author decorates and labels her classroom.

 

   

 

    

 

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