Chinese School Full Pack – printables & activities

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It has been two weeks since I started homeschooling my kindergartner and preschooler this year and It has been great! I have changed things up a bit, so my children are learning a slightly new routine and are adjusting. The biggest change I made is alternating English and Chinese by week instead by day. Switching the languages after one day was too often. I’m not sure how much they learned from just one day. However, I think it was a great approach for our first year of homeschooling. This year, I am raising the bar and switching languages after an entire week. The increased of the amount of time in each language builds better connections and meanings of the things that they learn during school time.

 

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I made the Chinese School Full Pack a couple months ago, so I can get it ready for my children to learn. I was super excited that it is time for them to learn about “School” in Chinese. Let me show you what and how did we do with the Chinese School Full Pack.

 

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An Introduction to the “School Full Theme Pack”

 

In this pack, I teach children very basic stationary vocabulary and titles for people they will meet at school. This will help them prepare to use these Chinese terms while at school (especially for those who is planning to attend Chinese immersion program).

There are different kinds of activities are included: motor skills, Chinese writing, memory, logic, common sense, art, math skills, and so on.

 

How We Used it

This was my first time using my own Theme pack during our Chinese time. They loved working on the English Pre-K Packs from other websites, and I really did hope they would like my Chinese one as well.

After our calendar time which comprises of singing and dancing around, I started by reading a Chinese book about the first school day. As usual, I tried to ask them what they saw on each page, guess what is happening to the characters, and many other questions to help engage and to get used to responding in Cantonese.

After we finished reading that book, they wanted to read more. I pulled out the School Vocab Book and the School Mini-book that you can download them for FREE. We started to learn all the basic vocab from the Vocab Book. My 5-year-old can almost read the Mini-book by herself, but she prefers one-on-one teaching.

 

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After reading the Chinese books on their own for a few minutes it was “Game Time!” It is time to apply what was learned through play and practice.

I pulled out the School Theme Pack with all the flash cards and game cards laminated.

 

Matching Activity

Match the pictures to the appropriate Chinese characters. There is an easier page that matches pictures to pictures only which is more suitable for toddlers and preschoolers to work on.

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Cut & Paste {Commone Sense}

This is one of my children’s favorite pages. They love cutting paper and using glue. They cut all the objects out from the bottom of the printable, divided them into two groups correctly, then glue them into the correct area.

 

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Chinese Penmanship

It is one of the hardest things for my children and me. Writing Chinese characters is much more difficult than writing in an alphabet  based language. My 5-year-old doesn’t really like writing in Chinese. In Hong Kong preschools and kindergartens are required to write tons of Chinese characters at such a young age because people in Hong Kong think learning to write Chinese younger will help. Many articles on this topic all agree that young children’s hands are not ready for them to write until they are about 6-years-old.

So I tried to balance their hand coordination with memorizing Chinese characters, I came up with this Chinese penmanship page. There is a beginner one, and there is one with an empty place to write without any tracing line.

 

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  1. I first show them Chinese characters one by one, so they won’t feel overwhelmed. I write the first one on the whiteboard or a piece of paper and show my kids’ the correct Chinese stroke order.
  2. Then, I hold their hand and write on the paper with them together.
  3. Don’t try to correct all the wrong strokes with your children. I suggest just let them write whatever and learn in their own way, at least for the first couple of times, so they get used to what it feels like to write Chinese characters and to develop their self-confidence. When you think they are ready, try to demonstrate the correct stroke order and write it with them asking them to figure out the stroke order. They are going to keep making mistakes while writing Chinese characters for a long long time. If they don’t have a great and comfortable experience in the beginning, do you think they will like to do more in the future?
  4. It seems like American teachers love to use dry-erase markers to help students practice writing, (not something I had when I was younger). For me, I only used pencils for writing. I think if I were a little kid, it will be super fun to use dry-erase pens to write with. To make it more fun, I suggest letting your kids write using different mediums: pencils, color pencils, washable markers, pens, highlighters, paint brushed, q-tips etc. If you prefer to use dry-erase markers, you will need to put the paper under an overhead transparency sheet or something similar.

 

Doing Math in Chinese

In the “School Full Pack”, there are some math-related pages to work on.

My children love tracing the Chinese numbers, so they can pretend to help that kid walk from the school bus to home. (Photo #1) There is also an addition and subtraction page in the Full pack.

 

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Other Hands-On Activities

I have included some fun hands-on activities in the Full Pack, so they can learn through playing.

The 1st photo is my 3-year-old after she finished her school buses size sorting activity. This was the highlight of her day, she loved it.

The 2nd & 3rd photos, my children were playing with the clips and Chinese nember cards.

 

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By the End of Our 1st Chinese Week

I am very happy with the result after the 1st Chinese week. I can call it a SUCCESS!

  • My kids were more willing to use Cantonese.
  • I have a glimpse of how much Cantonese they actually know.
  • They learned all the vocab and sight words from the School Full Theme Pack.
  • The most important thing: THEY LOVED IT!

 

Have you tried any Chinese theme Pack with your kiddos yet?

How’s your experience?

Did you do anything different and how did it turn out?

 

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