你們好! And welcome everyone!
Here is how the Fortune Cookie Mom can help =)
Why a Fortune Cookie and not Spring Roll?
Can you believe I have never eaten a fortune cookie anywhere in China? I ate my first fortune cookie in Hawaii! There is an interesting history of the invention of fortune cookies.
I chose “Fortune Cookie” as my blog’s name because I feel like a fortune cookie. I am a Chinese woman from Hong Kong, but I studied in the States for over 10 years. Now, I am raising children who are Chinese-Japanese-American. Plus, my Chinese first name means “sweet”, and I love fortune cookies!
I’m just like a fortune cookie because I have a unique background and experiences. Who knows what I will become in 10 years!
Before I started my Blog
Before I started my blog, I lived in the States for about 10 years studying and teaching Chinese. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Linguistics major and minors in TESOL and Music. I am currently living in Hong Kong with my family. I am also a pianist, vocalist, and chorister.
Being a teacher has been my dream since kindergarten. Through teaching others, I believe I can really change the world. I think the best part of teaching is seeing how people can change and improve. I also love teaching because I am out-going and enjoy talking with other people.
Photo credit: Hiroshi Foto for this amazing Hong Kong night view.
After my husband and I moved our family back to Hong Kong, we decided to homeschool our children, homeschooling was an extremely non-traditional and unfamiliar concept for me. I had never even heard of homeschooling before I studied in the States, so I wondered how I was going to homeschool my children alone in Hong Kong.
After weeks of researching and pinning about homeschooling, I finally had some ideas of what homeschooling is and its advantages for me and my children. I became quite excited that I would be able to share my knowledge and love of learning with my precious children. I was especially excited about teaching different subjects in both English and Chinese. I suddenly realized how blessed we were to be living in Hong Kong because my children got to practice Chinese with everyone.
I have been homeschooling my girls since September 2015, and it has been a blast! I get to give my children all of my attention during school time, and I get to spend my personal time to researching and designing different kinds of fun lessons and activities for them. Since starting, I have seen huge progress in my children as they have developed academically, physically, and emotionally. There have definitely been plenty of ups and downs, and there are still difficulties that I still need to overcome.
About this Blog
I am just a mother with a passion for teaching Chinese to my kids – that’s why I created this blog. I want to share my ideas, insights, and experiences about homeschooling young children in Chinese with you. Also, as a native from Hong Kong, I think it is important for me to share my insight into the differences between how I learned English and Chinese.
On this Blog You will find:
- Tips for teaching Chinese at home
- Beautiful and practical Chinese printables for young kids
- Fun games, crafts, activities, and other educational resources
You won’t find:
- Advanced language learner, professional or academic Chinese resources.
- Any curriculum from any Chinese schools in the world.
By the way, please forgive my non-native English writing. I promise each of you that I will try my best to proofread and rewrite as much as possible. Very honestly, learning English is so HARD that I have spent almost my whole life to study it, but I am not even close to native-like still. Fortunately, I’m proud of who I am, and how I can use multiple languages. Thanks for your understanding and support =)
Things for You to Enjoy on this Blog
(Traditional Chinese & Simplified Chinese characters, and both Chinese with Pinyin, and both Chinese with English)
(Homeschooling planning tools, planners, other printables, art & crafts …)