Have you watched or attended a dragon boat race before? Have you wondered how you can celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival with your kids at home? In this post, I'm going to show you the best ways to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival with your kids. And the best thing is you don't need to live close to a Chinatown or know Chinese. Anyone can celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival and learn a little Chinese history. (more…)
In January 2017, our favorite online piano program, Hoffman Academy, updated and launched Hoffman Academy 2.0 which has several new features on their website that will make learning music much more effective and fun. Today, I'm honored to test it out with my kids, write a review, and hold a GIVEAWAY for you to try it out as well. By the end of this post, I am sure you will be super excited about this awesome piano program. If you have never heard about this awesome and FREE online piano program but want to know more, you can read my first review right HERE. Are you ready? (more…)
A couple months ago, I had a wonderful opportunity to do a review for A Little Mandarin, A CD of Chinese children songs (Here is the review). Now, I'm excited to announce that we are having a GIVEAWAY! There will be 2 winners (one U.S. resident, and one non-U.S. resident). You will receive the prize straight from your mailbox. (more…)
Music can help with learning languages. Do you agree? Have you seen a connection between the two? Helen Doron English wrote a post titled "How Music Helps Children Learn" where she clearly explains all the benefits music can bring to children's learning: "Music is one of the few activities that involves using the whole brain. It is inherent in all cultures and can have surprising benefits not only for acquiring language, improving memory and focusing attention but also for physical coordination and development. Music encourages learning and enhances communication. In recent years, we’ve learned a lot about how the brain develops." I plan on writing more posts in the future on how music assists in learning Chinese, a...