您好! I’m Po Tim , the Fortune Cookie Mom
Bilingual Homeschooling Mom of Four
I am a pianist, vocalist, chorister, former Chinese teacher, who graduated in Linguistic Major with TESOL and Music minor in BYU. We studied and lived in the United State for more than 10 years, and currently living in Hong Kong.
Being a teacher has been my dream since kindergarten. Hahahaa =) I think through teaching others can really change the world. Also, I am an out-going person who does enjoy talking in front of a lot of people, and of course, the best part of being a teacher is to see how people can CHANGE and IMPROVE.
Our Journey of Homeschooling
After we moved back to Hong Kong, we decided to homeschool our children. But “homeschool” is an extremely non-traditional and unfamiliar concept for me. I have never even heard of “homeschool” this term until I was studied aboard in the United State. HOW CAN I HOMESCHOOL MY CHILDREN IN Hong Kong? ALONE?
After weeks of researching homeschooling, I finally got some ideas of what homeschooling is and the advantages that my children and I will have. I became quite excited that I got to share my knowledge and my 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 are living in Hong Kong, so my children got to practice Chinese with everyone.
So now, I have started homeschooling my girls since September 2015. It was the best decision I made for my kids. I got to push myself to pay 100% attention to my children in school time, and I got to spend my personal time to research and designed different kinds of fun lessons and activities for them while every kid in Hong Kong starts school when they are two years old (They aren’t even potty train yet). I can see the huge progress that my children have accomplished academically, physically, and emotionally. Of course, there were tons of ups and downs, and difficulties that I still need to overcome.
Becoming a Homeschooling Blogger
There are tons of teaching materials and resources in English, but very a few in Chinese. That’s the main reason I started my blog, so I can share my Chinese printable with others.
Even I am not a techy girl at all, and it was still difficult for me to writing everything in English, dealing with all the technical things, and homeschooling my four kids at the same time. However, I fell in love with blogging. I love to see how others benefit from my printable and free challenges. I love to connect with parents and educators who with the same goals as mine.
I have the best of both worlds. I am able to homeschool my kids and help them with their Chinese, I also can use my skills and passion to provide more learning Chinese materials online.
Why am I Teaching Chinese at Home?
Teaching my own kids Chinese at home is one of my dream and goal.
- They are half Chinese, and nothing is better than teaching the language with the culture, so they will know who they are and where they came from.
- My parents didn’t know any English, so the only way for my kids to connect and get to know my parents will be talking with them in their language.
- Knowing another language is very beneficial for kids. It’s a trend to learn Chinese.
- It’s so rewarding to see my kids reading Chinese books, speaking Cantonese with me, and loving all the aspects of the Chinese language and culture.
I have been teaching my kids for years now, and I have so many tips and experience want to share with you.
You don’t have to be fluent in Chinese or being a natural teacher to teach your kids Chinese at home. I’m going to show you different methods and resources to have success.
Join the other hundreds of parents who want to teach kids Chinese at home. You can do it too!
I started teaching my oldest kid Chinese seriously when she was 4 years old. I focused on keeping her interest in the Chinese language and culture and motivating her to learn Chinese independently.
When she was 6 years old, she learned the 500 basic Chinese characters within 4 months.
Since then, her interest in learning Chinese skyrocket. She loves reading Chinese books, listening to different tales from China and eating yummy local Chinese food.
And the best was my other kids followed.
I’m so proud of her and my other kids.
THANK YOU for reading my story! I’d love to hear your story as well.
Let’s get connect!
Po Tim King
Special thanks to my husband, Brenden for taking this beautiful photo of me.
About This Blog
That’s why I create this blog. I would love to share and input some insight into homeschooling Chinese (Age 3-7) with each one of you. Especially there is quite a difference between how I learned English and Chinese as a Hong Kong person, so I believe I can contribute my insight in a different way.
I am just a mother with a passion for teaching Chinese to my kids.
You will find:
- Tips for teaching Chinese at home
- More beautiful and practical Chinese printable for young kids
- Fun games, crafts, activities, and other educational resources
You won’t find:
- Any advanced to professional academically Chinese resources
- Any curriculums 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.
Best Chinese Resources
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This is the second 5-Day Challenge that we have done with Fortune Cookie Mom. Both have been very beneficial to our family. I am a homeschool mom of three little kids. We are not Chinese and do not speak any Chinese. With the help of Fortune Cookie Mom, we are slowly learning! The challenges have given me fun activities to do at home with the kids. Each one has re-ignited my kid’s interest in learning. It has been a fun experience for everybody!