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I bump into this wonderful site that teaches Chinese with grammar guides in English as well as good translation and example. It also teaches strokes to write Chinese characters. Check it out Learn Chinese.

I have added to my favorite links as well.

Just to share the periodic table slides I created for my children. A simple one. I printed it on A5 card stocks.

The way it’s taught in the class is the children need to speak aloud:

one-Hidrogen
two-Helium

twelve-Magnesium
thirteen-Aluminium
fourteen-Silicon (my girls’ favourites: silly silicon)

A5 Periodic Table

Ling, “My doll needs a pillow now. She is very sleepy.”

Ying, “Mine also. She is sleepy and need pillow.”

Ling, “We only have one. We have to share and compromise.”

Oh, “compromise”. I didn’t teach her that… haha.. You two are such a cute girl.

When I am cleaning up my old external hard disk, found this flashcards:Body Part in Bahasa Malaysia (Words only).

This is what my babysitter taught me. When Ying was very very young, the babysitter started teaching her the body part in Bahasa Malaysia (no flashcards involved here). Basically Ying was told: “Here is your ‘tangan’. ” “Come, show mummy where is your pipi.” .. We are not speaking Bahasa Malaysia at home and this is the first set of Bahasa Malaysia words introduced to her. At age of 2, she is able to memorize most of the body parts in 3 languages.

Then only I started to flash the word cards to her, skipping the suku kata and just flashing and saying out the words aloud. Sometimes, play some games like come, pick up the card for “tangan”.  And she is able to do so.

Thanks to my babysitter for the exposure to Bahasa  Malaysia.  🙂

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Last night after her class was over, coming out from the center, Ling eagerly started singing:
mi-re-do-re-mi-mi-mi, re-re-re, mi-so-so;
mi-re-do-re-mi-mi-mi, re-re-mi-re-do.

In the car, she kept on repeating the same.
“Mummy, mummy, am I good? I am good. I love this song. Let me practise more and sing to daddy, ok?’
And there she went, sang all the way home. Hopped down the car and ran to her daddy and sang to him.

Before sleep, Ling said, “Mummy, this is a fun day. I love the Yamaha class a lot. I enjoy.”
I said, “Good. Now you have to sleep so that you have a healthy body and can attend all these fun classes.”
Ying said, “Ya, ya. When I am 4 years old, I want to join this Ya-ha-ha class also”
We all laughed.
….
You two are wonderful dear. I am glad you enjoy the classes.

I have been looking for this flashcards I used last time to my 2 yo. Finally found it in my external hard disk.

What we did last time is flashing the cards while singing the famous Alphabet Songs. This is how it’s used in Shichida as well as Heguru classes.

In fact, when we learn Hiragana alphabets, we learnt by singing the Hiragana alphabets song as well.

You can click here to download the slides, to print it out: page 2 till page 53 are used to print on both side of the card. You will have one side of the card as lower case and the other side as upper case.


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