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Bao Bei Reading Center

Posted on: November 10, 2009

Today brought Ling to pay a visit at Bao Bei @Puchong. She is bored. I think she is academically sound but she needs to build up the interest in Mandarin. At home, when she is free to choose any story books on the rack, she will certainly choose the English one, next is Malay. Mandarin one, .. have to bribe her sometimes.. Another thing may be those Chinese story books not so humorous compared to English one, which allows her imagination to run wild. ..

These is also one of the reasons I stop my reading center last time. Because I find it too academic and it doesn’t cultivate the ‘true love’ to the language, it doesn’t cover other things like 朗诵诗歌, story telling in that language, etc. , mainly focuses on flashcards and the word recognition.  The reading class is more suitable for 5-6 years old and need to be conducted with discipline, so that the children are prepared for the long school hour and get used of sometimes studies is not all the way fun. Opps, sorry, side track already.


So there we go. Along the way, Ling asked, does it have art and craft? Does it have singing? Does it have worksheet? Does it have story books to read? (well, her English class has all these) Is it a surprise? Shall I close my eyes for the surprise? Are we there yet? …

When we reached, Ling already  noticed the laughters and joyous sounds coming from the classroom. I let her join the class while talking to the teacher there.

Well, no surprise, she stayed until the class ended and came out with such a radiant in her face. Back at home, she told me, “Mum, I want to go to the class tomorrow. Can Ying go too? I saw the paper (brochure I brought home), it stated 3-6 years old, so Ying can go too right?” … (oh dear, I am broke then)

Late at night, when her dad came home, Ling ran to announce that her mother found her a wonderful class “What is it call again mummy?” “Bao Bei, dear”. Then she turned to her sister, “Ying, you can go too. I saw it said 3 to 6. And you must speak 华语 only. When the lesson ends, you greet teacher 再见,not good bye, and sit there to wait for mummy to come.”  The ever blur-blur Ying said, “Oh, 3 and 6 aa,… how about 2? … aa.. you are 4, can you go aa?…”

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November 2009

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