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    cellist from Taiwan lives in TX
  • Location
    Austin, TX
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    Japanese/French learning, organic gardening,gourmet, espresso/chocolate, cognitive psychology
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    cellist, Suzuki certified, string pedagogy researcher
  1. In panic mode planning for my 14yo's sophomore next year, I found PA homeschoolers AP online has one asynchronous class for '18-'19. http://www.aphomeschoolers.com/cgi-bin/choose.pl?class=worldhis Good luck,
  2. My 12yoDD has been using Discovering French with a native speaker tutor for two years. I found the used textbook, and CDs from Ebay quite affordable. We use French in Action as a supplement. I learn it along with her. She is not the best in her class but we both enjoy learning it together.
  3. Many many thanks to members who recommended the Baltimore curriculum site which is really helpful. Since it only covers to grade 5, I want to research if there's any similar resource for 6th grade- 12th? Thanks a lot!
  4. Hi, sorry for the late reply. We just came home from a ling road trip: TX-Chicago. It sounds that your son is really advancing in math. Congrats! For cello teacher options, there is a good teacher search tool on the Suzuki Association of Americas site where you can just punch in your zip code to find suitable teacher in your area. We try to go visit my family in TW as long as we don't break our piggy banks too often. By the way, there is a new on-line Chinese book store in the US now. They ship books with a flat rate. http://www.chinesebookonline.com/ Good luck, Cellocoffee
  5. Same here and that's why I started this post originally. Right now we still maintain Mandarin learning everyday and she goes to a community Chinese school on Sundays. I used to make her write down the key words on every subject we learned each day. Now I just talk about it and show her the words since we don't have enough time to study the same thing twice. But my 8yo already learned to use Chinese dictionary and thinks it's interesting to see other characters under same parts 部首 I feel this part of word study foundation has been laid down right. I think the skill to use dictionary and use word cards to make up simple sentences are fun and more self-directed so your child won't feel been pushed as much. Just try your best, don't get stressed and try to keep Chinese learning fun for her.
  6. Besides the books, I use a rather simple one called 增長智慧的歷史故事--世一出版 and team it with 中國寓言故事-李炳傑編著 國語日報出版 But I am finally getting my 說給兒童聽的中國歷史故事 CDs and books in a couple of months. With both girls needing more attention and hands-on help from me, I decided to rely on the CDs more with the older one.
  7. So glad to know there are others out there doing this hard work to keep our children bilingual. To answer your question: I use English for Science. But I will say the key words in Chinese if I have time. On the side, she reads this Children's magazine called 巧連智 to learn something about the nature and science in Mandarin. I have 4 yearfuls of these magazines which I bought used on Taiwan Yahoo auction to let her read and listen to(my family bought them and shipped them to the US). Many of these bundles come with CDs, occasionally DVDs or VCDs. I must say these huge amount of information play a big part of her vocabularies. Now that my 8yo can read independently in Chinese with 注音, she has to include one Chinese book a day during her free reading time. She has never learned pin-yin. 37 ㄅㄆㄇsymbols really aren't that complicated for a 4 or 5 yo to learn. I did it very very slowly with her. Now I am glad that she can pick up any easy reader type of books to read as long as there is 注音. Around the time she was 7, she noticed that all her Chinese learning materials had Pin-Yi. She told me once that Pin-Yin is not English but a different kind of phonics to her. My thoughts on using ㄅㄆㄇ besides it not being really hard to learn is that when the children are ready to write ㄅㄆㄇ, they learn the basic strokes, like:橫、勾、撇、捺、點, as well as the writing habit for writing real Chinese character in the near future, like: going from the top to bottom, from left to right. Just my little thoughts. Good luck to everyone!
  8. Thank you all for coming up to this post. We just spent a month in Taiwan visiting family. I am very proud to say that when locals talked to my girls, their first reaction was always:" So you live in Taiwan? How come your Chinese is this good?"That comment just made me feel so worth-it to HS my children for these 3 yrs. My 8yo also helped her American friends order food at the food court. On the other hand, she felt handicapped with her limited reading ability. This motivated her to study writing more seriously after we came back to the US. About history books, Honestly, I only have the used books for 說給兒童的中國歷史, we used other books about Chinese history for read-aloud. I also use 中國童話 漢聲出版 to start our day. This series contains 365 stories. The idea behind is to read to your child one story a day and each story is tied to the season, or a holiday. Both my 8 and 3yo love them. Good luck! Cellocoffee
  9. Thanks so much for introducing this Shoseki curriculum. Just got this and the Dojinsha workbooks sale package. I am really excited as it's close to how I learned math in Taiwan but also it's cuter with manga style, explicit drawing for each math concept they introduce. We have been using Miquon and Singapore and I can see using Shoseki as an optional reinforcement for its progression goes along with SM. (No, we don't finish every page in SM but Miquon.) Thanks again to all the gurus!!
  10. I see. I heard about the group. Thanks,
  11. Can't open it with my Macbook. But it's interesting because it's made by the education department of Taiwan. ha ha Thanks.
  12. Thanks for responding. I know there were tons of home school families last time I went. ... :sad: Any...one?
  13. Hi, thanks for your info on 四五快讀(I just guessed the characters.?)I really really appreciate! But as you can see, I used 讀 rather than 读. In Taiwan we use traditional 正體. So that method won't work much for my kids. I am still planning to teach Latin and a bit of French, very slowly. But since she is really curious about these languages and their relation to English, I'd better just feed her some. Besides, the Latin curriculum should help her with her grammar study. I am hoping it'd be 一石二鳥 one stone two birds.
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