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  1. This is the unedited short story my 6-year-old wrote for fun recently. Wizardry Once upon a time there were two wizards who lived together in a little, cozy hut. Their names were Collin and Dylan. Their hut was a magic hut that was in Magiville. Wizards, elves, and fairies lived there too. All the things in Magiville were magic! One day, Collin and Dylan went for a walk together. Suddenly, a big, gray wolf sprang out. But Collin and Dylan were not afraid. They took out their magic wands, and POOF! they turned the wolf into a cat, and brought him home. They named him John. They bought a magic collar, and taught him to do magic tricks. Then the mayor wizard announced that there would be a pet contest. The two wizards put their pet in the pet contest. Their cat won! They earned a magic cup. And that is the end. A couple of months ago, we were on a plane and she started singing in a loud voice. I hurriedly hushed her, and a few minutes later, she handed me this poem she wrote on the spot: Never disturb Never disturb a child who is singing, Because, you know, it's really quite cute, Even though you wish she had a button that said............ "MUTE!" She loves reading poetry, and, after reading some books on haiku poetry, she wrote these: Moss green on tree trunk soft on skin --- moss growing Summer summer morning --- in a still pond tadpoles swimming We are currently halfway through WWE 2, and she seems to find it easy, but she loves doing it. She is a voracious reader and natural speller, and seemed to have picked up correct grammar and punctuation just from her reading. So, my question is, is there anything else I can do to help develop her writing skills? Thanks for reading!
  2. Not Beishan, but chinasprout carries the Hello Chinese textbooks, workbooks, and teacher's manuals: http://www.chinasprout.com/shop/BLE286. I had been choosing between the Hello Chinese books and Mei Zhou Hua Yu, and decided to go with the latter for my 6-year-old.
  3. Yes, she's reading by herself. She picked up Chinese characters fairly easily. I forgot to mention that we also went through the 四五快读 reading curriculum after the 5 levels of 我会读, and, after that, she could read any children's chapter book I gave her. My daughter loves Chinese comics, especially å°å®å½“. I should introduce her to 三毛!! By the way, are you teaching Simplified or Traditional chinese?
  4. Hi Jade, I am only using it with my older daughter, who is 6. My other daughter is only 20 months old, so I only bought one set of the books. I have been speaking Chinese to them since birth (OPOL), but it is getting harder to maintain with my older one since we do school in English and I often forget to shift back to Chinese. I taught my daughter to read using the 我会读 set of readers then continued with the 读书郎 readers from the same publishers. My daughter also liked the Tao Shu and Shapes books. For chapter books, she likes the 阅读 123 series and books by æ¨çº¢æ¨±, å¼ ç§‹ç”Ÿ, and 宫崎éª. I bought most of my Chinese books from Singapore, China, and Taiwan, but chinasprout.com also carries most of them. 我会读 (5 levels with 12 books each) - http://www.chinasprout.com/shop/BSE205 http://www.chinasprout.com/shop/BSE206 http://www.chinasprout.com/shop/BSE207 http://www.chinasprout.com/shop/BSE208 http://www.chinasprout.com/shop/BSE209 读书郎 (6 levels with 6 books each) - http://www.chinasprout.com/shop/BSE220 http://www.chinasprout.com/shop/BSE221 http://www.chinasprout.com/shop/BSG018 Tao Shu and Shapes books - http://www.sgshinekids.com/tao-shu-2812026641.html http://www.chinasprout.com/shop/BLE239 chapter books - http://www.chinasprout.com/shop/BSY193 http://www.chinasprout.com/shop/BSY053 http://search.dangdang.com/?key=%D4%C4%B6%C1123%CF%B5%C1%D0
  5. I used Meizhou Chinese levels 1 & 2 with my daughter last year, and we loved it. We are starting level 3 this year, and will supplement with graded readers and early chapter books. I read somewhere that Meizhou Chinese will eventually have 12 levels.
  6. I think I know what you're looking for: http://www.amazon.com/Franklin-AnyBook-Reader-Edition-DRP-4000/dp/B00413PAIY
  7. My daughter enjoys this one: http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Celtic-Lands-HC-CDs/dp/1846862132 and this one: http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Old-Ireland-PB-CD/dp/1905236328 from the Barefoot Books series.
  8. My daughter loves this set of 10 books from Usborne: http://www.usborne.com/catalogue/book/1~CG~GS~7584/the-usborne-history-of-britain-gift-set.aspx
  9. I am not sure what it means. I had assumed it meant bestselling or popular item. If you scroll down that page, you can see samples of the sheet music and check the level of difficulty. Or, you can email them to clarify. I have found them very helpful in the past.
  10. I bought mine from here last year: http://animeartbookonline.com/studio-ghibli-high-rank-piano-29-sheet-music-collection-book-w-cd.html . We also have the violin and guitar collections. They ship internationally - you can email them to get a shipping quote. Oh, and the book is in Japanese (song titles and some lyrics), but we have been able to play the sheet music just fine.
  11. Lewelma, I am not sure where you are located, but this is where I order most of my graded readers in the US: http://www.chinasprout.com/shop/education/chinese-books/story-books/readers . They also have a lot of materials for HSK: http://www.chinasprout.com/shop/education/chinese-books/learn-chinese/hskmaterial Hope this helps!
  12. Emily, Any particular reason why he doesn't like it? Just curious...
  13. Will this work? The vocabulary words are grouped by subject-area and you can see the list of subjects in the table of contents. http://www.amazon.com/Oxford-Picture-Dictionary-Monolingual-English/dp/0194369765/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374977278&sr=1-1&keywords=Word+by+word+monolingual+english
  14. OP, SOTW audiobooks and Jim Weiss CDs are currently on sale over at Sing n Learn: http://www.singnlearn.com/Item/storyoftheworld1 http://www.singnlearn.com/Category/weiss
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