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Even though they're 4.5 years apart, I have been teaching J and M Mandarin at the same time. Ideally, I should have had M learn Mandarin the moment he turned four, but I started teaching him reading (in English) instead.

We use Better Chinese's My First Chinese Words because they are targeted to non-Mandarin speakers. In contrast, SageBooks (Hong Kong publisher) require the students to be Mandarin/Chinese speakers. (SageBooks are like BOB books in that they teach children how to read).

I try to do Mandarin two, three times a week. I read one sentence and each child repeat after me. We do two 8-page picture books each session. M usually has the attention span for one picture book but not two.

So far we have done six sessions. In between sessions, I have J independently listen and repeat after the included CD.

M often acts silly and intentionally gives the wrong answers (e.g. "This is my grandfather" instead of "This is my father.") Usually I end up focusing on J when M has the sillies.

As expected, M's pronunciation is just beautiful. Being older, J has a harder time with pronunciation. (When J was four, his Mandarin accent was practically perfect too. Once he started kindergarten, we got busy with reading/writing/spelling/poetry/etc. and stopped doing Mandarin).

I was afraid that J, who just turned nine, would find the books boring because they’re a bit childish, but he has been motivated so far. Earlier today, he asked me to do Mandarin.


06/50 learning moment ☆ 06/100 moments in multiples of 50 words



There are 36 books in total; the following is my tentative lesson plan (also on Excel). If we do this three times a week, we should be done in a year; two times a week, a year and a half.


Session 1: Book 1
Session 2: Books 1,2
Session 3: Books 1,3
Session 4: Books 1,4

Session 5: Books 2,3
Session 6: Books 2,4 <-- We just did this today.
Session 7: Books 2,5

3,4
3,5
3,6

4,5
4,6
4,7

5,6
5,7
5,8

6,7
6,8
6,9

7,8
7,9
7,1

8,9
8,2
8,3

9,4
9,5
9,10

10,6
10,7
10,11

11,8
11,9
11,12

12,10
12,11
12,13

13,14
13,15
13,16

14,15
14,16
14,17

15,16
15,17
15,18

16,17
16,18
16,10


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