I am given a task by tuition teacher to revise 4 new characters weekly with him, to be honest, I did revise with him but stop after first 2 lessons. 😓 I know I should keep a task list but sometimes, I just tell myself to let go a little and just be carefree. Until last weekend, teacher told me she took more than 30mins just to introduce one new character “用” to him and that drove her mad, real mad. I understood her frustration and assured her I would do my best at home.
I was a little clueless at first, then I thought, I could just use the leftover empty word cards and write all 48 characters he has learnt so far. To my surprise, he could read 39/48 characters and another 4 new characters(including “用”)on the next day! For that, I praised him generously and that really helped to boost his confidence in learning Chinese and speaking Mandarin.
老师也是功不可没啊！(all thanks to teacher’s effort and guidance.) This serves as reminder to me, I must remember to do revision with him at home, simply because in almost everything, practice makes perfect. (Not perfect also can lar.😜)
Side note: Have I mentioned teacher told me confidently with his positive learning attitude towards Chinese, he will be able to recognize and read up to 500 words before he enters P1? To be frank, I wasn’t sure about that few months ago but now, yes, it is possible. I still remember teacher’s feedback during PTM in May that he was far behind his peers for Chinese and that he could only remember 4 strokes 笔画. I just can’t imagine after merely 4 months, my son can converse in mandarin, score 100% for his 听写, know all 24 stroke, recognize approx. 150-200 chinese characters. Am I a proud mom? Of course! 😁
I tried my very best not to ask Asher how did he do for his spelling, then I received this text messages from Chinese Teacher on that same evening. I was over the moon, I showed it to him and he asked me,”Mommy, I did it?” I hugged him real tight and praised him generously. He was very proud of himself and kept telling daddy he got full marks for spelling. The same afternoon after he left to school, I was telling daddy I shouldn’t give him too much pressure and if he were to get zero mark for his paper, then be it. We do practices at home when his mood is good and I know his performance, more or less.😉
This was 3 days before spelling day, marked by Chinese Teacher. He got full marks too, but with hints. Teacher also showed me some Chinese characters which he was able to recognize, just 1/3 of what his peers could recognize. I don’t want to compare, teacher told me not to and she was confident that by K2, with his willing-to-learn-Chinese attitude, he would have no problem (conversing & writing) when he goes to P1.
Here are some 笔画 cards I did using “recycle material”, after completing the 笔画簿, I cut and laminated them. I was told he only knew 4 out of 24 笔画 in May, now he could recognize and write 20 笔画 without guidance! Teacher and I are so happy with his progress. 康旭，我们一起加油！
Asher : Mommy, Asher and Brycen are going to Airport, and Cheryl.
Mommy : just 3 of you?
Asher : yes, 3, no mommy no daddy. Then we need 1,2,3 chairs
Mommy : okay, for 3 of you.
Asher : and 1,2,3 Drinks.
Mommy : okay, for 3 of you. Anymore?
Asher : 1,2,3 Noodles.
Mommy : okay, for 3 of you. No rice?
Asher : no, no rice. Then 1,2,3 spoon
Mommy : okay, for 3 of you. Anymore?
Asher : 1,2,3 Ice cream.
Mommy : okay, for 3 of you.
Asher : then 1 birthday cake.
Mommy : Whose birthday?
Asher : it’s Asher’s birthday.
Mommy : okay. it’s your birthday. how many candles on the cake?
Asher : 3 candles!
Mommy : Why?
Asher : because Asher is 3 years old !
Haha! I find him really cute ! He even gives me the 3 fingers sign each time he counts.
Daddy is right, not exactly reading but more like storytelling. He simply adores the stories and insists on reading them everyday, which is good and now he can tell me the stories by looking at those illustrations.
Reading is really a good hobby and everyone should start reading from young. Too bad I only started reading to him when he was 28mo.
Nowadays, I make it a habit to pick a book randomly from the box(yeah, no shelf yet) before we leave the house and he will flip the book automatically once the car starts moving. We always try our best to do other things, eg. singing or playing instead of relying on iPhone or iPad for some 30 minutes journey to the town. Today, he even brought one of his favourite book to the restaurant. Mommy Famela is right, reading can be anywhere, anytime.
I hope he will love books and storytelling ( like me ) as he grows up in the future. Here is another video, enjoy !
I was cleaning and packing, I heard some cute voices, can’t make it out what, more like mumbling with baby language.
Mommy : asher, what are you doing?(Still packing and back facing him)
Asher : Asher reads books.
I took my phone and walked towards him quietly…
Sorry for the screaming at the background, mom’s unit is near the playground.
I find it funny. I’ll definitely show him this video when he is much older.
I think probably by next year or so, he can read some simple words and read them out loud for me.:)
At 30mo, Asher understands English and Mandarin language. I am quite sure he understands mandarin because I start speaking mandarin to him, about 60% of the time today and he replies me in English. Mandarin? Yes, only when I ask him to do so and he says after me. I’m actually quite glad that he does try to speak a little. I was sharing my worries at a closed group over FB this morning and now, before turning in, I am blogging about his progress for today. The mommies are right, it is the environment and I have to be persistent.
To decide who speak what language to him is important. I reemphasize to our helper to speak only bahasa to Asher since her English is not good. “who make spoilt?” is a big no no ! I told popo to speak only Hainanese and Mandarin to him as he is picking up some broken English too. Not much, just some sentences, anyway, not that he can speak fluently so we can still correct him. As for me, I don’t have strong English background so I decided to speak Mandarin to Asher but during our learning together session, I will stick to English. Okay, no rojak? I will try.
Daddy and the rest speak English to Asher as they speak proper English. Actually Ben and I can speak Mandarin pretty well, both of us took Higher Chinese with and passed with good grades ( he got A for A’ level and I got B3 for O’ level). We can read Traditional(complex) Chinese, Simplified Chinese and I can read and translate Literary Chinese (文言文). Daddy and I also know Zhuyin (注音, bopomofo) but daddy is better in Hanyu pinyin ( 汉语拼音), no, correction – daddy is very good in HYPY, zero mistake.
Occasionally, daddy will speak mandarin to him. No rojak, there is no mixture of English and Mandarin in his sentences, sometimes I don’t know how he did it! Okay, strong background perhaps. My MIL is very good at Chinese and she always write articles to the Newspaper, she can write poems too. She used to keep a blog and she posted her poems online. My ILs sent all children to Private Chinese School and they learn their maths, science in Chinese. Yes, till now daddy still remember all the terms ! In order for daddy to enter NUS, he attended some extreme program to convert all the terms from Chinese to English, that explained why he is very strong at both languages.
I wish, okay, let’s not stress Asher now. I just hope Asher can pick up more languages like us. Daddy and I can speak 7 languages and write 3 languages. I will try my very best to teach Asher and hope by 3.5yo, yes, 1 year later, we can communicate in proper mandarin. By then, I believe my ILs will be very happy too. 🙂