Chinese legends and festivals

Sep 13

Childhood is one of the most fun times of your child’s life. Whether your child is native Chinese, or is learning Chinese as a second language, teaching them Chinese legends and festivals can help to improve their learning. Even though your child may be learning Chinese at school, it’s more than common for their school time to be full of happy laughter and childhood pleasures. As a parent though, you want to ensure that your child is fluent in Chinese and that they understand the culture and society that belongs in China.

By teaching them some of the most popular and traditional Chinese legends, you will help your child to gain an understanding of their culture and their past. Each country is different, and each country and race has their own unique blend of culture, religion and ways of life. The Chinese are no different. In fact  the Chinese culture is one of the most unique blends in the world. They believe in legends from the past, and they celebrate their lives and what they believe in through hosting regular festivals throughout the year. Celebration festivals play an important role in Chinese culture and it’s imperative that your kids learn to develop an initial knowledge of this as early as possible.

By teaching them about what they are learning, they will gain more of an insight into the Chinese way of life – thus increasing the likelihood that they will be motivated to learn more. Making learning fun, unique and different is a difficult task, and you must engage your children to learn. If you don’t engage them, and don’t give them a reason to learn more every day, they will probably get bored. Teaching them about Chinese legends and festivals is bound to tick their creative side of thinking into play.

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Enrichment Classes for Your Kids

Jun 28

One major advantage of educating your child at home is that you are involved with their home school success. You help to decide that way your child is taught the material and no one knows your child better than you do. You know how your child learns and can find ways to make their education unique and best for them. Another way to ensure your child’s home school success is to enroll them in enrichment classes.

A parent’s decision to home school their child does not mean they wish to keep them from socializing with other children their age. In fact, the opposite is quite true. They simply want to have more control of who their children are socializing with. For example, if you live in a city where your child goes to public school, your child is apt to come into contact with drugs and alcohol issues much quicker than they would if they were home schooled.

There are enrichment classes available to children of all ages, such as gymnastics, karate, art, and even guitar lessons. Any of these classes will allow your child to learn new things that you will not be able to teach them, as well as learn socialization skills. Many area high schools allow home schooled children to participate in special classes, such as computer classes and even physical education. This allows your child to enhance their educational experience and develop their social interactions skills with other students.

Many communities have programs that were developed especially for home school success. It may be as much as a alternative school that offers enrichment classes to enhance your child’s home schooling or it could be as little as informal get-togethers for home schooled children. Either one will help your child to achieve home school success.

If you find there is not a community program in your area, you may want to think about starting a support group yourself. Many groups have started out small and together, they plan field trips to enhance their children’s learning experiences, as well as get-togethers where their children can simply interact with one another. It also can provide you a chance to talk with others that are in your position as parent and teacher.

Many people do not understand why parents may choose to home school their child and many may picture the home schooled child to be lonely. However, this is not the case at all. Home schooled children are often more confident in their abilities and they have no problems fitting in with other children their age. By adding enrichment classes to your child’s education, you are helping to ensure their home school success.

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How does stage performance strenghten children confidence in public

Jun 21

Your child more than likely will want to become part of a stage performance at some point in their life. Whether it’s during early pre-school nursery or during high-school. Each child has a creative side and they will want to experience something new. Whether that’s being part of a musical play, or simply acting out a play with their friends and family. While being one of the best and most fun hobbies for your children, stage performances can also help to improve their confidence in public.

Getting up onto a stage is one of the most difficult tasks for any child. They may be required to stand up in front of an audience of over 100 people and act out their role. You’ll probably find that your child will struggle to build up their confidence the first time around, but this will quickly improve. The first time is always the hardest. Once they begin to understand that they are performing exceptionally well and that the audience loves their stage performance, their confidence will naturally begin to build. Because stage performances are one of the hardest things to master, it’s only natural that your children will begin to develop self-confidence in public situations too. They will soon start to strengthen up and respect themselves for being who they are.

Unfortunately, quite a large amount of children live life thinking that they are different and this greatly reduces their self-confidence. By undergoing stage performances on a regular basis, they will begin to learn that looking, talking and acting differently is not such a bad thing. In fact, it’s one of the best things about life. Being unique and having your own personality is a trait that all children should strive to have. As they continue to develop their stage performances, so will their confidence in public situations.

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Will games enhance kids learning in language?

Jun 14

Games are everywhere, and your children are probably ecstatic to play them every time. From Angry Birds to Pokemon, games are quickly becoming the must have accessory for children of all age ranges. However, games don’t just have to be about providing fun. Some game applications specifically focus on teaching your children languages through exciting and engaging applications. These applications contain games that your children will find fun and compelling. While they play along, they will also be developing a passion for learning languages. For example, a game could ask your child to type in “Hello” in French before being able to move onto the next level. By doing this, they will be actively learning new languages while having fun doing so.

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Importance of language development and literacy

May 25

One of the most recognizable and important achievements of early childhood are learning to talk. Being able to say that first word whether its ‘Mama’, ‘Papa’ or anything else in fact, is a start of many more things to come. That is the sign of adoption of new language and new form of communication after being born, the ever need of achieving social understanding, learning about the world, sharing experience, pleasures and needs.

Eventually, children will move on and learn to read by the age of 3 in preschool or at home. Learning to read is the next big step in language development. While learning to talk and learning to read might be distinctive in a way but they are highly related. It is said that early-language skills promise more successful reading in latter stage, moreover, pre-literacy and literacy can help further children’s language competencies in both the preschool years and later schooling.

Normally, the first is the hardest and then on, parents will normally hope that their children will be able to adopt a second language or more. Language is not only the form of communication physically but also emotionally. The cultural aspect of it will shape children in a way others can’t. Understanding different perspective at an early age makes them able to think differently, in a view others couldn’t opening doors to a whole new world. This is why most research conducted that bilingual or multilingual students fare better at later schooling as well as working stage.

To achieve it is no easy feat though as many has seek different ways to learn but gave up in the middle as result are not as favorable as they would have expected. Learning language cannot be rushed though and it is a continuous process but it is something that cannot be lost. It will be something forever imprinted in you, signify you and present you in a different way to others.

 

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What you need to know as a parent when you send your child to learn language

May 18

First thing parents should remind themselves of is that children are not adult. They are not you, hence comparison should not be made at all as it won’t help. Learning a language for a child is like a game and in a game, there are bound to be errors. Errors at this stage though, while many believe they should be corrected, some will tell you otherwise mainly because they are convinced that those errors are part of the language acquisition process and will disappear overtime.

Children all acquire language the same way. They will learn to speak the dialect(s) and language(s) that are used around them. They way they speak will be greatly affected by the people around them and that can be the parents, caregivers, friends and family. There’s no way to control how they speak as they will develop their own accents and they will automatically learn languages they think they will ever need.

Language acquisition normally takes a long time. It’s not a theoretical learning of whatsoever. It is a combination of experimenting, trial and error, indulgence and pride. Many people only look onto the result hoping their child can speak multiple languages in short amount of time, paying large sum of money to the tutors and expecting the best at the end of the day. Language learning should not be rushed as children learn language through natural interaction in everyday settings. When everything is a learning process and material to children, it is less visible as time goes on as they experience different thing and feeling around them.

Learning a language should also not be a competition as the only competitor one should face is themselves. Not every child learns the same way as some might venture into different options they have in their own way of learning. Once a child is deem ready to learn, they will learn and that will be out of anyone’s control. As a parent, what you can do is assist and always ready to provide.

 

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