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Magic Flashcards

These magic flashcards require a secret decoder. How fun! I actually came up with this idea for another project and my son begged me to make him something. All you need are the free printable files and something red and transparent. Please note that it must be red or this will not work. Some items Read More

Reusable Straws

If you are in Taiwan, remember to purchase reusable straws. In a couple days the nation-wide ban on plastic straws will begin. A few business have already started banning straws and other single use plastics. Read More

Free Books From OCAC

The Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) in Taipei offers free Chinese learning workbooks to overseas Taiwanese. Each non-Taiwanese passport presented allows you to select 10 books. Remember to bring a passport for each child you are getting books for. Also bring a separate ID for yourself as you will need to leave it at the Read More

Get Free Chinese Books This Summer

Summer has begun and so has the summer reading program at the public library. Almost all (95%) of the public libraries in the U.S. participate in this program. To encourage children to read through the summer, they offer free books and a contest to win prizes. Our local library even has a great selection of Read More

Yoga Infographic

In celebration of international yoga day I created this yoga infographic of basic poses with the translations in Chinese. These poses are easy enough for toddlers too! Yoga benefits your mind and body. It’s a great way to unwind and relax. It is even suggested as an activity for children with sensory processing disorders because Read More

Superheroes in Chinese

We are learning about Marvel’s superheroes in Chinese because my son’s classmates are really interested in this topic. They bring their action figures to school, pretend play, and discuss movies and cartoons they’ve watched. Lately my son has been talking about “Octopus Prime” and “Bumble Bee Ninja”. He means Optimus prime! Ha Ha Ha! We Read More

Flashcard Game

My kids are loving this flashcard game! They didn’t even know I was tricking them into learning Chinese characters. They were just excited that I asked them to run indoors! Last week, Betty from Chalk Academy posted a photo of a game her 5 year old daughter made up. All you need to do is Read More

Stroke Order Exercise Book

While I was in Taiwan this spring, I purchased a Chinese stroke order exercise book. We probably won’t use it for a couple years but it reminded me of the wood tracing boards that are so popular right now. When we returned home to California, I put the book in a box with some other Read More

感謝: Our Preschool Graduation Song

Just like that the last 5 years have flown by and my baby is going to Kindergarten. His preschool is preparing a graduation ceremony and the class will sing a song. I like to follow along with the schools curriculum at home. My hope is that it will  boost their confidence when they realize they Read More

Father’s Day Song & Lyrics

My son’s preschool class is learning 爸爸,去哪儿? for their Father’s Day performance. I found the music video on YouTube and downloaded the MP3 file for our C-Pen. I also created lyric sheets so that we can read along as we listen to the audio from the C-Pen. Our C-Pen is now an expensive music player! Read More