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Sagebooks Sage Formula Sagebooks Intro: Sagebooks are Magic! - I did it. I finally gave in and purchased Sagebooks. With the high price tag it took a lot of consideration. How can Sagebooks charge so much for these books?! The answer is: Sagebooks are magic, sorcery even! Why are these books magic? Because they got my uninterested 4 year old interested in learning Chinese again! Our Chinese Learning Background Ours is a familiar story. I’m a second generation Taiwanese now learning Chinese along with my newly 5 year old son… Continue Reading
taiwan preschool field trip guandu Our Taiwan Preschool Experience - Last year we spent 2 months in Taiwan. My son was 3 at the time and attended the preschool. This year we spent 3 months in Taiwan and returned to the same preschool. I was able to enroll my 2.5 year old as well this past trip. They were separated into classes based on age. Education My daughter’s class, ages 2-3, focused on play. Class work involved coloring and applying stickers. They also incorporated music with singing and dancing. My… Continue Reading
Baby Yvie All The Moms - Every Mother’s Day since I became a mom I think about all the moms that have influenced the person I’ve become. We didn’t celebrate Mother’s Day growing up so now I want to thank the moms in my life for the lesson’s they’ve taught me. Here are my reflections and some photos of us then and now. Happy Mother’s Day to My First Mom When I was younger my mother always wore a skirt and heels. ALWAYS. Well, except when… Continue Reading
Learn Chinese Post Image Reasons to Learn Chinese Infographic - Why I Stopped Learning Chinese There are so many reasons to learn Chinese but let’s start with why I STOPPED learning Chinese when I was a kid. I didn’t have a supportive learning environment. Chinese class was uncool. I was scared of the bullies that made fun of the “FOB” kids. There was a girl, Shelby, who seemed to always be waiting for me at recess. One day she had me in a headlock and I struggled to break free.… Continue Reading
pancakes - fire 30 in 30: First Chinese Characters - This past month has been especially busy. With Halloween festivities and end of the year work projects, I’ve had little time to focus on teaching Chinese. Then tonight while tidying up after dinner I noticed my messy pile of learning materials. Feeling disappointed in myself for not having time for my own Mandarin learning, I picked up a stack of flashcards and started reviewing them. I was sitting on the floor behind my son’s play tent, trying to get a… Continue Reading