Sagebooks is a hefty investment. Here are some resources to help you stay on course!
Tips to be green and save green:
- To save ink, print in fast mode with black ink only.
- Print on both sides of the paper.
- Print on recycled paper.
- Make these reusable with sheet protectors and save paper.
- Conserve! Don’t print the sheets for characters your child already knows!
Our Sagebooks Learning Journey
Reading Strip DIY and Sagebooks Update - If your child is reading the Pinyin in Sagebooks instead of the Chinese characters, you may want to try a reading strip. Reading strips can make reading easier by reducing visual stress. Cover up the Pinyin and English translation to help focus on the Chinese characters. Continue Reading
Done with Sagebooks 1.1 - My first Sagebooks blog post was exactly 1 month ago! I am happy to share that we are FINALLY done with Sagebooks 1.1. This is the first book of 25 books and we have a long way to go. 臭雞蛋’s Progress My 2 year old daughter is our little bookworm. Her brain has an amazing ability to retain everything. Another mom taught us 瓢蟲 (ladybug) when we saw one at the park a few weeks ago. She still remembers even… Continue Reading
How To Protect Your Flashcards - Flashcards are expensive! For a while I kept the few cards that we were learning in an envelope. But inevitably one would get creased, colored on, or lost. Boo! I wanted something my kids could use for car trips, but imagine if they dropped a stack of flashcards in the car?! My suggestion for protecting your flashcards? Put them in an mini photo album! We have many sets of flashcards. Many years ago I purchased the Chineasy flashcards because I… Continue Reading
Tablet Lightbox Tracing - Another great way to prepare your child for writing is tracing. I turned our ipad into a lightbox. My son hates writing but enjoyed this tablet lightbox tracing activity. He explains, “因為好酷啊!”. Of course there are apps that allow you to use a finger to trace the Chinese character, but I prefer pen on paper. It’s good for children to get use to holding a pen. Plus this way there are no distractions, flashy lights, advertisements, cartoons, etc. Many households… Continue Reading
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 you may use are cellophane wrapping, an index folder/divider, acetate projector sheet, etc. In my case I had the lid from a plastic food container… Continue Reading
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 create a circle with flashcards. One player sits in the middle, another runs around the circle until the seated player says, “stop!” It’s similar to… Continue Reading
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