Mandarin For 3 Year Olds

That’s Sherilyn’s Mandarin homework. Yes, you read me right. It’s my 3 yo’s Mandarin homework from pre-school and being a yellow banana, I have no idea how to guide her in Mandarin.  Don’t you think this is just too tough for a 3 yo? 

I am fortunate that my mil was around for the past 3.5 months to guide my 2 gals in their Mandarin homework.  My mil has now gone to Japan for a vacation and will only be back in a few weeks’ time.  During her absence, I guess I will have to buy a Mandarin (han yi pin yi) – English dictionary to teach my gals.  My mil will most likely be going back to HK in a couple of months’ time and that’s when my actual worry will start.  If I can’t guide my 2 gals in their Mandarin homework, I may have to send them for tuition classes.  It’s better this way rather than teaching them blindly.

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18 thoughts on “Mandarin For 3 Year Olds

  1. yes it does look diff for a 3 yr old. if your kids are attending a chinese med kindy, then its supposed to be more diff than an eng med kindy.
    if u do buy a dictionary for urself, buy a talking dictionary which can help u with pronounciation. i am planning to get one too. me oso yellow banana. but i try to learn together with my son when he does his homework

  2. my son only started his Mandarin class at age 4. I no idea what he study because he didn’t bring home any text books, but I have bought some pre-school exercise books for him, mostly he understand and I also found that is too tough for a child only age 4.

  3. Looks like wat my girl’s learning at 5. At 3 yo, I thot they’d oni be learning to recog the characters. Some 3 yos can’t even hold a pencil properly, so how to write?

  4. oh dear…this is pretty scary. am planning to send ashley to a Chinese school when she turns 7. so we have to send her to a chinese-based kindy next year and i really don’t know if she could cope :S

  5. Hmm 3 yo already have homework? Maybe different kinder. Well just do your best to guide her. Tough ofor her age? I guess she definately can cope with it.

  6. I think my view may be biased becos I was chinese-ed. I think it is going to be tough for you…but dont be disheartened….try “reading” more chinese books to the girls…they will pick up the sounds very quickly…some books come with disc…this way, you can be assured of the correct pronunciation. I have been reading chinese poems with Nicole…and she is doing fine…I have written some posts on reading chinese in my blog…see if it is of any help to you… you can always drop a comment if you need any help in this area….god bless

    http://www.homeminister.blogspot.com

  7. Wow, really not easy at all…..luckily for Isaac, his still enjoying his life in kindy…no homework at all, but, learning more stuff daily…..can even start pronounce phonics…

  8. to be fair, i dont remember learning this when i was 3 years old…we were just playing and playing all day long…i didnt start formal school till 6 -kindie that is..

    well, start by buying some chinese nursery vdc for the girls…once they like the songs, then they will sing along.and that is when they will find interest in learning the language….

    check out my blog from time to time….i will post new discoveries and tips on kiddie learning every so often as i discover them myself….good luck.

    http://www.homeminister.blogspot.com

  9. to be fair, i dont remember learning this when i was 3 years old…we were just playing and playing all day long…i didnt start formal school till 6 -kindie that is..

    well, start by buying some chinese nursery vdc for the girls…once they like the songs, then they will sing along.and that is when they will find interest in learning the language….

    check out my blog from time to time….i will post new discoveries and tips on kiddie learning every so often as i discover them myself….good luck. and dont stress yourself out…you can do it!

    http://www.homeminister.blogspot.com

  10. I guess u could learn together. I took two semesters of Chinese for my degree and Rae and Sky would sometimes sit with me to learn. I say this looks suspiciously similar to what I was subjected to LOL.

    btw, the girls didn’t take on any Mandarin AT ALL. And mine is slowly slipping away…

  11. It looks tough for 3yo kid. Although I also chinese educated, but I find it tough too! Alamak, now I start worry whether to sent my boys to chinese school or not.

  12. wow..jenn, I am impressed! You took up chinese for the sake of your girls!! well done…..

    i think sher’s book is simply reflecting the various strokes in writing a chinese character….

    you need to get them to like it…dont frighten them by telling them you dont know it yourself….this is very negative….tell them it is no different from drawing….and indeed chinese characters originated from pics….

    dont give up! Ganbatei kudasai!!

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