The Chinese reading club at TongYan school is an organized small-sized study group. The goal is to bring joy and confidence into Chinese reading and to improve reading comprehension in the Chinese language.
Club Activities: Our club meeting usually starts with story time. Each week the teacher will choose a very interesting and fun book to share with the readers. Over the semester we will read wide ranging subjects of picture books, comic books and books with hidden features. The second part of the club meeting is the read-aloud session. The reading materials are chosen at the right level for the readers in the class so they will be able to read 90% of the material. Questions are asked before, during, and after the read aloud session to encourage reading comprehension. Readers will be assigned with characters to act out the story by reading and playing different roles. We also have lots of fun activities such as Chinese board games and Chinese song karaoke. One example of the games is roll and play. Readers will roll the big plush cube, then select a card with the matching color and act out the activity shown. The activities are written in Chinese on each card.
Homework: We have a 20 minutes per week reading assignment for readers participating in the club. The reading logs are kept in a star chart form. Those readers who completed all reading assignments will get a small prize at year end.
Teacher’s feedback: A book club for kids is one of the best ways to combine learning and fun. Our reading club has successfully associated joy, fun and friendship with reading in Chinese for our young readers. It’s wonderful to see the special gleam in the kids’ eyes and big smiles on their faces when they enjoy the stories together.
CHN101 Chinese Reading Club Age: 3-4
In this course, we focus on making Chinese exciting for your child! We achieve this by focusing on theme-related nursery rhymes, handcrafts, word-picture learning, classical poetry and simple conversations. This develops your child’s basic sense for Chinese while increasing their listening and speaking abilities. Specifically, your child will learn about animals, time, earth, family, daily life, and the seasons. After two semesters, students will have mastered about 50 commonly used words to express themselves in Chinese. They will also be able to read and recite several songs and poems. In a final project, students will perform a play for their families that encompasses the entire semester and showcases each student’s learning.
CHN201 MLP Chinese K Age: 4-5
For children at least attending kindergarten. This course will utilize nursery rhymes and daily character recognition. Each class students will recite a nursery rhyme and then each of the characters within the nursey rhyme will be taught in detail. In addition, students will practice telling a story, using characters that they have previously learned to reinforce them and help with memorization.
CHN301 MLP Chinese 1st Grade Age: 5-6
For children at least attending 1st grade. Students will learn a variety of stories and gain knowledge of characters through these stories. Students will practice telling a story, using characters they have previously learned to reinforce them and help with memorization. Teachers will show students the formation of each character, including breaking down the separate parts of the character.
CHN401 MLP Chinese 2nd Grade Age: 6+
For Children over 6 years old and graduated from CHN301. The lessons are based on short essays. It teaches vocabulary and its attributes as well as common grammar. It also involves some handwriting. Students should reach up to 700 words after completion. All classes are taught in Chinese by two semester’s learning.