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Childbook.com News Release - September 14, 2009

Moon Festival Events in US and Canada Compilation Now Released for Public Use

 

September 14, 2009; Rowland Heights, Calif., USA – A Chinese bookstore for kids is offering to the public a listing of Chinese Moon Festival events in the different US states and some areas of Canada. 

 

The Chinese Moon Festival is always held on the 15th day of the 8th month in the lunar calendar.  This year 2009, the Moon Festival will be on October 3.  It is the signal of the end of summer, and the beginning of autumn.  It is also a day for thanksgiving and for family to join together.

 

There are about 3 million Chinese-Americans celebrating the Moon Festival in the US.  Usual organizers of events are Chinese trade associations, schools, museums and parks. 

Among those that have already announced their events are different organizations in California, New York, Illinois and Vancouver. 

 

ChildBook.com has been providing for several years compilations of Moon Festival events and other Chinese special holidays, such as the Chinese New Year and the Dragon Boat Festival.  This listing is provided for the convenience of interested families to participate in Chinese celebrations in their local communities.  Besides the 3 million ethnic Chinese, about 55,000 families have adopted kids from China.  There are also less than 2 million Chinese immigrants in the country today.  A big proportion of this number is expected to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival.

 

Currently, the list  has about 50 Moon Festival Events and is continually being updated.  Expect more Moon Festival events to be posted through the weeks.

 

The Moon Festival events list can be found at:

http://www.childbook.com/Chinese-Moon-Festival-Autumn-Calendar-of-Events-s/139.htm

 

 

Besides compiling a calendar of US-wide events, ChildBook also provides additional free resources that can be used by teachers and students to learn more about the Moon Festival.  Moon Festival lesson plans, coloring pages and worksheets are free and printable from ChildBook


Childbook.com News Release - September 10, 2009


“New Practical Chinese Reader” Available at Special Prices for the Start of the School Year

 

September 10, 2009; Rowland Heights, Calif., USA - The Practical Chinese Reader textbook, a familiar learning-Chinese textbook used by student in the 1980’s, is now updated with a new edition.  Combining several learn-Chinese textbooks and edited by Liu Xun, the “New Practical Chinese Reader” is gaining popularity with students studying the Chinese language at home or in school.  In line with the start of the school year, ChildBook.com offers a special introductory price of $18.99 for all levels of New Practical Chinese Reader Textbooks the whole month of September. 

 

The New Practical Chinese Reader has been updated so that today’s students are able to relate more to the lessons.  The style of teaching Chinese language has also been updated.  When before, memorization is the key to learning Chinese, this new series combines the different styles of teaching Chinese.  Students will focus not only on conversing in Chinese, but also learn about language structure and Chinese culture.  Thus, with the New Practical Chinese Reader, students are trained to be able to converse, read, write and understand (through listening) the Chinese language. 

 

Topics are widely covered, from the more personal – about the usual greetings, asking around and family – to the more social.  Talking about China’s events such as family planning, China’s aeronautics program plus more are also tackled.  Each lesson has a familiar structure to guide students.  These will always appear in every lesson:  New Words, Notes, Conversation Practice, Reading Comprehension, Phonetics, Grammar, Characters and Cultural Notes.

 

The New Practical Chinese Reader promises a comprehensive learning of the Chinese language using textbooks, workbooks, audio CDs for textbooks, audio CDs for workbooks and instructor’s manuals.  Available online at ChildBook.com.  Free shipping option for US orders worth $25 above.  Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. 

 

 

Visit http://www.childbook.com/New-Practical-Chinese-Reader-s/267.htm to see the textbooks.  Introductory sale ends on September 30, 2009.




Childbook.com News Release - August 28, 2009


Free Teachers’ Book on How to Effectively Teach Children Mandarin Chinese  

 

Teachers can now avail of free 4-level Lesson Plans to teach Mandarin effectively.  Available at ChildBook.

 

 

Rowland Heights, CA, USA – 28 August 2009 – Teachers and parents looking for books on how to teach Chinese effectively to children can now get another guide from an online bookstore for kids learning Chinese.

 

Childbook.com is pleased to announce that Practical Chinese series of textbooks now has teacher’s guides available.  While some Learn-Chinese teachers’ guides are for sale, the Practical Chinese Teachers’ Guide is available for free. 

 

Practical Chinese textbooks help children learn Mandarin Chinese easily through a guided.  Practical Chinese lessons also stress learning about Chinese culture to enhance children’s learning of the language.  Exercises gradually progress from writing characters with the correct stroke order, translating words into Chinese, asking and answering questions according to real life situations, translating sentences, and performing oral presentations. Students are also taught how to read Pin Yin.

 

Available materials from Practical Chinese are 8 levels of textbooks, workbooks and audio CD or cassette.  The free teachers’ guides are for the first 4 levels only, as of this date.  All materials are available in Simplified and Traditional Chinese. 

 

The lessons taught in Practical Chinese Series follow a curriculum approved by the Association of Chinese Teachers Foreign Language.  The curriculum is also a good review program for SATs and other Chinese proficiency test. 

 

Practical Chinese books were written by Ms. Wendy Lin, initially to help her 3 children learn Chinese.   The author then designed Practical Chinese to specifically cater to those who intend to use Chinese as a secondary language.  Wendy has taught at West Windsor Middle School, the Hun School in Princeton, and Marlboro Middle School. She also wrote the Chinese curriculum for the Marlboro school district. Currently, she is tutoring individuals and adoptive families other than writing, and teaching in Chinese school.

 

Practical Chinese is being used in schools in the US, Guam, Canada, Australia, Israel, Hong Kong, China  and more.

 

Copies of Practical Chinese Teachers’ Guides Levels 1 through 4 may be downloaded from www.childbook.com.  



Childbook.com News Release - August 27, 2009


6 Hour Program to Learn Bo Po Mo and Pinyin? New Product Release at Kids’ Bookstore

 

 

August 27, 2009; Rowland Heights, Calif., USA – A learn-Chinese bookstore for children is pleased to offer the public Champion Chinese, a program that claims to have students learn the 37 sounds of Bo Po Mo in 2-6 hours, instead of the usual 55 hours.

 

Champion Chinese is an interesting teaching and learning system of the Chinese language.  It is an interactive learning program based on the principles of "Multiple Intelligences" and "Whole Language".  This learning Chinese system is especially suited for those who want to start learning Bo Po Mo. It can also be used by those who already know some Bo Po Mo but also want to learn Hanyu Pinyin.

 

The Champion Chinese System was devised by a concerned parent, Ms. Pei-Pei Champion.  Ms Champion took her then 3-year old daughter to Chinese class and was horrified at how the children were uninterested in learning Chinese.  This motivated her to study the Bo Po Mo characters, until she found connections in the sounds and the images of characters.  Later she developed simple mnemonic devices that let the children easily understand and connect the characters to the pronunciation.

 

ChildBook.com is now carrying the starter books of the “Champion Chinese Sounding Systems & Pronunciation.” The starter books include the Student’s Edition and the Teacher’s Manual.   Audio CDs are also included for the Pronunciation Guide and drills. 

Ray Ritchey of ChildBook says, “We are pleased to go into partnership with Ms. Pei Pei Champion, the founder of Champion Chinese.  Like Ms. Champion, it is ChildBook’s goal to share the beauty of the Chinese language and culture to the young generation.” 

 

The Champion Chinese Student’s Edition includes tables of Bo Po Mo to Pinyin and activity based study of Bo Po Mo.  Students will be able to color and do activities to reinforce the Bo Po Mo and Pinyin learned.  Meanwhile, the Champion Chinese Teacher’s Manual guides parents and teachers how to teach Bo Po Mo and Pinyin with creative activities, such as writing, conversing in basic common conversation, singing and playing games.

 

Towards the end of the lessons, students are expected to recognize and write basic Bo Po Mo and Pinyin words.  They will also be able to converse in basic, useful Chinese.  Vocabulary is built up with the lessons so the students are expected to know the basics Chinese colors, numbers, shapes, animals, units of measurement, plus more.  It is also expected that students will be able to follow the Chinese songs provided.

 

Ms. Pei Pei  Champion is currently teaching at the Champion Chinese Language Institute, The Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School and the West Hartford Continuing Education, all in Connecticut.  She also speaks to people in different places to share the wonder of learning Chinese using her method. She was awarded "Chinese Teacher of the Year 2001 by the East Coast Association of Chinese Schools.  Ms . Champion graduated from University of Hartford with a major in Early Childhood Education.

 

http://www.childbook.com/Champion-Chinese-Sounding-Systems-and-Pronunciation-s/348.htm



Childbook.com News Release - August 24, 2009

Chronicles of Narnia Now in Chinese

A Chinese bookstore for children is announcing the newest addition of Chinese translations of the young adult’s novels section, The Chronicles of Narnia.

ChildBook.com is now carrying the Chinese translation of the famous book series by CS Lewis.  All Narnia books 1-7 feature the adventures of the Pevensie children and their friends in the magical world of Narnia.  In the Narnia books, the children will face the evil elements who want to rule over Narnia and they will help restore peace and order to the land.

All books are available in Traditional Chinese and more suited for intermediate and advanced learners.  Ray Ritchey of ChildBook points out that “ChildBook is steadily building its collection of Chinese translations of popular novels for young people.  The thousands of children learning Chinese that we have served since 1997 are growing up, and some of them are teens now.  Surely there are bigger ChildBook kids who will appreciate Narnia and our other featured collections in Chinese - such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Eragon Series.” 

The seven titles of the Chronicles of Narnia are:  Book 1 – “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” 2) “Prince Caspian,” 3) “The Voyage of the Dawn Trader,” 4) “The Silver Chair,” 5) “The Horse and his Boy,” 6) “The Magician’s Nephew,” and 7) “The Last Battle.”

For those who want to buy the set of The Chronicles of Narnia in Traditional Chinese, a bundle set is also available with special discount.

Visit http://www.childbook.com to see the Chinese Narnia books.



Childbook.com News Release - August 6, 2009

New Chinese Father's Day Coloring Pictures at Children’s Bookstore – Free for kids!

 

A Learn-Chinese children’s bookstore is pleased to announce the release of its newest coloring pictures online that children may use for free.

 

Childbook.com released today the newest addition of coloring pictures to its Learn Chinese learning resources – pictures to color about Chinese Father's Day.  In China and Taiwan, Father's Day is celebrated on the 8th day of the eighth month because the word for 8 sounds like father, “ba ba.”  Besides Father's Day, August 8th is also considered an auspicious day for the Chinese, because the 2008 Olympics in Beijing  was launched on that day.

 

Along with this, pictures for Chinese Valentines Day and Hungry Ghost Festival are also posted.  Chinese Valentines Day this year is on  August 20, while the 15th day of the 7th month Hungry Ghost Festival is on September 2, 2009.  

 

A lot of parents access the net for free resources to teach their children. ChildBook has been offering through the years an assortment of coloring pictures and activity sheets to help children learn more about the Chinese language and culture.  Pictures launched before and still popular with customers are coloring pictures about Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival and Lunar Mid-Autumn Festival. 

 

Other resources for kids to appreciate the Chinese culture that can be used by parents are activity sheets, craft instructions and instructions for games that kids play in China. 

 

For more information and Learning-Chinese materials, visit http://www.childbook.com

 





Childbook.comNews Release - June 7, 2009
 
 

Fun, Educational Time this Summer with Chinese Coloring Pictures

 

Children love the summer break but they can’t be all hyper and active all the time.  For quiet time, why not give them coloring pictures?  ChildBook’s Chinese coloring pictures can give kids quiet time, and an opportunity for mom or dad to share a story or two about the Chinese pictures being colored.

 

ChildBook.com, a Learn-Chinese bookstore for children, has been continually updating the Chinese coloring picturesfor children.  Coloring is a great way for children to learn about the Chinese culture and language, so the section is regularly updated with pictures about Chinese festivals, kids, animals and other icons from Chinese culture.

 

Here are some themes for the Coloring Pages Section:

 

Chinese New Year.  Chinese New Year Coloring pictures depicting the Chinese New Year traditions are quite extensive.  Details about Chinese New Year customs are included in the selection, such as Cleaning the House during New Year, picture of the Kitchen God, gate gods, dragon dances, lion dances, fire works  and family feasts are included. 

 

Dragon Boat Festival.  There are also nice coloring pictures for kids to learn more about the the Dragon Boat Festival.  Pictures of the dragon boat races, the food and charms, preparing before the race, and more coloring pictures are available. 

 

Lunar Festival.  Coloring pictures showing moon festival icons can also be colored.  Includes Chang Er the Lady in the Moon, Hou Yi her husband, Jade Rabbit and the Jade Emperor are among the many pages that can be downloaded and printed.

 

Chinese kids, animals, other culture.  A favorite page among the kids.  Kids love coloring the pictures of the Chinese children, favorite animals and cultural icons, such as Monkey King.

 

ChildBook has more activities for kids that parents can also download and give to the children.  Activity sheets, craft projects and more are free from ChildBook. Com

 

Watch out for more additions to the Learning Resources Section.

 
 
Childbook.com News Release - June 6, 2009
 

Kuaile Hanyu Software for Teens Learning Chinese this Summer

 

Software for teens learning Chinese is another way for families to continue practicing Chinese over the summer vacation. 

 

Kuaile Hanyu softwareis one of the must-haves this summer break for families who want their children to practice Chinese.  This summer, your middle-schooler will expect to park him/herself in front of the computer.  Might as well hand in a useful software that will let your child start or continue learning Chinese. 

 

Kuaile Hanyuis a curriculum series designed specially for middle schoolers and teens.  Books, audio, software, flashcards and teacher’s guides are written keeping in mind the interest of middle schoolers. 

 

The Kuaile Hanyu software has videos that feature four foreign students visiting China - Mary, Ann, Tom, and Mike.  They are guided by four local residents, Xiaohai, Lili, Xiaohong, and Mingming.  Lessons feature their arrival in China to going to school and exploring about.  Learning Chinese is more effective if it simulates real life situations. 

 

The videos will show the basic phrases used by the kids.  Your child will also hear the proper tones needed to pronounce correctly.   The software also has exercises, practice games and a dictionary that your teen can use to learn more Chinese words.

 

If your child is very enthusiastic about Learning Chinese, maybe you can try using the accompanying textbook and workbook, audio CD and flashcards for more complete learning.  A Teacher’s Guide is also available and can be used by parents for the summer break for more ideas how to tackle the lessons with the children. 

 

Kuaile Hanyu lessons are divided into three levels.  Each level has 24 lessons divided into 8 units.  Topics will surely interest the young teens.  Some of the topics are about the self and how one interacts with others, food, technology, school life, jobs, health, even fashion and entertainment.

 

Kuaile Hanyu was commissioned by the UK government for midde school students to have an easier time to Learn Chinese.  It was written out of a collaboration by the British Council and National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (NOCFL) of China. Kuaile Hanyu’s structured approach qualifies it as the first Chinese Textbook to meet the UK Education Standards.

 

And for those who are wondering why the series is named  Kuaile Hanyu, or “Happy Chinese”.  It is because the main objective of this Chinese curriculum series is for young teens to be happy as they go about learning Chinese.  It is anticipated that learning Chinese even during summer break will be easy and light for your young teen.

 

Kuaile Hanyusoftware, books, flashcards, audio and Teacher’s Guides are available at www.childbook.com. 

 

 
 
Childbook.comNews Release - June 5, 2009
 
Chinese Harry Potter Books Available in Time for the Harry Movie in July

 

 

ChildBook.comis carrying the Chinese translations of Harry Potter 6:  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and other books in the series.  Since summer vacation is up, students of Chinese can read the Chinese Harry Potter 6 before the movie comes out on July 7 this year. 

 

ChildBook notes that since children love the Harry Potter book series, practice reading of Chinese using these books will be exciting.  Basic-level readers of Chinese are encouraged to try reading the Chinese Harry Potter series. Just have a Chinese-English dictionary, or mom or dad around for questions.

 

The story of the Half-Blood Prince revolves around Harry Potter finding the different Horcruxes that shelter splintered parts of Voldemort’s soul.  As the war of the wizards continue, romance also blossoms between the teen-age wizards of Hogwarts.  See if Harry will be able to round up all Horcruxes before Voldemort conquers the wizard world.  Harry Potter will also say goodbye to a well-loved friend in this book.

 

For those who are concerned about getting the correct Chinese Harry Potter books, ChildBook assures all books are acquired from a reputable Taiwan dealer.  ChildBook’s 100% satisfaction guarantee and money-back guarantee also apply for the Chinese Harry Potter books.

 

Chinese Harry Potter book bundle, containing all 7 Harry books, can also be ordered in either Simplified or Traditional Chinese. 

 

ChildBook.com has been offering high quality Learn-Chinese materials for children for several years now.  The store aims to help kids enjoy learning and practicing Chinese with stories, videos, songs and more.  Free learning resources are also offered for teachers and parents.

 

For fans of fantasy classics, Chinese translations of Lord of the Rings books and Eragon are also available.

 

Childbook.com News Release - June 4, 2009

SATs On-going.  Prepare for Chinese SAT II in time for November”

 

June 4, 2009; Rowland Heights, Calif. USA – As high school kids are taking the SATs nationwide this June, A Learn-Chinese bookstore for kids is offering Chinese SAT II reviewer tests in time for the SAT Subject Testing on November. 

 

Childbook.com is offering the public “Chinese SAT II,” a reviewer compiled by the Association of Northern California of Chinese Schools. 

 

Students with at least 2 to 4 years of Chinese courses in high school or equivalent, and continuous gradual practice of the language are encouraged to take the test.  The SAT Subject Test in Chinese exam is an 85-item multiple choice test with questions to test knowledge of spoken and written Mandarin Chinese in the context of contemporary Chinese culture.

ChildBook is encouraging high school juniors and seniors to further sharpen their Chinese proficiency during this summer break with “Chinese SAT II” Reviewer.

The “Chinese SAT II” Reviewer contains practice tests for Reading and Listening Comprehension, and Usage in Chinese.  The “Chinese SAT II” Review Set contains two books and 2 audio CDs.  The Usage portion is  presented in four different writing systems: Traditional Characters, Simplified Characters, Pinyin Romanization, and Chinese Phonetic Alphabet (Bo Po Mo Fo).  The Reading Comprehension portion is presented in two writing systems:  Traditional Characters and Simplified Characters.  The Listening Comprehension portion is in Mandarin Chinese.  This study guide also has tips on how to score high on the SAT II Subject Test in Chinese. 

The SAT (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test) is a test that measures the proficiency of high school students in different subject areas. 
Almost all colleges in the US accept the SAT in the admission process of freshmen. The test is also a good indicator for colleges to flag what areas a student will thrive in, and what career options are viable for the student.  The SAT contains tests in reading, writing and mathematics; while the SAT II or SAT subject tests measure knowledge in specific subject areas, such as sciences and languages.  SAT II is the basis of colleges for course placement of students.

The Chinese SAT II test is on November 7, 2009.  Deadline of registration is October 9, 2009. 


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ray@childbook.com,

Tel. 626-810-2088

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