Moon Festival Events
in US and Canada
Compilation Now Released for Public Use
September 14, 2009; Rowland Heights,
– 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 listhas about 50 Moon Festival Events and is continually being updated.Expect more Moon Festival events to be posted
through the weeks.
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
“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
http://www.childbook.com/New-Practical-Chinese-Reader-s/267.htm to see the
textbooks.Introductory sale ends on
September 30, 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
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 WestWindsorMiddle School, the HunSchool
in Princeton, and MarlboroMiddle 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
Copies of Practical Chinese Teachers’ Guides Levels 1 through
4 may be downloaded from www.childbook.com.
6 Hour Program to Learn Bo Po Mo and
Pinyin? New Product Release at Kids’ Bookstore
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
A Learn-Chinese children’s bookstore is pleased to announce
the release of its newest coloring pictures online that children may use for
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 Beijingwas launched on
Along with this, pictures for Chinese Valentines Day and
Hungry Ghost Festival are also posted.Chinese Valentines Day this year is onAugust 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.
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 worksand 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.
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 namedKuaile 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.
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.
“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 Testand 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.
ChildBook.com is an online Learn-Chinese bookstore for children. Since 1997, ChildBook has been helping kids and their families get the Chinese advantage with its bilingual English-Chinese books, videos, songs and other educational materials. ChildBook also offers free learning resources for kids and teaching guides for parents and teachers.