Oct
17
2011

BaoBei Reading Wonderland : Update at 2.5 months

After the last update of Ethan reading 30 characters @ 1 month in BaoBei Reading Wonderland, here’s another update.

Today, 2.5 months after attending BaoBei, Ethan brought home another 42 word cards. Add that to the previous 30 word cards, he can now read a total of 72 characters just 2.5 months after attending BaoBei. Needless to say, I’m impressed.

Unlike the previous 30 characters where I am able to master all of them after being taught by Ethan, this time around, I failed miserably. Try as I might, I just can’t digest those characters. Ethan gets so frustrated teaching me that he refused to play those cards with me anymore. Now, he only reads them to Daddy :(

Here’s a video of him just back from BaoBei, highly excited wanting to read those cards to me :)

Ethan @ 50 months old

I’m very happy with his progress. In fact, I’m still deciding if I should send him to Kindergarten next year. I still want to send him to BaoBei and since he is already an independent reader in English I have no worries on that. I’m also tutoring him in Math but I tell you, his reading in BM fail!

How? All his other peers are already in Kindergarten and at 5 years old next year, it will be a little weird if he is not in school yet, won’t it?

My greatest dilemma is like this – Next year I’m suppose to decide and register Ethan for Primary One. How in the world do I do that when I haven’t even decided on his Kindergarten? @_@

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    It's perfectly fine to homeschool through Kindergarten if you enjoy it and have the time. For me, I'd think about the suitable Primary School first then work backwards on a matching Kindergarten or homeschool curriculum. All the best! :)

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    Wowie that very impressive Bananaz also cant read 100% of them. One more thing how come he can read them upside down? Good training ground to be a dentist where they do things the opposite way? hahaha.

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    Merryn Reply:

    Yes Bananaz,

    He can read the words no matter what position they are. Good right? Dentist in the making :D

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    His memory is very very good ! Do note that some words tone were wrongly pronounce as per their Chinese Pronunciation 'pin yin' … Need to correct him. Going to the kindy is good for him to social with others, to learn independent, discipline and get use to the school life that get to prepare him to primary later.

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    Merryn Reply:

    Mummy Moon,

    I know that. His teachers also know that. His Dad and the teachers are working on it. I'm giving him time as it is only 2.5 months since he started learning the language.. he'll get it right soon, I believe he will :D

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    wow! he's a smart boy! At least he can read more characters than me :(

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    Language acquisition needs practice. You'll have to use the language to speak to him…and get him to read in the language regularly. Otherwise, give him a while…and all will be forgotten. All the money wasted.

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    Merryn Reply:

    Arthur,

    William is speaking to him Mandarin at home these days with me feeling so ALIEN.. time for me to learn too =___=

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    Children under the age of 6 are capable of learning 5 to 6 languages according to Glenn Doman in his book "How To teach your baby to read" with little effort, and use them perfectly.

    He uses a lot of flashcards, but the main rule is we gotta stop before the child wants to stop. I am sure Ethan will learn Bahasa very well too…. He is a smart boy.

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    Good, you need to learn from Ethan, he can do it and you can do it too.

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    Well done Ethan!

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    Ethan is a quick learner. My boys are also in the same level (B?) now but they went there for 7 months already. Enrichment classes works wonder for kids and I was told that many parents in PJ area rather send their kids to Enrichment classes than going to kindi.

    So quickly have to register Ethan for Primary one already hor..

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    Merryn Reply:

    Chin Nee,

    Time flies eh? sigh.. i haven't even started looking for his Primary school.. His BaoBei teachers said he reads and speaks like one "Ang Moh" learning Mandarin.. @_@

    BUT the way he recites those poems.. my gawd!! Punya lah deeeeep his intonation! Macam Mainland boy!

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    Voila….that day I get to play and talk to him….Once he got warmed up, he tends to speak and play more with me..hahahhahah.

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    Merryn Reply:

    Yeah.. and because of YOU he refused to make the Halloween bat! haha.. he loves you! He kenot tahan see Leng Lui lah… :D

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    Well done Ethan, he can pick up really fast. Oh next year you need to register him for Primary school. Maybe you could start teach him BM next year, as my girl learn BM when she is 5 years old. He need to master in Math & BM, cause primary student need to sit for the Linus exam.

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    he definately can read more chinese than me also… hehehe… guess Bao Bei is good!

    I also just spied a Bao Bei right outside my house.. maybe sign up Dylan for this later… :D

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    Well done Ethan! I think Merryn u should learn Chinese too, hehe :P

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    Ready or not, you need to register him next year for primary, isn't it? Never mind, you still got a few months to think and decide…

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    Bao bei lessons how many times a week?

    Not necessary to send Ethan to kindy at all. He can go straight to Std one at 7 yrs old. Or some private school like Sri KDU, etc will accept 5 yo for Std 1 if he pass the test. I send P to kindy cos I got no choice..FTWM.

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    Merryn Reply:

    Rach,

    I enrolled Ethan for 5 times (1 1/2 hours) per week.

    I'm not going to send him to private school, will have to pay thru my nose for that. I might let him go to Kindy at 6 years old…

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    ethan's growing up really well here. I agree with one of the comments here, think of a good primary school for him, and homeschool him till then if that's your wish :)

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    I'm in a dilemma too of where to register my son for Primary next year.

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    Ethan is so smart. He has good memory lah. Gwen's pronounciation is not good. Ethan knows more than Gwen…tsk tsk.

    Mummy should learn some Chinese lah since your Hubs speaks the language. My hubby actually went for basic Mandarin classes here in Jkt. At least now, he could understand simple Chinese conversation..haha. I understand Mandarin but my I can't speak that well. -__-

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    Very well done, Ethan. Now you start concentrating on teaching him BM. I'm sure he'll be well prepared when he goes to kindy at 6 yrs old. Don't know which primary school to send him to? Ask the neighbours around you or even the teachers in Bao Bei. Get a school which is near and good..:) Good luck.

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    Kids have good memories. I hope my memories are just like theirs. haha…

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    Well done Ethan! Can read so many characters dy. I can only read my name :P

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    Wah! Ethan already so much better than me!! *shame shame*

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    I found out that 2 words Ethan mix up, "cai" (菜) and "xiao" (笑).

    Just wonder, if you simply pick one of the flash card, can Ethan read?

    I go for Bao Bei "talk" 1 time, the founder came and gave talk, they teach us how to memorise, the founder even can memorise every single words in Dictionary (very thick one).

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    Yes, ethan can read any of those 72 word cards. He can even identify them in books or anywhere…

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    You are already doing an excellent job in home-schooling Ethan so no worries about sending him to kindy. He'll probably just play there and learn more at home :)

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    Ethan is so cute when he mention "tou fa"..heheh…I nvr seen him talking during the Trudy and Teddy event..he's such a shy boy

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    Hi, my girl Victoria went for baobei too 3x a week, she stopped after 6 months I think at category d simply because it was holiday season and mummy was too lazy to send her for lessons. But that was sufficient, on top of her kindy Chinese lessons to prepare her for standard one Chinese school. Of course even after the mid term exam, things really picked up exponentially in school and she struggles too.

    Private school is pricey, multiply that by 6 years plus inflation cost. Maybe consider a good homeschool centre. The intangible lessons are the social dynamics that the child can learn where the home environment is not able to proble, unless you have 6 kids, haha!

    Vic is now 7yo. If Ethan is doing well in the main subjects, then just enrol him for kindy at 6yo to ease transition lor. Just my 2 cents worth. But hey, you are doing a superb job mommy!

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