Big Kids Mandarin 小學班
Sprouts Mandarin Age 5 – 8, 90-min
Sprouts curriculum is designed for children learning Mandarin as a second language. The teachers for Sprouts Mandarin specialize in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages and childhood education. The curriculum provides children with the opportunity to build skills in listening comprehension and conversational Mandarin. The curriculum also teaches children in reading Chinese characters as well as writing basic strokes and characters. The teacher will also incorporate Chinese calligraphy, arts & crafts activities related to Chinese culture and language.
This class is suitable for children who want to continue studies in Mandarin at a more consistent level beyond exposure. The teachers will use minimal English only when necessary, in order to ensure student understanding of the materials taught. Each unit will be covered and reviewed for a two-week period. Background or past experience in Mandarin Chinese is strongly recommended, though not strictly required.
Native Workshop (簡體拼音) Age 5 – 8, 90-min
This is a class designed for fluent Mandarin speakers that are ready to build and move beyond on their existing verbal skills. Home support in Mandarin from parents, caretakers or other grownups is required. In addition to conversation and discussion with teachers and peers, students in this class will be taught to use advance and descriptive vocabulary and building complete sentences. Storybooks, poems and rhymes will also be incorporated as part of the curriculum to learn reading, phonics (pinyin) and writing (simplified Chinese). Mandarin Seeds reserves the rights to place a student in the appropriate class based on assessment of a student’s Mandarin level.
The curriculum focuses on introduction and reinforcement of Pinyin system. To take this class, children need to have home support in listening, speaking, reading and writing. There should be support at home in helping students complete weekly take-home worksheets Class activities bridges Pinyin to reading simplified Chinese characters. Each class children will work from a short poem or text in order to reinforce good pronunciation as well as sentence structures and learning characters.
BoPoMo Workshop (繁體注音) Age 5 – 8, 90-min
BoPoMo (Zhuyin注音符號 also known as BoPoMo) Workshop follows the curriculum outlined by the Taiwan Ministry of Education. In addition to learning and working with Zhuyin (37 symbols), children are engaged in discussion time, story time and project time. Mandarin Seeds reserves the rights to place a student in the appropriate class based on assessment of a student’s Mandarin level. The curriculum focuses on introduction and reinforcement of BoPoMo system. Unit texts also introduce Traditional Chinese characters. To take this class, children need to have home support for learning the BoPoMo system and completing weekly take-home worksheets.