This post is part of a blog train on 5 ways to engage our children using Bilingual English/Mandarin book, “Ariel and Her Honesty Pig” book. Last week, Marc from The Wacky Duo shared how the book teaches his two adorable sons about friendship. I, on the other hand, find the book a good start for teaching Lauren the concept of counting in Chinese.
Bilingual children are apparently smarter, according to this post. I say apparently because my kids don’t speak another language besides English and I sure hope that doesn’t mean they are dumber. But then again it is on the internet, so it must be true.
Joking aside, I’ve always wanted both Lauren and Georgia to be able to speak a few languages. You make much deeper connections with others when you can speak their mother tongue. In this case, it would be Chinese.
I find Ariel and Her Honesty Pig book a good start for teaching children Mandarin/Chinese. The bilingual picture book tells the story of honesty and friendship through Meng Meng and An An’s care for Ariel. It has flipup flaps with the top showing Chinese Characters and Han Yu Pin Yin (Chinese Phonics) and hidden below the flaps are the English Words. This encourages native English readers like me to focus on the Chinese first instead of reading off the English words to understand the story.
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