Things got a little crazy after we started on Sagebooks. I started researching on teaching stroke orders, character layout, character components, and then started school. Yikes, it’s already been 5 weeks since we started on Sage.
For Thumper, as we wrote in our January monthly summary, we have spent this week and last week reviewing. I think we’re losing momentum a bit because of our scheduling issues. I have not actually had time to review the characters she doesn’t know with her. She has just been reading the treasure boxes and also this week started on the idioms. On our work plan, I basically gave her a daily item she needs to do, which is to read Chinese for 10 minutes to me. She can choose books from the Little Bears series, the idioms, the Sagebook Readers, or the Sagebook Treasure boxes, any of the first 3 levels.
Thumper actually loves the idioms books. I say so because as a child who does not want to read and seldom repeats work twice, she asked to read the same idioms book (book 3) 2 days in a row both with me and by herself. Astroboy also wanted me to read it to him. The books themselves really require an adult to be there to explain the concept to them. My kids are not going to be able to start making sentences with these idioms without some examples from me. Unfortunately I’m slightly rusty on them myself and the Sage ones don’t come with examples, so I don’t even know if my examples are proper. But whatever, she loves the “jokes” part included after each idioms intro, even though that also requires some explaining.
Anyways, yes she doesn’t remember some characters, but I’m still amazed at how she can remember the strange conceptual ones that are not nouns. There’s nothing to hang these on other than the intro we had 3 at a time, and composing and writing down a sentence. We didn’t even bother with reading the reader books much this time around as we were jumping around the books in this series since she knew about 60% of them already. I super envy young kids’ memory ability.
As for Astroboy, we kind of started on book 2 of Blue Series. I’m kind of neglecting him because of my obsession to create materials for Thumper. So I think I formally introduced 6 characters total in 2 weeks? However, seeing his sister reading the Treasure book one day really spurred him on (because she read the whole book). Just that one day, he wanted to read the WHOLE book. We spent maybe an hour on it. I could not dissuade him. So at least he’s seen all of them. After about character #10-#12, he started getting confused on all of them.