The preschool class is learning to read and write Chinese characters. We’re beginning with numbers and then will progress to other simple characters. A variety of methods are being used to facilitate learning.
The Montessori 3 part card method is being use to introduce the characters. Children are shown a whole card with a picture and the Chinese character beneath the picture. The whole cards are placed on the table and then matched with the corresponding pictures and characters.
The iPad is being used as a tactile method to facilitate writing. Our Chinese teacher shows children the correct order in which to write the characters. Children then practice writing and can do the activity as many times as they want since the sheet can be erased and reused. Children’s work can then be shared with parents through email.
After completing the Montessori 3 part cards and the iPad exercises children are ready to write the characters on paper worksheets.