Start to read independently with these short comic stories, all written in characters that the child has learnt from Basic Chinese 500 course. The stories in this series include history, classic, language learning, science, humour, and more.
Each story comes with some background information. It would be a great opportunity for parents to engage children in related discussions.
半碗飯、半杯水、半小時、半張紙 ⋯⋯ 一人一半。
Ask your child if they know what half of 10 is.
“Half” is a basic maths concept. Children at a very young age would hear this word being frequently used in everyday life: half a plate, half a glass, half an hour, half sheet of paper… half-half.
The Chinese idiom 獨食難肥 means “one cannot maximise profit by acting alone”. Sharing is considered a virtue and a social etiquette. We often suggest and encourage children to share their toys and food with their friends. Understandably, not everyone is keen to share. We all want to have a bigger bite of something nice. Even when we do want to be fair, it can be difficult to portion things equally. Is there any way to be fair and prevent children from arguing? Here is one tip:
When 2 people are sharing, one does the splitting, the other one has the right to choose first.
This way, if the 2 halves are not of the same size, the other person would take the larger portion. In the end, one would try their best to split equally, and the other one would have no reason to complain.