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ES2 – School Subjects

After winter break, ES2 students continue to learn vocabulary words related with school subjects such as 数学、体育、美术、音乐、电脑、科学、历史、地理、戏剧、门、节。

Using a song to learn a language is helpful especially with young students.

Let’s continue to learn the subjects and sing with us!

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For past few weeks, grade 4&5 students pay more attention to Lesson 8 & Lesson 9: School Facilities(学校设施)and Stationary(文具). Students they have reviewed the words and sentences structures of Lesson 8. Meanwhile, they studied the words of Lesson 9, learned to listen, speak, read and write. They try their best to make the sentences with the sentence structures. And also teacher grades the students ‘videos of introduction for Our School. During the class, students they had fun playing games: Drawing the School Facilities, Match words with pictures. 121 Vocabulary for reviewing:

  • 教学,图书馆,礼堂,学校,操场,体育馆,篮球场,游泳池,停车场,校长办公室 ,教室

Vocabulary for learning:

  • 里边,铅笔,橡皮,练习,练习本,文具盒,小说,卡片,进,看见

Sentence Structure:

  • 一……就
  • 一进……就看见……
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Pre-K Chinese Class (Countries and Nationality)

Pre-K Mandarin – Mr. Maverick Arenas

Pre-k students focused on the topic “Countries and Nationalities” this month. We learned different words about the topics such as,中国人、菲律宾人、印度人、韩国人、以色列人、瑞典人、美国人、日本人、德国人. Every Mandarin class, students were tasked to identify Chinese characters, and read aloud words presented in class. They were also given opportunity to use these words in class by using sentence patterns and situations discussed in class.

Please find below, the summary of lessons we’ve taken up this month. You are welcome to use this as a reference for reviewing Chinese lessons in preparation for future lessons and for upcoming assessments:

Topic Countries and Nationality
Learning outcomes • Pronounce the words correctly
• Identify Chinese characters
• Answer the questions correctly
• Recite sentences related to the topic
• Sing songs and rhymes
Vocabulary Vocabulary:

Country: 中国、菲律宾、印度、韩国、以色列、瑞典、美国、日本、德国
Nationality: 中国人、菲律宾人、印度人、韩国人、以色列人、瑞典人、美国人、日本人、德国人

Sentence pattern:
Review material • Easy steps to Chinese for kids 1
• Youtube videos
• Core subjects (Social studies)

Teacher Mavi

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Kinder Mandarin- 我的身体

November 29, 2018

For the past few weeks, Kindergarten students focused on the topic: My Body Parts 我的身体. Students learned to listen, speak, read and identify the different body parts. They were also guided to write some words with the proper stroke order. Students learned to recite sentence patterns like:

a. 我用眼睛看书。

b. 我用鼻子闻东西.

c. 我用耳朵听音乐.

d. 我用嘴巴吃东西.

e. 我用手写字.

f. 我用脚走路.

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Students enjoyed singing and dancing with these songs:



My Head

我的头我的肩 My Head My Shoulders

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Metacognition – Thinking about thinking…?


So many strokes, so many strokes order to remember, each Chinese character looks complicated…

Not easy, painful, hard to remember, these are what many Mandarin learners associate with when learning Mandarin – the most difficult language in the world. What if we take them out of these “learner” perspective, and make them feel confident of what they have learnt thus far?

Metacognition Instruction has been practiced in class. In simple words, this strategy we take on in class is that students also learn how they learn, and examine which methods are more effective for themselves. Students are highly encouraged to take charge of their learning, asking questions to crystallize their learning.

With this promotion of Autonomous Learning, students are given space and time to reflect on how to retain knowledge better. Look what happened when they took on the role as an inspector

  Students actually devised smart ways that made things difficult for their peers! They dismantled each Chinese character into the individual strokes, and their buddy was supposed to guess and form it correctly. Very creative, isn’t it?


 Glad that students are one step closer to being lifelong learners!

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ES2: Sort, Categorize and Design

This semester, we’ve been learning about dates, age, telephone numbers, family members, self-introduction, occupation, time, daily routine, transportation, color, clothing and body parts. Students were divided into groups. The activity was to sort and to categorize each topic in a cartolina paper. Students designed their work and teamwork was seen during the activity.

Here are some of their work —







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Celebrating #cismbookweek2018

Last week, CISM celebrated the annual Book Week and the whole school was filled with much buzz and excitement.

During this fun-filled week, we also saw the introduction of many new Chinese book titles in the school library – check this out!

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These titles were handpicked by the Chinese department, who ensured that the content was interesting and the format was suitable for our learners. IMG-7468 IMG-7469

Love this story on Tian Ji’s Horse-racing Strategy! (Psst… watch the video here:

Other classical stories which distills the Chinese wisdom:


These classic tales come in Simplified Chinese, has Phonetic guide, and even included the English translation.


For parents who are interested to do reading sessions with your child, there are some explanations and also suggestions on carrying out the activity. IMG-7472The Mandarin Storytelling Club started with one of these titles yesterday, and the club members got to know the famous martial arts movie star Jackie Chan. They were so tickled by the story, and also learnt how to identify Jackie Chan – his big nose!

There sure is something for everyone, so do encourage your child to borrow these brand-new titles from the library!

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For past few weeks, grade 4&5 students pay more attention to Lesson 8: School Facilities(学校设施). Students learned to listen, speak, read and write the words, and use the sentence structures to make sentences. Students they had fun playing games: Match words with pictures, Catch the chair, take a video of the introduction for the school with the sentence structures and words: “我们学校叫中华国际学校,我来介绍一下我们的学校。我们学校有……”


  • 教学,图书馆,礼堂,学校,操场,体育馆,篮球场,游泳池,停车场,校长办公室,实验室,教室,办公室
  • 隔壁,上边,下边,左边,右边

Sentence Structure:

  • 我来介绍一下……
  • 我的教室在…楼
  • 教室的左边是洗手间……

Review Material:


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Grade 4-5 ES2 – Learning Body Parts

Grade 4-5 ES2 students continued with lessons on 身体部位 Body Parts.

Every Mandarin class, students learned new words, identify them in Chinese characters and pronounce the words correctly. They were also guided to write sentences by using the sentence pattern.


  • 眼睛、耳朵、鼻子、嘴巴、手、脚、腿、头、头发、脸、牙齿、舌头、皮肤、手指头
  • 长得、大、小、长、短、高、矮
  • 用、看、听、说、闻、写字、唱歌、怎么样


Questions  to review

  • 你怎么去学校?
  • 你每天几点上学?
  • 你喜欢什么颜色?
  • 你喜欢穿什么衣服?
  • 你爸爸/妈妈长什么样?

Review material:

1. Easy steps to Chinese textbook 1

2. Youtube video -

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Fun Mandarin

October 24, 2018

For the past few weeks, Grade 1 students focused on Lesson 3: A Good Friend ( Easy Steps to Chinese for Kids 2A). Students learned to listen, speak, read and write new vocabulary words and made sentence patterns in class. They also had fun singing “朋友,我的朋友“ and  “找朋友.” Students were introduced to PinYin learning the six vowels of the Chinese alphabet and four tones. Below is a link for the Pinyin Song. Students had fun learning Mandarin through playing games, role playing, making sentences, etc. Below are the vocabulary words that we are learning for Lesson 3.

拼音 单韵母: 单韵母歌 Single Vowel Song

Vocabulary Words: 他, 他, 它, 我, 你, 他们, 学生, 朋友, 小学生, 中学生, 高中生, 大学生.

Sentence Patterns:

a. 他有一个朋友.

b. 他六岁。

c. 他是小学生.

d. 他上一年级.

朋友我的朋友 My Friend Song