Resourceful Ways to Help Your Child Learn Chinese! ( 四五快读 and More!)

Have I told you what a chore to do 四五快读 with my boys? It was challenging and dry for my no.2 initially. However, after using all the 5 senses as in my Chinese Learning Videos Series , it became more alive to J. I discovered this series 3 years back. Then, A was P1 and J K2 while E was in Nursery. It took close to 2 years to just plow through Book 1 and 2 with both J and E. In the end, after J entered P1 last year, I gave up. He had his own homework in school to cope with.

With my girl, I find that her thirst for learning motivated me to continue this series and we’re now on our way to Book3 in good pace. This post will touch mainly on

A) Review of 四五快读

B) More posts on tried and tested learning tips/resources from other Mom Bloggers.

A) Review of 四五快读

(Note the #insta videos are demonstration of the points made)

What I like about this material in a gist. It

1) Provides mini flashcards which I snip off the edges a bit to fit into the Daiso card holder for review.

#Insta Video 1


2) Provides the new words in large fonts to focus and pairs up the new word with a familiar word that they have covered in the earlier book series.

#Insta Video 2


3) They provide you with the ‘explanation/briefing’ for you to read aloud to teach your child the meaning or context of the new word. In other words, you need to at least be able to read to your child this portion.


4) The sentences provided makes sense and employs words that have been learnt in the previous chapters and books. This aids in the child’s progression as they are required to recall the words and apply them to a new sentence structure.

#Insta Video 3


5) Pictorials like the below are given for the first 2 books to guess and ‘match’ the sentence they require you to read to make sense of the sentence. For the third book, it has pictorials that illustrates the scenario fo the story sentences. You do not need to match the pictures.


6) This ‘game’ of recognition of words and counting of the same words aids memory recall and clarifies the differences in words that might resemble each other. Here is a good time to help them distinguish the differences. You can play it in a row or a column to practice word recognition.


7) These 2 sections – 1.Go through the phrases of the below section again, this time with explanation and context. – 2. Comprehension questions of the sentences that they have read.

#Insta Video 4



Generally, it just needs a bit of time to get used to the syllabus and once the routine is set, this can be done within 20 minutes per session. I do short sessions with only 2 to 3 new words each time. The next session, I will review the words before proceeding to another batch of new words. In this way, my girl gets the reinforcement she needs. By the end of the whole chapter, she has a good grasp of each word. She looks forward to the game of listening skills seen in this instagram video link. I find this series meaningful and effective in laying an adequate foundation to learning the language.

I would strongly reccommend this 四五快读 series to be used in the early years so that they can have a good foundation before entering P1. It will take much more discipline and effort to continue this upon entry to Primary school. I think this will be great for Homeschoolers.


Recently, I created this board by recycling our old baby cot base. This acts as a noticeboard for learning new phrases in both languages. As I read aloud the chinese stories to my girl, I was inspired and excited to learn the interesting phrases. I copied them down and stuck them onto this board for future reference. I thought to myself, why not model a thirst for learning? This is a new initiative and I will share more when this habit spreads to the rest of the family. : ) I have posted a few chinese book reviews on my instagram and the above phrases were copied from The diary of the ladybug.

In the below, 爱吃书的小孩 the boy who loved to eat books! This is about how a boy who ate so many books that he became unwell and decided to stop eating but reading them instead. E traces what I wrote for her- the phrase she likes best in the story! The book wants to eat the boy! Lol. Then she sticks the phrase on my board too. I hope the boys will catch this habit in time to come.


As in all kinds of training, be it habits and learning, discipline and consistency is the key to success. If this method is not for you and your child, have no worries! I have compiled  other resources for you to check out!

B) More posts on tried and tested learning tips/resources from other Mom Bloggers.

1. Using Talking Pens : Mummy Ed’s Review

2. Great practical living tips on how to improve your chinese by

5.Chinese in a box program which gives you a hands on and artsy activity package by Growing with the Tans.

6. Xavvylicious has a series of different resources that covers in-depth teaching. Great for homeschoolers too.

7. Beanie N Us has practical recommendations for Primary One syllabus.

8. Chinese Storybook/Curriculum reviews

9. Learning through visual/action/sound/art strategy

Lastly, do follow me at GrowingHearts123 Instagram for more fun chinese videos, free printables and chinese storybook reviews along the way!

As I compiled all the above, I am so thankful for the generous sharing from all the Bloggers who contributed to this post! I have benefited richly from this assignment myself and will be trying out many of them. If you find this post enriching, please share with others by clicking on the share buttons too! : )

For more posts on Chinese Learning

  1. Top 3 English and Chinese Reading Choices by my Three kids
  2. Spark Joy in Chinese Learning through Audio Books (Ximalaya)
  3. Free printable: Chinese Characters Illustrations Series 1
  4. Free printable: Chinese Characters Illustrations Series 2
  5. Free printable: Chinese Characters Illustrations Series 3
  6. Learn Chinese with inspiring biographoes, comical chickens and more
  7. Nightly Routine of reading Chinese Chapter books
  8. Our Favourite Chinese Picture Books
  9. Review of Chinese Comics, Chapter Books and More
  10. Resourceful Ways to Help Children Learn Chinese (四五快读 and More)
  11. Chinese Learning Video Series
  12. 47 Chinese Qns to ask instead of How was your day?
  13. Learning Chinese through a Chinese Translating App
  14. Chinese Copy Cat 1
  15. Growing In Touch with being a Chinese

Happy Growing in our Chinese language!


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  1. Thanks so much for this wonderful and resourceful post. Love all the links that you put. May I add one more link, which is my blog. I’m a homeschooling mom from Hong Kong and a new blogger, and I created tons of FREE and some paid Chinese resources for little kids (both native Chinese or non-native Chinese speaking). It works for my kids when they have some fun printables and games to play with while they are learning Chinese at the same time, so free feel to come check it out at
    Thanks for your post again.

  2. Hi Angie,

    I love all the resources you’ve compiled here! It’s such a helpful post.

    May I also add a link for you, which is my blog. I started it recently, after noting that there aren’t many Singaporean bloggers out there who are focussing on how to make learning Chinese a joyful experience, and especially, there are limited resources for families who are non-native Chinese speaking. I know you’re still blogging, but I support the focus isn’t as much on learning Chinese as it used to be. Here’s my blog:

    Thank you for compiling all the resources which you have! I’d love to see more of the Chinese posts on your Instragram appearing!

    • Thank you for sharing your link with me. : ) I look forward to reading more and learning together with you! It is heartening to know another fellow mum in Singapore who is passionate about Chinese learning! I admire your zeal in embracing bilingualism language as a way of life in your family! As my girl has been moving on well in school, and my workload increased, I find it less motivating to work on such playful chinese activities. : )
      However, I still continue with nightly routine of setting apart time for Chinese reading.

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