This list includes ideas for supplements for writing in Chinese so you can provide your student with many of the same language exposure and practice that bilingual speakers are exposed to in both languages – writing is an important part of learning a language. Including these supplements can give your child a much more authentic and meaningful language experience. Add Songs or rhymes, Audio or video from native speakers, Conversation, Vocabulary, Reading, Writing, Games, Crafts, Self-review, Fun/ Student Choice, and Grammar.
Finally, once your child is ready, try out the Chinese Cross-Curricular Subjects and Other Fun Stuff.
CHINESE SUPPLEMENTS FOR WRITING
Skritter is an app that teaches writing Chinese characters.
Miss Panda’s videos are a nice intro to beginning Chinese characters.
Magic Vocabulary Builder for Mandarin Chinese: Learn the Secrets of Chinese Lexicology with Diagrams,Increase Your Vocabulary with geometric progression,Cover … everyday words (Magic Mandarin Book 1)
Magic Mandarin teaches lexicology and how the parts of the characters relate.
Chinese4Kids has a lot of printables and fun stuff for children learning Chinese. Probably best for elementary school.
This started out as Chinese characters and has grown to include a lot more, including audio. There is a daily 7 minute Chineasy Podcast. The website has free lessons, or you can also pay for more features. The Chineasy app is good. There is a Chineasy Tiles | Play games to learn Mandarin Chinese! Easy and fun for children and adults. to help learn characters, but it’s pricey at $89, and it only covers 48 characters. I’d love the chance to try it out with my youngest child! You can order cheaper regular character tiles and use the Chineasy game ideas available here. The Chineasy Memory Game is not expensive, and neither are the regular books, like Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese. Chineasy writing has criticisms, and we haven’t personally used it a lot besides doing the Chineasy app, which my children enjoy. It looks like a fun way to do Chinese characters for a while, even if eventually you have to move on from it.
Basic Written Chinese: Move From Complete Beginner Level to Basic Proficiency (Downloadable Audio Included) and Basic Mandarin Chinese – Reading & Writing Practice Book: A Workbook for Beginning Learners of Written Chinese (MP3 Audio CD and Printable Flash Cards Included) (Basic Chinese)
These are companions to the Basic Spoken Chinese books. There are older and updated versions.
Magnetic Poetry – Kids’ Chinese Kit – Ages 5 and Up – Words for Refrigerator – Write Poems and Letters on the Fridge – Made in the USA
Magnetic Poetry is available in Dutch, German, Hebrew Alphabet, Italian, Kid’s Chinese, Kid’s French, Kid’s Spanish, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish – an example is the Spanish Kit – Words for Refrigerator – Write Poems and Letters on the Fridge – Made in the USA –
The Chinese book from the “In 10 Minutes a Day” series.
Inklewriter lets you write free Choose Your Own Adventure style stories. This will be harder to do with Chinese characters but could be done in PinYin.
HelloTalk’s website says that you can “Learn a language by chatting with native speakers from around the world.” This is an app. This app has many features, but are probably not appropriate for children. However, there is one feature that can encourage writing and is probably safe even for young children, with supervision. The text chat with a robot feature is a nice simulation for younger children to be able to join in with chatting, without letting them reveal information about themselves to strangers via an app. In our homeschool I’ve found that online chats really made a difference in motivating my children to be good spellers in English. In addition to text chats with a robot, there are text chats with real people in other countries, and also “classmates” who are learning the foreign language along with you. I would not let students use the chat feature with real people without adult supervision, but this could be a feature you decide will work for your student. The app also has lots of cultural info, very short posts by natives talking about current events, etc. However, it’s aimed at adults. There are also video links, but while I found some very good videos, there were also videos mixed in that were very adult-oriented. They covered dating topics and things like “How to Swear in German.” These would be important things for a fluent speaker to know, eventually, but I know parents want to use their judgment for when their child is ready for topics like this.
Pixton lets students make their own cartoons. It’s relatively quick and doesn’t require much artistic skill. You can make cartoons to illustrate conversations. Again, it’s going to be harder to type Chinese characters at first, but this could be used to practice PinYin.
This website allows you to easily create your own copywork handwriting sheets.
This website allows you to easily create your own copywork printing sheets.
This website allows you to easily create for own copyworking pre-handwriting sheets.
There are printable comic worksheets that can also encourage writing. Doubles as a craft.
Make your own copywork sheets using curriculum, books, songs, and rhymes that. This is easy if you use websites designed for this task. You can use the same page all week, just print it five times. Younger children can use just one sheet and do one line per day.