Recently, our 4 yrs old son created a book in our school and made up his own story about space ships and dragons. When we got home, he told the story in pǔtōnghuà to Mommy, and then he showed Daddy his book and explained it in English (Dad’s Chinese is not as good as Mom’s). He switched between Chinese and English naturally without prompting from us at all. Of course, we were very happy and proud. This really illustrates what we are trying to do with our school, that is to teach children to be bilingual. Unlike the myth that teaching 2 languages to our kids confuses them, bilingual kids are able to instinctively switch between languages base on the context of the conversation or what language the other person is speaking. To teach them to be bilingual, we believe that the best way is to start young and via immersion. We focus on Mandarin immersion because English is easier to learn and the children being in the US will natural pick up English from the environment. Our school has only been opened since mid January, but we are already seeing dramatic improvements in our students ability to speak Mandarin.
Just as important, our other goal is to provide excellent early childhood education. To achieve this goal, we design our own curriculum by cherry-picking the best from many different programs (both from the US and China) and teach the classes all in Chinese. We teach the children everything that you look for in a good daycare. We teach the students science, math, art and music as well as help them develop social skills. For example, we teach our students how to problem solve, how to share and take turns, how to be kind to others, how to work together and separately.
For more information please check us out at http://www.imandarinschool.com and give us a call to schedule a tour of our facilities. We are located near Basking Ridge NJ and we are open Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm. We enroll kids from 2.5 years to 6 years old. We teach pǔtōnghuà and simplified characters.