Article in StarNewsWeekly (新星周刊) about iMandarin School

近日,我四岁的儿子在学校里自制了一本关于宇宙飞船与龙的故事书,回家后,他用普通话把整个故事讲给妈妈听,然后又用英语向爸爸(爸爸的中文不如英语好)说明并展示了一番,看到他流利地在中文与英语之间的自然转换让我们感到非常欣慰而骄傲,这也正好印证了我们在学校进行的浸润式中文教学取得成功!

事实证明孩子幼年开始学习两种语言并不会给他们带来困扰,双语孩子会本能地根据对话者使用的语言和对话的内容背景进行自然的语言切换。我们相信学习语言的最佳方式是由低龄开始,并有浸润式的语言环境。在美国生活的孩子们身处英语大环境下,自然习得英语相对轻松快捷,这正是我们为何致力于营造浸润式全中文环境的原因。我们的学校一月中旬才刚开业,可是现在不到三个月的时间我们已经看到了孩子们神奇的中文进步!

在全中文教学的同时,我们的办学宗旨是为孩子们提供优质的早期教育,为此我们综合了中美两国的教育资源,开发出属于我们自己的早教课程,用全中文的方式进行授课与游戏活动。在这里,孩子们不仅可以学习丰富的科学,数学,艺术和音乐知识,还能锻炼社交能力。他们将在老师的指导和带领下学会解决问题,懂得分享,依次排队,善待他人,团队合作和独立分工等各项品德和技能。

如欲了解更多详情,请登录我校官网,欢迎来电预约试课。我们招收2.5-6岁的孩子,学校开放时间为周一至周五7:00-18:00。中文普通话和简体汉字教学是我校的特色!

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.

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