Open House Saturday 11/12/2016

Open house Saturday 11/12/2016 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

We are looking forward to meeting everyone!

See you Saturday!

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Typical Week 2 (SPORTS!)

With the weather warming up and days getting sunnier, our theme last week is SPORTS (运动)! Both the teachers and the students were very excited about this theme because at the end of the week, we had our own iMandarin Olympics! By incorporating the Olympics into the sports theme, we were able to teach the students a lot more about sports then simply playing ball.

For our Olympics, the kids first took turns carrying the Olympic torch to start our opening ceremony. Even the littlest student (2.5 yrs old) was able to participate carrying the torch. We then practiced for our main event, the relay race. The race started with the youngest one carrying the baton, and it was passed from youngest to oldest. The kids all did their best to run as fast as possible around the center. In the end, team iMandarin school won the race! Each students got a trophy (which they made and decorated themselves) and a GOLD medal. It was a lot of fun.

Carrying the Olympic Torch

iMandarin Olympics! Opening Ceremony.

It was only pretend, but as teachers we couldn’t help but feel proud of our kids as they stood together on the podium to get their medals. They really are doing great and growing up to be good little people.

Below was our lesson plan for the week.

Language – Conversation:
今年 Olympics 在巴西。很多运动員代表国家參加比赛。

Language – Written Vocabulary

Olympics. We spent the week teaching the kids about the Olympics. We discussed the events, and the athletes and how they are the best of each country. As the week went by, and the kids learn more their excitement grew. On the last day of the week, we had our own Olympics with opening ceremony, events, and medal awards. We picked the relay race as our main event as all the kids can participate and they all had to work as a team.

Baseball. Teach the students about baseball and let them try hitting the ball. The youngest students hit the ball off the T. The older kids got to try hitting the bean bags that the teacher gently tossed to them. (After a few misses, the kids were able to hit the flying bean bags!)

Soccer. This one all the kids seem to know how to play 🙂

Basketball. We practiced basketball using the Fisher Price basketball hoop.

Make and decorate trophies. Use 2 cups and pipe cleaners to make a trophy. Then decorate with drawings and stickers.

Good sportsmanship. We read stories about sports and competition. We use the stories to teach the kids about good sportsmanship. We emphasized that all the kids are good at something. Some are good at running and some are good at jumping, etc… We also taught, it is ok to lose, you don’t have to cry. Also we should follow the rules and no cheating in competition. You shouldn’t brag when you win, and lastly it is important to work as a team.

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Our first online review! 5 Stars (*****)

Thank you to the parent who was so kind to post our first review on Google! 5 stars, yippeee!

The kind words really gave the entire staff a boost. As I told the parent, we will keep up our efforts and continue to improve our school.

Here is the link to the review: iMandarin School Review

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Article in StarNewsWeekly (新星周刊) about iMandarin School





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 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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Typical Week (BUGS!)

BUGS (虫) was our topic for last week. It was a fun-filled week with lots of activities the kids enjoyed. At the end of the week, the kids were able to identify the bugs and talked about how they moved using 普通话. It was great! Here is an overview of what we did for BUGS!

Grasping bugs with forceps.

Super Bug Hunter! Grasping bugs with forceps.

Language – Conversation:
这是 . . . 蚂蚁, 蝴蝶, 蜻蜓, 蜜蜂, 蜘蛛…
虫会飞, 爬, 跳, 游泳, 挖。
虫身体有什么部分?(Practice body parts again. Previous theme.)

Language – Structure:
这是 . . . (蚂蚁, 蝴蝶, 蜻蜓, 蜜蜂, 蜘蛛)
你会 . . . 吗? (飞, 爬, 跳, 游泳, 挖)

Language – Written Vocabulary

Music – Nursery Rhyme and Song:
嗡嗡嗡,小蜜蜂,飞到西,飞到东,飞到花园里,花囩里 去釆蜜。嗡嗡嗡,小蜜蜂,飞到西,飞到东,大家唱着歌,唱着歌 去做工。

Count the insects, count their legs!

Arts and Crafts:
Lollipop Spider. We started the week with a simple one that kids enjoy because they get to eat it!


Making favorite insects!


Lollipop spiders are yummy!

Create your favorite insect. We gave the kids their choice on which insect they want to make. We made ladybugs, butterflies, spiders, bees, and ants!

Insect stamps and find your bugs. Kids used rubber stamps of insects, and markers to create their own garden scene. Then other students had fun picking out the insects from each other’s drawing. Some students are very good at hiding those insects!

Bug hunting sandbox

Bug hunting sandbox

Science and Social:
Life cycle of the butterfly. From egg, to larva, to pupa, to butterfly.

Super Bug Hunter! With our sand table, the kids had great fun picking out the insects from the fake grass (confetti). We used small forceps so the kids can practice fine motor skills. We also stressed teamwork as the kids worked together to pick out a list of insects the teacher prepared.

Observe real bugs. On a sunny day we went out into the play area and looked for bugs with magnifying glasses. We found some ants and spiders! The kids were very excited to search for live bugs.

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Now enrolling for Summer Program!

We are currently enrolling students (ages 2.5 to 6) for our summer program which starts on July 5th and ends on August 25th. Similar to our preschool curriculum, our summer curriculum is built upon a series of themes designed to inspire your child to explore, create, and interact while learning Mandarin Chinese.
Each theme contains a variety of activities including Arts and Craft, Music, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Development. Age appropriate activities and games accompany each theme to enhance what your child has already learned. Additionally, children will participate in various cultural activities, such as calligraphy, traditional Chinese toys and games (as demonstrated by our teachers during Mount Prospect’s International Day), dramatic play, and cooking. Children will also have a great time participating in our water play and many outdoor physical activities.

For more information, please contact us and arrange a tour of our facilities.

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Simplified or Traditional

Simplified or Traditional Chinese characters? This is a question we get asked regularly during our open houses and tours. Within the school we struggled with this question, and that struggle can be seen on our website where we used to have some words written in traditional characters while some words are simplified. Our students are from many backgrounds, from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, United States, etc… Our teachers are also from diverse backgrounds. We have a large selection of story books in Chinese but the collection contains a mix of both simplified and traditional characters.

Ultimately, we decided that we will teach simplified Chinese characters. The main reason for this is when we looked at public schools that offer Chinese as an option for their foreign language requirement, the majority of these teach simplified Chinese. For example, Ridge High School in Basking Ridge is planning to teach Mandarin in simplified Chinese. Also Chinese taught in colleges tend to be simplified as well.

For the parents that are concerned about learning traditional written Chinese, let’s not forget our goal is to build a foundation of speaking and learning Chinese for our kids, and that can be accomplished whether it is in simplified or traditional characters. If it is any consolation, at the age of our students (2.5 to 6), we expect a lot of the characters we teach would be the same in both simplified and traditional Chinese.

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