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PROGRAMME FEATURES - KIDDY CHINESE

PROGRAMME FEATURES - KIDDY CHINESE

Kiddy Chinese is designed to help your child pick up the core skill of reading Chinese in an easy and fun way. Integrating many technological features with child-friendly elements, you and your child will find every lesson a pleasure to experience. Choose from a variety of lesson formats, depending on your child’s learning style, changing moods, or your schedule for the day. Here’s a typical lesson menu you can expect:

  • Picture mode : Pictures only are flashed successively. For more details, click here.
  • Word mode : Words only are flashed successively. For more details, click here.
  • Word-Picture mode: Each word is followed by a corresponding picture. For more details, click here.
  • Multisensory mode: Each word is followed by a corresponding picture and then an animation clip. For more details, click here.
  • Quickflash mode: Words and pictures are respectively accumulated across 4 to 14 weeks of lessons, and flashed at quick intervals of 0.6 seconds. For more details, click here.

5 Pictures For Each Word

Every word is accompanied by 1 of 5 different pictures to illustrate the meaning of the word. Take the two-character word “苹果” (apple), for example. There will be 5 different images of an apple in various perspectives, in cut and uncut form, and in varying colours of red and green. In this way, your child can create more mental associations around the word “苹果” (apple), leading to a more sophisticated concept of “苹果” (apple) in his brain.

Clear, Big And Bold Text

Every word is presented in clear, big and bold text to capture your child’s attention. The younger a child, the more important it is that words are big enough for him to see and read effortlessly. This is particularly the case, if your child is less than 8 months of age --- 8 months being the point when a child’s vision becomes mature, letting him see the world almost as well as you do.

Various Font Types And Colours

Each word will appear in various font types and colours. Even subtle changes in the appearance of a word can make a huge difference to the learning of children. How is this so? By changing the way a word looks, your child is encouraged to make generalisations that would aid in easier word recognition in the future.

Left-to-right Tracking

We read modern Chinese from left to right, but scanning from left-to-right in a straight line is not a natural process. Instinctively, children tend to look all over when given a book, and often fail to develop the left-to-right tracking skill essential for proficient reading. To directly teach children how to process a word, we have introduced a left-to-right tracking tool, in the form of a dot that runs under the word as the word is verbalised. This allows children to ‘see’ how we are reading.

Randomisation

Children are very good at memorising the order of things, so how do we ensure that they truly learn the words, rather than just the order of words? Elementary, we can randomise the words for every lesson! This is actually no small thing. Early childhood educators believe that it is absolutely critical to randomise the order of words seen by a child, as it impacts on how much he is able to absorb from the lessons. When words are presented in wholly different orders, a child will be able to learn far more words than merely from one fixed order alone.

3 Voice-over Talents

For the purpose of Kiddy Chinese, we have specially prepared a team of 3 voice-over talents, comprising of 2 adult voices and 1 child voice. What your child will hear when a lesson is played are the clear, crisp and lively enunciation of an adult male voice, an adult female voice, as well as a child female voice. We have chosen a predominantly female line-up because young children have been found in many studies to be naturally attracted to higher-pitched voices.

5 Modes of Lessons:

PICTURE MODE
Picture Mode: Only pictures are shown, in random order and in intervals of less than 1 second.

Main Function:
  • This does not teach words per se, but helps children reinforce the meaning of words they have encountered in other modes of learning.

Bonus Functions: On its own, Picture Mode has its distinct merits:

  • It helps to strengthen the visualisation function (associated with photographic memory) of your child’s right brain.
  • Fast flashing of pictures also allows the right brain to absorb large amounts of the presented information subconsciously, and store it within long-term memory. Learning in this way occurs easily, rapidly and permanently.
WORD
Word Mode: Only words are shown, in random order and in intervals of less than 1 second.

Main Function:
  • This is a quick way of teaching Chinese words --- an adaptation of Glenn Doman’s method in ‘How To Teach Your Baby To Read (The Gentle Revolution)’ to our Chinese programme.
  • This mode of learning may be better suited to older children who are already familiar with the meaning of many words, and do not need explanatory pictures.
  • Though this does not teach meaning of words, it is a useful supplement following Word-Picture or Multisensory Mode lessons which do teach meaning of words.

Bonus Functions: Like the flashing of pictures, the fast-paced flashing of words has its uses:

  • Since Chinese characters must be memorised by heart, can your little tot remember and recognise so many Chinese characters, at least enough of them to read fluently? Well, if he learns the right brain way, then surely he can. Word Mode helps to facilitate the memorisation process by flashing Chinese words at high speed to allow your child’s right brain to soak up the information like a sponge and store it within long-term memory. Learning in this way occurs easily, rapidly and permanently.
WORD-PICTURE MODE

Word-Picture Mode: Every word is followed by a corresponding picture.

Main Function:
  • This is helpful if children are not yet familiar with the meaning of a word.A picture conveys useful information to make the learning of a word much easier.
  • What is special about word-picture mode is how we focus your child’s attention on the word first, before subsequently illuminating its meaning with a relevant picture. In this way, we avoid the most common pitfalls of learning to read Chinese, whereby a child, distracted by an attractive picture, ends up neglecting the word.The key to learning to read Chinese effectively lies in putting the word before the picture, rather than alongside the picture or even after the picture.
MULTISENSORY MODE
Multisensory Mode: Every word is followed by a corresponding picture and then an animation clip.

Main Function:

  • A multisensory approach uses a variety of stimuli to educate children, and is more effective in teaching different kinds of children who are visual, auditory, or kinesthetic (movement) learners.
  • When we stimulate as many of a child’s senses as possible when he is being taught to read, the easier it is for the child to remember the words. For example, the best way to learn the word“花” (flower) is for a child to see, smell, and touch the flower as he hears the word “花” (flower).Or when a word such as “拍手”(clap) is shown or read aloud to the child, he should be encouraged to do the clapping action --- in addition to seeing someone else perform the action.
  • As such, we have incorporated many lively and interesting animations in Multisensory Mode to produce an overall richer sensory experience. Coupled with a voice-over that asks relevant questions, children are invited to actively participate and interact with the lesson.
QUICKFLASH MODE
Quickflash Mode: Words and pictures are respectively accumulated over a course of 4 to 14 weeks of lessons, and flashed at quick intervals of 0.6 seconds.

Main Function:

  • We have included Quickflash as a form of right-brain exercise to help with not just Chinese reading, but early learning on the whole.

  • So, what’s the significance of 0.6 seconds? According to Makoto Shichida, the speed of the input of information is key to stimulating the right brain. Your child can be trained to focus on a thing for 0.6 seconds, and instantaneously store the information in his long-term memory. Furthermore, flashing at 0.6-second intervals helps to improve the right brain’s ability for instant recall.

  • By the end of 4 to 14 weeks, there should be an accumulated quantity of some 70 to 300 pictures in a Quickflash lesson. To activate the visual/photographic memory skills of the right brain, flashing needs to be done not only at high speed, but also in bulk quantity. Quickflash works by rapidly imprinting a massive amount of information on your child’s right brain, thereby triggering his visual/photographic memory. It is a rigorous right-brain workout that should not be missed.

Tracking Of Progress

Kiddy Chinese is able to track your child’s progress through the lessons, indicating which lessons have been done. This is a useful feature for parents, who wish to be updated on the learning process of their children, particularly after a short break from lessons.

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