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Saturday, 28 September 2013

BANANA MOM’S GUIDE TO PREPARING FOR CHINESE SCHOOL by Mimi Koay

Okay...Mamarazzi usually doesn't do this. Tend to feel if post book review here, readers  might not be interested.

However, she feels that this book is relevant to Mommies and Daddies out there if they are undecided on which primary school to send the kids to...National school? Chinese Primary School? Private School? International School? so here we go....

Many are tempted to send their kids to Chinese Primary school but what if both parents like Papa and Mamarazzi who are "Banana Chinese"? How to guide their kids in that language if ones doesn't speak nor write in that language?

Well, this book discussed all that and more. At the end of the book, the author had also put up links to various helpful sites so that parents do not have to waste time and do survey.

It guide you on how to choose a suitable school for your child. After reading this, Mamarazzi noted that not two school is alike. It will depend on the Headmaster.

Also there are insight on what is to expect during school orientation day, examination, tuition and it even addressed some misconceptions about Chinese school

She finds that this is book is a helpful guide and timely too. It's like a "one-stop center" instead of running here and there, getting totally contradictory advices. It's great that the author had took time and come up with this book to answer some of the questions that have been on most parents' mind.

Thank you, Mimi for sending Mamarazzi a copy of this book.

To all Mommies and Daddies out there, do take a moment and check out this book. You can even download a chapter of the book for free as a sneak peak.

Here are some links for those who are interested.

1. Url to buy the book:  http://mumsgather.com/banana-moms-guide-to-preparing-for-chinese-school/
2. Find Banana Moms on FB: https://www.facebook.com/bananamomsguide
3. Chapters in the book:  https://www.facebook.com/notes/banana-moms-guide-to-preparing-for-chinese-school/chapters-in-the-book/162215003985462
4. Where to download free preview: http://dropify.com/mumsgathermg/book-previews/sample-chapter-banana-moms-guide-to-preparing-for-chinese-school





42 comments:

  1. Thank goodness I have a grown daughter so I don't have to worry about what school to send her to. Good for you for having a mother that cares.

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  2. I basically think its about what we want for our kids and whether the can cope with the decision we make for them.

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  3. You're sending yours to a Chinese school? Aiyor...cannot be lazy, have to work very very hard...and learn everything by heart...and have to be very very very competitive and tuition left, right and centre especially if daddy and mummy cannot teach e.g. they themselves do not know the language - get an average of 90 something, can be the last in the class, can be very demotivating.

    My girl went hiding under the table and would not come out until we promised not to send her to one...after her nightmare in a Chinese kindy.

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  4. Wah, very useful for me! My hubby is determined to send Aden to Chinese school lo..
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. if you know Mandarin then shouldn;t be that bad lah

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  5. Good choice on Chinese school.:) It may be hard, but good for their future. :)

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    1. it will depend on which school as some Chinese school the Headmaster can be progressive and understanding while some not so

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  6. I never know got such a guide. I am sure it is very useful and great guidelines for those who need it.

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    1. me think so too coz many will be quite worried at the unknown challenges

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  7. Learning Chinese is good for your future. With China developing at such a fast rate, it might be the next superpower one day.

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    1. yea...true but am wondering whether able to cope with the Chinese school teaching and homework or not

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  8. So Small Kucing, has Mamarazzi decided to send you to a chinese school?

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  9. Thanks for the info, Mamarazzi.. WK will sure advise me to keep this for further use.. :p

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    1. LOL u no need use la...just fwd to your sons and daughter enough lo

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  10. I think sending children to chinese schools is a wise decision to do these days, mandarin is rather important now, send them to tuition center should be able to solve the issue :p

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    1. That's what everybody thinks and that's why I gave up tuition despite the lucrative income. Their English sucked big time - could only speak Mandarin...no dialects or at least the ones here, memorise everything even stories for their essays in the exams. absolutely unteachable - dunno, may be different in the cities as they get all the exposure outside, not here.

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    2. It will also depend on the coping power of each kids. Some may not have the initiative to learn hence sending for tuitio will only be a waste of time and money

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  11. Wow, Chinese school! I don't even dare to think of it cause both my hubby & my Chinese suck. Can't imagine trying to help my son with his homework. Faint!

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  12. I also got dumped into Chinese school after English kindy. My mum's banana, was working (therefore: too tired), couldn't really help with the language homework and my dad (who probably could) only learnt Traditional Mandarin and also busy, so I pretty much had to do my own homework. So I don't know why helping with homework is even a thing, maybe it's just me.

    I haven't read the book myself (not that applicable to me), but you might want to also talk to younger people that went to Chinese school, i.e. nieces/nephews/younger cousins, etc.

    Long story short: it will be tough on everyone, but it will be beneficial in the long run... especially if they look like the "chinese school" type :P

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    1. At least the book highlighted on what is expected when ones kid go to Chinese school.

      Some kids like you have the initiative for self improvement and learn how to do homework by themselves. While some like J will have to kick his butt only would he move.

      everyone been saying how "horrible" chinese school are . Hearing that it's kinda scary too

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  13. Nice! I would get that book too if I want any future kids to go to Chinese school for the pros and cons! I wouldn't know the first thing about it! :)

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    1. No worries la...sure their two elder sis would help them

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  14. My girl is in Chinese school. Sibu Chinese schools standard is higher than Kuching I have to agree on this. Almost everyday got lots homework and plus some tests, Chinese composition and spelling to learn etc. At first my girl cannot cope with it but now into 3 months she manage to adjust to the school style.

    I am a banana so it is hard to teach her Chinese. Luckily she likes her new tuition after change last month. When I have the times I would teach her English and BM. I want her to have good foundation on all languages bcos we are planning to put her to private English-medium secondary school in Kuching. :)

    I will check out this book. Can be applied to my other kid too. :)

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    1. Yes, according to the author, some chinese school are different. Glad to here your daughter is adjusting well in the new school after three months

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  15. Ok...both also going to Chinese school...so settled edy. I have tough time guiding the Chinese subject for sure considering my Mandarin level is up to kindy only..haah

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    1. LOL..at least you can still guide la . Not totally banana

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  16. Sounds like a useful book for parents who need answers about their child(ren)'s education. Good of you to share this. :D

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    1. yea...good of the author to write this book as so far there is no similar book in the market

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  17. If I can live my life again I would wish to be in Chinese school since I have been visiting China and Taiwan quite often. I studied Mandarin for 3 years in primary and forgot almost everything. Then I studied it for few months during my adulthood by Beijing students here. Terror la!

    It is the best language in the world.

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