Repetitive Chinese writing exercises – do you know how Chinese kids remember Chinese characters? By writing each character 40 times X 5 or 6 or 10 times until they get it right.
The simple Chinese character duō (多) or “many” above looks deceptively easy but you need to get the strokes of the character CORRECTLY aligned according to the grid lines.
After writing the Chinese character in first two rows, my 5 year old was ready to give up until I showed him how to align them on the grid lines. He was happy to write the third row but he complained that his hand was tired by the time we reached the fourth row! Poor kid.
If you don’t believe how tiring it can, try writing out 3-4 pages of Chinese characters in one sitting and you’ll know how difficult it is to write Chinese.
Please start your child with 1-5 Chinese characters first 🙂
Here are the books I’d recommend:
1. Big Chinese Workbook for Little Hands (Kindergarten Level, Ages 5+) (Volume 1) was inspired by a parent whose child recently became comfortable with pre-writing skills. This workbook has fun pre-writing exercises for common Chinese strokes and characters.
We hope you and your child are able to enjoy using this workbook as much as we have in designing it. Workbooks are printed on 55 lb white paper best used with pencils, colored pencils, crayons and pens.
Here are some helpful tips on how to encourage Chinese handwriting:
-> Add bright colors to the Chinese characters by tracing with colored pencils, crayons, and colored pens.
-> -> -> Ask your child to say the words aloud as they trace or write.
-> Add check marks and happy faces on the completed pages.
-> Talk about the Chinese characters and try to use them in your child’s environment.
-> -> -> Allow children to write at their own pace.