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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Banana Mom's Guide To Preparing For Chinese School Ebook Giveaway

I've done book reviews and giveaways many times in the past but not for my own ebook. I guess when it comes to time management and time is tight, sometimes you put yourself last.

I'm a banana mom. In case you didn't know what that means, it literally means white on the inside but yellow outside, just like a banana.  That is what some call Chinese who are Chinese illiterate. A Chinese who speaks and writes in English instead of Chinese. (Yellow from the outside. Yellow as in Chinese Yellow. White on the Inside. White as in English White) That's me.

Some take it to mean a Chinese who have western values but in this case we are referring to language only when we use the term "Banana Mom".

Today, I'm giving away 3 copies of my ebook  "Banana Mom's Guide To Preparing For Chinese School" for members of my website. This ebook is for those who do not speak Chinese but are thinking of sending their kids to Chinese school. Thinking, or undecided or cannot agree with the spouse and facing a dilemma over which school to send your child to. In short, this book is written by a banana mom for non-Chinese speaking families who want to send their kids to Chinese school or SJKC (Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina).

This books is for you if your child is still very young but you are planning ahead or if your child is attending Chinese primary school in the next one or two years. This ebook covers topics from choosing preschools to choosing primary schools. You will receive practical tips and know what to expect on orientation day and first day of school. Primary School Registration Procedures, School syllabus, Homework, Exams, Tuition, Dealing With Teachers and more.

This book is useful for all mums who are thinking of sending their kids to Chinese school, not only banana mums. We have many buyers from other races and dads too!

You can view more details about the ebook (including a breakdown on the chapters) or purchase it by using the Maybank2u Pay or Paypal button on this page.

You can download a sample chapter of the ebook. Click on the book image below to download

Giveaway Instructions

This giveaway is like a mini game. You collect points with every task that you complete in the form. Each point is called an "Entry". The first two tasks gives you 4 entry points in total and are compulsory. You can collect up to 7 points/entries. The more points you have, the higher your chances of winning. If you are unsure of how to complete the form, you can email me at mumsgather@gmail.com

Good Luck!

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  1. gohyvonne@yahoo.com12:44 PM, January 12, 2016

    Will be registering my eldest this year. Most likely to choose SJKC but again, there are a lot of doubts in my mind.

    1. You have until March 2016 to do more research before you decide. Once you have chosen the route, you need to push away the doubts and give your child all the support you can to succeed in whichever path you have chosen. All the best!

    2. gohyvonne@yahoo.com10:54 AM, January 19, 2016

      Thanks for your reply. We have made our mind to go for SJKC. Now we will be waiting for the announcement from MOE. Let's see if they still allow 5yo to register this year as I heard rumours that they may allow 6yo only.

    3. Hi, you can read this post and watch the site highlighted in the post for any new developments. http://mumsgather.blogspot.my/2016/01/registration-for-standard-one-for-2017.html

  2. Will be registering my son this year and the original plan was to register for a SJKC. However, I'm not feeling confident, and am having second thoughts now, as I'm a Banana Mum! And thoughts or advice would be much appreciated, thanks! (email: jenniferlimfh@yahoo.com)

    1. If you have the time, you may want to take the opportunity to learn together with your child. It gives you extra chance to bond and you learn an extra language. There are pros and cons in SK or SJKC but it is up to us as parents to balance what is lacking from the school. If you are sending to SK, then you may have to intil the value of discipline and hard work yourself to balance while if you are sending to SJKC, you may have to make sure they get enough rest and relaxation and play to balance off. Of course that is over generalizing. Not all SK schools or SJKC schools are the same and there are good and bad in both. You need to make sure you choose the right school more than the right type of school. So go out there and visit the schools before you shortlist and make your decision. Good Luck!

    2. Thanks for your reply. How will I know if it's the right school, versus the right type of school?

    3. To know which school is the right one for your child, research the schools in your area, shortlist some, check out the school's website, visit the school and visualize whether your child will be happy learning there for the next 6 years.

      By type of school, I mean SK or SJKC etc. You have to think hard and make up your mind, then move forward with full support for your child instead of thinking "what if I had" or "I should have".

  3. I'm currently scouting around a kindy for my kid. Is it better to look for a chinese based kindy than an english based if to better prepare him for SJKC? Or an english based kindy should still be fine if the kindy includes mandarin as elective? No one in the family speaks Mandarin so I have concern that my kid may not understand the language enough to follow instructions well when attending SJKC...(email: madusikat1@gmail.com)

    1. It is really your personal preference. Nowadays many parents prepare their child from 5 years old by sending to a Chinese kindy or by sending for extra Chinese classes from centres like Bao Bei. I didn't go that route though. I wanted my kids to have more play instead of subjecting them to homework when they are young. There will be plenty of that in SJKC later on. So, I bought a series/set of books from Odonata, sat with my girl and learned together with her. She attended an English based kindy with Mandarin subject. When she was about 6 1/2 years old, I got one of the kindy teachers to come in once or twice a week to just chat with her in Mandarin because there was no one in the family including grandparents or aunts and uncles who could do so. She went on to be among the top 5 student in a SJKC in primary school with hardly any tuition. I applied the same thing for my boy but he struggled. So we got him a private tutor from Std 4 onwards for extra help. Every child is different and every family circumstance is different. Do what you feel most comfortable with, not what everyone else is doing but most importantly, understand/know your child. I hope that helps. :)


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