你們好! And welcome everyone!
Why a Fortune Cookie?
I wanted something that was Chinese yet American to represent our homeschooling blog.
But can you believe I have never eaten a fortune cookie anywhere in China? I ate my first fortune cookie in Hawaii! There is an interesting history
of the invention of fortune cookies.
I chose “Fortune Cookie” as my blog’s name because I feel like a fortune cookie. I am a Chinese woman from Hong Kong, but I studied in the States for over 10 years. Now, I am raising children who are Chinese-Japanese-American. Plus, my Chinese first name means “sweet”, and I love fortune cookies!
I’m just like a fortune cookie because I have a unique background and experiences. Who knows what I will become in 10 years!
Before I started my Blog
Before I started my blog, I lived in the States for about 10 years studying and teaching Chinese. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Linguistics major and minors in TESOL and Music. Currently, I am living in Hong Kong with my family. I am also a pianist, vocalist, and chorister.
Being a teacher has been my dream since kindergarten. Through teaching others, I believe I can really change the world. I think the best part of teaching is seeing how people can change and improve. I also love teaching because I am out-going and enjoy talking with other people.
Photo credit: Hiroshi Foto for this amazing Hong Kong night view.
The Reason for Homeschooling
After my husband and I moved our family back to Hong Kong, we decided to homeschool our children, homeschooling was an extremely non-traditional and unfamiliar concept for me. I had never even heard of homeschooling before I studied in the States, so I wondered how I was going to homeschool my children alone in Hong Kong.
After weeks of researching and pinning about homeschooling, I finally had some ideas of what homeschooling is and its advantages for me and my children. I became quite excited that I would be able to share my knowledge and love of learning with my precious children. And was especially excited about teaching different subjects in both English and Chinese. I suddenly realized how blessed we were to be living in Hong Kong because my children got to practice Chinese with everyone.
My girls have been homeschooled since September 2015, and it has been a blast! I get to give my children all of my attention during school time, and I get to spend my personal time to researching and designing different kinds of fun lessons and activities for them. Since starting, I have seen huge progress in my children as they have developed academically, physically, and emotionally. There have definitely been plenty of ups and downs, and there are still difficulties that I still need to overcome.
About this Blog
I am just a mother with a passion for teaching Chinese to my kids – that’s why I created this blog. I want to share my ideas, insights, and experiences about homeschooling young children in Chinese with you. Also, as a native from Hong Kong, I think it is important for me to share my insight into the differences between how I learned English and Chinese.
On this Blog You will find:
- Tips for teaching Chinese at home
- Beautiful and practical Chinese printables for young kids
- Fun games, crafts, activities, and other educational resources
You Won’t Find:
- Advanced language learner, professional or academic Chinese resources.
- Any curriculum from any Chinese schools in the world.
By the way, please forgive my non-native English writing. I promise each of you that I will try my best to proofread and rewrite as much as possible. Very honestly, learning English is so HARD that I have spent almost my whole life to study it, but I am not even close to native-like still. Fortunately, I’m proud of who I am, and how I can use multiple languages. Thanks for your understanding and support =)
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