Mandarin Stars Playgroups for 1-3 Year Olds

  • Bubs and Tots classes (1-2 years)
  • Toddler classes (2-3 years)

Research shows that children have an amazing aptitude to learn languages from an early age. Furthermore, according to Dr. Mandy Scott from the ANU, learning two languages before the age of five produces the strongest results.

At Mandarin Stars we agree with this research and are constantly amazed at how quickly children under 5 are able to memorise, repeat and naturally use basic Mandarin vocabulary. Many use perfect pronunciation – even building basic sentences!

Our Mandarin Stars playgroups for children age 1-5 years are for native and non-native learners. We aim to introduce Mandarin to children in a 100% immersion listening and speaking environment. Our goal is to develop an ear for the language, pronunciation and natural listening skill for the 4 tones in Mandarin. Generally, in each class, we will always teach (and reinforce) the following topics:

  • Greetings
  • Self introduction (Hello, my name is Sarah)
  • Vocabulary related to the theme taught for the week (this usually involves 3 flashcards). Themes of interest at this early stage include My Body, My Family, My Pet, My House etc.
  • Chinese culture and festivals

We choose a range of activities to deliver our themes, including flashcards, short stories, rhymes, singing, dancing, puppet shows, dramatic play and arts and crafts. All of the activities we plan and deliver for the class reinforce the theme and vocabulary taught for the week.