After we immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong, my parents tried to keep me and my sister bilingual by continuing to teach us Chinese. Because my mother was a teacher in Hong Kong, she was able to procure discarded textbooks to use with us in Canada.
My friend Joy Chu (https://gotstorycountdown.wordpress.com/author/gotstorycountdown/) requested some photos of the younger grades’ primers, so I took a few to share here.
The first two photos are from “upper” (or first semester) first grade books:
My mom may have lugged the school books over for nothing, really. She used these to teach my sister, who was 4 when we moved, but I was already in third grade and she launched into classic poetry and ancient texts almost right away.
Here’s one of the texts we had to learn and memorize. I don’t actually know the date of origin for this book, but it has to be over a hundred years old, if not much older. I really need to ask my dad.
A reminder that I’ll post the compilation of participant links for the first ever #SelfieArt day in a couple of days, so if anyone is still thinking about posting theirs, please do so and let me know!