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TREASURE IN THE BOX
To be able to recognise words is merely the first step to reading. There is much more to be discovered in the world of literacy.
In order to truly read, the child must:
Children develop all these abilities at the same time as their cognitive and other developments. It is important to recognise the various yet distinct stages of their developments, and to provide the appropriate material for them to read. Treasure Box has been created to serve this purpose.
What is Treasure Box?
Treasure Box is a collection of story books, five in each level, to accompany the Basic Chinese 500 course. Treasure Box provides a wide selection of genres for your child. These include poetry and rhymes, Chinese classic stories, fairy tales, fables, humour, riddles, adventures and more. Compared to Basic Chinese 500, the stories in Treasure Box are longer and the plots are more complex. This provides a good opportunity for your child to learn more ways to use the vocabulary and to form sentences. Your child will also learn new vocabulary: while each level of Treasure Box uses all 100 characters that are taught in the same level of Basic Chinese 500, it also includes about a further 10% new characters. This makes reading refreshing and, of course, a little more challenging. However, rest assured that it is well within the threshold of what your child can handle. These extra characters prepare your child for the next level of learning.
The advantages of the Treasure Box
- 劇情複雜度遞增 ，訓練孩子的記憶力：將某些概念保留在大腦，到適當時候取回應用
Treasure Box promotes language development
Being able to recognize characters is only a part of the child’s linguistic abilities. There are other important aspects in the child’s language development. Your child needs to understand a passage or a speech when they read or listen. They need to be able to construct accurate and logical sentences when they write or speak, and the ability to do so with a bit of flare would earn them even more persuasive power. Furthermore, your child should use reading as a tool to gain new knowledge, to think and to ask questions. If we can train the child’s brain to focus and to retain better memory during their period of language development, it would indeed lay down a fertile soil for your child’s lifelong learning.
Treasure Box can provide critical support to your child’s linguistic development.
- Each level of Treasure Box uses all 100 characters that are taught in the same level of Basic Chinese 500.
- Higher levels of Treasure Box also use characters taught in previous levels.
- Based on the above, each level introduces a further 10% of new characters.
- Each level of Treasure Box provides ample examples of how the characters can be formed into words, phrases and sentences.
- The child grows a larger depository of vocabulary from the characters they have already learnt.
- Selected stories focus on specific types of words – verbs, adjectives, interjections, rhyming words, and more.
- The child learns cheng-yu (Chinese idioms).
- Different kinds of writing techniques: simile, personification, parallelism, rhetorical questions, …
- Rhyming words and homophonics
- Various writing styles: recount, deduction, poetry, question and answer, irony, …
- Your child learns history and gets inspired by stories of historical prodigies.
- Your child learns literature through reading classics from around the world.
- Adapting to your child’s cognitive development, each level of Treasure Box prompts them to pay attention to their world, including time, space, personal relationships, physical phenomena, and more.
- Guides your child to analyse and categorise what they have observed.
- Invites your child to further investigate and ponder upon more thought-provoking philosophical and ethical topics such as causes, consequences, events, right or wrong, etc.
- The word count and length of the stories in each level increase progressively to gradually strengthen your child’s focus and stamina.
- The plots of the stories become more sophisticated with each level. This trains the child’s memory to hold certain ideas and information in their head and to retrieve them later when needed.
- The composition of the illustrations becomes more complex with each level.
- The colours of the illustrations become more mature.
- The reading time of a story lengthens with each level, developing your child’s habit and interest in reading with intent.
It is important to recognise that one set of Treasure Box is far from being enough to build your child’s linguistic abilities. However, Treasure Box can serve as a blueprint for parents when building your child’s library.
Parents are encouraged to use the content, length, genres and styles of Treasure Box as a reference when searching for other reading materials for children. This will ensure your child a rich collection of high-quality books, composed of a wide range of topics, diverse genres and varying styles, all suited to your child’s current literacy level, interests and mental abilities.
The 5 levels in the series (matching Basic Chinese 500)
The 5 levels in the series (matching Basic Chinese 500)
All available in Tradition Chinese and Simplified Chinese versions. English translation and Putonghua pinyin throughout.
Beginning Reader 啟蒙級
Beginning Reader 啟蒙級
下雨天 > 樂樂兔 > 大狼和貓 > 司馬光 > 女孩和鳥
This set of simple and light-hearted stories are perfect for your 3½ year-old child who is starting to read independently upon completing the Beginning Reader course of Basic Chinese 500. All 100 characters that are taught in Basic Chinese 500 are used in these 5 stories. We encourage your child to read the stories aloud. It enhances the revision of those characters. It also builds your child’s self confidence in reading.
There are 5 stories in the set, including a rhyme, an animal story, a Chinese classic, an everyday life story and a fairy tale. There is a total of 713 characters in the set. Your child will be able to read independently with ease. They will also learn to become focused while reading.
The books in Beginning Reader are best read in the following order:
Rainy Day > Bunny Fun > The Wolf and the Cat > Si-Ma Guang > The Girl and the Bird
3½-year-olds love rainy days. This simple story illustrates one of such days as a child would see it. It talks about friends, family, activities and what comes after the rain. Your child learns descriptive writing, and one new character.
We should never leave a 3-year-old all alone at home! But Bunny in the story is a big boy and he invited his friends over to play with him. Bunny shared his toys and books with his friends. They also worked together to fix the trouble caused by Cat. Bunny Fun was illustrated by an 11-year-old girl who understands how little children feel.
The Wolf and the Cat
The Chinese language has no lack of rhyming words! They add colours and sounds to our writing. This particular rhyme has exactly seven characters in each verse, making it easy for young children to feel the rhythm. Your child will have a first taste of this popular form of poetry style.
A 3½ year-old can certainly learn from historical figures, such as Si-Ma Guang in this special adaptation. Chinese classical stories are a must in all Treasure Box series. It helps your child to learn about Chinese history, culture and wisdom.
The Girl and the Bird
Fairy tales are indispensable to any child. In the magical, imaginary world everything becomes possible. The Girl and the Bird cater to your child’s longing towards such wonderful and magical kingdom. This story is the longest one in this set of Treasure Box, with the most word count. It is a story that your child will love to read, over and over.
Budding Reader 萌芽級
Budding Reader 萌芽級
青春舞曲 > 小王子的歌聲 > 小魚的家 > 孟母三遷 > 小馬的星月夜
The stories of Budding Reader are distinctly longer than those of Beginning Reader. Budding Reader Treasure Box uses all 100 characters taught in the Budding Reader Basic Chinese 500, plus the characters taught in the Beginning Reader. It is written for 4-year-olds who have completed the Beginning and Budding Readers and have accumulated a total of 200 characters. Besides providing reading practice, the Budding Reader stories also grow with the child’s cognitive and emotional developments in terms of plot and content. They can serve as inspiration or tools for parents to initiate discussions on different topics with children.
There are 5 stories in Budding Reader, with a total of 1401 characters. There are poetry, an animal story, a Chinese classic, an inspirational story and a fairy tale. On top of the characters taught in the Basic Chinese 500 course, the child will also learn 22 new characters. They prepare your child for the next level, Building Reader.
The BUDDING READER stories are best read in the following order:
The Youth Dance > Little Prince Learns to Sing > Little Fish’s Home > Meng-Zi Changes Home > The Pegasus Sonata
The Youth Dance
This poem has been adapted from a folksong of Xinjiang people, originally written by Luo-Bin WANG. The first stanza has been kept the same as its original. It compares one’s youth to a bird’s flying away, neither of which ever returns. The second stanza talks of new creation. It adopts a merry tone which contrasts with the first stanza. A 4-year-old would begin to understand the concept of time and life. It would be a good opportunity for parents to discuss these topics with the child.
Little Prince Learns to Sing
Children love to imitate grownups. This is how they learn. Inevitably there are times when they face new challenges and lack confidence. This is the moment when a little encouragement from parents goes a long way. It could help the child to break through their own mental blocks, and write their own beautiful tune. How does your child relate to the Little Prince?
The Little Fish's Home
This story has a simple plot and appears to use basic words. In fact, it employs a variety of new phrases and a wide range of adjectives and auxiliary words. It also introduces idioms. At the end of the story, Little Fish raises an interesting topic: is grass always greener on the other side of the grass? Or does even the emperor’s bed fall short of one’s humble bed?
Meng-Zi Changes Home
Whether you are a child growing up in China or a foreign student learning Chinese, you should know about Meng Zi (Mencius), who is crowned as the Second Sage, after Confucius. The protagonist of this story is, however, his mother. She has been regarded as a paragon of parenting for generations. She recognised the importance of environment in a child’s learning and personality development. She used concrete examples to explain ideas to Meng Zi. The story introduces many aspects traditional Chinese culture. They are interesting discussion topics for parents and children of all ages.
The Pegasus Sonata
Pegasus is originally from Greek mythology. The Pegasus brothers of Treasure Box are adventurous, passionate and courageous. In the world of Pegasus, there are the sun, the moon and the stars. There are mountains and rivers, forests and plains. There are of course other animals. The story of the Pegasus brothers echoes your child’s imagination and their longing for adventures. This is how your child will read with passion and confidence.
Building Reader 躍進級
Building Reader 躍進級
冬冬打蟲 > 如果不下雨 > 兒歌三唱 > 生日會 > 曹沖稱象
The graduate of Building Reader has learnt 300 of the most commonly used characters. Moreover, they are ready to learn more about grammar and sentence structure. It is time for them to lay down a solid foundation of literacy. Learning rhetoric is similar to learning art in the way that one needs to be exposed to masterpiece after masterpiece, to be exposed to all kinds of techniques. Building Reader provides your child with such opportunity in literacy by offering them stories written with more sophistication. We hope to spark their curiosity and imagination through reading.
There are 5 stories in Building Reader. They are best read in the following order:
Bug Attack > If Rain Doesn’t Fall > One Tune, Three Rhymes > The Birthday Party > Cao Chong and the Elephant
This little humorous tale describes a low violence conflict when the Dong-Dongs defend their home. This action-packed story is richly embedded with numbers, colours and verbs. With a little help from parents, the child will come to appreciate the humour on the last page.
If Rain Doesn't Fall
‘IF’ is a hypothesis. It triggers higher level thinking. Based on a hypothesis, the poem describes various scenarios in nature. It encourages the child to notice how things around them change, and invites them to use their visual imagination. It compares and contrasts along the way, and ends with a joyful high note.
One Tune, Three Rhymes
This poem employs many writing techniques: simile, contrast, personification, parallelism and progression. We hope parents can use this poem as a reference and try other reading and literacy activities with children, to help them develop a more sophisticated use of language.
The Birthday Party
With several twists and turns in the plot, this story gives vivid descriptions of the animals, what they do and how they feel. It caters to the mental and linguistic developments of a 4½ year-old. The story ends with an unexpected turn. It embraces family and love, and creates an “aha” moment for the child.
Cao Chong and the Elephant
We adapted this intriguing historical story which reveals physics and mathematics. Your child will be able to read and comprehend the story independently. Further parental guidance can help them explore the properties of water and objects, and the relationships between weight, mass and volume. To a graduate of Building Reader, time has come to use reading as a tool to gain knowledge.
Confident Reader 信心級
Confident Reader 信心級
吹牛大王 > 美猴王 > 張良 > 我來想一想 > 拇指姑娘
A Confident Reader graduate can read at least 400 characters.
Progress in language relies on large amount of reading, thinking and continuous practice. Tomorrow’s success depends on the hard work that is put in today.
Treasure Box turns all the hard work into fun. It offers your child interesting and engaging stories, written in sophisticated styles for them to learn through simple assimilation. At this age, your child has achieved a lot more than a solid ability in reading – they also start to develop thinking in an abstract manner. As they now understand many rules and patterns of this world, they begin to appreciate humour and jokes arising from irregularities. They also enjoy grouping and classifying objects and ideas, and love to solve riddles.
Confident Reader aims to boost your child’s abilities in reading, comprehension and appreciation of literature. It instils confidence in your child to become a life-long learner.
There are 5 stories in Confident Reader, with a total of 3001 characters. The stories are best to be read in the following order:
The Unbelieveables > Monkey King > Zhang Liang > The Big Book of Riddles > Thumbelina
Children at this age love to talk back and to challenge others’ ideas. They also love jokes. The Unbelieveables caters to this development. With a series of descriptions which are the exact opposites of the real world, it triggers your child to pay attention to our world and their own. The Boy’s speech at the end of the book is the highlight of the story. Your child may need your assistance to fully comprehend it. This story is written in a playful way. It trains your child’s reading and comprehension.
The story of Monkey King is one of the four great Chinese classics. This Treasure Box adaptation allows your child to enjoy this story independently, while maintaining its original spirits. The part of the story we adapted focuses on the positive strengths of the Monkey King: he is clever, loves to learn, is protective of his family and is just. His magical and fighting power has fascinated children and adults alike through the ages.
Zhang Liang is a famous historical figure. He was a general and the founding figure of the Han Dynasty. He was wise, earnest, courteous and was especially celebrated for his integrity. Despite Huang Shi-Gong’s persistent scrutiny and criticism, he persevered and made sincere corrections each time. In the end, he was rewarded with the precious Book of Strategies which helped him accomplish great work. We hope children will be inspired by Zhang’s perseverance. One day, their consistent hard work today will pay off and earn them precious rewards.
The Big Book of Riddles
Solving riddles relies on careful observations and the abilities to compare, contrast and group. It also requires a keen analytical mind and some lateral thinking. Children look at the world from a different angle than us. They can have very sharp eyes and observation skills. You will be surprised by their discoveries and creative answers time and time again!
The story of Thumbelina is more than just a fairy tale. It is an adventure and a story of friendship. There are many characters in the story. They interact with each other and form a complex relationship network. There is also a series of causes and consequences. The story takes place across a long timeframe and a vast geographical distance. Your child will need the knowledge of animal behaviour and comprehend how the change of seasons affects nature, as well as the understanding of people’s mind, to be able to follow and enjoy the story. Does your child know who the original writer of this story was? You can find the answer in the book.
Fluent Reader 實力級
Fluent Reader 實力級
向日葵之歌 > 我為人人 > 快樂之本 > 勿忘咯里馬 > 文姬辨琴
The Fluent Reader graduate has learnt all 500 of the most commonly used Chinese characters.
With these characters, they now have a large depository of vocabulary. With the practice from Confident Reader, they will now have established a good foundation in reading and comprehension.
At this stage, your child is different from before in two distinct ways. First, their cognitive and neurological developments allow them to learn with deliberate effort. They can now follow the instructions of their parents or teachers, or their own will, to learn and practice. Secondly, their emotional and social development guides them towards interpersonal interaction and community life.
Fluent Reader Treasure Box was designed and written keeping the above two features of child development and our principle of offering children a holistic education in mind.
Fluent Reader Treasure Box starts from your child’s acquired reading and comprehension skills. It invites your child to think and explores various philosophical ideas. By combining reading and thinking, your child will be equipped with the power that is indispensable for facing new challenges in their future.
There are 5 stories in Fluent Reader. They are best read in the following order:
The Song of the Sunflower > One for All, All for One > The Book of Happiness > Awangelema > Cai Wen-ji
The Song of the Sunflower
The sunflower is an annual herbaceous plant. It has long been a symbol for happiness and honesty. Following the life cycle of a sunflower in a year, this poem describes the change of seasons, including people, animals and the nature. The sunflower has been much praised by artists and writers throughout time. The poem connects the child with nature, history and life.
One for All, All for One
In this book, a boy tells a story about his community. He talks about the town, its history and its people. A small event revealed a natural flaw in humanity. The story shows that by acknowledging our faults and making amends, we can have a positive outcome after all. It also shows the importance of everybody doing their part.
The Book of Happiness
It’s a small world after all. The relationships between people are intriguing. As long as we can lend each other a helping hand and use one’s strength to compensate another’s weakness, we can solve difficult problems. Helping each other is the true source of happiness.
In this African folktale, the animals all work together. Each of them wants to achieve goodness for the community. While the strong and mighty animals failed, the slow and small tortoise succeeded, using a humble method. What can you and your child learn from this story?
A child’s success takes the combined effort of the child and their parents. Wen-ji’s story is such an example. Her father was a role model for Wen-ji. Once he discovered her talent, he taught her in the best way he could. Meanwhile, Wen-ji was a very diligent student to her father, and the father and daughter forged a strong bonding. Wen-ji also accomplished great achievements and became a much-celebrated poet and musician in Chinese history.
豐富的配套語文活動 / 遊戲 / 練習... Collections of language activites
豐富的配套語文活動 / 遊戲 / 練習... Collections of language activites
The set of double sided Game Cards features the 140 extra characters taught in Treasure Box. Each level of the Game Cards also include games to develop memory, pattern recognition, reading and more.
Please take advantage of a series of language activities, all inline with the Basic Chinese 500 curriculum.
寶貝盒 CD 示範 Treasure Box CD Demo
寶貝盒 CD 示範
Treasure Box CD Demo
A demonstration of the read-along recording of all 25 books in Treasure Box in Putonghua. Great care has been taken in the production of these recordings. We have carefully decided on the use of male or female voice for each story to reflect the contents, and made sure there is a balanced number in each voice to ensure a balanced gender perception. Background music was also chosen to best represent the mood of each story. On top of the turn-page signals, each book also ends with a reading of all NEW individual words which are not taught in the related Reader level.
The 5 CDs are part of the free bonus pack accompanying the Treasure Box Set of 25 books.
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