Every child is a language genius

Every child, whatever their background, can learn to speak, understand, read, and write Cantonese. It all comes down to the teaching methods used

Rainbow Seeds’ teaching approach is child-centred and based on learning through play. We provide children with sensory, real-life experiences that put Cantonese in context. 

We tailor our learning methods to the level of the class and the children's interests. We give them opportunities to be creative using the words and phrases they learn. Take a look at our storybook project, a collection of stories created by our students.

A comfortable learning environment is key too. We encourage you to stay for the class, so your child feels happy and confident. It also means you can pick up techniques to use at home to reinforce your child's learning.

Children also need human interaction to learn a language. Rainbow Seeds’ teachers trained as kindergarten teachers in Hong Kong and follow the Hong Kong Kindergarten Education Curriculum Guide and Heep Hong Society’s Developmental Stages.

How we teach your child Cantonese

When children learn Cantonese, they first start listening and speaking. They then gradually develop reading and writing skills.
The following table will help you judge which class is most suitable for your child. We devised it from our experience and understanding of how bilingual children develop language skills, and it is based on the Hong Kong Kindergarten Education Curriculum Guide and the Heep Hong Society’s Developmental Stages. The age is a guide: the best class for your child will depend on their exposure and ability.

Class (guide age) Objectives This class is suitable for your children if they:
Seed class
(1-2.5)
Mobirise
Providing more exposure to Cantonese by listening to songs and videos that interest young children the most
Topics: Colours; Animals; Body parts; Weather; Numbers; Fruits
▪ rarely~often speak Cantonese
▪ can:
   - imitate you and say simple words such as ‘mum’, ‘dad’ or ‘eat’.
   - understand simple instructions such as ‘give me’, ‘hand me’ or ‘put it back’.
   - point out body parts such as eyes, ears, and mouth.
Germination class
(2.5-4)
Mobirise
Learning vocabulary by topics with each level of 12 words and some related sentences:
   - Saying only the words at first, then in sentences when students get more confident
   - Trying to read while learning the words, just to get students familiar with Chinese characters
Topics: Lv1: Transport; Lv2: Zoo animals; Lv3: Ocean animals; Lv4: Fruits; Lv5: Vegetables; Lv6-7: Clothes
▪ sometimes speak Cantonese
▪ can:
   - say single words such as ‘want’, ‘eat’ and ‘play’.
   - point out everyday objects such as ‘apple’, ‘bus’, ‘sun’.
   - use adjectives such as ‘big’/’small’, ‘more’/’less’, ‘clean’/’dirty’.

Sapling class
(3.5-5)
Mobirise
Learning to read stories, which are created by our students, to makes sure it is suitable for children of similar age with similar interests. It has two main levels:
▪ Reading:
   - Focusing on main vocabulary in the story while trying to read the sentences
   - Making new sentences with the words just learnt
Writing:
   - Learning the structure of words by breaking it down into basic Chinese character components and radicals
Topics: Lv1: 小馬家的一天樹屋的一天、姐姐的生日; Lv2: 動物喝果汁、寶寶造木屋、海盜尋寶; Lv3: 賽車比賽、太空歷險記、沙漠的動物、魔法麵包店
▪ often speak Cantonese
▪ can:
   - repeat short two-word sentences after you such as ‘drink orange juice’, ‘riding in the car’, ‘wearing a shirt’.
   - say the name of everyday objects such as ‘table’, ‘pen’, and ‘water’.
   - understand yes/no questions such as: ‘are there any?’, ‘are you happy?’ and ‘do you like it?’.
Little tree class
(4.5-6)
Mobirise
- Learning by stories with studying 1 storybook from Hambaanglaang each term
- Improving on all 4 aspects including speaking, listening, reading and writing Cantonese. Read more here
Topics: Lv1: 我美不美 (book); Lv2: 個個都不一樣 (book); Lv3: 阿樂寫給小恐龍的信 (book)
▪ sometimes speak Cantonese
▪ can:
   - say short two-word sentences, such as: ‘I am eating vegetables’, ‘I am washing feet’, ‘I am buying books’.
   - use conjunctions such as and, then, so.
   - understand simple riddles such as ‘which fruit is green but also red?’
Tree class
(6-7+)
Basing on primary school curriculum used in Hong Kong
*Now only available for private classes
▪ often speak Cantonese
▪ can:
   - understand abstract words such as ‘past’, ‘Wednesday’, ‘today’.
   - tell you about experiences they have had such as ‘I have ridden in a carriage’, ‘there are a lot of toys in the house’ and ‘my sister takes good care of me’.
   - retell simple stories.

- The table list the some examples of learning process, please feel free to contact us if you would like to disscuss more.

- If in doubt, the teacher will make a recommendation after the class.

- Class content is tailored to the Cantonese proficiency of the class.

- The topic column is a reference example. Different classes may touch on the same topics, but the depth will vary. The exact content will depend on the students' level of Cantonese experience.