Well, Chinese reading is going well for both “Charlotte” and “Georgia”, a few months shy of 15 and 12 years of age respectively.
Charlotte just finished reading the Chinese edition of “Anna and the French Kiss” (4.5/5 score on Amazon), giggling intermittently as she read along. Oh, all those teen romance! She read some 70 pages this afternoon. She did feel the need to skim through the English E-edition that she checked out from the online public library to get a better idea of the names and some of the details in the book. So, her Chinese comprehension is not as precise as her English comprehension; but, that’s not a surprise. She says reading it in Chinese gives her more room for imagination, LOL! As long she keeps on reading, studying, and learning Chinese, her reading comprehension will come further along.
As for Georgia, she is now reading the first book of 金庸‘s “神雕俠侶“, about 9 months before Charlotte in terms of their age at the time of first time reading. She needed a little help at the beginning, so I resorted to my good old fashion Scaffold Reading Experience and she read the first chapter with zhuyin assistance. Now, she has moved back to the regular book. I do try to sit close by at this point as she asks me questions about her reading from time to time.
So, I am quite excited about both of their progress! I am certain some of your kids will reach these milestones at a younger age, as some of you utilize Chinese learning programs more rigorous than ours at a younger age. Yeah, you probably would have considered my girls “slackers” in your household when they were younger, LOL!