Where is Eaton as far as Chinese language?
Being honest I thought that Eaton's progress would be further that it is now. It's not about Eaton's capabilities but it's about provided resources.
When I posted my ad about Chinese teacher/tutor that was about a year ago I couldn't find anyone interested. I spend 2 months trying to find Chinese person until I found someone who is young and could spend time with Eaton playing and having fun and at the same time read some books and do other activities.
I can tell that not everyone can provide that service. Eaton still sees that girl once a week for 4 hours but I see that he starts to be bored with that and I will give you some strong reason for that.
1. Lack of dedication and capabilities to present materials to a child. Even though I provided materials: books, printable materials etc. they are not presented the way they should be. I tried to teach/show how that should be done but it didn't help. I tried different ways but some people are not capable to do that.
2. Lack of understanding a child. Eaton needs conversations with adults on certain level. Yeah, you would think it's just a kid.! But he enjoys being around adults because he can learn something from them, they are more interesting than most of the children of his age. Eaton adores conversations with adults and Chinese person can not provide that.
3.Being interesting is another problem. I can provide amazing tools but they are not shown proper fun, entertaining way for 3 years old.
Because of that I started to search for another Chinese person. This time I was focused on finding a teacher/private tutor who would have experience with teaching children. It's really not easy to find that person on the Island. Most of them teach adults. But few days ago I found someone/a teacher and I'm so eager to see her in action with Eaton. They already had some conversation together. The teacher is very talkative: Eaton right away was impressed with the amount of words that came out from her ;-) He needs more challenge and I think that person can do that. She mentioned she could sing with him, teach him Chinese through songs, having short introductions, short sentences based on conversation she had with Eaton.
Eaton can read short sentences without Pinyin language. He knows numbers 1-20, colors, fruits, vegetables etc.. he knows many other words I don't know about because lessons are really messed up, I can't make it work in smooth, order way.
The transition to a new teacher will happen soon and I hope that Eaton will like a new teacher.
Eaton likes to learn Chinese, he always does, but he likes to be challenged that's why I need to work on finding some solution to it.
Here is Eaton reading numbers 1-20. I made few videos of Eaton reading in Chinese but there were some other interruption and I can't post them on the Web.
I will be posting more when there will be some changes and improvements in learning Chinese.
I'm happy that Eaton recognizes Chinese speaking people in the park, sometimes he says something in Chinese to them and he introduces himself. He knows that mommy and daddy don't speak Chinese and he doesn't try to speak with us in that language. Whenever we say something in Chinese just for fun Eaton says: "mommy you don't speak Chinese". To daddy he says "daddy you don't speak Polish".
And of course he corrects our speech in different languages a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!