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Homeschool resources: Elementary school math and STEM

So I was looking at some resources for math provided by Taiwan's Ministry of Education and wanted to share just in case anyone is curious and able to understand instructions in Chinese. 

Apparently, kids are suppose to be able to count from 1-100 in grade 1, know simple addition and subtraction, time of the week, day and some basic money knowledge. 

Here's the link from the MOE from different education printing press:

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Here's the link from an online learning resource:

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Here's the link for learning code for preschoolers:

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Here's the link for learning code for other grades:

Bonus: Here's a good explanation of scratch in English

Homeschool resources: Learning zhuyin or the Taiwan version of Pinyin

 So recently our kids have had to learn Zhuyin and so I've been trying to dig up the resources that are available to teach them this online as I myself know learned pinyin. 

What's the difference and what are these strange symbols you ask? 

So basically, the bopomofo, or zhu yin in Taiwan, and pinyin in mainland China are the phonetic system used to help with the pronunciation of Chinese words. In Taiwan, zhu yin are symbols and in the mainland, it's pretty much like the English alphabet.

Someone else did a good job of explaining this so you can consult (I got the image from them) them:

But here are the free resources I found from the Ministry of Education for zhuyin 

There's a company that did songs for all the zhuyin

 An awesome dad explains the story with zhuyin in drawings here:

Another one is similar but the zhuyin are animated characters here:

One of the major education printing companies has these videos that kids need to spell out zhuyin for the story:

If you need a very simple ye olden video on how to pronounce and write zhuyin, here's the MOE's videos:

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Here are some online books:

Homeschool resources: online learning for elementary school in Taiwan

 We have been trying to teach our kids with various resources to prepare them for elementary school here and here are some of what I found.

These are the starting page for everything Taipei provides in terms of online learning:

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Then there's gamified learning:

Here's my source page for where I found all this: