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beligenous March 29, 2011

I have a daughter who will turn 3 in November. She is fluent in Chinese right now, but I am afraid she will lose her language abilities when we move away from China. Are there any schools in Philadelphia that are taught in Chinese at such a young age?

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mblue1 April 2, 2011

I'm not aware of any such schools, but I do know about bilingual children. If she is fluent at age 3 and you continue to speak it in your home, she will continue to grow in Chinese no matter what language the school uses. And children adapt pretty quickly to English at school, home language at home.Is she bilingual? Children who learn two or more languages at an early age develop more synapses in their brain more quickly; in effect, their brain grows more rapidly. However, she may test lower in language skills if she is tested before about age 6, so you might want to ask for her to be tested in Chinese when it's time for her to go to kindergarten. Public schools are obligated to accomodate that request. I would not want my child in an ESL classroom, though. They have to make their way in an English-speaking world (in America, anyway). Better for them to be prepared for that.


pics7770 April 12, 2011

mblue1 is probably correct about availability. In respecting community guidelines, I can't elaborate in this forum but can be reached at


TeacherParent April 27, 2011

I don't think so but .... there is LinguaZone which provides tutors who could come often, even daily, or a Mandarin or Cantonese speaking housekeeper or nanny could be hired who could continue to immerse your daughter in the Chinese language she currently speaks.
Philadelphia has a significant Chinese-American community.

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