Merit Chinese School offers Cantonese classes for children ages 5 and older. The curriculum emphasizes Chinese reading and writing skills, listening and conversation, as well as moral education.
Designing a good and up-to-date curriculum is always a priority of Merit Chinese School. Students will learn Chinese grammar, proverbs, stories, history, and traditional festivals. The curriculum is tailored for students whose first language is English.
Our Cantonese program consists of two schools: the Cantonese Kindergarten and the Cantonese Elementary School.
Cantonese Kindergarten is a two-year program that teaches the fundamentals of reading and writing. The program emphasize on brush strokes, the correct way to write a Chinese word and pronunciation. Through activities such as story time and songs, students learn how to read and write simple Chinese words. In Kindergarten 1, we will learn about words. In Kindergarten 2, we will put words together to build sentences.
Cantonese Kindergarten uses textbooks ordered from Hong Kong.
Cantonese Elementary School offers classes from Grade 1 to Grade 5. The curriculum includes stories of historical figures from ancient China and the western world. It also includes well-known Chinese proverbs with moral meanings behind them. Students will also learn about traditions and customs of Asian Festivals. Traditional festivals such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and Lunar New Year play an important part in the program. Lesson material also includes stories of every life in North America, environmental conservation and good citizenship.
Cantonese Elementary School uses textbooks published by Mon Sheong Foundation Chinese School, a very established Chinese school in Toronto, Canada. Content and level of the material is tailored for children growing up in North America.
To broaden the knowledge of our students, a 30 minute Mandarin session (free of charge to the students) is integrated into the Cantonese curriculum from Grade 2 to Grade 5. This serves to enrich the knowledge of our students by gradually introducing Mandarin Chinese.
Tuition fee is $170/semester and is paid at the day of registration. The tuition includes the books.
Students must be at least 5 years of age to register for Merit Chinese School. Class placement is based upon age, level, and interest. An interview with the principal/teacher will be scheduled on the day of registration.