Who can take Advanced Mandarin? The class is open to 2nd-5th grade students who have been studying Mandarin for over a year, have basic speaking skills, or are heritage speakers. If you are not sure, please reach out to us! (1st graders also accepted on a case-by-case basis) How is Advanced Mandarin different from a Just Kids class? Students will follow a textbook-based curriculum, and will learn skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Listening and speaking activities will follow the interactive and fun Sponge methods you know and love from our Just Kids classes. The difference is the added challenge of learning to read and write! What's the book? Do I need to buy it? For Spring 2016, we will be using My First Chinese Reader: Volume 1. It uses a spiral curriculum to introduce both simplified characters and pinyin, with a variety of topics, including greetings, names, nationalities, school, family, home, dates, fruit, school supplies and food. You do not need to purchase the book as it is included in the class tuition.