I recently got my hands on a sample of 小康軒 ㄅㄆㄇ大口袋 (Zhuyin Big Pocket).

Kang Xuan is a textbook publisher in Taiwan.  They provide some of the textbooks children use in public schools.  What I didn’t know is that they also publish textbook and curriculum for preschools.

Background Info:

The pics below are of the 2014-2015 school year Zhuyin Big Pocket.    There are 4 “sets”, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.  Remember, these are textbooks for preschools.  Apparently, these are marketed as Spring/Summer for 4 year olds (中班) and Fall/Winter for 5 year olds (Kindergarten/大班).

In 2015-2016, they added 2 new books to the series.  They’re basically marketed for the 3 year olds (小班).  These 2 new books basically focuses more on introducing the symbols only.  Whereas the 2014-2015 version starts with introducing symbols and blending (the way I prefer anyway).

Just like other curriculum books that are only made available per semester, the 2015-2016 version only has sets 1, 3, 5 out right now and you have to wait for sets 2, 4, 6 next semester.  The 2014-2015 versions are all available now.

Kang Xuan also sells another set call 歡樂 ㄅㄆㄇ (Happy bopomo).  Apparently, these are much like the new sets 1 and 2 in the Zhuyin Big Pocket series.  They only introduce the symbols.  I have not seen these, this is just what the distributor tells me.

What’s in the sets:  In each set, there are readers, vocabulary book, and activity books, and for Fall/Winter, also a writing practice book.  The writing practice is strictly practicing how to write zhuyin.  There is also a CD/DVD.  I have not heard them so I don’t know what’s in them.

Vendor Website: Kang Xuan has a specific website for their preschool kids.  The link will show you the curriculum for each book and what they teach.  According to the website, Spring they introduce symbols and blending 2 zhuyin, Summer is blending+tones, Fall is blending+tones+compound zhuyin, and Winter is blending 2 and 3 zhuyin.

Where to buy:  The only way to buy this is through a distributor in Taiwan.  There’s a US distributor as well but he is not selling these except through group order.

Here are some pics:

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