Here are the terms for
children of different ages:
|Infant (or baby)
||from birth to one
||from 1 to less than
3 years old
||3 years old
||4 years old
||5 years old
Before going to kindergarter,
children can be taken care of at home or sent to day care. Besides
regular day care, there are also home day care that are provided
by people at their homes. The advantage of home day care is that
there are a small number of kids and therefore the chance for children
getting sick from each other is smaller.
Parents who don't speak
English at home often worry about their children being behind in
English. Typically it is perfectly fine for a 2-year old who doesn't
speak much English to go to day care. Communication by words is
simply not that important then. Your child will pick up English
very quickly once she is in that environment.
Elementary schools typically start from kingergarten and ends at
5th grade. Middle schools are usually 6th grade to 8th grade. And
high schhols are 9th grade to 12th grade. So high-school students
also have freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, just like
One thing that is a must in the U.S. is to get your child involved
in sports. The first sport to consider is swimming, which you can
start around 4 years old. When you child is 5 or 6, s/he can start
soccer, softball, or base ball. Skating can also start at this age.
As your child grows, consider tennis, basketball, and football.
You child will benefit a lot if s/he can get involved with some
kind of team sport.
Besides sports, consider drawing, dancing, piano, violin, karate,
etc. Of course, you want them to learn Chinese.
If you can, try to get involved with your child's school. For example,
you can volunteer or participate in parents association.