We're a little behind our US friends as tonight was the first time that Ni Hao, Kai-lan was shown on Treehouse TV here in Canada. I set the VCR to tape it but since I was cooking supper at the time, watched the first episode while it was on. I must admit to enjoying it and trying out some of the Chinese words Kai-lan and her friends were teaching. I can now count to 2 (I think...even though they taught 1, 2 and 3) and I also learned the word for 'jump'...but I can't remember it! Languages are not my forte and I struggle to remember them. I'm sure Hannah will leave me in her dust when it comes to learning Chinese from this adorable little show!
Based on a Dora type idea with a Chinese-American little girl and her English and Chinese speaking animal friends, it was a fun, bright show that taught some really good lessons. Not only were some Chinese words taught throughout the show they also taught some good lessons on working together as a team and learning how to calm down when you're upset. Good lessons for pre-schoolers to learn in a fun environment.
As the premier show was based on dragon boat races they also taught the kids a little dance about dragons. Jumping up, crouching down, wiggling their seat and flapping their arms. I won't confess to doing that dance. Nope. Well...maybe just a little! I'll need to try it out with Hannah someday so it's never too early to learn.
Now....if I could just remember how to say the number 3 in Chinese we'd really be going places!