Recently, DD (close to 5) and her twin sisters (18 months) are all fascinated by a series of Chinese-language DVD shows anchored by live hosts and a lovely cartoon character Qiaohu (Smart Tiger) in costume.
The complete series, originally from Japan (created by Japan’s largest educational group Benesse Corporation), was adapted for Mandarin speakers in Taiwan and has now been introduced to Mainland China. The whole series includes textbooks and reading books for children, instruction books for parents, DVD shows and toys. The major language is mandarin Chinese, although there is a bit of English teaching which is only at very basic level.
Taking into consideration children’s development needs at different stages of their growth, Qiaohu series is designed to teach children to love to learn, build positive personality and cultivate good habits.
|Chinese DVD: Qiaohu Classic Collection I (Age 0-2, 4 DVDs)||Chinese DVD: Qiaohu Classic Collection II (Age 0-2, 4 DVDs)|
It encourages parents to actively get involved with children’s growth and share the challenge and joy of growing up with their children. Meanwhile, it aims to foster children’s abilities to learn and think independently.
The content varies according to the difference of age groups: 0-12 months, year 1-2, year 2-3, year 3-4, year 4-5, year 5-6 and year 6-7. For example, for year 1-2, the content focuses on guiding babies to interact with their family members and explore their external world, cultivating children to develop good habits of awareness, and helping them accelerate the development of their brain via playing.
For year 2-3, the content focuses on boosting children’s cognitive development, improving their self-care skills, and satisfying their emotional needs.
|Chinese DVD: Qiaohu’s Little World (Age 1-2, 8 DVDs)||Chinese DVD: Qiaohu’s Little World (Age 2-3, 6 DVDs)|
For year 3-4, the content focuses on teaching children social etiquette, safety rules, social disciplines, and good living habits.
For year 4-5, the content focuses on instructing children’s self-observing and understanding of the Mother Nature and our society, coaching them proper manners and courtesy, and unleashing their potential.
|Chinese DVD: Qiaohu’s Little World I (Age 3-4, 4 DVDs)||Chinese DVD: Qiaohu Classic Collection I (Age 4-5, 4 DVDs)|
For year 5-6, the content focuses on cultivating children’s initiatives and abilities of self-learning, enhancing their social skills and independence, and preparing them for kindergarten with ease and confidence.
For year 6-7, the content covers widely to meet children’s needs in various fields and teach children to love to learn, preparing them for school with ease and confidence.
|Chinese DVD: Qiaohu’s Little World (Age 5-6, 9 DVDs)||Chinese DVD: Qiaohu’s Little World (Age 6-7, 6 DVDs)|
Methodology wise, Qiaohu DVD series employs a variety of teaching aids via the use of diverse media, including printing (textbooks and reading books for children, instruction books for parents), audio-video (DVD shows, games) and multi-dimensional (toys).
Although its major theme is to teach children morals, Qiaohu DVD series is a wonderful tool to teach children Chinese language. In the show, Qiaohu leads kids to naturally listen and speak Chinese (and a little bit English) via songs and dances, short and lovely stories, activities in their daily lives, repeated practice in diverse contexts, and interactive games.
Besides languages, Qiaohu DVD series fosters children’s interest in learning mathematics at early ages in an easy and enjoyable way.
In an addition, Qiaohu DVD series pays great attention to music cultivation, which not only lays a good foundation for music training in the future, but also helps tremendously with children’s physical and mental developments. The show encourages children to follow Qiaohu to move their body parts, sing and dance by music and rhythms, and learn to control their muscle and attention.
|Chinese DVD: Qiaohu Learns Math (Age 2-6, 4 DVDs)||Chinese DVD: Qiaohu Learns Pinyin (Age 2-6, 4 DVDs)|
The Qiaohu shows DD and her twin sisters are watching are a mix for age 1-5. All three love to watch them. And I and my mother enjoy them as well.
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