This past summer, my Kiddo came home from China to visit for about 2 months before moving to San Francisco. During that two months, we all went on vacation to the Jersey shore (no, not THAT Jersey shore, we were much further south, but 10 miles north of Cape May.)
So, while we were there enjoying the sun, the surf and the beautiful weather we were lucky enough to have, Kiddo started getting homesick for China. She remedied this by watching a program on her Ipad called Happy Chinese.
What is Happy Chinese, you might ask? Well, it is a kid-friendly program designed to teach the viewer Chinese and something about Chinese life and culture. It is made in China, but there are English subtitles. And from what I have been told, there are lots of episodes. And, WOW, it is readily available on YouTube.
Why do I bring up Happy Chinese? Take a look at this photo I took:
On a beautiful summer's day, there are five people, 2 ten year old girls, a 12 year old boy, a 6 year old boy, and a 24 year old Kiddo, crowded on a bed, all watching Happy Chinese on one little Ipad and laughing like crazy.
They were hooked in Happy Chinese! They loved it. They couldn't get enough.
Meanwhile, adults (among them a reading teacher) looked on in dismay as all those novels and storybooks lovingly chosen for vacation fell by the wayside. But I am happy to say, the Happy Chinese obsession last only a few days and the kids were back to their usual activities and books. They still watched, but not so compulsively. And so all the adults relearned a good lesson: when you have children who love to read, they will always return to the books if you just give them time.
Oh, by the way, at the end of two weeks, the kids were all starting to say things to each other in Chinese so all was not lost. FYI: Two of these kids are now planning to pick Mandarin as their foreign language choice in school.
Curious about what may have hooked these kids? You can check out Happy Chinese here and lots more episodes on YouTube: