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Ni Hao, Kai-lan: Lessons & Activities

Ni Hao! That means “hi” in Mandarin Chinese and is also how Kai-lan, an energetic Chinese-American preschooler, greets viewers to her new show on Nickelodeon. Ni Hao, Kai-lan is a play-along, think-along series that weaves together the Mandarin Chinese language and culture, preschool-relatable stories and interactivity, with Kai-lan as the child’s intimate friend and playmate.

Scholastic and Nickelodeon have teamed up to create an engaging educational program for preschoolers featuring Kai-lan and her friends that extends the learning values of the show and introduces children to a new culture and language. With February marking the Chinese New Year, these materials are a great way for your class to learn more about the Chinese culture, traditions and even learn some simple Mandarin Chinese phrases!

We hope this program inspires you and your class to go on a cultural exploration with your new friends from Ni Hao, Kai-lan!

OBJECTIVES

  • Introduce children to the Chinese and Chinese-American cultures
  • Expose preschoolers to basic and simple Mandarin Chinese words and phrases
  • Highlight cause and effect thinking to help children make sense of their everyday lives
  • Support preschoolers’ social and emotional development through the identification, expression and regulation of feelings
  • Focus on the importance of family and friends

LESSONS FOR THIS UNIT

REPRODUCIBLES

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Tune-in to Ni HaoK ai-lan weekdays on Nick Jr. beginning February 7th! www.nickjr.com/kailan
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