Chinese Children's Songs in the Classroom
Scientific research has proven that music and language go hand in hand. The children featured on Little Dragon Tales learn Mandarin Chinese through a combination of music and movement. They build vocabulary and confidence in the language by singing classic Chinese children’s songs, and strengthen their understanding of the lyrics by acting them out or dancing.
Studies show this type of music education also helps in academics.
—Katherine Kwok, Administrator YIP's Canada
According to the expert music educators at Yip’s Children’s Choir Canada, these are some of the most natural and effective ways for children to progress in a language while having fun at the same time. Now, parents and teachers can bring this organic approach to their own homes and classrooms with the help of Little Dragon Tales!
Little Dragon Tales comes with a booklet featuring the lyrics of each song in simplified Chinese characters and pinyin, as well as English translations, allowing both native Chinese speakers and those new to the language to follow along while they listen. Encourage your children or students to sing along, even if they don’t understand every single word. The goal is not to achieve perfection, but to show them that speaking Mandarin can be fun!
Songs can help kids with their Mandarin studies.
—Zhang Mali, Teacher YIP's Canada
Teach them dances that illustrate the meanings of the songs, or allow them to make up their own—one of the best ways to build comprehension in a foreign language is through physical movement. You’ll be amazed by how quickly their pronunciation, comprehension, and confidence improve with the help of these simple techniques.