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Beyond Sesame Street and Dora: Chinese cartoons for older kids

Big Ear Tu Tu is a popular Chinese cartoon among kids approaching secondary school. You can find episodes on YouKu, China’s version of YouTube.

Or you can go to this “Chinese4kids” website, which has compiled several episodes along with links to Chinese readers, songs and fun cultural facts about China.

Free Chinese literacy resources

Ever on the hunt for free Mandarin resources to support my kids, I stumbled upon these beauties:

Character Practice
Visit this website daily for introduction to one word-a-day.

Reading Practice
This website is chock-full of age-appropriate reading materials for your Mandarin learner. Click “read more” under each book title and you’ll see entire texts translated in Mandarin and English. If your kids struggle to understand all the characters, you can copy and paste them into a pinyin generator.

Free read-along books in Mandarin

I haven’t had a chance to test these on my kids. But the Salt Lake County Library has a collection of audio books (TumbleBooks) that you can access online for FREE. Some of the books are available in Chinese, Spanish and Russian. You need Flash capability to access them. But rumor has it, they’re starting to make some compatible with the iPad.

Directions:  Go to http://www.slcolibrary.org/

Then go to KidZone followed by Reading Corner. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and in the right hand corner, you’ll see an orange box with the heading, Read Along. Click on that and it will take you to a menu where you can pick story books, non-fiction books, and read-alongs. There are also great 1 or 2 min. video clips about a variety of subjects. You’ll find the Chinese books under, “Language Learning.”

Mandarin immersion classroom checklist

Parents have been asking about Chinese readers – what’s available in the classroom and where to buy them.

Below is a link to a list of readers that the Utah State Office of Education recommends every classroom have (you may have to click on it twice). These are readers that teachers should be sending home with students as homework (on loan to be returned). If you’re classroom falls short, you may want to bring the subject up with your principal. Each school is allotted money for supplies. In some districts this money goes directly to the school. In others, it goes to the district for distribution.

The state is also working in a series of readers that parents can purchase. Stay tuned – more on this in coming weeks/months.