Mommy's Block Party Holiday Gift Guide 2013
B and S have heard Spanish spoken on television in some of their favorite shows and both knew some very basic words when they were toddlers. I loved how amazed they were when they discovered a new word or counted to ten using a language other than English.
I know foreign languages were not offered to me until high school and college but are now being introduced at much younger ages. As part of B's specials, once a week they attend Spanish class. I think it is great that he is being introduced to a foreign language at such a young age and that it is a part of his curriculum. I also have seen other private schools in our area offer things like Latin and French starting in Kindergarten as well.
While I know a few basic words here and there, I do feel like my kids could use some additional instruction when it comes to foreign languages. There are many products on the market for just this, one such company is called Little Pim.
Little Pim was founded by Julia Pimsleur Levine, a mother, award winning filmmaker, and language arts teacher, who was inspired by her own bilingual childhood and wanted to provide and teach her own son a foreign language. When she had trouble finding quality products to teach with, she created them herself. By creating Little Pim, she wanted to teach children while having fun. Scientific research has shown that learning a foreign language is something that young children can do naturally and children who do learn before age 6 demonstrate higher levels of reading and writing skills. Over a period of several years, Julia worked with a neuroscientist, educators, and language experts to develop the Little Pim program.
Little Pim is designed to teach children, ages 0-6, a second language in a fun, easy, and enjoyable way. They use videos, books, flashcards, and CDs to entertain in a way that promotes learning in a natural way. When Ondria approached me about working with Little Pim, I was more than happy to try them and see what they were all about. The kids were thrilled to have the chance to learn some new words and show off to my husband and I.
Our Little Pim package has arrived.
The cover of the box set is very cute and child friendly. I was immediately drawn in by the colors and animals that seem to almost dance. The pink elephant is my favorite! Little Pim is actually the name of the sweet cartoon panda on the cover and who also stars in the videos.
We received Volume II of Spanish which contains the titles "In My Home", "Happy, Sad, and Silly", and "I Can Count" with each disc promising to teach 60 words and phrases.
The Panda, Little Pim, is also joined by the Elephant, Lola, and the Bobcat, Bob in all three videos. Each video is 35 minutes long and contains 7 different episodes to provide 105 total minutes and 21 episodes dedicated to teaching Spanish to the kids.
My kids love the chance to watch something new and different and they were delighted to see a pack of videos from Little Pim. When I told them they would be learning Spanish, they both lit up and were so excited to put the discs in and get started. I know S thinks her brother is pretty cool when he uses the Spanish he knows from school and she "can't wait until I go to school and go to Spanish class too".
B and S are learning about things in their room
These videos are so fun for the kids, they really get in to watching and learning their new vocabulary. B seems to be benefiting from the extra exposure and enjoying knowing some of the things he has already learned from school. S is feeling really smart and I think this will give her an advantage when she does start school to have a stronger background of vocab. I enjoy the fact that there are optional subtitles so I can know what words and phrases they are hearing.
Little Pim has products available in many different languages including: Chinese, French, English, German, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, and Portuguese. These are truly helpful and fun products that draw the kids in and hold their attention. I think I could benefit just as much by hearing and learning with the kids.
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Do you have a language lover or someone who Little Pim would be perfect for on your list? Little Pim is offering our MBP readers a special discount code for 20% off when you use LPHOLIDAY. Please place all orders by December 16th for holiday delivery. You can also like and follow Little Pim on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, and YouTube.
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