My husband likes to point out that our two-year-old knows more Spanish than he does, and it’s true. Some of that I owe to Dora the Explorer, but the rest of her fluency comes from the lessons I’ve been giving her on a daily basis.
So far, she knows the Spanish words for most of her colors, most of her favorite animals, many household objects, and she can almost count to 10 in Spanish. I’ve been trying to encourage her bi-lingual growth with some Spanish language learning apps and have also started using DVDs, CDs and books to continue the lessons.
According to linguistic experts, teaching your children a second language has a positive effect on their intellectual development and actually improves their understanding of their native language. Plus, it helps open the door to other cultures and in our increasingly global world, can set them up in the future for great opportunities.
But how do you get started? The best way for kids to learn a second language is through immersion, basically surrounding them with the language. Little Pim makes that a little easier. They have DVDs, CDs and books, which feature animated lessons for kids ages 0-6, in ten languages, including English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Italian.
The videos were created by filmmaker and mom Julia Pimsleur Levine to fill a need in the children’s video market for a top-quality, language-learning video series. To create the videos, she worked with a team of animators, childhood development experts, and linguists. The result is a lesson that’s as effective as any that I’ve ever seen.
Our daughter definitely seems to enjoy her daily lessons, although I wonder if she really understands what “Spanish” is and why there are two different words for the same object. Maybe not yet, but someday she’ll understand and she’ll be a lot better off for it!
If you’d like to purchase Little Pim, you can get a 20 percent discount using the promo code LPBLOG on Little Pim’s website. The folks at Little Pim have also been nice enough to donate one of their learning DVDs to one lucky reader – the reader even gets to choose the language! Enter using the Rafflecopter below.
I received a Little Pim gift set for free for the purpose of this review. I only recommend products or services I use personally believe in. All opinions are my own.