I was recently given the opportunity to review Little Pim's Level 1 Spanish DVD with my 3 year old and 5 year old. I received the DVD at no cost in exchange for writing an honest review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
Little Pim is a foreign language learning company that introduces children between the ages of 0 and 5 to a foreign language using DVDs, music CDs, flashcards, and books.
My husband and I both have taken enough Spanish classes in our lifetimes to be able to support a little bit of Spanish speaking in our household, so I was eager to see what type of interest our little ones had. The Little Pim Level One DVD focuses on Eating and Drinking, something all little kids can relate to.
Both kids enjoyed the videos and would come running to watch them when I announced I was putting one of them on. They sat and paid attention to the whole video and would repeat the words that were spoken as the videos played. We didn't watch the videos every day but worked them into rotation with other favorites and they watched them probably 1-2 times a week.
I asked my 5year old what she liked best about them and she said she liked that they had a lot of Spanish words in them. I asked her to tell me some of the words she learned and she told me that "el" was for boy and "la" was for girl which I was actually pretty impressed with.
She also knew which words she had learned, but needed a little help with remembering some of the Spanish versions of them. For instance she knew she had learned the word for "milk" but wasn't sure what it was. When I said "leche" she nodded and repeated the word, obviously making the connection.
The video has also prompted several bouts of "Hola! Hola Mom!" in our house. Do I think that my kids are going to be fluent in Spanish from watching these DVDs? Probably not. But I do appreciate the fact that I can provide them exposure to another language, the phonics, and appropriate pronunciation in an enjoyable format. I can even get their quick Spanish "lesson" in while keeping them entertained when I'm cooking dinner.
Overall I think it is a great, age appropriate introduction to a second (or third?) language and I think my kids will continue to pick up the vocabulary words in the video. Little Pim offers products that teach Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, and English (ESL).
I'm hopeful that exposure to the Spanish sounds and pronunciation now (when their little brains are soaking up language) will help them later on. Who knows, maybe my kids will even be able to roll their Rs as an adult - something their mom wishes she could do!
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