Right before Christmas, we received a DVD for J and I to review from Little Pim. He has enjoyed watching other Spanish educational products in the past and I admit to being rather curious about this series after reading about it on other blogs. Also, the decision to teach your young child Spanish could help with other aspects of learning down the road. So, for a few weeks when I needed to have one on one time with one of the older boys, I would have J watch a bit of the Little Pim’s Spanish: Eating and Drinking DVD we were sent to review.
Why Use Little Pim to Teach Your Young Child Spanish?
I won’t get into all the reasons why learning a second language is beneficial. I will say that I sometimes wish we had started young with the other boys and stuck to it. Even if they end up not using it often, so many colleges require high school level courses in a foreign language for admission. How much easier it would be to not only complete those classes but also be considered fluent if we’d started young!
Little Pim has their target audience of children ages 6 months through 6 years as that is the prime time to learn a second language. Their Entertainment Immersion Method® integrates the latest scientific research regarding kids’ language learning and brain development. Each DVD has a child friendly theme (e.g. the Eating and Drinking title we received) where common vocabulary words and phrases are taught in brief 5 minute segments. By the time they make their way through the entire series, they have been exposed to 360 words and phrases that form the building blocks for further studies. (And, someone with 500 words is considered ‘conversational’ with regards to a language!)
Little Pim’s Spanish: Eating and Drinking DVD we were sent to review is part of the Little Pim Spanish Gift Set Vol 1 which retails for $59.95 and includes 3 Spanish DVDs (eating and drinking, wake up smiling, playtime), a 9" velvety soft plush Little Pim panda and a see-through Little Pim tote bag.
My Thoughts on Using Little Pim to Teach Your Young Child Spanish
Overall, J really enjoys watching little segments of the video in short bursts. As there isn’t a real ‘story’ to anything, it doesn’t hold his attention for too long. And, that is okay as it really is part of the method and he shouldn’t be staring at a screen with no interaction for long stretches in an attempt to ‘learn.’
Little Pim is also a great tool for reviewing some basic words with plenty of visual and the pronunciation provided. You can go to the section you want and hit just those vocabulary words. I would consider using this with elementary aged children as an audio-visual ‘flashcard’ approach that does not require the internet to do it.
How effective this program would be for learning an entire language as a young child is not something I can fully speak to having used just one disc of several. However, I can say that there are key words associate with the tasks of eating and drinking that J and the others in the family who have sat along side him are remembering with more ease than in the past. I think the key to remember is that exposure is only part of the method of learning a language. You also need to use it on a regular basis with others to truly cement it into your brain. That is where I’ve often fallen short and the reason why I’ve been shifting to a whole family approach when it comes to which language to learn. That way we have each other to practice with on a regular basis.