I have always wanted my children to be bilingual, however the question has always been how? My husband and I understand quite a bit of French and Italian however do not speak either of the languages fluently.
When I came across Little Pim DVDs I was immediately sold!
Little Pim is a language program geared towards babies, toddlers and preschoolers. It has won ten top consumer awards and was recently featured in US weekly as the language program Angelina Jolie uses to teach her daughter Shiloh, French.
Julia Pimsleur Levine, an award winning documentary filmmaker, mother of two and daughter of Dr. Paul Pimsleaur (the creator of one of the most popular language teaching methods) is the genius behind this fabulous series. She along with a professional team of childhood development experts, linguists, animators, filmmakers and an advising neuroscientist produced this series to specifically comply with the needs of young children.
Little Pim, the cute little panda bear is the charming and playful teacher/host. He not only caught the attention of both my 7 month old and 3 year old but kept them entertained throughout the entire segment. The music was pleasant , the visuals were bright and clear and the narration was very easy to understand.
There are three DVDs in the series: Eating and Drinking (DVD 1), Wake Up Smiling (DVD 2) and Playtime (DVD 3). Each 35 minute disk is split into seven, 5 minute episodes which leaves room to accommodate your little one’s attention span. They are offered in a variety of languages such as, Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew and English, with seven other languages planned for a later release.
My daughter has already picked up several words in French and asks to watch Little Pim almost every day. I highly recommend this series!