Review: Little Pim ~ The Foreign Language Program Designed Just For Kids!
When I was asked to review Little Pim the foreign language learning program for kids, I was absolutely thrilled! I am a homeschooling mom and live in Canada, where French is taught as a second language – virtually everyone you meet can speak at least basic French. Additionally, as an adult I have come to realize the importance of bilingualism as we all become global citizens with thanks to technology in it’s many forms.
Little Pim is available in a wide variety of languages including but not limited to French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian and Arabic. Although I grew up in a semi-trilingual environment, (both Albanian and Italian were spoken around me regularly), it was a no-brainer for me to select French, living in Canada. As a “Romance Language” it is so similar to other languages that really, they would be more likely to pick up others once they mastered it.
When my Little Pim package arrive my boys immediately flocked to me to have a look at the contents. Included is Little Pim himself, a CD case, and a set of three DVD’s – which I was asked to put on the TV by the inquisitive kids peeking over my shoulder.
The concept behind Little Pim is complete immersion – there are no introductions in English, everything was in French. My children were a bit perplexed, but I found them immediately drawn in and enjoying watching the DVD’s. Award-winning filmmaker/creator of Little Pim, Julia Pimsleur Levine is a mom herself, and created the series when she found there was a gap in the market for a “top-quality, language-learning video series for the very young”.
Research proves that children under the age of five are at a prime age for learning languages, and Little Pim makes this much easier than I thought it could be! My children are obsessed with the videos and count Pim as a favourite character like many other loved characters. They surprise me with their knowledge from listening and interacting and I can’t wait to add another language to their list as they continue to learn French. What a great product – and equally great gift.
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