I once heard that it’s easier to learn a foreign language when you’re little than it otherwise would be as an adult and children who learn to speak other languages at an early age tend are better able to pick up other languages when they get older. That said, it’s always been a goal of mine to teach my daughter at least the basics of another language early on. I recently had the opportunity to learn about Whistlefritz, an amazing organization that aims to teach children French and Spanish through total immersion. Their series of DVDs and CDs provide an outlet for learning that is fun for young children and I’m excited to share a little about their Allons Danser (“Let’s Dance”) CD with you today.
What I love best about Whistlefritz is that they provide the lyrics to each of the songs with a guide for translation to English so non-French speaking parents can follow along and learn too. If this is your first experience with the French language, I would suggest making flashcards with pictures and the French word associated with it on each card. Several of the songs were ones that we were already familiar with. Titles like “Le Vieux MacDonald” (“Old MacDonald”) and “La Tête, Les Épaules” (“Head, Shoulders”) are staples that we are already familiar with in our household so hearing them in another language makes it easier to pick up on new words. The best part about it?! My three year old daughter LOVES to listen to the music in the car and I won’t deny that I felt pretty b.a. rocking out to kid’s songs in French with the windows down the other day. I was all like, “Yeah, I can speak another language (if only a few words). It’s hot.” The other drivers were like, “Yup, she’s got it.”
Whistlefritz is on a mission and here’s what they have to say about it:
“(Our mission is) To support parents, grandparents, home educators, and teachers in teaching Spanish and French to children by creating high-quality French and Spanish language immersion programs that enable children to learn in a fun, educational environment.”
There are so many reasons to love what Whistlefritz has to offer and I encourage you to spend some time exploring their website to see all of their great language learning resources for children. Connect with them on Facebook and check out their extensive selection of CDs and DVDs.
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