I had the pleasure of receiving a free copy of “Cha, Cha, Cha French Learning Songs” cd. This children’s language learning cd was created by the company Whistlefritz — is offered by the company Whistlefrtiz.
Whistlefritz is the product of one mom’s passion to teach her children to speak Spanish. As can be expected, she did her research on how to go about making that happen. She discovered two things:
1. Kids are more receptive to learning new languages during their early childhood years.
2. Language mastery occurs best when one is immersed in that language.
In teaching her children, this mom set out to find a product that was live-action, had an engaging story line, and used immersion techniques. She couldn’t find one — so she created one!
The mission of their language programs is to teach kids Spanish and French in a way that is playful and interactive.
Personally I think they have hit the nail on the head. Christian loves the cd — and so do I. The songs are very lively and energetic. Not only that — the songs themselves are educational. They cover such concepts as numbers (Les Nombres), counting (Cinq Citrouilles- Five Pumpkins), days of the week (Les Jours de la Semaine), the vowels (Les Voyeles), fruits (La marchande de Fruits) and the months (Tous le Mois). There are some familiar songs, such as “B-I-N-G-O” and “It’s raining” (Tombe la Pluie). There are songs that get the kids moving such as “Promenons Nous Dans les Bois” (Let’s Walk Through the Woods), “Tapent, Tapent Petite Maines” (Clap, Clap Little Hands), and “Cache-Cache” (Hide and Seek).
When I saw that it was going to be an immersion cd, I was worried that I would not be able to keep up at all. My French comprehension is pretty much nil — especially if they are speaking at the normal rate. However, i was very happy to see that they included a booklet that had all of the vocabulary neatly laid out for us — song by song. So I was able to understand what was being said.
As an awesome bonus, the company also sent us a copy of their Spanish for Kids DVD “Adentro y Afuera” (Inside and Out). This program used games, skits, and songs (as well as appearances by Whistlefritz the Mouse and some other animated friends). Christian and I both enjoy this 30 minute long video. It is very energetic, engaging, and educational. I got a little thrill during one skit when I recognized the setting — Clemyjontri Park in Virginia — the best park I have EVER been to.
Over all, I would definitely recommend either of these programs and have no doubt that their other program offerings are just as valuable. Christian often requests that we watch or listen to one of these and he even talks along with the DVD. Those of you who know my concerns about his language developmetn overall can probably tell how much that pleases me.
Cha, Cha, Cha is the winner of a National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award. Winner of a Mom’s Choice GOLD Award. It was named one of the Best 10 Audio-Visual programs of 2012 by Dr. Toy. It is the winner of the National Parenting Center’s 2012 Seal of Approval. It is also recommended by the Parent’s Choice Foundation.
If you would like to order any of these products or learn more about Whistlefritz and what they are all about, feel free to visit their website.
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