When the twins were about 18 months old, we started talking about what kind of school we wanted to send then to. At the top of our wish list was a language immersion school. There are quite a few here in Minneapolis and it seemed like a really great option since we both feel that having a second language is important, but both got a late start to acquiring a second language.
Two-thirds of my degree revolved around the Russian language and honestly, 10 years later I have retained nothing. I can’t help but think that if I had started younger and had the opportunity to be fully immersed in a study abroad program (and had opportunities to keep it up post graduation) I would still have that skill.
Of course, immersion school dreams pretty much went out the window with the boys Autism diagnosis at 25 months, I’m not sure they have the level of support needed for them in such a specialized school and we really like where they are now, but…we always have Judah!
And Judah is currently learning how to speak Chinese (Mandarin) with the help of Little Pim! Why not Spanish or French or German (or Russian, ahem)? Simply put, it’s a language that will probably serve him well as he gets older in this ever changing world we live in.
For me it was a great opportunity to see if this was something he was going to be interested in and pick up easily. They even have companion guides for each DVD which makes it really easy to make flashcards (you can also buy them ready-made). iPad apps are another way to keep connected to Little Pim when out and about and away from your DVD player.
What I didn’t expect was ALL THREE of my boys fighting over who got to sit closest to the screen when I turned it on! They absolutely LOVE it!
It kind of reminds me of the Little Einstein videos- plain white background, very little clutter on the screen. The boys seem to have figured out what is going on and will repeat the words throughout the DVD. I’m pretty excited about that. I should probably pay more attention so I can pop it into conversations throughout the day.
Here is a sample clip from the Chinese series:
We are still trying to figure out where Judah will end up for school (the options are pretty endless here) and we haven’t ruled out language immersion. For now, I’m happy to have him learning something new and having fun while doing it.
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Disclosure: I was sent a DVD for the purpose of review, all opinions are mine!