Both my husband and I grew up in homes where English was the primary language. However, both of us also have German backgrounds, with parents and grandparents who are fluent in the language. Growing up both of us heard German spoken a lot but sadly, neither of us were very good at picking up the German language. So we knew when we had children we would want to them to learn at least the basics of the language.
As an Early Childhood Educator by profession, I know that children pick up second languages very easily because, let's face it, they are human sponges and recollect so much information in the first five years of life. Also, thanks to the abundance of multicultural shows like Dora The Explorer, children are learning languages earlier and earlier.
Recently I was introduced to Early Lingo, a company that has taken the medium of television to help children learn a variety of languages through their DVD Series.
About Early Lingo:
Caryn Antonini, graduate of the Georgetown University School of Languages and Linguistics, has created the new, innovative learning tool – EARLY LINGO. It was at the University that Caryn cultivated her understanding of a child’s acquisition of language and the relationship to their cognitive development. As a new mother, Caryn wanted to give her child the advantages of learning a foreign language as an infant and all the subsequent benefits it would bring to her child later in life, but was unable to find anything on the market that would accomplish this effectively.
Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language as a Child:
The Early Lingo DVD Series is the first of its kind, offering 12 animated and live-action videos to teach your child the basic foundation of a foreign language. The Series is organized into 12 interactive programs using a playful approach to learning with stimulating visual content of everyday activities featuring animated characters Jojo and Lulu. Children will learn Music, Colors, see Real Live Footage (real objects from daily life), Animation, Action and Word Specific, with lots of repitition and Authentic Native Speakers. Most importantly, Early Lingo is specifically designed for 0-5 year old children, versus other products that are designed for 2-12 years. Early Lingo teaches children German, French, Spanish, English, Italian, Japanese in fun and educational ways.
We were delighted to have the opportunity to review Early Lingo DVD series recently, and it has been a wonderful experience. It has been really great to see and hear my children interacting with the DVDs and learning the basics of counting, colors, music in both German and French. I have also used the DVD's with my home day care and it's been great to see even a 3 year old learning to say basic words in German and French. The Early Lingo program would be ideal for homeschool families, day care programs and family child care programs to teach second languages to young children.
If you are looking for a fun and interactive way to introduce a second language to your children, look no further than Early Lingo.
I highly recommend this product and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase Early Lingo products here.
***I received a complimentary set of Early Lingo DVD's, courtesy of Early Lingo, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***