Learning a New Language with Dino Lingo

Learning a New Language with Dino Lingo

Dino Lingo

Disclosure:  The item featured below is a part of my Holiday Gift Guide.  I was provided an item in exchange for an honest review.  Any and all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.

As a mother I can’t stress enough how important it is for your children to start learning a second language or even several other languages, even if it’s just the basics.  In our world today it’s important for our children to help with securing jobs and also living a a multi-cultural world.  I love shows like Ni Hao Kai Lan and Dora because they started to get my kids excited about learning new languages and about those cultures as well.  As parents my husband and I have decided to go beyond those shows and introduce our children to more words so they can become much more familiar with other languages and also to help them develop as well-rounded students.  Our newest discovery is the Dino Lingo Language Home Education Kit.

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When our (French) kit arrived I was surprised, it was so well packed but once we started digging in to review the items there is so much information in the one kit.  It comes in a box that’s perfect for gifting you just have to wrap it and tag it.

The full kit comes with all you need to get your child started with learning a new language and you can also learn right along with them by making it a family event.  The full kit includes:

  • 5 DVDs
  • 150 flashcards
  • 10 posters
  • a vocabulary book
  • a coloring book
  • world map
  • French flag
  • parents guide
  • a dinosaur plush toy
  • progress chart and report
  • songs CD

You’re sure to spends hours and hours learning from this kit.  I love that there are not only DVDs but we also have the flash cards that we can use in the car and on the go.  We are always looking for ways to incorporate the words we are learning with our children in everyday life.  The posters are great for the walls and having a CD for the car helps us keep the radio off and keep the learning going on the road as well.  The full kit is currently priced at $159.95 and Dino Lingo is currently running a holiday special for 15% off if you use coupon code “HOLIDAY15”.  Shipping is also free for US customers.  They also carry a basic kit for $99.95 (includes: 5 DVDs, 150 flashcards, dino poster, parents guide and progress chart), a poster set for $59.95 or the DVD set for $89.95.

Dino Lingo offers a long list of languages to choose from for your children.  We picked French but there are forty three different options to choose from, they include:

Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Bahasa (Indonesian), Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew,
Hindi, Hungarian, Irish (Gaelic), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (European), 
Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog (Filipino), Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Welsh.

How it works:

Dino Lingo is an interactive language-learning program for children.  Fueled by your child’s imagination, learning a new language through these immersive teaching techniques, has never been easier. Dino Lingo incorporates play and storytelling into their language learning programs; this method encourages your child to start speaking
it almost immediately! Dino Lingo is the perfect gift for any occasion.  To learn more about how the program really works view more on their website.  Be sure to connect with Dino Lingo on Facebook and Twitter.

This program would make a great holiday gift for kids and it’s a fun way to get the whole family involved in learning a new language.  It’s also a great homeschooling tool as well.  Even better the generous folks at Dino Lingo is offering a change for one of my readers to win a DVD Set ($89.95 value) in the language of your choice.  You must be 18 or older to enter and the giveaway is open to residents of the US only.  The giveaway will run from today until Saturday, December 14th at 11:59 PM.  Enter via the tool below.  Good Luck.

 

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Introduce Your Child to Foreign Languages with Little Pim

Introduce Your Child to Foreign Languages with Little Pim

Little Pim

Disclosure: The item featured below is a part of my Holiday Gift Guide.  I was provided an item in exchange for an honest review.  Any and all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.

When I was growing up taking a foreign language was a part of the classes we had to take in order to graduate, back then all you were offered was either Spanish or French and for the most part that wasn’t until you were in high school.  Now kids are being introduced to foreign languages at an earlier age as a way to make it easier for the kids to learn, understand and better incorporate those languages.  I have friends whose kids are now learning not just Spanish and French but also Chinese and Latin.  Now that I have my own kids I wanted to introduce them to a new language as early as possible.  I’ve tried other programs but the one that we have enjoyed the most has been our Little Pim products.  Our first experience with them was when we reviewed their digital download for Chinese.  The kids had a blast learning the new words and exploring the program.

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About the Discovery Set:

Our French Discovery Set includes:

  • Three (3) videos: Eating and Drinking; Wake Up Smiling; Playtime (digital or DVD)
  • Plush Little Pim toy
  • Little Pim poster

Starring Little Pim, the lovable panda bear, each video will captivate your child with its combination of animation and real kids.

Each video contains 7 episodes, broken into short 5-minute intervals to keep your child engaged. Your little one will love cuddling with their very own Little Pim plush panda as they watch all 21 episodes together!

My thoughts on the set:

We reviewed the French discovery set.  This set is priced at $34.99 for the digital download, $54.99 for the DVD set with the Plush Pim Panda and a poster.  We loved it just as much as the first set.  I like that the lessons are show in everyday settings so the kids learn better how to apply the words they are learning.  The words are shown as well and they get to hear it several times in each lesson.  The kids absolutely love their Pim Panda and they take him with them everywhere.  Little Pim offers a free demo of any of their eleven languages (Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, Portuguese and English -ESL).  We also recently discovered Tri-lingual Book and Plush Set as well.

About the book set:

Price: $49.99

The Trilingual Book & Plush Set includes:

  • Four (4) Little Pim books: ColorsFeelingsAnimals; & Numbers
  • Plush Little Pim panda toy
  • Little Pim poster

All 4 books are in English, with words featured in Spanish and French. Little ones will love reading and learning while cuddling with their own soft plush Little Pim panda toy.

The books weave vocabulary into hide-and-seek stories featuring Little Pim and conclude with a helpful review of the words learned. Pronunciation guides for parents are included.

My thoughts on the book set:

My kids really loved the books just as much as the DVDs.  The really enjoy learning each word in the three different languages and make it fun and exciting to see who gets it right first.  I like that the book is interactive and they can pull up pictures and pull on tabs to learn more and more.  It’s a great gift set to get your kids started with a foreign language while having fun.

About Little Pim:

Little Pim’s award-winning language learning program for kids makes it fun and easy for children to learn a second language. With 11 different languages to choose from, Little Pim can help your child develop a lifelong love of language learning.

Our program includes digital videos, DVDs, flash cards, books, and music CDs to keep kids engaged and entertained as they learn a foreign language.

Being bilingual has become more important than ever. And scientific research shows that learning a foreign language comes naturally for children when they start at an early age. That’s why Little Pim is designed to teach kids a second language at the time they learn best: from ages 0-6.

Little Pim is also the winner of 25 awards.  You can see all their awards here.  You can also connect with Little Pim on Facebook and Twitter and keep an eye out for their holiday e-book that’s due out soon for the holidays.  You can also score 20% off your purchases with coupon code LPHOLIDAY.   You can purchase it online from their store plus Little Pim is available in Toys R Us stores nationwide with their Chinese, French, and Spanish Discovery Sets.

 

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Little Pim Kickstarter Campaign #LPkickstarter

Little Pim Kickstarter Campaign

Little Pim Kickstarter Campaign

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post brought to you by Little Pim.

Some of you know Little Pim.  They’re a foreign language learning company that introduces children between the ages of 0 and 5 to a foreign language using DVDs, music CDs, flashcards, and books.  I am a huge fan of encouraging and fostering second languages in children.  I encourage my kids to learn about other languages and Little Pim is one of our favorites for learning.
As the holidays approach, Little Pim is hosting a Kickstarter to raise funds and create a holiday e-book that will take Little Pim the panda on a journey around the world.  Little Pim will travel, learn new languages, and sample yummy holiday treats in Mexico, China, France, and Brazil.It’s a great way to introduce your little one to the joys of travel, adventure, language learning, and cultural holiday traditions.

Little Pim wants you to be involved.  In hosting a Kickstarter campaign, Little Pim doesn’t get to keep any of the money donated unless their full goal is raised.  With every donation, you receive a reward.Rewards range from your name in the Thank You section of the book ($1), to your own e-book ($10), a panda plush ($25), Little Pim product ($100), your child’s photo featured in the back of the book ($300), and your child being drawn into the book as a character ($1,000)!

Definitely consider donating to a holiday e-book adventure that is sure to become a family holiday tradition.http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/959449941/around-the-world-with-little-pim-a-holiday-ebook-f

Please RT this message on Twitter to help spread the word about the campaign.

Happy Holidays!

 

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BookLingual Review


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Giving you children an edge in learning is always a great thing to do.  I’ve talked about introducing a foreign language to my children before  and how important I believe it is to start those lessons young.  I don’t think I’m the only parent in the world that would want their children to be bilingual.  We all know that children soak up information like a sponge when they are younger so the earlier you start with a new language the better.  That’s the goal of BookLingual, it gives your child the tools to learn and understand a new language.

These books are aimed towards children ages 2 – 8 years old and broken down in different reading levels.  They are created to work for children who may already know some Spanish and for children just learning for the first time.  They are fully illustrated, full color ebooks so your children can read them on a tablet or computer.  The complete set of 32 books are set to be released on about March 18th.  At that time parents can download the entire program and get their children ready to not only read in Spanish but also start to understand what they are reading.

About BookLingual:

A Simple, Easy-to-Learn-From Format
Our books are specially designed, based on scientific research on how children learn language; and how children learn to read. We split our books into levels, based on a child’s reading ability and language understanding.
Words are specially colored and associated with the illustrations from a book; as children learn new vocabulary. This is more effective than simply reviewing flash cards, which tends to become boring for children. Every book follows special patterns, in a way to disguise grammatical and vocabulary introductions. Your child’s brain does the rest, and unleashed their full language potential.

Based on Tried & True Research

Our BookLingual: Complete Spanish for Kids program integrates the most important Spanish language concepts. The 60 most important “sight words” are interlaced within the books; these sight words make up more than 25% of written Spanish text. The most-used vocabulary words, phrases, and grammatical situations are ingeniously ingrained into the books. Your child does not have to worry, they will just love reading the fun stories!
Reading is the Foundation for Learning
Want to know the top ways for children to learn anything? Studies have shown that children learn best with an actual teacher. The second best way for kids to learn? Books. And not interactive books or computer games; but good ole fashioned books (even in the eBook form). The static text and image force a child to create cognitive resemblance, memorization, and develop real skill. BookLingual harnesses the power of reading to develop language attainment in a natural way. Gaining strong reading skills (and a desire to read) will help propel your child a lifetime journey of constant improvement and achievement.
An Important Piece of the Puzzle
The truth is, fluency in a second language does not come from just one product. Many parents believe just buying one program, one DVD set, one book, or one language learning software will help them (or their child) become bilingual. The truth is, reaching fluency is about total immersion and a supportive environment. BookLingual is one very important piece of the puzzle – a piece which adds literacy, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar understanding. When combined with a tutor, language classes, actual speaking, DVDs, and other input – BookLingual will help take your child to the next level of bilingualism (or multilingualism).

Kids Have Fun Reading BookLingual Books!!

FACT: Kids put in the most effort when they are having fun. Instead of approaching BookLingual like it is homework, or a study session; our books are designed to be read like any other. Our stories, characters, universes, and illustrations are so funny, surprising, entertaining, and sometimes just unexpected. For kids, our books are not about “having to learn a language” or “studying”; but just enjoying themselves, and gaining a love for reading.

My thoughts

I love anything that can help my children advance and become better readers especially if that means they are going to take steps to become bilingual.  I loved learning to read in Spanish with my children.  The last time I had a foreign language I was in high school so it’s been a while and I am learning along with them.  Anytime I picked up my iPad to start reading with them they wanted us to try on of the bilingual books.  We learned the words and practiced them together. I really like that the pages had both the English and Spanish so it really is easy for kids to understand what I was reading and the pictures on the page also helped with all the descriptions.  As I stated earlier I don’t speak or read Spanish so having the words broken down to show how it’s pronounced really helped me reading it to my children.  It would be nice to hear those words however just to make sure I am saying it correctly.

I was given six books to read during the beta testing of the program before the official launch.  The books included; Bilingual Benny Likes Too Much, Bree and the Bee Can’t Share, Come to the Zoo!, Oh No, I’m Sick!, Grandma Cooks a Grand Dinner and Can You Guess What I Am? Our favorite book so far is Can You Guess What I Am?  The kids loved learning about body parts and getting to guess what the animal was.  They liked the game aspect of it and of course they both wanted to win more than the other.  These books seem to be a great way to start with learning to read Spanish for our children and as they continue to read the books over and over hopefully it starts to stick.  I think it’s a good program to invest in for your children.

If you interested in learning more about BookLingual then be sure to like them on Facebook to be ready for the book launch.  Also if you are interested in getting this complete system you can pre-order for $32.00 for all 32 books plus a bonus book when the program launches.  When you pre-order you will get two books right away and if you change your mind you can get a full refund of your $32 dollars.  Pre-ordering saves you 70% of the regular $99 purchase price.   BookLingual also donates 5% of proceeds to charity.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

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