Part of my homeschool plan for 2014 is to teach my kids about the Jewish holy days. As the Jewish holiday of Chanukah (commonly written Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights) approaches this year, though, I’m considering moving up the time table and actually starting the studies this year. One reason I’m toying with the idea of moving it up is that we recently received the Little Pim Hebrew for kids foreign language program for review. Little Pim is a language immersion program, which teaches more than 360 words and phrases using a cute little animated panda bear. This set could be the perfect tie in. The videos lead children on a language journey as they watch other children enjoy everyday activities, such as playing, eating, waking and napping.
As you know, I am a BIG fan of teaching my kids about other cultures and languages. We’ve been learning some Spanish this year, as part of our homeschool curriculum. One of the DVD sets that we’re using for Spanish is our Little Pim Spanish Volume 1 and Volume 2 sets, which includes:
Eating and Drinking
Wake Up Smiling
In My Home
Happy, Sad, and Silly
I Can Count
We’ve had the six DVD Spanish set since 2010, and my kids still enjoy it. Since they are already familiar with, and fans of, Little Pim I thought it’d be the perfect way to introduce them to Hebrew. Currently, Little Pim only offers Volume 1 (discs 1-3) in Hebrew.
When the Little Pim Hebrew set arrived, Mister and Sister were VERY excited. They argued over who would get to claim the new stuffed Little Pim as their own, and finally agreed they’d take turns with it and the older stuffed Little Pim they have.
I put the first DVD, Eating and Drinking, into the DVD player and they sat down to watch it. Within just a few minutes, Mister exclaimed, “MOM! It is exactly the same movie as our Spanish one, except it’s got different words.” He was not amused, but Sister didn’t seem to mind. She was just happy to be watching Little Pim.
I explained to Mister that having the same movie in different languages is actually a great way to learn the new words for different things. Like apple, which is tapuach in Hebrew and una manzana in Spanish. As I was explaining this, Sister threw in the ASL (American Sign Language) sign for apple—which she learned in our homeschool co-op—and said, “See, I can say apple in two languages). That was pretty much all Mister needed to spur him on, as he would not be outdone by his little sister. If she could say apple in two languages, he would say it in four.
Yes, we have fun with languages and now Hebrew is one of them.
We’ve also added the Little Pim Chinese Volume 1 (discs 1-3) to our language library, and would eventually like to add Volume 2 as well as the Little Pim Flash Cards (available in Spanish and Chinese) to our language library.
Little Pim also has Lesson Plans and Worksheets online as part of their Teacher’s Kit. I’ll have to check into getting the worksheets, I’m sure my kids would love them!
Right now you can save 20% off all products on the Little Pim website with the code: LPHOLIDAY
Additionally, Little Pim is now available in Toys R Us stores nationwide, where you can find their Chinese, Spanish, and French Discovery Sets!
How many languages do you speak? Which ones?