How many of you took a foreign language class in high school or college? I took French as a freshman in high school and must say that I only remember a few words and of course a really catchy song!
I'm all for exposing children to other cultures and becoming a well-rounded person, but in my opinion, trying to teach a 15 year old high school student a new language was not very effective. I truly believe that younger children are more apt to learn things like a second language and the early childhood years are when a child is most open to learning and retaining things such as this.
None of my four children are bilingual and should be (shame on us!) as they all are half Hispanic. Unfortunately, no one took the time to really teach them more than just a few word or phrases and even after taking Spanish in high school, neither of my daughters are fluent.
Fortunately, I received this awesome DVD and CD from Whistlefritz that teaches young children the French language. I've tried to incorporate the DVD into my two younger son's summer time activities and love that they are both interested in speaking another language. The program is fun and interactive...both boys, ages five and nine are able to stay interested with the live action, animation and fun music.
Whistlefritz was born out of a mom's passion to teach her own children Spanish. After reading research showing that early childhood was the best time to learn a language, Whistlefritz founding mom set out on a mission to find fun and educational teaching materials for her children.
If you are seeking a way to incorporate a foreign language or two into your young child's life, then I highly recommend the Whistlefritz programs. They are so fun, that the kiddos forget that they are learning! This program is also an excellent too for homeschooling moms!
Visit the Whistlefritz website for more information and to make a purchase.
Disclosure: I received the above product for review purposes, however, all opinions are entirely my own.