The French Collection
Age range 2 years thru 7 years
Toy Type AT Audio/Audio Tape CT Cultural ES Educational LA Language ML Musical MM Multimedia SR Socially Responsible TC Technology Get the language-learning party started with the excellent French Collection. Six lively programs encourage children to speak in French, sing in French, and even dance in French. This multimedia set includes the French immersion videos Dedans et dehors (Inside and Out), On va jouer (Let’s Play), Les saisons (The Seasons), and L’anniversaire de Fritzi (Fritzi’s Birthday). Created to be frequently enjoyed each video encourages children to learn basic French vocabulary as they interact with vivacious host Marie, playful peers, and charming animated characters. The fun continues with the lively CDs, Cha, Cha, Cha and Allons Danser (Let’s Dance!), that combine catchy original songs and traditional favorites with rollicking world music rhythms. “The French Collection” is your child’s passport to an exciting new world of language learning fun. Includes French and English subtitles and downloadable translation guide. Whistlefritz was borne out of Heidi Stock’s passion to teach her children a second language. Motivated by research showing that early childhood was the best time to learn a language, she set out on a mission to assemble high-quality teaching materials for her children. Not finding what she wanted, she created a line of engaging, playful, live-action immersion programs for her own children, and kids everywhere. The principal components of her language philosophy are language immersion and fun. Here’s what makes Whistlefritz programs uniqu: Programs teach children a second language using language immersion, the method recommended by early language acquisition experts. Programs feature live, native-speaking adults and children. Programs are more than just video flashcards (that is, just using one word out of context). Native speakers speak in complete sentences, so that children learn the cadence and structure of the language as well as individual words. Just like children learn their first language. Programs include award-winning music, live action, animation, and colorful backgrounds. Programs not only teach children vocabulary, they give children a reason to use it; for exampe, to solve a riddle, to help find Fritzi the mouse, or to figure out the next move in a dance. Research has shown that the more senses involved in the learning process, the better children recall information. Activities in the series engage all senses in the learning process and appeal to children of different learning styles.