Whistlefritz Spanish Language Learning Program for Kids
Introducing a new language to your children can be quite a task if you don’t speak the language yourself. Parents need to rely on outside resources, and it can be sometimes difficult to find those that are effective. Whistlefritz were kind enough to send me a sample of their “Delux Spanish Collection”, to try out with my children.
I am always on the lookout for new and useful language resources for my children who are currently learning Spanish as a third language. I also love to recommend products that i feel are valuable resources for your children’s language learning journey. As always, my recommendations are honest, and not at all swayed by receiving samples or other incentives. My kids have been watching the Whistlefritz dvd’s every day since we received them, and I have found them a fantastic resource to help improve the minority language in our household.
Who are Whistlefritz
Whistlefritz are an award winning company with language learning programs developed by experienced educators. Their immersion dvd’s, which come in Spanish and French, are cleverly designed to incorporate fun and education, inspiring young children to want to learn a language. Their programs are aimed at kids from 2-7 years old, but I am sure even older children can benefit from them.
How do the programs work?
The Whitzelfritz dvd’s introduce Maria, who is the happy and bubbly narrator, and her friend Fritzi the mouse. In each episode, new vocabulary is introduced in a fun and interesting way. Things such as animals, colours, numbers, seasons, toys, parts of the body, fruit and vegetables, and much more.
With a mix between engaging animation, and lots of real life action and traditional latino music, the programs also include children who help answer Maria’s questions, demonstrate the actions, and join in with the singing and dancing to the catchy songs.
Full immersion using only one language
Watching the Whistlefritze dvd’s, children are introduced to the Spanish language through full immersion hearing only Spanish throughout the program. Where many programs use both languages, (for example speaking in English to “teach” Spanish), Whistlefritz use only Spanish, and everyone speaks in full proper sentences as in real life.
One may think that children will become confused, not being able to understand what is happening in the episode. However, being fully immersed in the language is one of the easiest and quickest ways to learn. These programs are created in such a way that engages children even if they are complete beginners.
Using fun colourful images, plenty of repetition, and emphasis on important words, children associate words with objects or feelings without the need to translate.
In my own experience, this is a much more effective language learning method than constantly switching between languages.
The episodes run for around 20 minutes so they are within the screen time guidelines for young children. My eldest is 4.5yrs old. He already understands and speaks some Spanish and watches and laughs throughout the episodes. He loves Fritzi! My 2.5yr old however, is a complete beginner. He still watches completely engaged repeating the words that he hears. They both enjoy singing and dancing along to the music.
Though I’m not Spanish speaker, I am able to understand what is going on throughout the episodes, and I am actually learning some Spanish vocabulary myself!
Whistlefritz Memory Matching Cards
The memory cards in the pack are a great addition to the Spanish programs. My kids love playing memory so they complement their Spanish language learning well.
There are fifty cards containing different Spanish verbs, accompanied by a creative illustration of the activity. For example read, write, sleep, kick, brush your teeth, wash your hands etc.
They make language learning fun while also improving your child’s concentration and memory. My son has started reading in Spanish thanks to these cards.
If you looking to give your child an introduction to the Spanish language, these programs are a great way for them to learn without realising it. With these fun filled episodes, children will love to get to know Maria and Fritzi, and join in the fun with all of their friends.