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Pim is a Panda. Pim speaks French. Pim makes learning a new language fun and engaging for your very youngest students. We like Pim! Little Pim is also a television program on PBS Kids and is a Top 20 Consumer Award winner.

Are you wondering if age 0 is too young to start your child learning a second language? It is not in fact too young. Many families raise children to speak 2 or more languages in the home. Second language learning can begin anytime in a persons life, but it is much easier for the younger learners. Each video is 35 minutes. Starting with five minute segments, you can build to watching a full video at a time, or watch your favorites over and over. Pim is your host panda and he speaks only in French! This is called total immersion and it is what you want in language learning. Faces of toddlers, babies, families, and older children are combined with animation and colorful graphics to hold your childs attention while they are hearing only the new language. Children are given the chance to repeat after Pim and learn to link the words they hear to the images on screen. The videos come in a colorful box to keep them together nicely.

I ran one of the videos past our resident 2 and 4 year-old girls. They were completely engaged in the graphics, colors, and faces on the TV. I think cuddling the toy panda while watching helped connect them to the video. Once I asked them to say some of the words they began to interact with the video more. It was a hit! Video 1 covers eating and drinking. Video 2 is titled, "Wake up smiling." Video 3 talks about playtime, while video 4 teaches things around the house. Video 5 is called, "Happy, sad and silly," and video 6 includes counting. The program comes with a variety of components, packaged in several different ways:


DVD 3-Packs: Vol. 1 DVDs (1, 2, & 3) or Vol. 2 DVDs (4, 5, & 6) in a slip case
Gift Set: Volume 1OR 2 DVDs and a plush panda in a clear plastic tote
Intro Gift Set: DVD 1 ("eating and drinking"), a plush panda, and a music CD in a clear plastic tote
Gift Set Plus: Volume 1 DVDs, word & phrase cards, and a plush panda in a tote
Deluxe Gift Set:Volume 1 DVDs, word & phrase cards, music CD and a plush panda in a clear plastic tote
6-pack Gift Set Vol. 1 & 2: all 6 DVDs and a plush panda in a clear plastic tote
Music CD: 15 songs with written translation in both English and French
Word & Phrase Cards:45 5 ¾"x 3 ¾" flashcards featuring the word in both English and the other language, a pronunciation guide, and an illustration of Little Pim demonstrating the word
Books:Pim stories are in English with words featured in both French & Spanish on flaps and taps that are pulled to reveal the rest of the story, includes a pronunciation guide for parents. Books have ~10 thick cardboard pages
Backpack Plus: all 6 DVDs, word & phrase cards, plush panda, and a clear plastic backpack with red trim and Pim on the front holding flags
Backpack Deluxe: all 6 DVDs, word & phrase cards, plush panda, 2 books ("Colors" and "Feelings"), music CD, and a clear plastic backpack

Overall, I really like this program and wish it had been around when my teenagers were small. Its simple to use. Its flexible to learning styles, lively and enjoyable. Although it is recommended for little ones, I could see this going to about second grade before children find it too juvenile. ~ Sara

FRENCH Sample 1 from Rainbow Resource on Vimeo.


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Little Pim French Intro Gift Set Item #: 052890
Grades: PreK-1
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Little Pim French 3-Pak Volume 2 Item #: 052885
Grades: PreK-1
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Little Pim French Bop CD Item #: 052869
Grades: PreK-1
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Little Pim French Word & Phrase Cards (Flashcards) Volume 1 Item #: 052892
Grades: PreK-1
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Little Pim French Word & Phrase Flash Cards Volume 2 Item #: 008402
Grades: PreK-1
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