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Pim is a Panda. Pim is multilingual. 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 person's 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 the target language! 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 child's 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.

All songs on the CD are in the foreign language and are lively and clear. Some are slower and ask kids to clap along; others make you want to dance around the living room. You get the lyrics in both the new language and English, so when you learn the songs by heart while driving around town, you can also answer the question, "What does that song mean?"

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 1 DVDs and a plush panda in a clear plastic tote

Intro Gift Set: DVD 1 ("eating and drinking"), a plush panda, and either a size 12-18 month onesie featuring Little Pim on the front or a music CD (for French and Spanish only) in a clear plastic tote

Gift Set Plus: Volume 1 DVDs, word & phrase cards, and a plush panda in a tote

Deluxe Gift Set (French and Spanish only): 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

Deluxe Teacher's Kit (Spanish only): 24 pg teacher's guide, poster, Vol. 1 DVDs, plush panda, music CD, word & phrase cards, and access to secure website area containing 21 downloadable lesson plans & student worksheets

Music CD (French and Spanish only): 15 songsWord & Phrase Cards (no Hebrew option): 60 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 (no Hebrew option): 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 (French and Spanish only): all 6 DVDs, word & phrase cards, plush panda, 2 books ("Colors" and "Feelings"), music CD, and a clear plastic backpack

The teacher's guide is a small booklet with lots of suggestions for using your Little Pim kit as more than its parts. An example of this is to have your child sit with their back to the TV, give them several cards from the selected video segment, have them listen for those words and show you the card when they hear that word. The large flash cards show Pim with an object on one side and on the other there is the same image with the word in Spanish (la manzana,) the phonetic pronunciation spelled out [la mahn-ZAH-nah,] and the word in English (apple.) It also tells you which video corresponds with said card. There is a reproducible lesson plan and a student worksheet in this booklet and a free website for even more ideas.The Pim poster would be a fun addition to your teaching area and the stuffed toy is just soft and cute. Your child may even use it as a Spanish-speaking puppet around the house.

Overall, I really like this program and wish it had been around when my teenagers were small. It's simple to use. It's 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

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Little Pim Plush Panda Item #: 052910
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