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Winner of a NAPPA GOLD Award and Mom's Choice Awards' GOLD Award; distinguished by Dr. Toy as one of the 10 Best Audio-Visual programs of 2011 and one of the 100 Best Children's Products of 2011; endorsed by KIDS FIRST! and the Coalition for Quality Children's Media; winner of a Mr. Dad.com Seal of Approval; winner of a Dove Foundation Family-Approved Seal; and recommended by the Parents' Choice Foundation.

Children love a birthday party, especially when it's their own. But when is Fritzi's birthday? Join the fun-loving Fritzi the mouse and his friend Maria for Las Estaciones (The Seasons), a festive sing-along, dance-along introduction to Spanish language-learning. From el invierno (winter) to el otoño (autumn), it's a year-round celebration as children learn words and phrases associated with all four seasons. This lively interactive Spanish DVD engages children with colorful backgrounds, animated characters, catchy original songs, and live-action footage of familiar year-round activities, including sledding and snowball throwing, splashing in puddles, swimming, playing in leaves, and trick-or-treating. Upbeat live-action speakers introduce and reinforce basic Spanish words and phrases through call-and-response and repetition. This DVD includes an easy-to-use translation guide. Make a playdate with Fritzi and friends for this delightful addition to Whistlefritz's award-winning Spanish for Kids series.

This DVD teaches Spanish using the immersion teaching method recommended by language acquisition experts. (For more information on language immersion, please watch the Language Immersion video on the company's website.)

Recommended for ages 2-7, Las Estaciones is perfect for the whole family!

Review

Research shows that children who learn a second language exhibit more flexible thinking and creativity, have stronger listening skills, and score better on standardized tests. And what dad wouldn't want that for his kids? The Whistlefritz programs (DVDs and CDs) use a playful combination of live-action, animation, music, skits and more to start exposing your children to Spanish. And the Whistlefritz folks know that parents are the best teachers, dads (and moms) are encouraged to participate as well. It's a great way to have fun with the kids--and you'll learn a little something too. Ages 3 years and up. -- Mr.Dad.com

Spanish words associated with the four seasons are introduced in this lively Spanish-language-immersion title, in which host Maria speaks entirely in Spanish (with keywords captioned onscreen). Maria enthusiastically demonstrates meanings (e.g. hugging herself to indicate that it's cold, hace frio) and repeats key terms in call-and-response activities with a group of cheery multicultural youngsters. Including live-action clips of youngsters enjoying familiar seasonal activities and brightly colored animation, the film moves from mouse Fritzi's birthday party to an introduction to the four seasons. Maria, shown against a cartoon background, discusses each season before viewers are treated to footage of children sledding (for el invierno), playing in the rain (for la primavera), and more. The footage is backed by music, songs, and sound effects. Includes a brochure with Spanish and English terms and phrases. This engaging program is perfect for both school and home settings. --American Library Association's Booklist

A charming, bright and colorful DVD for the younger set! The music is lively and engaging and we are taken through each of the seasons the Spanish way. Those who desire to learn the language will be drawn into this delightful journey as well as little ones with Spanish as their primary language! We are happy to award our Dove Family-Approved Seal for all ages to this upbeat DVD. --The Dove Foundation

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sara Jerez, Jorge Anaya, Galindo-Macias, Juarez, Foster
  • Directors: Stock, Goncalves-Pereira
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Whistlefritz
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LSJJRM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,063 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 14, 2011
Format: DVD
With this video, WhistleFritz continues their Spanish for Kids series with all the excellence we have come to expect. We have all their DVDs and music CDs; my kids LOVE them ALL!

What makes WhistleFritz different? Real people AND cartoon characters. My kids can *see* the mouth and face of the instructor and the kids saying and singing each and every words. This makes a huge difference in their ability to pronounce the Spanish words correctly. The teacher is a native speaker and that makes a huge difference as well. When my kids say a Spanish word they say it with the proper inflection and accent.

The cartoon characters make the DVDs fun, bright and engaging. The use of songs, matching movements and dance bring all the sensorial elements (except smell of course but a creative parent can fix that)into the learning scene. Even when we are in the car I can extend our learning time there with the music CDs.

On top of all of that, they now offer lesson plans to extend the learning experience and deepen the immersion.

The only thing better than WhistleFritz is an instructor in your home with her own set of happing teaching kids she would bring to each lesson. Lol! When I showed these vidoes to my daughter's Montessori school Spanish instructor, she was thrilled. She laughed and said, "There goes my job." Clearly, she thinks they are excellent.

Keep them coming WhistleFritz! Más rápido, por favor!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cherise Kachelmuss TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 1, 2011
Format: DVD
The DVD "Spanish for Kids: Las Estaciones" is all in Spanish and has a woman who is the main speaker. She speaks slowly and does repeat her Spanish words. She is also very happy and friendly. She also uses animation and real life shots to display what the Spanish words mean. For example, a pic of snow and winter is shown and then real life kids sledding is shown along with the Spanish word shown and sang about. The DVD is very fun and uses a lot to display the words. I put this on for my 2 year old and he watched it in silence just trying to soak it in. He doesn't talk yet so I didn't expect him to start repeating the words, but it doesn't hurt to hear them and hopefully retain them. I have seen other foreign language DVDs and they use both English and the other language, this DVD is strictly foreign language so make sure that is what your looking for.

I really like too the booklet that comes inside the DVD box. It contains a whole bunch of words and phrases in English/Spanish and it contains the songs lyrics from the DVD in Spanish. This is a great reference for parents to use to help out kids, and learn themselves!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon customer on July 1, 2011
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We purchased this video for our two-and-a-half-year-old twins, and they love it. One of them asked for it at least 20 times in a row every time it was his turn to choose a video, and he is now correcting my Spanish grammar at times. (I am not fluent but speak some.) The best thing about this series is that it strikes an excellent balance between complete immersion and speaking slowly enough (with enough visual cues) that it is very obvious what is meant. So even though there are no distracting English translations to slow you down, you can follow the Spanish because they speak slowly, repeat important phrases, and use visual cues like pointing and pictures. This is the way we learn our primary language, so it makes sense for kids to learn their secondary language the same way. This is by far the best series available if you want to introduce your children to Spanish...don't waste any time on the (lame) videos by OTHER companies that use only a few words of Spanish here and there with mostly English throughout. Get all the Whistlefritz stuff right away and your kids will thank you...in Spanish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By micheline on December 22, 2012
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This is a very good DVD, as are the other ones in this series.

My kids are 4 and 6 years old, and when we began this series of DVDs and CDs eight months ago, they knew only three words of Spanish. Now, I would say that they recognize at least 200 words, probably close to 250 words. My kids like to watch these DVDs and then try to recreate/act out their favorite singing scenes from the DVDs.

The CDs in this series are also excellent and reinforce and add to the vocabulary in DVDs.

My kids have learned enough Spanish from this series that they now understand most of the vocabulary in Spanish books for babies and very young kids. For example, we read the book "Goodnight Moon" in Spanish recently, and my kids recognized almost every word, thanks to this DVD and CD series.

The Whistlefritz series has been fantastic for my kids for starting them off in Spanish. A big thank you to the people who put this series together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By avidreader on August 27, 2012
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I bought this DVD for my son as a way to introduce him to and familiarize him with Spanish. It's filled with fun sing-alongs that incorporate vocabulary and conjugation that young children can enjoy. I have several of the other DVD's in the series as well and they are fantastic! The little mouse, Fritzi, is my son's favorite. He's a cute little animated mouse that interacts with the other characters in the movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristiane on August 3, 2012
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Good articulation. This keeps the attention of my 18 month old daughter. Video is expensive for the short length but what's there is good. The cover says "Shot in HD" which seems like a duplicitous marketing scheme since it does not come on HD media. At least this one has the appropriate widescreen format. Some others in the same series have a 4:3 aspect ratio.
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