Kids Love Spanish: Volume 1 - Basic Words
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(Jan 01, 2007)
This fun DVD teaches your children basic Spanish words that they can use today. They'll love watching Brock and his friends say the words and learn proper pronunciation from Krisse and Julie. This DVD teaches your child essential building blocks for future language acquisition. Parents and teachers rave about how fun, easy, and useful this DVD is for children of all ages! Recommended for ages 1-8+
Children exposed to the sounds of a foreign language early in life are better able to learn that language, becoming bilingual as they grow older, and more successful overall. I recommend "Kids Love Spanish" to all children. --Gloria Gilbert, Ph.D., Child Psychologist
I highly recommend the "Kids Love Spanish" DVDs for all young learners. As an educator, I have often searched for quality teaching materials to teach Spanish and have never been satisfied. Finally, with this series, I have found exactly what I've been looking for! --Jodi Manby, 1st Grade Teacher, Lawndale Elementary School District
Watching the "Kids Love Spanish" DVDs has become a family activity. We watch them with our kids and then we speak Spanish together. It is amazing how quickly our kids have caught on to speaking Spanish. --Susie and Josh Vanlandingham, Houston, Texas
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My opinion- I wish the songs were in Spanish. Two of the Kids Love Spanish song were completely in English. I wish they did a bilingual version in Espanol! I love the bilingual songs Boca Beth puts out for kids and was expecting something more along those lines in this video. Of course this is only the first volume so hopefully there will be more songs with the Spanish language included! The one song my son really liked was the uno, dos, y tres song on the Kids Love Spanish music section.
Although I do prefer the Kids Love Spanish video quality. Having the children in the video makes my son all the more interested in repeating what the kids are saying. My son has learned a great deal of vocab with this video. Every word in this DVD my 2 yr old son has memorized after watching only 2-3 times. I will be buying the other volumes since my son has enjoyed this one so much.
I also recommend going over the words from the DVD at different times for reinforcement apart from watching such as dinner time,etc.
A good book I'd recommend to go along with these are the Say Hola to Spanish books. More bilingual fun for the little ones!
Now for the bad news.
First, the opening and closing songs are in English, and the opening song is repeated over the closing credits. That's a lot of program time spent on music in English!
Second, only eighteen Spanish words are taught: hello, food, water, mother, father, house, dog, cat, baby, good, yes, no (which, in Spanish, is "no"!), more, friend, ball, car and goodbye. The DVD costs $20, so the consumer is paying over $1 per word---an expensive way to learn Spanish!
Third, this is not a green company. The Kids Love Spanish series contains seven volumes, and each volume is only 30 minutes long. Why waste resources and clutter people's shelves with four DVDs and four DVD cases when you can sell the same amount of information on one disc with one DVD case?
Fourth, because most of the participants are not native speakers, the pronunciation can be iffy. Everyone on the disc (even the adults!) pronounces the Spanish word for water, agua, as "ah-wah" (silent "g"). When a couple of kids say perro (dog), it comes out as pero (but). Carro (car) sometimes sounds like caro (expensive).
Finally, there are some puzzling errors in the DVD. Why, when the Spanish title is "Palabras Básicas" (Basic Words) does the child accompanying the title just say, "palabras" (words)? Why, when the visuals show that the word for "friend" differs according to the gender of the friend (amigo for a male, amiga for a female), does the voice-over during another scene say, "She's a new amigo!" Ack!
I know that DVDs are expensive to make and production costs are high, but I do expect more in exchange for my family's hard earned money. I therefore suggest that if your family really wants to watch this DVD, you save your money and borrow it from your local public library.
My husband and I feel a lot more comfortable with our kids watching this series than even the popular educational TV programs out there because this feels so much more interactive to us, like we're engaging in a game with our children because we're all so actively involved in learning together. I hope other people's children enjoy this DVD as much as ours do!