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Spanish for Kids: Las Estaciones (The Seasons)

Spanish for Kids: Las Estaciones (The Seasons)

Fall 2011 DVD
Ages: 2 - 7 yrs.
DVD Price: $19.99

Las Estaciones is the third release in the Spanish for Kids series presented by Whistlefritz LLC. This 30-minute DVD exposes children aged 2 to 7 to Spanish via an introduction to the four seasons.

The program presents a lively combination of animation, puppetry, video vignettes, and a live-action host. Be aware that it takes a total immersion approach to teaching a foreign language, meaning there’s no English translation at all for the material. Thanks to expressive body language, voice inflection, and well-matched graphics and animation, viewers will get the gist of the lesson about the four seasons and with repeated viewings they’re very likely to pick up associated vocabulary words.

The opening sequence and some transitional scenes, however, may prove to be more of a challenge for young children. Host Maria talks both to camera and to an animated mouse named Fritzi. While the tone implies that it’s a happy conversation, there’s not much by way of setting, graphics, or body language to help little viewers understand what they’re actually talking about. Jacket copy advises parents and teachers to watch the program with their children to practice words and meaning.

Overall, Spanish for Kids: Las Estaciones is cheerfully paced and well-produced and a great tool if you’re looking for a total immersion approach to teaching your child a foreign language.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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