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Whistlefritz’s French for Kids DVD Review

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About Whistlefrtiz

The company was founded in 2006 by a mom who had difficulty finding a good program for her kids to learn Spanish.

French DVD for Kids

dvd coverFritzi’s in the house! But où est Fritzi? Finding the mischievous mouse Fritzi is just part of the fun in this lively language learning program from Whistlefritz, the award-winning producers of the Spanish for Kids series of DVDs and CDs. This French immersion DVD welcomes you to Fritzi’s house, where up or down, inside or out, there is lots to learn and plenty to do. Explore every area of Fritzi’s house, from la chambre (the bedroom) and la salle de bain (the bathroom) to le salon (the living room) and la cuisine (the kitchen). An engaging interactive format encourages viewers to learn and retain basic greetings and positional words as well as words for food, daily activities, numbers, and more. But that’s not all! Nous allons chanter et danser! (We’re going to sing and dance!) This DVD will have children on their feet dancing along to upbeat rhythms.

Dedans et Dehors is an engaging blend of colorful backgrounds, charming animation and live-action that kids will want to revisit again and again. This DVD includes an easy-to-use translation guide for parents and teachers, who are first time learners of French, as well as French subtitles. Designed for children ages 2-7, Dedans et Dehors is fun for all ages!

They offer 6 Tips for ensuring a second language is learned by a child. Here is an abbreviated version.

  1. Expose them early, there is a critical window in early childhood that makes it possible for a child to learn a second language just as naturally as their first and with native-like fluency.
  2. Skip the translation.
  3. Teach children a second language using “immersion.” This is speaking and hearing in that language for a period of time.
  4. Expose children to second language spoken by native speakers. This can be done through DVDs, CDs, or language classes.
  5. Repetition is the key.
  6. Offer an immersion program that’s kid friendly.

My Experience:

At the front of the DVD was a trifold with some information. Most of it was a French to English translation of vocabulary. Unfortunately, they left it labeled Spanish, from their main line instead of French. I almost threw it out until I looked closer, the first word was Bonjour which I know is Hello.   This would be a valuable tool for a homeschooler who is incorporating this into a child’s education.

The pamphlet  also included the lyrics to the songs.  The DVD menu has the film and songs on it, along with immersion.

 My son loved it, he was all smiles the entire time.  The happier and giddier they got, the happier and giddier he got.  Some parts were so good he applauded.

I liked that some of the vocabulary was displayed on the screen for older children.  As someone who does not understand much French, I was able to follow along and understand it.  They did a great job with “charades.”  They also use alot o repetition.

The people at Whistlefritz’s were great to work with, they gave me this clip from the DVD to share with you!

I’m not sure how they put the people into the video but I could see blur around the edges of the people on my screen.  My son didn’t seem to notice.

The DVD was released October 23, 2013 and retails for $19.99.  It’s approximately 35 minutes long.

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