As soon as I got pregnant my husband and I discussed all of the plans we had for our baby. We wanted to learn sign language so we could teach the baby at an early age, we wanted to get our little one involved in learning multiple languages, we wanted to teach the baby Calculus while still in my tummy, etc… Then, the baby was born and we decided to settle on getting a full night of sleep before delving into creating a little genius. Now, at the ripe old age of 4, we are working with her to perfect writing her name, we love to listen to her sing the alphabet song, and we strive to help her learn new numbers each week so she can continue to reach for the stars as she counts. She is a complete smarty pants and constantly interested in learning something new which is every parents dream.
As parents that are extremely involved in technology, mommy blogs and daddy is a programmer, our little one has always been interested in our smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc… if it is a “techie gadget,” she wants to become better acquainted with it. For Christmas we got her an iPad Mini (yes, I know, she is only 4 but the husband made the final call) and loaded it with educational apps. During her play time, we allow her to watch, supervised, short episodes of old cartoons. The funny part about this is that she doesn’t like to watch the cartoons in English. I can’t tell you the number of times we have watched Mickey Mouse in Spanish, French, German, and even Russian. I don’t know what it is but she becomes completely enthralled in the “episode” and doesn’t come up for air until it is over. For this reason, I jumped when given the chance to review French for Kids: Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance!) by Whistlefritz.
I should probably take a moment and also mention that my daughter absolutely loves to dance and sing too; yeah, she likes to shake her groove thing! As soon the CD arrived and I turned it on my little one started jumping around, giggling, and putting on a little dance show to coincide with the music. Within minutes she was trying to sing along to the lyrics; it was absolutely too cute. If you can’t tell, the CD was a hit and she absolutely LOVES it! As a parent, I love that this fun-filled collection holds original tunes as well as traditional favorites. I also love that the music is performed by internationally-acclaimed French artists Marie-Louise Desage and Didier Prossaird. Now, let me make it perfectly clear, I don’t know a lick of French. Even after listening to this CD about a million times (I may be embellishing a bit) I have only picked up on a few words; I’m nowhere near fluent. For me, I didn’t expect my daughter to learn French overnight but I love that we have introduced her to something new, something that she looks forward to singing and dancing to, and something educational.
After dinner on Saturday we had a family dance party and daddy and mommy shook their booties with our little one as we grooved to cute songs like “Le Vieux MacDonald (Old MacDonald)” and (“La Tête, Les Épaules (Head, Shoulders).” Yes, we are serious party animals! I love that as part of this experience, Whistlefritz has found a fun and rhythmic way to introduce little ones, and grown-ups, to French words and phrases such as numbers, parts of the body, animals, and topics like growing up and having cake at parties.
I must admit that some of the songs have had a rather lulling effect on me at night; Marie-Louise’s voice is absolutely gorgeous. BUT, as a mommy with coffee in her system that is wide awake, the tunes first had me popping my foot around, then I was bouncing my head (ya know, head dancing), and before I knew it I was on my feet making a memory with my little one. It’s the little things in life … trust me.
I love products that support a message that I strongly stand behind, Learning IS Fun! Thank you Whistlefritz! You’ve added fun, dancing, learning, and some awesome tunes to our Saturday night “house parties.”
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