Happy Russian Language Day!

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Russian Language Day, proclaimed by the United Nations in 2010, is observed annually on June 6th. It also coincides with the birthday of Alexander Pushkin (6 June 1799 – 10 February 1837), a Russian poet who is considered the father of modern Russian literature. Celebrate today by introducing your child to the Russian language with the help of Little Pim!

Watch Little Pim, the Panda say the Russian words for all sorts of foods!

Did you know that Russian is spoken by almost 280 million people worldwide? It is the 5th most frequently spoken language in the world! The official language of the former Soviet Union, it is still spoken in 15 European and Asian countries. International political developments and growing business opportunities with multinational companies have led to increased demand for Russian speaking employees and experts, and thus, increased opportunities for Russian speakers.

Little Pim Russian helps children develop the unique speaking and listening skills necessary for learning the language.

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The Advantage of Multilingualism

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The traditional view of imposing language learning on children is that the two languages would interfere with each other and slow literacy learning. There is some evidence that learning two languages in early education does impose additional stressors on the brain.

  • New evidence suggests that this stress actually improves mental ability.
  • The demand forces the brain to solve some fundamental learning problems which monolingual children never have to face.

The key difference between monolingual and bilingual children goes beyond the ability to control the suppression of one language and select the other language at will.

  • It seems to be about improvements in ability to monitor surroundings and sensitivity to the environment.
  • New studies indicate that the multilingual exposure is manifest in improved social skills in children.

These particular cognitive abilities, are improved through multilingual education:

  • The ability to monitor the environment is especially important for social interaction.
  • Children who have learned how to select among learned languages are better at considering the point of view of others.

This is a critical developmental faculty that the pioneering developmental psychologist Jean Piaget called “decentering.”

  • Children in multilingual environments have ample practice considering the point of view of others.
  • They are also more aware that there is more than one point of view.

Children who learn more than one language are often raised in environments surrounded by multiple languages and cultures.

  • They learn early how to see the world through widely varied eyes, a range of different perspectives.
  • They learn to account for other perspectives in their communication and their attitude development.
  • Not only do they become more decentered (in Piaget’s terms) but they become less “egocentric” as well.

At Little Pim, we believe that all children deserve to learn a second language. We use a natural immersive method of teaching. Please contact us to learn more.

Happy First Day of Spring!

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Say “hello” to Spring in 5 different languages!spring-different-languages

Welcome the first day of Spring by teaching your little ones a new language. It’s the last day to save 40% with code LUCKY at www.LittlePim.com.

What a great day to celebrate Spring by having your kids color in Little Pim’s Springtime coloring page. Print out this coloring page today and teach your kids how to say each color in a different language!

Share your finished page with #littlepim on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Enjoy your colorful day!

How to Watch Little Pim on Your iPhone or iPad

If you are a recent customer of Little Pim (as of Nov 2016), you can download the VHX app to watch Little Pim on your iPhone or iPad. VHX (a Vimeo company) powers Little Pim’s streaming platform so you can watch our award-winning language learning series anytime, anywhere. Simply follow the steps below to setup your iOS device to play our videos for your little ones at home or on-the-go. Continue reading “How to Watch Little Pim on Your iPhone or iPad”

Simple Ways to Introduce Your Kids to Foreign Languages

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Introducing children to foreign languages is not a far cry from encouraging kids to try sports. However, so long as our parental motives are pure, foreign languages are the simpler of the two! The following list includes unique ways to introduce your kids to foreign languages. You can integrate these ideas into Spring/Summer plans already made, and don’t you worry, no athletic ability required!

Travel

Are you taking a trip via plane, car, or bike? Invite your child to be the guide! Previously teach and discuss key vocabulary words used when traveling through the foreign country. Make your tiny guide a badge, and write in the language he/she is learning. If your child is too young, then it’s you! Role play as a pilot, taxi driver, or tour guide. Use new, simple vocabulary, and be sure to note the scenery you spot! If your child is just beginning, have him/her repeat the key words after you. You can also use music CDs and videos found here to keep them learning on-the-go.

Travel Vocabulary (English to Spanish)

Airport —–> el aeropuerto
Plane —–> el avión
Trip —–> el viaje
Suitcase/bag —–> la maleta
Bus —–> el autobús
Train —–> el tren
Ticket —–> el boleto
Pilot —–> el piloto

Go all out: Dress the part, and pack along common snacks or candies found in your country of study.

Stuck Indoors

fun-language-learningWhether you’ve been quarantined for days, or a few hours which feel as long, Little Pim offers of award-winning language learning videos and companion products to bring foreign languages into your home. Make a game with the flashcards and allow your child to quiz you! Read board books before nap time as your child snuggles a Little Pim panda plush.

Do you have any bilingual friends? Invite them over for a multicultural meal and let them know you’re interested in introducing your child to the foreign language and culture. Request for this friend to speak only in the language new to your child. Before your guest arrives, discuss with your child a few questions to ask. If your child is a bit older, he/she can even conduct an interview.

Go all out: Prepare a cuisine native to the foreign country of study.

Outdoor Games

Plan a scavenger hunt! Using the foreign language of choice, give direction and leave clues for your child. Allow your child to invite friends to help solve the mystery of lost treasure. As for the treasure itself, pick up a new video, book, or tickets to a cultural experience; anything to further teach in an unforgettable way.plan-a-picnic

Pack a picnic! Bring along library books, trinkets, and colorful pictures of foods served in the appropriate country. Have your child make labels for each food item before you pack them. Play foreign music as you eat.

Go all out: Dine at the same time persons native to the country of study are also eating. As you eat your meal, excite your child, “It’s as if we’re really there!”

Need more resources, products, or help choosing which foreign language is best to introduce to your child? Please check out our language guide or email us at help@littlepim.com with any question. Little Pim is grateful to help!

Girls’ Day Festival in Japan

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Girls’ Day or “Hinamatsuri” in Japan is celebrated annually on March 3rd for the health and wellbeing of young girls. This special day is also known as “Doll’s Day” as families who have girls display ornate dolls (hina dolls or hina-ningyō) atop a 7-tiered platform covered with red carpet starting in February until March 3rd. Each step represents a layer of society from the Heian period in Japan. The dolls are traditionally dressed in court attire according to the period and represent the Japanese Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians. In many cases, these dolls are passed down for generations from a grandmother to mother to daughter.  The origin of this festival dates back to over 1,000 years ago during the Heian period (794-1192).

Strawberry Daifuku Mochi recipe from Just One Cookbook
Strawberry Daifuku Mochi recipe from Just One Cookbook

In addition to displaying the dolls, the Japanese also celebrate by preparing and eating foods of the Spring season and of

pink color. For fun recipes to celebrate Girls’ Day at home, check out this post from Just One Cookbook. The website features recipes for the special foods prepared for the festival, such as chirashi sushi, clam soup, and strawberry daifuku.

 

The strawberry daifuku sounds delicious, especially for those with a sweet-tooth and a perfect recipe to celebrate springtime!

Other fun activities to do with your kids to celebrate and learn about Girls’ Day are origami crafts. Follow the steps on this website to create your own Origami Kusudama Flower or watch this YouTube video below to create your own Girls’ Day origami dolls!

Have fun introducing your little ones to world cultures and celebrations! If you’re celebrating today, share your creations with us using the hashtag #littlepim on Instagram, Twitter or tag us on Facebook. Thanks for reading!

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Teaching your child Japanese? Little Pim’s Japanese Complete Set opens the door to over 180 basic words and phrases.

Little Pim Valentine’s Day Coloring Page

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Here’s a special Valentine’s Day treat for your kids that doesn’t involve sugar! Print out your free Little Pim Valentine’s Day Coloring pages today and share your child’s creation with us with #LittlePim on Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win a free Little Pim panda plush and “Say Hello” poster! Click the images below to print and start coloring. Joyeuse Saint-Valentin! (that’s Happy Valentine’s Day in French!)

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Take a moment with Little Pim and learn how to express your love in French!

Little Pim Unboxing with Shonduras

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We were so excited when Shaun McBride, aka Shonduras, a Snapchat celebrity and popular YouTube daily vlogger who was recently listed in Forbes Top 30 under 30 and his wife, Jenny McBride accepted our request to send Baby Adley (his adorable daughter) Little Pim language learning products in Spanish. Since Shaun spent some time in Honduras, hence his nickname of ‘Shonduras,’ and learned the Spanish language through immersion, we felt that he would want to the same for his child, and we were right on! Baby Adley already knows a few words in Spanish and is excited to learn more with the help of Little Pim.

Check out Baby Adley opening her custom Little Pim package in Shonduras’ daily vlog below:

The contents of her custom care package included:

  • Little Pim Spanish (Vol 1 and 2) on an Amazon Kindle Fire Kids Edition
  • Little Pim Trilingual Board Books
  • Little Pim Spanish Words and Phrases Flash Cards
  • Custom-printed Little Pim Coloring Book with Crayons
  • “Say Hello” Poster
  • Little Pim Plush Panda Bear

Order Your Spanish for Kids Complete Set to Start Learning Today!

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Holiday Crafts for Kids: Christmas Around the World

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Looking for some fun holiday crafts for kids during Christmas Break? Christmas Around the World is always a fun theme to incorporate into your holidays. Kids love learning about other cultures and countries and how they celebrate the holidays this time of year. Not only are crafts from around the world fun, they’re educational as well. What more can you ask for?

Before you dig out the paper, glue, and scissors, do a little research. Decide with your children what countries you want to learn about and make crafts. There are all kinds of wonderful resources on the internet for you to use in your research. Once you decide on which countries you’d like to learn more about, you can get started on the crafts. Try some of these fun ideas.

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Use real ornaments or make paper ornaments with the countries flags on them. For this activity, you can also head on over to your local craft store such as Michaels Arts & Crafts to buy supplies to paint your own flag ornaments. They will have plain ornaments that you can paint on. For a image database of the world flags and countries, visit this website from the CIA.

 

 

Traditional Holiday Crafts

During your research, find traditional decor or a tradition the country enjoys during the holidays and recreate it with crafts. For example, The Nutcracker is a traditional ballet done in Russia. Design and create your own nutcracker using things from around the house like milk jugs or cartons, paper rolls, Legos, or wood pieces. For ideas, check out this great post from Multicultural Kids on DIY Christmas Ornaments Inspired by World Cultures.

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Many countries have “treasures” that come from nature that you can recreate at home. For example, Poinsettias come from Mexico. You can make paper or tissue paper Poinsettias after learning about Mexico. Christmas trees originally came from Germany. In the link above, there is a beautiful Mexican Felt Poinsettia you can make with the kids. Do you have any Christmas crafts that you do with your kids that you can share with the Little Pim community? There are tons of fun Christmas tree crafts to make! Share your traditions in the comments below.

 

Holiday Dress Crafts

Many countries have traditional clothing they wear during the holidays. Make paper dolls or clothes pin dolls with the traditional clothing worn from the country you researched.

Paper Crafts

Make crafts of the countries you researched out of paper and hang on a tree or decorate your home. Origami is a great idea for Japan, or make paper chains from Sweden. Let your imagination run wild!

Whatever crafts you decide to use for Christmas Around the World, you know your kids are having fun learning and creating great crafts! For more fun activities, print out our Winter Coloring Pages or fun Hanukkah Crafts for Kids.