PRODUCT REVIEWS – French Collection

Learning a new language is almost critical, especially during the beginning of one’s life. I didn’t learn my second language until I was in high school, and I believe I would have picked up on it had I learned it in Kindergarten instead. I’m currently putting together my own curriculum for my daughter’s preschool year, and I plan on incorporating the Whistlefritz French for Kids series. Bella is 4 years old, so she’s like a sponge soaking all of the information I teach her in. Now is the best time for her to learn a second language (third if you count sign language).

We were sent a DVD and a CD from Whistlefritz’ French for Kids series. I was blown away at how well done the DVD was, as it is shot in HD. This is by far the best educational tool for teaching young children a new language. The DVD titled Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) is recommended for ages 2-7. The language immersion DVD puts together both live-action and adorable animation characters. Most language immersion DVDs bore my daughter. Instead of talking AT my daughter, it’s like they are talking WITH her. She is surprising me tremendously with how much French she takes in from the DVD.

Not many language immersion tools capture my daughter’s attention long enough to where she sits throughout the entire thing. The Dedans et Dehors DVD takes kids throughout Fritzi’s house and teaches them new French words along the way. It has energetic, fun songs that had my daughter swaying and jumping in her seat!”

Beautifully BellaFaith, review of Dedans et Dehors

“Alice is a SPONGE!!! Even when I don’t think she is listening or learning she really is! This time really caught me by surprise. Alice and I are in the car a LOT, thankfully I have a video player in my car (Thank you DH!!) For the last two weeks we have been watching Whistlefritz French for Kids. Alice sits in the backseat mesmerized by this video. Alice repeats words, laughs and dances in her car-seat with the songs! But, the moment I knew that French was sinking in was last weeks trip to Mimi’s Café, the waitress greeted 2 year old Alice and I with a happy “bonjour” to which Alice replied BONJOUR!! I did a double take!! Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??? Then yesterday at the grocery store Alice pointed to the bananas and said banane. Then the lemons and said citrons WHAT?!?! Sure enough I checked the video and banane is French for BANANA!! Alice almost had the lemon it’s actually des citrons, but HEY! She’s TWO!! I’m AMAZED!!!

I’m thrilled and thoroughly impressed with Whistlefritz French for Kids! Alice requests her “Fritzi” video all of the time!! This is a full immersion French lesson. The entire video is spoken in French. The video follows a fun little mouse called Fritzi all around the house, exploring every room and items in each room! Kids are learning numbers, foods, daily activities too! Even more, Nous allons chanter et danser! (We’re going to sing and dance!) This video has everything! It’s FUN!! I find myself trying to sing along with the songs on the video. Ummmm, I don’t know any French at ALL!! So, my singing is very…… creative!! But the music on this video is that catchy, you want to sing along!!

Peanut Butter and Whine, review of Dedans et Dehors



“Prior to being a dad I taught ESL for two years. I’m a big proponent for children learning a second language ASAP. I also know that the best way to learn is total immersion. The problem with children learning a second language is that they start too late and it isn’t total immersion in some educational instances. Whistlefritz is a learning language program for children. Their Spanish program has been out for a while and we got the change to review some of their newly released French programs.

For now their French for Kids releases include a video, Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) and an audio CD, Allons Danser!, (Let’s Dance). These are total immersion programs, no English in the educational content at all – and that is why it’s so great at teaching kids a second language.

Our oldest is 4 years old and I speak all of the Spanish I know in front of him. “I don’t want to play I Spy in Spanish – in English!” is a frequent rallying cry from the back seat. It’s far from total immersion, but it’s a start that will help build his Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation as he continues to hear more.

Now I can do the same in French. Before receiving the Whistlefritz releases I spoke more French than Spanish and knew some Japanese too. Because I’m exposed to more Spanish that was easiest for me. However, since listening to Allons Danser by Whistlefritz my French is back and I’m able to sing along with the songs.

But I don’t speak any bit of a second language you say to yourself.

In the liner notes of the CD are basic vocabulary in French and English. Within a couple listens you’ll be able to break down the words in the songs, anticipate them in the songs and then be able to use them around the house. Really.

The French for Kids Video: Dedans et Dehors is just as effective in teaching. There are no English subtitles when they’re teaching vocabulary. If the host is teaching you ‘pomme’ then they’ll show you an apple and say “pomme“, “une pomme“. The host will then ask you, “tu’ame une pomme?” The children on the video say “Oui! J’aime des pommes!” My spoken French is passable, my written French needs work, but you get the idea.

From an educational point of view both French for Kids: Dedans et Dehors and Allons Danser are exceptional. Adult music purists will point out that the music inAllons Danser is kind of sing songy and features very similar song structure. However, it’s important to remember that this is intended for children. More importantly, they, the children, enjoy listening to it. Our oldest even brought his xylophone into the car so that he can play along with the song.”

Daddy Mojo, review of Dedans et Dehors

“The folks at Whistlefritz have been busy! They have an excellent selection of DVDs, CDs, lessons and flashcards to help your kids learn Spanish in a fun way. Now they also have a program to teach kids French. The first DVD in the new French for Kids series is Dedans et Dehors which means “Inside and Out.” Kids get to explore Fritzi’s house while learning the French words for the things they see and do around the different rooms of the home. This is immersion learning at it’s best. The visuals and the practical nature of the words are the perfect way to learn the basics while having fun.

Studies have shown that it can be easier to learn another language when children are young. The DVD is great for homeschoolers and anyone who wants to learn.

The DVD is recommended for kids ages 2 to 7. They’ll understand that they are learning a different language, but it doesn’t feel like work since the whole thing is so entertaining. The DVD is definitely kid-style, but I can guarantee that adults watching along with the kids will also learn right along with them!”

Mama Likes This, review of Dedans et Dehors

Bonjour les enfants! Award Winning Producer of Spanish for Kids Launches French for Kids DVDs and CDs, A language course perfect for Homeschoolers!

We all had a ball listening to the songs. All the French in the songs are clear and concise so that little ones can hear the words easily for easy repetition. Because I had given my kids French lessons, we were all able to sing along with the included booklet. In the booklet you’ll find the French lyrics and translations. It includes 20 different fun and bouncy French songs. Our favorite was “Le Vieux MacDonald” (Old MacDonald) since we could relate to that one easily. Check out all the songs by downloading the PDF version of Allons Danser! translation guide (pdf).

As the music CD, Allons Danser (Let’s Dance) was a delight for the ears, Whistlefritz’s Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) is pure pleasure to all the senses. Seeing the fun animation along with the wonderful French hostess, the super cute kids, and the huggable puppets, just made a hit with us. The lovely French hostess speaks slowly and very clearly. It is nothing like my French teachers in high school and again in college. I was able to totally hear each and every word that she spoke. Not only that, even though we didn’t know all the words that she was saying in French, but the meanings are obvious and clear. The cool songs made me want to get up and dance right along with the little ones.

I started homeschooling my children in 1989. I was never quite successful in teaching my children a second language. I actually tried teaching my kids French since I took two years of French in high school and then again in a university. It’s hard to learn a language when you’re not immersed in it, and finding someone fluent in French to converse with is hard here in Southern California. The DVD and the CD would have been so helpful for me back then. Now my daughter has a daughter of her own that she will homeschool. She is already fascinated with these and can hardly wait to start teaching her little one French.”

Royalegacy, review of Dedans et Dehors

According to our testers, if you ever wanted your children to learn French this is the DVD you must start with. In fact, many testers told us that it worked well for them, too, as a starting point. The action centers around a mouse names Fritzi who welcomes you into his house and takes you on a journey through all the rooms. As you explore the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room children are learning basic greetings, food, numbers, daily activities, and more. Songs are part of the experience as well and they go a long way towards reinforcing the lessons. The backgrounds and animations are bright, colorful, and attention grabbing. The DVD runs 35 minutes—parents thought this was the perfect length for holding their childrens’ attention.

The National Parenting Center, Spring Report 2014, review of Dedans et Dehors

You may remember not too long ago we had the chance to review the French Learning Songs CD from Whistlefritz. We have been loving it and added it into our regular homeschool curriculum! We were really excited to find a French Educational Resource that is perfect for our kids’ age ranges (they are 3, 5, and 7)! When we learned that they had also released a French DVD we jumped at the opportunity to check it out!

“Dedans et Dehors” (Inside and Out) is an adorable DVD that brings some of the songs we have already been singing to life! The kids were SO excited to actually visualize the songs we have been singing, and all three of them were up dancing and singing along every time one of the songs from the CD came on! Of course, the DVD is much more than just the songs from the CD. It’s all about Fritzi! Ou est Fritzi? (Where is Fritzi?) It’s a fun adventure trying to find Fritzi!

While looking for Fritzi we are taken all over the house, and because Whistlefritz uses “immersion” everything was in French – including subtitles. Although I mentioned it in my previous review, I think it’s such an important point, I want to stress it again: Whistlefritz uses the latest research on teaching children languages. They have won various awards. Their methods are effective and fun! They share tips for ensuring second language learning success for kids. It was definitely interesting to see this in the DVD!

“Dedans et Dehors” kept all three of our children so engaged during the entire DVD which is approximately 35 minutes. I was surprised they were already repeating some of the words within the first few minutes! I definitely saw the importance of the repetition! “Dedans et Dehors” encourages them to repeat the words and answer questions with simple answers like oui or non (yes or no), so it really gets them involved and not just watching it passively like a movie. Plus, of course, the songs got them up and moving and singing along, which definitely got them involved, too!

What I love most about “Dedans et Dehors” is that it has made a great addition to our homeschool curriculum. It is educational, but at the same time the kids are laughing and having a good time together, so it’s so nice knowing they are learning and having fun at the same time!

“Dedans et Dehors” has an easy-to-use translation guide available if you aren’t familiar with French, so it’s great for parents (or teachers) that don’t know French themselves as well! It is recommended for ages 2-7. Although we are a homeschooling family, I feel “Dedans et Dehors” could be used by any family that would like their children to learn French!

Read more at http://peaofsweetness.com/dedans-dehors-whistlefritz-french-dvd-review/#QXoO1joq6OJhExuH.99

Emilee at Pea of Sweetness, review of Dedans et Dehors

3.5stars

Highly Recommended

Mixing animation and live-action, this playful French immersion program for preschool and elementary children features human host, Marie, who is assisted by Fritzi the animated mouse, a few cuddly hand puppets, and a group of smiling kids as she introduces several basic words and phrases. The short lighthearted sketches and songs here feature hand motions, props, and French subtitles that correspond with each word, making it easy to follow along. The tone is lively, with the youngsters laughing, adopting silly voices, and obviously having a lot of fun. While the presentation is continuous, the content is arranged so that it can be easily played in shorter sections (viewers also have the option to view the musical numbers separately). Packing a lot of information into a compact program, this is an effective immersion program aimed at ages 2-7. The DVD also includes a pamphlet featuring song lyrics and English translations for the words used in the show.  Highly recommended.

Aud: K, E, P. Video Librarian, review of Dedans et Dehors

Research shows that early childhood is the best time to learn a second language. And if you want your kids to learn French, Whistlefritz’s Dedans et Dehors will help you give your kids a wonderful, life-enhancing gift. This research-based program uses a language-immersion approach, but does it using upbeat songs, skits, a group of peers as diverse as the speakers of French across the globe, and animations that encourage children to participate actively with the programs. Great for dads, whether you’re a native speaker, studied French in high school, or don’t know a word. In case you’re in one of the last two categories, a handy translation guide and French subtitles help you learn along with your children. Mr. Dad, review of Dedans et Dehors

Mixing brightly colored animation with live-action footage, this peppy program uses language immersion to teach French to young viewers. Asking “Où est Fritzi?,” host Marie searches for mischievous animated mouse Fritzi, naming each room (la cuisine for “kitchen,” la sale de bain for “bathroom,” and le salon for “living room”) and pointing out what activities take place in each room. Fritzi is finally found sleeping in la chambre (“bedroom”). French terms are captioned onscreen. Children on the playground demonstrate up and down, and Marie leads viewers in a song that shows hands going up, down, back, front, and side. Marie’s little helpers count cookies and juggle pieces of fruit. Marie introduces each French word, followed by a clear demonstration and repetition of the word by children. Catchy music, cute kids, and clever animation make this a great choice…

American Library Association’s Booklist, review of Dedans et Dehors

As some of you may know, I was born and raised in France and therefore I am bilingual in French and English. I’ve always appreciated the benefits of being bilingual, but I’ve found it much more difficult to teach my kids than I had expected. With my husband only speaking English, I find myself speaking English at home as well.

I always look for ways to introduce French into our home. My kids hear French spoken often, as I speak it with my family, but it is definitely not enough for them to be fluent.

We listen to French music in car, and I’ve tried DVDs before, but I’ve usually found myself disappointed with them as the characters often have strong foreign accents.

I was very interested in trying the new French for Kids: Dedans et Dehors (inside and Out) by Whistlefritz.

Here’s a little bit about the DVD from the company:

Fritzi’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 teaches children basic greetings, positional words, 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 Dehorsis fun for all ages!

My kids were very excited to watch it. From the beginning, the DVD captured their attention. I loved that it uses the immersion method which does not translate what is said, but it shows examples and repeats words often enough to be able to understand what is said.

The DVD teaches a broad range of terms, from counting to positional words, to foods, and many more. My kids favorite parts are the songs, and the ability to stand up and dance along with the kids in the DVD.

The music was very catchy, and the video that went along with the song made it very easy to understand what was being said.

I was very pleased to hear native French speaking in the DVD. I thought the quality was very professional.

This DVD is great for any family looking to introduce a new language in their home. It’s full of bright colors, and fun music that will captivate children’s attention the whole time.

The DVD is about 35 minutes long which is perfect for young kids who tend to get distracted after a while.

Naomie at Kidsanddeals.blogspot.com, review of Dedans et Dehors

Whistlefritz is a charming little mouse that will teach French to your young children ages two to seven. This educational DVD is very colorful and delightful because it uses every day conversation to inspire children and expand their vocabulary. With French subtitles this is just a wonderful and entertaining show that children will be in awe of as they watch and learn. Children learn by hearing those around them speak, making this DVD an entertaining way to add the French language to your young children. Dove awards our “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages to “

The Dove Foundation, review of Dedans et Dehors

Synopsis:
On va chanter! (Let’s sing!) On va danser! (Let’s dance!) On va jouer! (Let’s play!) This interactive French immersion program is non-stop language-learning fun from Whistlefritz, producers of the award-winning French for Kids and Spanish for Kids series. With the help of Fritzi the mouse and a playful group of peers, Marie introduces vocabulary related to different parts of the body. And what better way to get those body parts moving than with delightful sing-along, dance-along songs, including “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and familiar French folksongs with exciting new twists. From le chapeau (the hat) to la chaussure (the shoe), kids will love trying on their new French vocabulary for clothes in playful, interactive skits. “On Va Jouer” entertainingly combines colorful illustrated backgrounds, live action, and 2-D and 3-D animation. Friendly characters and abundant humor make learning a new language as much fun as play time. Vous êtes prêts? (Are you ready?) On va jouer! 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 1-7, “On Va Jouer” is fun for the whole family!

Dove Worldview:
Whistlefritz is a charming little mouse that will teach French to your young children ages two to seven. This educational DVD is colorful and delightful while teaching children parts of the body, animals, numbers, clothing and more. There are no translated subtitles to follow, just a wonderful and entertaining show that the children will love as they watch and learn. Children learn by hearing those around them speak, making this DVD an entertaining way to add a second language for your young children.

Dove awards our “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages to “French for Kids: On Va Jouer – Lets Play.

Content Description:
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None

The Dove Foundation, review of On Va Jouer

Whistlefritz has created some really fun ways to introduce your kids to Spanish or French, or to supplement the language education they might be getting at school. Created by a mom to help her own kids learn Spanish, Whistlefritz is available in both CD and DVD formats. What’s important is that you do not have to speak anything other than your native tongue to give your child the well-documented benefits of learning a second language, which include larger vocabularies, better problem-solving skills, greater cultural sensitivity, sharper memory, more self-control, and more efficient ability to communicate (along with a whole lot more people to be able to communicate with). The list goes on and on. The two programs we evaluated, ¡Sabor!, (Spanish Learning Songs CD) and On Va Jouer (French learning DVD), are engaging and age appropriate. However, while childhood is the best time to learn new languages, if you’re just starting out yourself, there’s plenty here for adults as well.

Mr. Dad, review of On Va Jouer

“As a FSL (French Second Language) teacher and extreme francophile, I love products that will help little ones learn French. Of course, my Cub already speaks French, since we live in Montréal and his Papa and extended family (not to mention his Day Care Mama) all speak to him en français. However, we received our DVD at the moment parfait… during our extended visit at my parents’ place in British Columbia. (Where Cub is still, after almost 4 weeks, replying “chien” every time my parents say “dog” to him!)

Cub adores this DVD, and I make that generous assessment based on these facts:

As soon as he spots the case, he asks to watch it;

He laughs when he watches it;

He wants me to rewind (is that still the right verb?) the songs to watch them again;

He follows along with all of the gestures and movements (which is a first… he doesn’t even move along with Bo on the Go!)

I adore this DVD because:

It teaches French through immersion: there’s no translation, just French. To help viewers (children and adults alike) understand what’s going on, the gestures and images are exaggerated and repetitive;The children in the DVD aren’t Disney-fied child stars with freakish grins and syrupy, sing-song voices… they’re ordinary kids, feeling a bit goofy in front of the camera and just being kids (I think this really appeals to Cub, too);

The songs are the same as on our Allons Danser CD, which is great for reinforcement.

On a pedagogical level, I think this DVD is right on target for kids with no French experience as well as younger kids who do speak French.”

Maman Loup’s Den, review of On Va Jouer

“I was recently given the opportunity to review a brand new French immersion DVD for kids  “On Va Jouer – Let’s Play.”

I was very happy about this because my daughter absolutely adored the music CD that Whistlefritz sent to us not long ago.

I do not speak French myself, although I do know a few words. I should correct myself- I used to know a few less words.. now I know more!

First of all, when we received the DVD I told my daughter that it was a French movie. She was jumping around excitedly to open it. She really has enjoyed the music from the CD, asking for it often, and now it is more so with the DVD.

We have had On Va Jouer for a few weeks, and my daughter asks for Whistle Fritz or French French by name and we watch it… often 2 or 3 times in a row.

(The price of the DVD is worth it alone just to hear a toddler say Whistle Fritz.)

She dances during the musical segments.

I cannot think of anything funnier than a toddler dancing like Axl Rose while listening to a French rendition of Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.

She laughs like a crazy toddler during a section on sneezing.

If she knew how to rewind the DVD herself, she would probably watch that section over and over again.

It occurs to me today, as she is watching it, that she loves watching the kids most of all. They dance, sing and they repeat words and interact with “Marie” the star of the show.

She came up to me after Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and told me what the parts were (In English) but I can tell she knows there is something going on in the DVD.

I think the age is exactly perfect to introduce the concepts of language.

She understands what she is watching.

I can see it. She has not spoken any French yet, but we are really working on saying words and repeating in English, so I am sure some French repetition is just around the corner.

( AND- as I typed that- she just said bouche.. )

Immersion is a great way to pick up any language, and these DVDs and CDs are great ways to introduce French to a child… or even her mom;)

Itzybellababy, review of On Va Jouer

“Whistlefritz French for Kids On Va Jouer (Let’s Play) mixes music, bright CGI animation, puppets, and live-action elements for a whimsical language lesson aimed at kids two to seven. The 40-minute educational DVD features animated mouse Fritzi and human friend Marie and together they lead a lesson based on the total-immersion approach to foreign language, meaning there’s no English translation at all for the material. There’s a subtitled option but it too is in French.

Using music, animated backgrounds, live-action children, and text on screen, children are introduced to vocabulary for clothes, animals, parts of the body, numbers, and more. Although the host’s body language and use of props helps little viewers comprehend vocabulary, it will take many repeated viewings before a child has the words trilling off her tongue. Jacket copy advises parents and teachers to watch the program with their children to reinforce lessons. But repeated viewings won’t seem like a chore for children thanks to the bright backgrounds, lively music, adorable animated characters, and the overall sweet, breezy tone of the show. Marie radiates enthusiasm and a cast of young children provide energy to keep little viewers engaged.

Bonus features include an option to play the songs only; and a short segment (in English) that explains the concept of total language immersion methods. This method may not be everyone’s preferred way to teach a foreign language but for parents who favor the total immersion method, Whistlefritz French for Kids On Va Jouer (Let’s Play) is an entertaining and educational tool. The DVD package also includes a printed parent and teacher guide with vocabulary translations and song lyrics; and the Whistlefritz website includes a free, downloadable translation guide for parents who prefer additional resources.”

Parents’ Choice Foundation, review of On Va Jouer

“It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Whistlefritz CD’s and DVD’s.  These are FUN ways for kids to learn a new language!  Whistlefritz CD’s and DVD’s have received so many awards, from Parents’ Choice, Mom’s Choice, Mr. Dad, The Dove Foundation, NAPPA and KIDS FIRST! The folks at Booklist has praised them as “perfect for both school and home settings.”  Alice, Emma, Eli and myself AGREE!! 8 thumbs UP from my crew. The newest release is On Va Jouer (Let’s Play) is equally as fun and entertaining to watch!  The On Va Jouer DVD’s combines live action, animation, interactive skits and music.

On Va Jouer!  Let’s PLAY!!  Is being released just in time for Bastille Day, which is  July 14.

Marie and Fritzi, the mischievous mouse are so cute!! The kids are mesmerized through the entire DVD! Not only fun, but this DVD also introduce kids to essential French vocabulary. I put this On Va Jouer on the car DVD. For 35 minutes the kids sat there entranced!!

On Va Jouer, is fun with great music. Once again with catchy songs that make me want to sing along. Now mind you, I don’t know French, it doesn’t stop me from belting out the tunes. On Va Jouer is an interactive video that gets kids up and moving!! Unless of course you have them strapped in a carseat. By the 2nd time through the kids were repeating words. Whistlefritz makes learning French FUN!!!”

Peanut Butter and Whine, review of On Va Jouer

“When I married my American husband I quietly put to rest my childhood dream that my children would be bilingual in French, as I had been. I loved him more than that dream. While my children will not be bilingual in French as I had hoped, they are not without opportunity for language acquisition, and thanks to Whistlefritz they’ve got a little bit of French exposure.

Our family received On Va Jouer (Let’s Play) on DVD for review.  It’s a forty-minute DVD completely in French with French subtitles. This means this program teaches by immersion instead of translation. Immersion is a superior method to learn another language because it’s the way our brains are already programmed to learn language — it’s the way we all learned our first language.

I sat in front of the tv with pen and paper, taking notes of my pedagogical observations while watching On Va Jouer with the boys. I noticed a lot of repetition of the important words and phrases. I was pleased because this scaffolds the child’s learning to give them familiarity and confidence. Using examples and non-examples with images, pantomime, and song, children can follow along with the text. And they do. Before long I noticed that my kids were able to respond to some of the questions posed in the video or by me. They were beginning to understand! I was so proud.

The actors in the film speak clearly and keep it light with plenty of giggling. They introduced body parts, clothing, animals, colours, and supporting items, while seamlessly incorporating counting to the mix. That’s a lot of content in 40 minutes! But don’t worry if 40 minutes seems too much intensive learning for your little one. While a smooth go from start to finish I noticed that the concepts are easily broken up by chapters on the DVD, so you could pause and pick up the next concept on a following day.

Having French subtitles to the French spoken word was really effective. It triggers visual as well as auditory learning. Whistlefritz probably does that with their Spanish videos as well but I think it’s especially helpful with the French programming because French conjugates endings that are not spoken but used for grammatical purposes. Being able to learn the word while seeing it will help with that.”

Cherry Blossoms {The Blog}, review of On Va Jouer

“… What I appreciate about these French CDs is their appealing world music and the song selections.

Cha Cha Cha was recorded by a pair of musicians with extensive jazz, Caribbean, and salsa backgrounds, so they transform (and translate) American songs like B-I-N-G-O and French classics like Sur le pont d’Avignon into catchy rhythms that I enjoy as much as my kids do.

Whistlefritz’s first French CD, Allons Danser!, was recorded by the same musician and another excellent female jazz vocalist, and while slightly less peppy, it features creative and original tunes that my daughter has begun to spontaneously sing long after the music has stopped.

Honestly, I would have loved to have both of these CDs when I was teaching high school French, because the songs cover many basic vocabulary topics (weather, professions, counting, etc.) while remaining extremely catchy and upbeat. Normally I don’t enjoy music recorded for language-learning purposes because it often lacks quality and contains only the most basic vocabulary phrases, but Whistlefritz has convinced my skeptical side that their music is enjoyable and worth buying.”

Intentional Mama, review of Cha, Cha, Cha

Whistlefritz is the product of one mom’s passion to teach her children to speak Spanish. As can be expected, she did her research on how to go about making that happen. She discovered two things:

  1. Kids are more receptive to learning new languages during their early childhood years.
  2. Language mastery occurs best when one is immersed in that language.

In teaching her children, this mom set out to find a product that was live-action, had an engaging story line, and used immersion techniques. She couldn’t find one — so she created one!

The mission of their language programs is to teach kids Spanish and French in a way that is playful and interactive.

Personally I think they have hit the nail on the head. Christian loves the cd — and so do I. The songs are very lively and energetic. Not only that — the songs themselves are educational. They cover such concepts as numbers (Les Nombres), counting (Cinq Citrouilles- Five Pumpkins), days of the week (Les Jours de la Semaine), the vowels (Les Voyeles), fruits (La marchande de Fruits) and the months (Tous le Mois). There are some familiar songs, such as “B-I-N-G-O” and “It’s raining” (Tombe la Pluie). There are songs that get the kids moving such as “Promenons Nous Dans les Bois” (Let’s Walk Through the Woods), “Tapent, Tapent Petite Maines” (Clap, Clap Little Hands), and “Cache-Cache” (Hide and Seek).

When I saw that it was going to be an immersion cd, I was worried that I would not be able to keep up at all. My French comprehension is pretty much nil — especially if they are speaking at the normal rate. However, I was very happy to see that they included a booklet that had all of the vocabulary neatly laid out for us — song by song. So I was able to understand what was being said.

As an awesome bonus, the company also sent us a copy of their Spanish for Kids video “Adentro y Afuera” (Inside and Out). This program used games, skits, and songs (as well as appearances by Whistlefritz the Mouse and some other animated friends). Christian and I both enjoy this 30 minute long video. It is very energetic, engaging, and educational. I got a little thrill during one skit when I recognized the setting — Clemyjontri Park in Virginia — the best park I have EVER been to. Over all, I would definitely recommend either of these programs and have no doubt that their other program offerings are just as valuable. Christian often requests that we watch or listen to one of these and he even talks along with the video. Those of you who know my concerns about his language developmetn overall can probably tell how much that pleases me.

Cha, Cha, Cha is the winner of a National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award. Winner of a Mom’s Choice GOLD Award. It was named one of the Best 10 Audio-Visual programs of 2012 by Dr. Toy. It is the winner of the National Parenting Center’s 2012 Seal of Approval. It is also recommended by the Parent’s Choice Foundation.

If you would like to order any of these products or learn more about Whistlefritz and what they are all about, feel free to visit their website.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tiffany at Single Mommy Warrior.com, review of Cha, Cha, Cha

If you remember a couple of months ago mommy and I decided that I was going to learn a new language. We decided that we were going to learn the language of love, or French as most people know it as. It’s been told that learning a second language is beneficial and that little ones learn languages a lot faster and easier than older kids. I must say that might just be true. While I may not be able to actually speak the language, I can’t really speak English much either, I do know quite a few French words. They actually make sense to me and I can actually follow simple directions in French as well.

When mommy and I were sent Whistlefritz’s Cha,Cha,Cha French Learning Songs CD we couldn’t wait to play it. After all what’s better than speaking the language? Did you say singing? You bet it is!

Parlez-vous Français? Whistlefritz makes it so easy to learn the language. The CD comes with 15 very upbeat French songs ranging from rhumba to reggae, samba and meringue. All done to have you dancing while learning. The great thing about is that it also comes with a really nice English translation booklet in the jewel case, for those who may not know any French at all. What better way to learn than the basics. B-I-N-G-O, The Numbers song (Les Nombres) is probably my favorite along with On The Bridge of Avignon (Sur Le Pont D’avignon). Mommy actually knew On the Bridge of Avignon and sang along, although not quite as nice as the CD.

Each song teaches something in particular. The Numbers Song teaches the numbers in French. On the Bridge on Avignon teaches about people such as police officers (les policiers), musicians (les musiciens) etc. Now mommy and I can call these people by their correct French name and you will too. You can download a copy of your own booklet here and learn right along with me.

Now these are the tracks available and you can take a listen to samples of the songs here.

  1. Bingo
  2. Tous Lew Mois (All the Months)
  3. Promenons Nous Dans Le Bois (Let’s Walk Through the Woods)
  4. Les Élephants (The Elephants)
  5. Les Nombres (The Numbers)
  6. La Marchade De Fruits (The Fruit Vendor)
  7. Sur Le Pont D’avignon (On the Bridge of Avignon)
  8. Les Voyelles (The Vowels)
  9. Tapent, Tapent Petiites Mains (Clap, Clap Little Hands)
  10. Savez-vous Planter Les Choux (Do You Know How to Plant Cabbage)
  11. Les Saisons (The Seasons)
  12. Les Jours De La Semaine (The Days of the Week)
  13. Tombre La Pluie (It’s Raining)
  14. Cache-Cache (Hide and Seek)
  15. Cinq Citrouilles (Five Pumpkins)

Whistlefritz also sent me their Spanish for Kids Adentro y Afuera (Inside and Out) which mommy and I plan on reviewing as well. Keep an eye out for it. Spanish comes a very close second for me but I’m so in love with French. You can take a look at all their other products right here.

There are even tips for parents wanting to help their children with language immersion. How awesome is Whistlefritz?! They are so great that they’ve also won quite a few awards. You’re certainly getting an award winning product! I definitely recommend Whistlefritz and their Cha,Cha,Cha CD certainly gets my Two Tiny Thumbs Up!

Madison and her Mom at Growing Up Madison.com, review of Cha, Cha, Cha

As someone who studied many years of French, I am excited to be teaching our kids French as well. Unfortunately, though, it’s not that easy to find many French educational resources for young children. When I saw Cha, Cha, Cha – French Learning Songs from Whistlefritz I knew it would be a great addition to our curriculum!

Whistlefritz believes exposing children to a second language while they are young ensures learning success. This is definitely something I have been reaching for as well as I have been reading some stories in French from the time our oldest was just a toddler. Whistlefritz, though, included some information about ensuring second language learning success for kids that I found really fascinating! In addition to exposing children to a second language early on, they made some interesting points about not being tempted to translate and teaching a second language using immersion. I knew this was more than “just” a CD with songs!

I also found it interesting that Whistlefritz uses the latest research on teaching children languages. They use techniques that are proven – and FUN! They have some impressive awards as well: Winner of a National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) GOLD Award. Winner of a Mom’s Choice GOLD Award. Named one of the Best 10 Audio-Visual programs of 2012 by Dr. Toy. Winner of The National Parenting Center’s 2012 Seal of Approval. Recommended by the Parents’ Choice Foundation.

When we received the Cha, Cha, Cha – French Learning Songs CD we started using it right away! We actually use it as part of circle time in our homeschool day. It comes with a translation guide in the front of the video as well as the lyrics in French, so I could sing along as well! We have had SO much fun! This is our time to dance and enjoy. I have been tempted to have a formal lesson to immediately translate every song, but I’ve resisted the temptation unless they ask. I do give a general introduction in English what the song it about and say the word in English sometimes after it is sung in a casual way. Mostly, though, I act out songs that have words or phrases that can be understood by pointing or actions. (Ex. Pointing to a head or knee or acting out walking.) They have quickly caught on to many the words that way!

One thing I noticed about Cha, Cha, Cha – French Learning Songs CD is that the songs are repetitious. I know this is very important when young children are learning new things. Many times by the end of the song, our older two children (ages 5 and 7) could sing along some of the repeating phrases or words! Plus, when we go over songs we’ve already played before they can start to sing along!

We are really enjoying our Cha, Cha, Cha – French Learning Songs CD, and I was excited to see they offer a French video as well! They do also offer numerous resources for Spanish education including Spanish education resources for homeschoolers.

Emilee at Pea of Sweetness.com, review of Cha, Cha, Cha

This delightful CD features fifteen upbeat songs all presented in French as a great way to introduce the language to young children. The themes center around the kind of lessons taught in preschool such as months of the year, numbers, vowels and the like. The music styles are quite varied, ranging from samba to reggae, rhumba to merengue and several more. Each one lends itself to getting up and dancing, (DISCLAIMER: Dancing not recommended when listening in the car). This is a CD that knows how to connect to its audience, offering music that is upbeat, energetic and catchy. The singing voice is quite easy on the ears. Parents liked the included booklet that offered a great French to English translation guide.

The National Parenting Center, review of Cha, Cha, Cha

“Whistlefritz continues to impress our testers with adorable and educational offerings that introduce children to new languages. In Allons Danser! testers found a collection of songs on a CD that they found to be both entertaining and captivating. There are very familiar songs like Old McDonald and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes that sound both unique and adorable when sung in French. There are many others included but both children and their parents told us that they found the songs to be catchy and joyful. The vocals on the CD were universally praised. The singer’s voice is beautiful and lyrical with very clear pronunciation, this really caught the fancy of all who heard it. The enclosed book of lyrics and translations are a big help as it breaks down each word by syllable making it easier to follow.”

The National Parenting Center, review of Allons Danser !

“Once again, Whistlefritz uses its winning formula to introduce language-learning through song. Native French speaker and vocalist Marie-Louise Desage and musician Didier Prossaird join together to perform on this lively 20-track CD. Adhering to the Whistlefritz methods, word-by-word translations are provided. Appealing songs and rhythms introduce beginning French words, numbers (“Un, Deux et Trois“), parts of the body (“La Tête, Les Épaules/Head, Shoulders“), and a fun-filled version of “Le Vieux MacDonald (Old MacDonald)” will have the basse-cour (barnyard) humming.”

Parents’ Choice Foundation, review of Allons Danser !

XylophoneAllonsDanser“I’m in the car, a LOT. I’m in the car with Alice almost daily. I like to introduce her to new music as much a possible. I want Alice to have an appreciation for all sorts of music. Country, Rock, Disco, Oldies, Opera, Foreign Language. I play it all!! Okay, that’s not quite true, I draw the line at rap. Uncle Zac will have to teach her that one.

We have a couple of CD’s and DVD’s from Whistlefritz and we just added Allons Danser CD to our collection. This is a FUN upbeat CD. Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance) is so fun I find myself listening to this one when I’m in the car ALONE!!

I cannot speak, nor understand French. BUT, the first song on the CD, Quand Je Serai Grand (When I’m Big), makes me sing along. POORLY, mind you… like I said I can’t speak French, but it’s such a fun song, I try anyway.

One song Alice and I do sing along to is: Le Vieux MacDonald (Old MacDonald). This song we actually do pretty darn good with!!

This is a language learning CD. This entire CD is fun-filled and performed by acclaimed French artists Marie-Louise Desage and Didier Prossaird.

This CD really is so upbeat that Alice is be-boppin’ in her car seat for the whole CD. There is a booklet that comes with the CD that has the songs written out, along with the translation for several words. The songs introduce French words and phrases, like numbers, parts of the body, animals, jobs, toys, clean up time, bath time and MORE!

Peanut Butter and Whine, review of Allons Danser !

“For a couple of months now, the kids and I have been listening to Allons Danser! – a CD with French music for kids, produced by Whistlefritz. It has been such a great tool for my French Play Group, not just for my children. We use the Bonjour, Les Amis song to start the meeting and Au Revoir to close.

At home, I play the entire CD as the children play and I cook or do some other housework. It’s the best background music. You know how music can influence your mood even if you don’t understand the words? Marie-Louise Desage’s crystal-clear voice gives me joy. And although I understand the words, the music makes me feel like I am on a beach vacation as I wipe kitchen counters or peel potatoes.

The Carribean-infused melodies, written by Didier Prossaird, go along well with summer time or any time of the year when you wish you could have summer back. In short, these songs put me in a good mood – a vacation mode. They are not just for the kids.

We all memorize so much better if the words are set to music. This collection will be the perfect addition to your French class. We listen to it in the car, too. I am still amazed by how much I can retain just by listening to 15 minutes of French music a couple of times a week. If you, like me, are looking for ways to maximize learning throughout the day, you will appreciate this CD you can add to your car schooling supply list.

The CD booklet contains all the French lyrics, as well as a vocabulary list for each song. Thus, instead of paraphrasing so you get the gist of the song, Whistlefritz gives you word-by-word translations to help with your goal of learning French. How helpful is that? Any homeschooling mom who took some French and remembers some should be able to utilize this CD and help introduce her children to the sounds of the beautiful French language.

My children break into song in French out of the blue, while playing or running around outside. Their pronunciation may not be all there and they may not understand everything they are saying, but it’s a start. Plus, it is a great opportunity for me to join them in song. Sometimes I exaggerate a bit the correct pronunciation so they can correct themselves. Other times I just sing and have fun along with them.

I highly recommend the Allons Danser! CD above any other language learning CDs I have bought – and I bought a few.”

Homeschool Ways, review of Allons Danser !

BONJOUR LES AMIS! Today I am going to tell you about a CD that I received for review but it’s not just any CD, it’s one that was created to help you learn French through music. Allons Dancer! Let’s Dance! by Whistlefritz, the producers of the award winning French for Kids and Spanish for Kids, is a fun way not just for your children to learn another language but for you as well. It offers classic songs, performed by Marie-Louise Desage, that you and your children probably already sing together with a French twist. A few of the titles that may sound a little familiar to you are:

  • La Tête, Les Épaules (Head and Shoulders) teaches them some of the body parts.
  • Le Vieux MacDonald teaches them some animal words.
  • Le Bain teaches them about washing and bath time fun.

My favourite feature of our new learning tool is the fact that the cover, which is also a lyric book that holds all of the songs, also comes with the translations for each one. This makes it so much easier for me, who had one French class a week up until I was in grade 9 and can’t remember a thing, decipher to my son (when he’s not teaching me) what they are singing about. The best part for me was being able to see how much my son has learnt since he started French Immersion in September, as we were listening to the music, he would say “Mommy, that means this and this means that!”, obviously not in those exact words but I’m sure you get my meaning. He loves his new CD so much that he couldn’t wait to go to school and tell his teacher all about it.”

The Mommy Mix, review of Allons Danser !

“I’m so excited that Whistlefritz has released their newest French CD! When I was informed they released “Allons Danser!” – French Learning Songs I knew it would be another great addition to our curriculum!

We use the Cha, Cha, Cha! CD and the Dedans et Dehors DVD. I love their belief in exposing children to a second language while they are young ensures learning success, and that they continue to use the latest research on teaching children languages. They use techniques that are proven – and FUN! They have received many awards and continue to receive more!

We now incorporate it as part of circle time in our homeschool day as well and alternate the two CD’s. It also comes with a translation guide in the front of the CD as well as the lyrics in French and a list of vocabulary.

Allons Danser, which means “let’s dance” is definitely an appropriate title. The kids were so excited to receive another Whistlefritz DVD, and they are loving it! They love to get up and dance! We have had SO much fun! This is our time to dance and enjoy. Like with the other CD, I do not give full lessons, but rather use immersion as recommended. We do go over the vocabulary, and I often act out words in the songs which really helps.

Like Cha Cha Cha! the songs are repetitious. This has been so helpful in our children’s learning. All three children (ages 8, 6, and 4) already sing along to many of them! The songs cover quite a broad vocabulary including counting, parts of the body, daily routines, toys, greetings and salutations, weather, and more!

Something that took us by surprise with Allons Danser! is that it has a song with which we’re very familiar! “Le Vieux MacDonald.” When the kids heard the tune for “Old MacDonald,” they were SO excited! I found this was helpful because they already know the words to the English song, and if they weren’t sure which animal we were singing about, they could easily discover it when we sang the sound the animals make! It was such a fun discovery and is one of their favorite songs on the CD!

We are so excited for yet another great French CD from Whistlefritz! Whistlefritz does also offer numerous resources for Spanish education including Spanish education resources for homeschoolers. I cannot wait until the next French resource is introduced!”

Pea of Sweetness, review of Allons Danser !

“I absolutely love this CD! I have wanted my kids to learn French since they were born but they are so stubborn! Within 2 minutes of putting this in to listen to, my 6 yo was thrilled and spinning. I caught myself singling along too! I can speak French so I understood what was being sung. But for those that don’t speak it, there is a booklet that comes with it with the words and translations. This, I can tell, is going to be a long standing favorite CD in our home!”

Debra’s Random Rambles, review of Allons Danser !

“My daughter is just over 2 and she loves music. I was very excited to be approved for the cd Allons Danser! (Let’s dance!).

We do not speak French in our house, but the toddler has shown interest in listening to other languages, so we have been encouraging this. The new cd we received lets her enjoy the sound of French, along with some very catchy tunes.

The first time we listened to the cd my daughter started squealing and dancing around in circles. It is her way to show her joy, and it is a pretty awesome thing to behold. ( The minute the camera comes out she stops of course.)

When I sing along with the lyrics, she stops and watches me. This especially happens with “Le Vieux MacDonald (Old MacDonald)“. She recognizes that this is not the usual stuff I say and not the song she usually hears- but another language. She is pretty fascinated.

Right now she is just barely starting to sing along with songs, and I think this is going to be one of the ones she picks up fast. She enjoys the music so much! Eventually she will learn all the words, and we can talk about what it all means. There is a real learning opportunity here.

Mostly though, I love how she dances about. It is sometimes hard to motivate toddlers to move about when they know the television is right there, but she really likes this cd and it gets her moving.

Thanks so much to Whistlefritz for letting us review their awesome product!”

Itzybellababy, review of Allons Danser !

“…What I appreciate about these French CDs is their appealing world music and the song selections.

Cha Cha Cha was recorded by a pair of musicians with extensive jazz, Caribbean, and salsa backgrounds, so they transform (and translate) American songs like B-I-N-G-O and French classics like Sur le pont d’Avignon into catchy rhythms that I enjoy as much as my kids do.

Whistlefritz’s first French CD, Allons Danser!, was recorded by the same musician and another excellent female jazz vocalist, and while slightly less peppy, it features creative and original tunes that my daughter has begun to spontaneously sing long after the music has stopped.

Honestly, I would have loved to have both of these CDs when I was teaching high school French, because the songs cover many basic vocabulary topics (weather, professions, counting, etc.) while remaining extremely catchy and upbeat. Normally I don’t enjoy music recorded for language-learning purposes because it often lacks quality and contains only the most basic vocabulary phrases, but Whistlefritz has convinced my skeptical side that their music is enjoyable and worth buying.”

Intentional Mama, review of Allons Danser !

“As you might know, we are already a bilingual family. Living in Montréal, my husband speaks to Cub in French, as does our extended family and his gardienne (home day care Mama). Although I speak French and am a French-as-a-Second-Language teacher in another life, my mother tongue is English and I generally speak to Cub in English.

Even though I speak to him in English and I’m my son’s primary caregiver, his first words are all in French, so I’m not too worried about him mastering it. The reason I wanted to try this CD was because I’ve had many readers ask me about teaching their children French, and because my husband claims to know no French children’s songs.

I put the CD on for the first time in the car, and I liked it immediately: it’s important for children’s music to be pleasant to the ear for us parents, and I assure you the music on this CD is not irritating! Yes, the songs get stuck in your head, but guess what? If they’re stuck in your head, you’re learning French! (If you’ve got the Super Why theme stuck in your head, you’re not learning anything except that you hate Super Why…)

So, while the CD is intended to teach children French, it in no way has the feel of an educational/language-learning CD. It is, quite simply, a CD of songs in French for children. It would pass easily in a classroom full of native French speaking children, which is important. Authenticity is a critical part of language learning. (I have my B.Ed. in second-language teaching, you know!)

My favourite song on the CD is “Le Vieux MacDonald,” a French verison of “Old MacDonald.” Despite only knowing the song in English (or so I thought), Cub was immediately singing along with the animal noises and using his two favourite words (chat and chien, cat and dog). Turns out, one of his buddies at day care had been singing the French version, so it wasn’t Cub’s first time hearing the song!

My husband loves the CD too, and yesterday I caught him singing “Ma journée” (My Day),” a song about your daily routine.

The earlier kids get started learning French, the easier it will be for them. I took my first French classes in Grade 8, but I never forgot the few French songs and lessons I had in preschool. I recommend this CD wholeheartedly to introduce your kids to French and brush up on your own. The CD comes with translations of all the song lyrics, too!”

Maman Loup’s Den, review of Allons Danser !

“Prior to being a dad I taught ESL for two years. I’m a big proponent for children learning a second language ASAP. I also know that the best way to learn is total immersion. The problem with children learning a second language is that they start too late and it isn’t total immersion in some educational instances. Whistlefritz is a learning language program for children. Their Spanish program has been out for a while and we got the change to review some of their newly released French programs.

For now their French for Kids releases include a DVD, Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) and an audio CD, Allons Danser!, (Let’s Dance). These are total immersion programs, no English in the educational content at all – and that is why it’s so great at teaching kids a second language.

Our oldest is 4 years old and I speak all of the Spanish I know in front of him. “I don’t want to play I Spy in Spanish – in English!” is a frequent rallying cry from the back seat. It’s far from total immersion, but it’s a start that will help build his Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation as he continues to hear more.

Now I can do the same in French. Before receiving the Whistlefritz releases I spoke more French than Spanish and knew some Japanese too. Because I’m exposed to more Spanish that was easiest for me. However, since listening to Allons Danser by Whistlefritz my French is back and I’m able to sing along with the songs.

But I don’t speak any bit of a second language you say to yourself.

In the liner notes of the CD are basic vocabulary in French and English. Within a couple listens you’ll be able to break down the words in the songs, anticipate them in the songs and then be able to use them around the house. Really.

The French for Kids DVD: Dedans et Dehors is just as effective in teaching. There are no English subtitles when they’re teaching vocabulary. If the host is teaching you ‘pomme’ then they’ll show you an apple and say “pomme“, “une pomme“. The host will then ask you, “tu’ame une pomme?” The children on the video say “Oui! J’aime des pommes!” My spoken French is passable, my written French needs work, but you get the idea.

From an educational point of view both French for Kids: Dedans et Dehors and Allons Danser are exceptional. Adult music purists will point out that the music in Allons Danser is kind of sing songy and features very similar song structure. However, it’s important to remember that this is intended for children. More importantly, they, the children, enjoy listening to it. Our oldest even brought his xylophone into the car so that he can play along with the song.”

Daddy Mojo, review of Allons Danser !

“My daughter has been learning Latin and Spanish since she was in kindergarten and I am happy to now say that she is adding French to that list as well. Her Latin and Spanish have been part of her schooling and now we are learning some French together at home.

Recently I was sent a copy of Wistlefritz French Learning Songs on CD and their French for Kids DVD. I enjoy learning new things and the songs and the way that they teach the kids is so upbeat. My daughter and I could not resist dancing along to the music on the CD and laughing and learning along with the DVD. This is honestly something I would purchase for her in the future now that I have seen how well they really do work. My daughter might not know the exact words she is singing yet but she is able to sing along with the songs easily and she loves it!”

Heavenly Savings and Homemaking, review of Allons Danser !

“A few months ago I got the chance to review the French DVD for Kids Dedans et Dehors from Whistlefritz.

This time we got to sing and dance along with Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance!) from Whistlefritz.

Allons Danser! is a French music CD with irresistible rhythms and catchy songs that introduce French words and phrases such as numbers, parts of the body and children’s favorite topics.

My kids have been having a blast listening to the songs, and I love that they are learning while doing it. The songs are upbeat, and fun to listen to, and at the same time, they are learning.

Fluent in French myself, I really appreciate the fact that the songs are sang by native French speakers.

I also really enjoyed seeing traditional French songs such as “La Barbichette“, mixed with traditional American songs translated in French such as “Le Vieux MacDonald (Old MacDonald)“.

This is a fun CD to listen to at home or in the car, and also a great product to use in addition to other materials to learn French.”

Kids and Deals, review of Allons Danser !

As a dance teacher and a mama, I have listened to a lot of children’s music. Some of it’s tolerable, a good portion of it is awful (annoying music, poorly written lyrics, “tinny” vocals, etc.), but there are some gems that make me smile. This is one of those gems. I could listen to Allons Danser ! over and over again and not feel like I was going crazy. In fact, I enjoy the music myself!

Let’s dance!” (or “Allons danser !“) is a phrase our family already says often, but this CD gets us dancing even more. Every time I start it, someone starts dancing — the boys, my husband, myself, or my mom or dad! It’s upbeat and fun and you really can’t help not dancing while it’s playing. Since we’ve listened to it frequently over the last couple of weeks, I’ve even heard Callan running through the house singing some sort of French gibberish, and I could tell what song he was trying to mimic.

Some of the songs are ones you will probably be familiar with, such as Old MacDonald and Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. Other songs, such as It’s Not a Party Without Cake (Y’a Pas de Fête Sans Gateau) will likely be new to you. I think our favorites are Les Doigts, Les Petits Poissons, and En Haut, En Bas, which is perfect for using in dance classes. You can hear samples of the different tracks on the Whistlefritz website. The CD insert includes the lyrics in French, as well as the translation in English.

When I received my CD from Whistlefritz (that company name makes me smile), they also sent along a printed copy of the Six Tips for Ensuring Second Language Learning Success for Kids from their website. I was already aware of tips such as exposing children early, and immersing your kids in the language if possible. But the one suggestion I really loved was to “skip the translation.” It makes complete sense, but I had never thought about it before.

As parents, when we teach our kids a second language, we tend to point at an object and say it in both our native language and the language we want our children to learn, in an effort to help them connect the new word to the familiar object. However, we’re also told that we need to think in that new language — rather than running words through an English-French translator in our heads, we should just know the French words. As babies, we learn our native tongue without having anything else to compare it to, so it makes sense that we should learn a second language the same way.

McMama Says – mcmamasays.com, review of Allons Danser !

My Review:

First I have to totally apologize for not reviewing this the second I got it and fell in love with it… Rue (my 2 year old) somehow managed to get into my pile of “To Review” stuff and several items went missing… not the CD,  but that’s in the car and we all know about out of sight and out of mind… sigh.

Anyways, I love the CD. Since I’m first generation here in the grand ol’ US of A, and my maman was from France, I try hard to keep the language and at least some of the traditions alive for my kids… even if they think I’m a little nutty for it.

We had the pleasure of getting to review the other CD and DVD in the French section and my kids loved- even thought my 6 year old was a little leery at first I totally caught him stopping to watch the little mouse and sing along. HA!

This CD travels a lot with us and I always try to bring it back in the house. In the car, it plays and the kids sing along as they do other things (clearly the words are getting through!) and I love hearing them in the seat behind me. It really makes me smile. When I bring it back in the house and crack up the tunes, my daughter is the first to start dancing to it.

Since the songs are familiar, it really makes it easy for them to catch the tunes and roll with it. You can totally hear them switch between the two languages without even pausing.

If you want a great way to teach your kids French (and I suspect their Spanish ones are just as amazing) then check out this CD and the parts offered! SO GOOD!

Jesse Kimmel-Freeman, The Insane Ramblings of a Crazed Writer, review of Allons Danser !