New Spanish Immersion Programs for Kids Recognized by Parenting Organizations
Glen Echo, MD (November 14, 2007) – Glen Echo, Maryland-based WHISTLEFRITZ, producer of Spanish immersion DVDs for kids, today announced that the first two DVD programs in its Spanish for Beginners series received awards for excellence from four national parenting organizations. The Whistlefritz series is designed to give kids a language advantage by teaching second language skills early in life when children are most receptive to language learning. Whistlefritz DVDs are available for immediate purchase from www.whistlefritz.com and www.amazon.com.
Whistlefritz was the recipient of the following awards recognizing excellence in the children’s marketplace:
Spanish for Beginners: Vamos a Jugar (Let’s Play)
- iParenting Media Award 2007
- Creative Child Magazine’s 2007 Preferred Choice Award
Spanish for Beginners: Los Animales (Animals)
- The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) 2007 Honors Award
- The National Parenting Center’s 2007 Seal of Approval
- Creative Child Magazine’s 2007 Seal of Excellence
Each of the four awards organizations has a well-deserved and long-standing reputation for rigorously and objectively evaluating and recommending the best children’s products. The National Parenting Center described Los Animales (Animals) as a “unique DVD,” with “whimsical and appealing” characters that offer kids “a fun way to actively participate in expanding their knowledge of Spanish.” NAAPA said that the “very interactive” immersion methods used in Spanish for Beginners: Los Animales make it “downright easy for children to pick up the Spanish language,” calling the DVD a “culturally broadening experience.”
Reviewers were equally enthusiastic about Vamos a Jugar. The reviewers from iParenting Media Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievements in the children’s marketplace, highlighted the “fun and simple” approach the DVD used to teach kids Spanish, noting the “vibrant and active” colors, the appealing teacher and children, and the upbeat songs. Describing the program as “quick moving” and action-filled, reviewers praised the DVD’s ability to engage young children. Creative Child Magazine, a national publication focused on children, bestowed awards on both DVDs, including the prestigious Preferred Choice Award for Vamos a Jugar.
“I am extremely grateful for the recognition that Los Animales and Vamos a Jugar have received from so many respected parenting organizations,” said Heidi Stock, founder and CEO of Whistlefritz. “iParenting Media, The National Parenting Center, the National Parenting Publications Awards, and Creative Child Magazine play key roles in advising parents and educators on the highest quality products available for children.”
ABOUT THE WHISTLEFRITZ DVDs
LOS ANIMALES features the antics of a motley group of animals at play, and includes beloved Spanish-language folksongs, Los Pollitos and Vengan a Ver Mi Granja. VAMOS A JUGAR gives a child’s-eye view of day-to-day activities, and teaches the naming of numbers, clothing, body parts and more. Songs include Spanish folksong, Los Ninos Cuando Bailan, and new twists on favorite children’s songs Cabeza, Hombros and Ojos, Orejas. Both DVDs feature a charming teacher, Maria, her playful puppet pals, and the lively, singing and dancing Whistlefritz kids! Whistlefritz Spanish immersion DVDs are tailored for young children and do not require any prior knowledge of Spanish. Children and adults learn intuitively and naturally by connecting the language to the playful imagery and songs in the videos. A helpful translation guide is included with all DVDs.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Headquartered in Glen, Echo, Maryland on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., Whistlefritz was created out of CEO and founder Heidi Stock’s desire to enrich the lives of children through the discovery of a second language. “As a mother of young children who are learning Spanish as a second language, I founded Whistlefritz because I wanted to create high-quality Spanish immersion DVDs to help parents and educators bring the gift of language to their kids,” said Stock. “Children are most receptive to learning a second language early in life as their cognitive and language abilities are naturally evolving. Whistlefritz DVDs are a fun and engaging way to seize this critical language opportunity using proven language immersion methods to inspire children.”