Disclaimer: I received a Polish for Kids Full Home Education Set as a thank- you for this review.
As a mom of multilingual children, I am always on the lookout for fun language resources. I especially like it when these resources come in many various media such as books, DVDs. Additionally; I’ve read really good things about flashcards and have been thinking about buying them for a while.
Polish is one of our minority languages and since we don’t have a lot of Polish friends here, I usually rely on family and friends to provide me with Polish books, games and movies. But one of the resources I’ve learned to appreciate is Dino Lingo.
Here’s what they say on their website: “Dino Lingo is an interactive language learning program for children. Fueled by your child’s imagination, learning a new language through our immersive teaching techniques has never been easier. Dino Lingo incorporates play and storytelling into their language learning programs; this method encourages your child to start speaking it almost immediately!”
You can read more about the method and the research behind it on the Dino Lingo Website.
Dino Lingo is a language resource that is meant to help children learn a new language by offering language learning education sets. There are two types of sets for every language: the full home education set and the basic set. Excited about more resources to expose my children to more Polish, I asked for the full home education set for review. This is what was in it when it finally arrived: books, flashcards, posters, CDs and DVD’s. Additionally, you will find a progress chart, a little dino toy and a colouring book.
The education set is divided into topics, for example activities, animals, foods, numbers or colours.
My eldest has immediately taken to the colouring book. She just loves colouring! We also loved the songs-I was very surprised to hear the songs I’ve learned as a child and we spend a few nice moments listening to the songs and dancing.
We loved the posters. One showed a map of the world, one was of a Polish flag, and the other ones related to topics: colours, animals, foods and numbers.
The language in the DVDs was a little too easy for her- but then she is a Polish native speaker so it’s no wonder. I am sure if that was a language she was learning from scratch, it would be very helpful. Additionally, they were not that easy to follow and the music was sometimes annoying.
As for the flashcards, I am thinking of using them as a way to teach my eldest- who is 5 years old- how to read and write.
My little girl has taken to the posters and she is actually learning from them. Just a few days ago, I saw her going through the colours and naming every colour she saw! I should expose her to the DVDs as well. At 3, she can definitely benefit from the set.
I haven’t shown the set to the baby just yet but probably could.
I think Dino Lingo is a fabulous way to teach a child a language or help maintain a minority language when you’re a multilingual family: it’s fun, it uses more than one way to teach (for example through listening, watching, reading) by using all these different media.
A lot depends on the age of the child (for example it was too simple for my 5 year old but just right for my 3 year old) and their language level (if my eldest was learning a new language, the set would be perfect for her).
Also, a lot depends on the family: for example in our case, the flashcards often get lost and it was hard to persuade the children to clean them up after playing. I also miss a book that would introduce the characters form the movie, tying it all together.
That being said, DinoLingo is a great resource for language-loving children.