English DVD Recommendations

Little Pim English/ESL

Little Pim is a popular series designed specifically for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. This award-winning program was created by Julia Pimsleur Levine, daughter of Dr. Paul Pimsleur, creator of the best-selling foreign language learning method. Each thirty-five minute DVD contains seven five-minute episodes and introduces over 60 words and phrases using both footage of children and Pim, an animated panda. If your child enjoys these DVDs (there are 3 in this set, but you can buy them individually as well) there are several other Little Pim DVDs in English available.

Leap Frog Letter Factory

We just love this series by Leap Frog! The frog characters, Tad, Leap, and Lily, offer a wonderful and engaging introduction to letters in English! Children will get to visit “The Letter Factory” and see where each letter is made. Each letter sound is introduced in a creative way with a fun song and visual to help young learners remember it. In order for children to start reading in English, they must understand the relationship between the sounds in spoken words and the letters that represent those sounds. This DVD will teach your child this connection in no time! If you like this DVD, there are seven more in this collection.


Sight Words (Rock N’ Roll)

How exciting to see human beings in space! Your children will love the songs in this 50 minute DVD and you will love the concepts that they pick up along the way! Sight words are the most frequently used words in the English language, and this DVD helps students read them automatically. The words are presented in meaningful contexts so that your young learners will soak up understanding of the words as opposed to simply seeing words in isolation. For example, when children learn “up” and “down,” these words are taught in the context of seeing objects or characters moving up and down. Created with the help of reading specialists and classroom teachers, this entertaining DVD will make a solid connection between 60 sight words and their meanings. If you like this DVD, there are many more titles available for children of all ages. BONUS: Check out the Rock n Learn website listed on the DVD box for free supplemental activities.

Meet The Sight Words 1

This 40 minute DVD makes learning Sight Words approachable and easy! Many words don’t follow basic decoding rules and are difficult for new readers to pick up. It can be frustrating for young learners to learn how to read because there are so many words that they must simply memorize such as “you”, “and” and “the”. This DVD helps children recognize sight words through anthropomorphic graphics that bring the letters to life. If you like this DVD, there are ten more titles available from this company.


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Sesame Street: Kids’ Favorite Songs

In this DVD from Sesame Street, Elmo’s getting ready for his Top Ten Countdown on the radio and everyone on Sesame Street wants him to play their favorite songs! But with so many great songs to choose from, how will Elmo pick which ones to play? Songs include classics such as I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, Baa Baa Black Sheep, The Alphabet Song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Row Row Row Your Boat, She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain, John Jacob Jingle-Heimer Schmidt, etc. A great way to get young children to improve vocabulary and language skills, whether or not English is their native tongue.

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Leapfrog: Let’s Go to School

Aimed at kids aged 3-6, this DVD from Leapfrog follows twins Tad and Lily on their first day of school.Kids can join Tad, Lily and their magical firefly Edison as he gives them a tour of the classroom and shows them that the classroom is more nervous than they are! As the twins reassure the blocks, globe, clock and more talking “teachers,” they learn key lessons about phonics, counting, days of the week and animals.


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Kids Yoga with Phonics

What a fun and creative way to get introduce kids to the phonetic sounds of the alphabet! Yoga with Phonics introduces children to each letter of the alphabet along with fun music and physical fitness. Kids are actively entertained in this 33 minute routine where every letter corresponds with a fun yoga pose. Builds strength, balance, flexibility, and confidence. Toddlers learn to identify both lowercase and uppercase letters with the help of colorful graphics and familiar tunes that allow young imaginations to soar. An innovative new approach to learning that familiarizes children with the alphabet.

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Sesame Street: 123 Count with Me

Count on Ernie to make learning the numbers a musical treat! In this popular Sesame Street DVD, Ernie’s stopping by The Furry Arms to show how easy and useful learning to count can be. Adding to the fun, Elmo and, of course, The Count help out with musical numbers of their own. Soon everyone agrees: whether it’s 3 frisky puppies, 6 hungry pigeons, or 15 stampeding elephants, counting is as easy as 1,2,3! Most suitable for toddlers and preschool-aged children.

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