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Contest Closed: Monica was the winner. Chosen by Random.org.
If you are a first-generation American Latina like me, you may be struggling to speak Spanish with your small children. Or, maybe you’re better at it than I am, who knows.
But, beyond conversation, those of us winging it alone look to books, music and yes, la tele, to surround the little ones with the sounds of Spanish.
I recently discovered a channel that I wish aired in my corner of the world: V-me — veh-meh – from the Spanish veme, which means “see me.” It’s the fastest-growing TV network focused on Hispanics, with shows on everything from pets to cooking to kids. It is carried on basic cable in major markets and via satellite and cable providers. You can see whether it airs in your area by checking their website. If you don’t read Spanish very well, hit the translate button. The station carries many children’s educational pre-school shows in Spanish, including the popular Sesame Street, Jim de la Luna, Lazy Town and Peep. You can see the long list of shows and discover some games for kids on the site.
Anyway, the nice gente at V-me are giving you, Tiki Tiki readers, free copies of Lazy Town and Peep Spanish language DVDs. Three winners will receive a copy each of Lazy Town and Peep and the Big World DVDs in Spanish.
Que cool, right?
So, we know that Lazy Town promotes exercise and health, and goodness knows that in this era of increasing chronic disease and obesity, we need some cheering on of good health. The dire stats are most horrendous for Latino and African-American children, if you didn’t already know that.
Now, about sweet Peep, from the informational press release:
“Young viewers join Peep, a newly-hatched chicken; Chirp, a smart and sassy robin; and an endearingly, egotistical duck named Quack on all their wide-eyed adventures—from discovering shadows, to investigating mysterious tracks, to learning about gravity.
Underlying the series is a comprehensive science curriculum that uses humor, entertaining plotlines, and lovable characters to engage viewers in a way that allows them to learn about science without even realizing it. Each episode contains one animated PEEP story that highlights a specific science concept and one live-action video that presents real kids playing and experimenting with this same concept in their own ‘big wide worlds.’”
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Leave a comment on this post and share tips and tricks for getting your kids to speak Spanish. How are you rating yourself on passing down the habla habla of your gente. (If you are not bilingual, or aren’t working on teaching your kids Spanish, tell us why you want the DVDs)
For a second chance, go become a Fan of V-me on Facebook and leave us a second comment telling us you did just that.
The winner will be selected using Random.org. The DVDs will be shipped by the sponsor.
Contest runs today through noon CST, Friday, March 26. Winner has days to contact Tiki Tiki or a new winner will be chosen.