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Giveaway: Spanish Children’s TV Show DVDs

Submitted by on March 23, 2010 – 8:40 am18 Comments

Required Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation to write this post. All I get is the joy your win will bring me…

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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To Win:

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.

Good luck!

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  • Alejandra says:

    I totally agree! let the little ones surround themselves with Spanish, music makes it easier to remember too.

    Great review!

    Thanks! :)

  • Evenshine says:

    Our kids don’t watch TV, so Netflix is a fave. The DVDs have settings so you can change the language, so hubby and I let the kids watch once in English, then once in Spanish. It’s amazing how much vocab is picked up this way. Our daughter especially loves the sound words, and words like Oops!
    .-= Evenshine´s last blog ..Gloaming =-.

  • Elizabeth says:

    The trick for me is that my husband doesn’t speak English, so both boys need to speak Spanish to communicate with their father. Also, I make sure that when I’m teaching him new words, I repeat them in both languages (train tracks = vias de tren, tent = tienda or casa de campaña, etc.).

    When we were growing up, my parents used to send us to Mexico for the entire summer so we would remain bilingual. My aunt was a teacher and her principal let us join class for the last month of school.

    So far, I think we’re doing okay in keeping the balance between English and Spanish. Hopefully we can continue once everyone is in school.

  • jackie says:

    Dude, I would love to win this! We just learn Spanish words one at a time based on whatever we are doing that day…I have a hard time teaching her how to string them together to make real sentences though.

  • Dariela says:

    Oh this one looks cool! I’ve never seen this show. I’m sure Adrian will love it.

    My trick is “no entiendo” when he speaks english to me and has always worked! I haven’t said for a while cause he know that with me he speaks spanish only. With his dad is english because he wont understand spanish so it does work!!
    .-= Dariela´s last blog ..Las "Blankies" =-.

  • gigi hall says:

    I think the key is: community support (includes you guys!), committment, and consistency. I spoke only spanish to my oldest for his first 2 yrs, switched the audio on the disney movies to spanish, and bought bilingual books so my husband could read to him in spanish and know what he was saying. My sitter only spoke spanish so it was perfect. UNTIL…he realized i couldnt force him to speak spanish. Now he hates his spanish class at school and claims he wants to learn french instead. siiiigh.

    This website has re-inspired me to teach my sons (now I have 2 of them!) spanish. My oldest son’s teacher – who is asian – insists i just speak spanish to him. “He’s a smart boy. He’ll figure it out” she says. So… I’m going to try again. Thanks to you guys!

    BTw, i grew up with the “En esta casa se habla espanol” rule!

  • Karina says:

    The toughest part is school. My daughter (5) spoke Spanish right up until she started PreK. As was expected, she started in an English classroom and totally adapted to the English. She’s not in a bilingual class, it’s all English. So, we make it a point to have both girls (other one is 3) speak Spanish at home. We sing them nursery rhymes and songs in Spanish, as well as introduce them to characters from Spanish literature (Manolito Gafotas, Mafalda) and TV shows from the past (Miliki, Cepillin). I change language settings when we watch DVDs.

    We’re fortunate in that the girls go to Spain in the summer and spend some weeks there (total immersion). And since I’m a Bilingual teacher I am able to bring home lots of literature and worksheets for both of them to work on at home.

    I hope I can win these DVDs :D They’d be a great resource at home and in my classroom!

  • gigi hall says:

    Became a fan of v-me (and suggested it to family & friends). I didn’t realize there was adult content on there too (adult – family friendly I mean!)

  • Karina says:

    And by the way, I’m glad there’s another option for Spanish programming. Frankly, I’m not impressed with Telemundo’s and Univision’s programming. Makes me kind of disappointed that my 2nd graders know too much about Spanish novelas not enough about classic fairy tales. :(

    I’ll have to check out this new channel.

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  • LInda says:

    I speak to my daughter in spanish, and my husband in english. When we ask her questions we repeat after each other in English and Spanish, so she hears the same question in both languages. She is 20 months and she understands both and translates everything she says like: mami apple (apo) manzana (mansanana)
    I hope our technique is working! lol

  • Linda says:

    I am a fan on Facebook – Linda Altamirano-Cabrera

  • Annie says:

    We are desperately trying to teach our son Spanish but with my husband speaking only English, the responsibility is all mine. It’s tough, though, but I’m trying. These videos seem like they are a lot of fun!

  • Sra. López says:

    I’m not entering because my kids are getting a little old, but that Peep show used to crack me up. I love the dry sarcastic humor of Quack.

    Thanks for the tip on V-me. I just checked and we have that channel! I think I may have discovered it before but forgot about it. I’m going to write the channel number down and put it near the TV so the kids know there’s another channel they can watch, (outside of Nick Jr., Disney, etc.)
    .-= Sra. López´s last blog ..I have a voice and I will not be silenced =-.

  • Monica says:

    I’m not fluent in Spanish, but what words I do know, I’m teaching my son, which is more than my parents did with me. These videos would be great for both of us!

  • Monica says:

    I also became a FB fan of V-me

  • Liz I says:

    I really would like my children to learn spanish (they’re 2 and 3 right now) however I don’t know how to go about it…I’m semi-fluent but don’t feel confident that I can correctly teach them just on my own. Definitley been looking for products like this to help me along!

  • Liz I says:

    I just became a fan of V-me on Facebook!