My niece has a Tonie box and I plan to buy one for my kids for Christmas. They love it and children as young at 18 months can use it. Basically it's a little box that comes with figurines. You can download whatever you want and each figurine is like a key that unlocks a different song, audio book or voice recording. So basically the child puts the figurine on top of the little box and then the audio book starts, or music or your special message etc. My niece is half German, so they have put German songs and the family regularly send her messages by uploading to the cloud. So for example the family that lives in Germany will upload their message via the cloud and she uses the little figurine and puts it on the box and hears the new message. My kids love playing with this when they are at the house. It's a great way, I think, to increase exposure and an easy way to send your special message for them to hear. When reading the website it sounds very cool. My niece enjoyed using it from before the age of two and would use the figurines to listen to the different tunes. I'm not sure what countries have this. I just know it's originally from Germany and now available in the UK and some parts of Europe. I just hope it's not too complicated for me to figure out with the cloud stuff and downloading.
My youngest will get it for Christmas, I just prepared it downloading some audio books in our ml to it and it was very easy to use. And for the ML we will borrow the already prepared ones from the library.
I have to say, this is pretty amazing! Finally the kids received it, as I saved it for Xmas. It is very easy and I am loving it! (Maybe even more then the kids! LOL). You can basically record whatever you like onto the creative tonies (so you can read stories, sing songs etc or basically talk and say what you want in the language you decide). I am going to have my au pair record herself reading different stories the children selected. This way they can listen to her reading it in bed etc when she is not around.
Veda L: A happy belated new year to all keepers! Any quick tips on how to edit profile (kids’ ages etc)? I’ve fumbled about with no luck. Thanks!
Jan 9, 2019 23:58:17 GMT 9
Mayken: Veda, when you go to your "Profile", there's a button at the top right that says "Edit Profile". Then click on the "Personal" tab (and other tabs) to edit the information. Hope that helps!
Jan 10, 2019 0:14:02 GMT 9
Veda L: Many thanks to Mayken for the tip. Finally changed my profile. To those who are celebrating Chinese New Year, a healthy and prosperous year of the pig in advance!
Jan 30, 2019 6:44:01 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Here's a lively list of 20 bloggers raising bilingual/multilingual children! (Recognize anyone?) buff.ly/2QT0eHL
Jan 31, 2019 9:01:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Hey Adam Beck, how come your photo on that list is bigger than everyone else's?
Jan 31, 2019 23:59:17 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, I don't know, but I wish I could say it's because I'm taller! My son (almost 12) is now nearly as tall as I am. Just yesterday I told him that I have to start growing again!
Feb 1, 2019 10:12:14 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for sharing the impressions of your trip to China! I love those duck boats and that doorway! And meeting those kids wanting to speak English with you is so amazing!(I won't enter the giveaway because I'm afraid of winning the chicken claws!)
Feb 6, 2019 0:24:50 GMT 9
Mayken: My friend S asked her bilingual 2.5-year-old daughter: What language do mommy & daddy speak? D: English! S: What language does Grandma speak? D: French! S: What language do the cats speak? D (*thinks, then answers*): Meow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:08:00 GMT 9
Amy: Bless!! how cute is that!!! Reminds me of a similar thing that happened with my youngest when she was 18 months: she said the sound right for every animal but the cow. She kept answering "Lola" because of a famous Spanish nursery rhyme about a cow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:40:09 GMT 9
Alba: My son caught us by surprise when we said thank you (in English) to a waiter in a Mexican restaurant, and he said "gracias" (thank you) to him too in Spanish, also signing it! He was having a blast and there was some Spanish music in the background.
Feb 10, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
Feb 11, 2019 11:57:53 GMT 9