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.
Azeem: Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum, and I'm so glad to be here. I came across this forum reading Adam's book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability.
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Azeem: I will be a father soonest, and I'm curious about nurturing my child's English and my local dialect 'Yoruba' speaking ability from the start. I live in Germany, where English is a minority language.
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Azeem: I look forward to hearing personal experiences, tips, etc., on making the journey for me fascinating. Thanks.
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Adam Beck: Azeem, welcome! We look forward to learning more about you and your family in your first post at the "Introduce Yourself" board.
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Caro C.: We are expecting our second one... just found out last Thursday... I created a new thread to talk about the inquiries that start to arise on this subject... please visit: bilingualzoo.com/thread/1286/baby-2-oven
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