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.
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Caro C.: OMG I just came across this song and it filled my heart with joy and excitement...perfect for all of us who are parents: youtu.be/g1fcnhB8GOY
May 19, 2019 14:01:55 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Caro, thanks for sharing that lovely song. Raffi was one of our very favorite musicians when my kids were small. We listened to him all the time. I highly recommend his albums as a source of very enjoyable and very effective English input.
May 20, 2019 15:32:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter is on a field trip this week and I feel like I've lost my main purpose
May 20, 2019 20:03:33 GMT 9
Raquel: That's cute, Mayken. I hope you enjoyed all that extra free time.
May 29, 2019 18:17:39 GMT 9
SheilaC: I am concern about our upcoming big change to Public school with all English teaching and minimal Spanish. We have been lucky until now with Spanish speaking Nanny and Spanish immersion preschool. We are doing 2-day per week with Spanish after school.
May 31, 2019 10:51:49 GMT 9
Amy: @sheilac, I suggest you create an actual thread on the "Questions & Concerns" board, so fellow Zoo Keepers can help you with your concerns. 256 characters is too little to discuss something that is so important to your heart
Jun 2, 2019 23:44:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
Jun 4, 2019 8:03:42 GMT 9