Baby girl is turning two this month and she’s at that amazing stage where she is learning how to talk and speak in sentences. She picks up so many words just by hearing them and listening to others. Last week my teen daughter got mad at one of our dogs for something and she said “stupid dog” out of anger while she was in the room with Baby sister. The next thing I knew, Baby girl was throwing her toy on the floor and saying “stupid dog” too *ack* We had to have a little sit down with the teens to remind them that now is the time to start watching what is said around the baby; she’s like a little sponge that is soaking it all up and taking it all in! Actually, they all are! All children are taking everything they see and hear to heart. When we’re doing all we can do to help, it’s amazing! If we are lacking, well, we can strive to do better!
If you have a little learner at home, the best thing you can do for them during the early years is expose them to new experiences, words, and languages. It doesn’t matter how difficult you think it is, they are learning effortlessly! Rest assured, your children are taking it all in even if we (parents) aren’t 100% positive.
Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start with our little learners. Most of us don’t remember what it was like to not know how to speak. When speaking is second nature to us, it can be difficult to teach others. The Piccoli Horses can start from the beginning with your little learner, teaching them English & French!
Take a look at the plush horses and language building app — your child will love them both!
The Piccoli Horses themselves are a beautiful plush horse your child can carry with them anywhere. Encourage your child to utilize their plush as a vessel for all of their knowledge to be poured upon. Let your child speak to it and carry their horse friend with them anywhere! Speaking to the horse plush is just as helpful as speaking to us! Prompt your child to speak what they are learning from the Piccoli Zoo app by saying “Did you teach [horse name] how to say [new word]” You can also use your child’s Piccoli Horse plush as an association tool, prompting them to prepare for your time together playing Piccoli Zoo. You might say “Where is [insert horse name], go grab [horse] and let’s play at the Zoo!” This gives your child a chance to prepare themselves and get excited to learn!
The app is very simple. It demonstrates a photo of the word and then a “talk” button will appear. Your child will press this button to hear the word being said. Press the “talk” button again to hear the word spoken again. This time, encourage your child to repeat what they have heard. Soon thereafter, the Piccoli Horse will appear on the right side of the screen. Prompt your child to swipe to see a new image (associated with the same word). Push the “talk” button to hear the word and repeat after Piccoli Zoo OR press the “play” icon to act out the word. Collect stars to move onward. Your child will learn more, and more, each time you play together.
About Piccoli Horses & the Piccoli Zoo App
When Kimberly Rogers’ son was three years old he was diagnosed with gradual on-set hydrocephalus, a genetic brain disease. After surgery, English to become foreign language to him and he had to learn how to speak all over again — all the way at the beginning. Inspired by the very horses that Dylan loved during his reteaching process, Kimberly created the Piccoli Horses company. Piccoli Horses and the Piccoli Zoo introduces children to the fun of foreign languages through play. With our their super-soft plush horse and educational app, children speak words out loud and move their whole bodies in physical play. It’s a more natural way of learning!
Piccoli Horses consists of a stuffed horse and an educational app. The horse is a beautiful, soft, plush horse — with no electronic features. The horse becomes one of the child’s best friends, great for hours of pretend play. The classic stuffed animal is designed to complement the app, but the two do not have to go together. (Teenagers and adults love the plush horse just as much as children!) Each horse comes with its own name and the child can give their horse a nickname on Piccoli Horses’ website.
Piccoli’s approach to learning is rooted in the methods used by speech pathologists and pediatric occupational therapists — created with the help of these and other child development experts to let children maximize their speaking fluency during the years when the human brain is open to receiving new languages.
The app uses a cartoon version of the horse to prompt the child to guide the child to each next screen. For instance, in the English Piccoli Zoo app, the child sees a bear walking and hears the words, “bear walk.” The child repeats the words aloud, “bear, walk.” Then the child sees and a photo of a child walking like the bear. Then the child is encouraged to walk like the bear. All the time the child plays the game, the plush horse is right there, offering a loving connection to the here and now. The result? Kiddos learn little words in different languages, move their bodies and learn better.
The Piccoli Name Finder
When our Piccoli Horses arrived, my kids loved using the Piccoli Name Finder to learn what their horses’ show name was. If you look inside your Piccoli Horse’s saddle, there is a unique code that can be entered at Piccoli Horses to register your child’ horse — we loved this! My son’s horse was Corporal Neptune! He calls him Blackie the Bat Horse instead, so we were able to add his ‘nickname” to his name registry. After completing the registry of your child’s horse, you can print it immediately OR have it mailed to you! I recommend the special mail delivery just because kids love getting their own mail.
Visit Piccoli Horses online to trot on over to introduce your kids to this unique, effective, and fun approach to learning to speak English and foreign languages.
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