Professor Toto

January 6, 2012
Rating: 4.5/5. From 1 vote.
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Professor Toto

Content: Foreign Language – Multiple
Grade(s): PreK – 5th
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time: Minimal
Teacher Manual: Yes
Teacher Involvement: Moderate
Cost: $$ || ?
Pages: DVD & print components
Publication Date: 2003
Updated Review: May 6, 2014

From Professor Toto’s website:

Professor Toto is a series of multi-award winning language education tools for ages 2 to 8. Animated DVDs, song-filled CDs, and colorful workbooks introduce a stimulating menagerie of characters who teach:
* French
* Spanish
* Italian
* Chinese
* German

Professor Toto uses the innovative Thibaut Technique®, the distinctive teaching method pioneered by Thibaut in 1973. His method allows kids to learn naturally, by hearing, not translating. First they hear, then they understand, and finally they speak. Thibaut’s method combines a carefully structured curriculum with a child’s innate love of play. Professor Toto brings a child’s mind to life with color, humor, friends, and action. Kids laugh, respond, and become emotionally involved so their minds’ absorb everything they are seeing, hearing, and saying.

We created Professor Toto as a flexible learning tool so there are myriad ways for your child to enjoy his kit. Very young children are typically content with watching Professor Toto Part I in the target language right away. Some children can only watch it in small bursts, while others are perfectly happy to watch the entire DVD. Just pay attention to your child’s preferences. There’s no perfectly right or wrong way for a youngster to watch Professor Toto.

Children ages 6 to 12 may probably feel more comfortable watching the English version before they watch the Target language (French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, or German). A ten-year-old might read the foreign language script as he watches the foreign language Toto DVD or the Eric’s Day English script, and then alternate between the picture book and a CD. As he or she develops more understanding of the language, he can eliminate the English script and continue with the CD and DVD.

Another way that children may enjoy the kit is by alternating the DVDs with the music CDs. Not only do youngsters enjoy variety, but they exercise a different set of learning skills when focusing on the audio CDs. All children benefit from Word Power, which reviews all basic vocabulary learned in Professor Toto Parts I (including Eric’s Day) and II. Younger children might get more out of Word Power if they begin with Sing & Learn and Professor Toto Parts I and II.

About the Author:
François Thibaut is the founder of the Language Workshop for Children Educational Program and creator of Professor Toto. Mr. Thibaut is a member of the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Network for Early Language Learning (NELL), American Association of Teachers of French (ATTF), American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portugese (AATSP), American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI), the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ), and the National Afterschool Association. Professor Toto has won 6 major educational media awards.

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One Comment

  • Arlynn January 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Professor Toto was a good fit for my kids beginning the language. They enjoyed the DVD’s, audio CD and coloring books. I also purchased the Native Songs CD and we listened in the car on trips. I highly recommend this program, especially when they run their 20% discount sale. Since I had 2 children learning, I requested an additional coloring book so both of my children could have one and they gladly shipped me another one (for a fee). We are very satisfied.

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