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About

My First Language Lesson by Chatterfun Media

Interactive and Fun Language Lessons for Early Childhood

Hi - We are Chatterfun Media! Please read, share and join us - send me a message or ask a question. I hope you find our project inspiring, enriching and promising.   -Scott

Project Outcome - We are designing an activity workbook and CD based on our work in teaching kids foreign language and culture. Our interactive learning modules are designed as first steps in learning for ages 3-12 and encourage kids to explore, discover, play, learn and develop a passion and interest in languages.

Entertain your children with fun characters and animation to guide, challenge and engage them in games, experiences, and videos. Our project outcomes will include illustrated activity worksheets likes mazes and coloring pages, cultural themes designed to bring language closer to the life experience and games like a spelling bee to challenge and have fun. You might also consider rewards to design e-mmersion books to bring language to life through classic nursery rhymes or to create a pirate diversion for a little fun and amusement with language.

Who is Chatterfun? - Chatterfun Media is composed of teachers who have developed lessons and activities to engage and entertain young minds with language. Our interests are to:

  • introduce language much earlier in school and at home
  • make a simple introduction to language
  • encourage children to explore and discover language and culture
  • play with language to better understand, learn and grow
  • make it affordable and available to all students
  • increase the chances that a student will become fluent

Before you invest in a language program like Beginning Spanish or Chinese 101, Chatterfun is designed to deliver foundational outcomes to become better prepared and more successful in language learning. We have completed the initial design, tested and marketed two programs - ABC's with Elly and Spelling Bee. Our project will take this research to a new level by adding more creative elements and fun by means of theme design, games, interactivity and illustrations.

Learn more about Chatterfun products by clicking on these links 

Project Highlights - Our Kickstarter project will take the initial design work to a higher production level. Using the feedback received from parents and schools, we will add 500+ additional words, 200+ activity worksheets, and more themes, animation, characters and games. Furthermore, we will add at minimum one additional language determined via an exclusive Kickstarter poll. We will publish a workbook and CD for children to explore and play with language and culture. The result is more interactivity, more learning and better results. Continue to scroll down to review a list of project deliverables.

Our Team - We are working on the design of the book, additional illustrations and coding of the software. We have already developed out electronic flashcards and a spelling bee game. ABC’s with Elly has eight categories: letters, numbers, signing with letters, animals and nature, food and eating, people and things, leisure and entertainment, science and math. Spelling Bee operates by level with the child playing the game and advancing by level. We will be updating both software titles while adding an additional game. I am looking at counting, puzzles, songs and a sticker book as options for games. I am interested in hearing your feedback on the game. You can email me your thoughts or ideas. During this project, we will bring both titles together in one software package while redesigning with cultural themes based on the language chosen.  These themes will be illustrated to countries or regions where the language is spoken and contain historical figures, landmarks, pop culture, etc. The activity workbook is a new feature for kids to use off-the-computer. The design of the workbook will follow the same attributes of the software but will include many fun activities like mazes, coloring pages, word searches and kid-friendly cultural activities like games and recipes related to the country or region.You will find more project details and deliverables below -

Why Care? - Learning a foreign language is expensive and difficult. If you consider at home options, programs can cost several hundred dollars therefore most parents wait for the school system to provide formal education in foreign language. In the United States, the average age for a student to enroll in a school based language program is 14. In Spain, a three year old child can expect to be introduced to a second language. While difficult to measure, it is estimated that fewer than 1% of American students reach fluency after high school. Critics argue that foreign language is a waste of money and time. Is foreign language important? We believe so and encourage you to visit the links below outlining the pros and cons -

What We Can Do - The majority of parents and teachers believe foreign language is a great asset and can be taught earlier with better results. An online poll by Debate.org shows a wide (80%) support for foreign language instruction in elementary schools. Chatterfun products can be used at home or in school. Our passion and niche is in the first steps of language learning with an outcome of having better prepared and more successful language learners. At the same time, we hope to effect change by having younger students engage and experiment with a second language.

Early Press for Chatterfun - Initial feedback has been positive. We are seeing excellent results when children are introduced to language and culture in the classroom and then have the opportunity to explore at home. Therefore, we have partnered with schools, day care centers, community sites and others to install Chatterfun in the classroom. We have also developed the tools so schools do not need bilingual staff or foreign language specialists. Furthermore, we have been highly encouraged to develop more hands-on off-the-computer exercises which relates to the primary purpose of this project. Lastly, we have multiple requests for a mobile application Check out these links to read reviews -

How it Works - Children are naturally curious and eager learners. We design each learning module to encourage, challenge and reward. You can select to hear words in your native language and multiple foreign languages. You can explore cultural aspects, play a spelling bee game or print a word search. Ultimately, we hope your child finds a language and culture that he or she has a strong interest. We then encourage that passion to drive them to become fluent.

Project Details - We have outlined and developed a small series of activity worksheets to include: coloring pages, mazes, word searches, match makers, word connect, missing letter, word clues and more. We have also researched games, historically key figures, attractions and other cultural activities. We will grow this collection to publish the workbook with a CD. Our software currently has 1000+ letters, numbers and words. We will expand it to include 500 additional words. Our current learning modules are a flash card and spelling bee challenge. We will seek to add e-mmersion reading modules and a counting game while adding interactivity to the alphabet, more rewarding animations, more characters and another language to explore.

Project Deliverables -

  • 500 or more additional words (the current version already has more than 1000 letters, numbers and words)
  • 200 or more additional activity worksheets (the current version already has more than 100 worksheets)
  • 6 new cultural themes each representing a country or region
  • 10 new animations to entice and/or reward kids
  • 4 new characters to guide, encourage and interact with kids
  • 1 new game module at minimum
  • 1 new language (the current version already has five languages)
  • Interactive design to the alphabet and number modules

Stretch Goals - If funding allows, we will grow to include a mobile application and testing for multiple platforms.We have also outlined additional modules to include songs, e-puzzles, seek and find and other games and activities. You can help us reach our stretch goals by sharing this Kickstarter project at your school, through Facebook, with your friends or writing about in your blog.

Rewards - We hope that we can count on your support. In doing so, we have developed some unique rewards for you. We will honor your participation by sending you an immediate download of our current version or sending our updated workbook with CD. Additional rewards include one-of-a-kind signed art, character design and voice overs, and module input. Consider becoming part of our production test team or donate to have us work directly with the organization of your choice to implement Chatterfun in a learning environment. Lastly, you can fund the development a fun pirate themed language game!

Thank-you

If you have made it this far, you have listened to our story and we appreciate that. Please consider sharing, participating and helping us reach out goal and reach out to me with questions, thoughts or ideas.

Risks and challenges

We have spent a full year designing, testing and polling feedback on our project with the intent of making development efficient and rewarding. In addition, we have built a team of professionals who are dedicated, smart and skilled. Yet we will have challenges. Our software will require coding and testing. These steps can become tedious and slow. Furthermore, we have not previously published our work and kinks may occur as we work with our printer on the workbook and CD. Even with our pre-planning and preparation, we can and do face barriers. However, we have been able to overcome and are driven by our passion in this subject.

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    CHATTERFUN WITNESS:

    Gracias! Merci! Danke! Mahalo! Köszi! Grazie! Dōmo! Спасибо! Xièxie! And many more Thanks! You will receive updates regarding our design and development of the My First Language Lesson workbook and CD including an invitation to purchase upon release.

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    CHATTERFUN E-FLASH CARDS:

    You will receive an electronic pdf download of our e-flash cards in French, German and Spanish. A great addition if your child is already learning a second language. In addition, you will receive updates regarding our design and development of the My First Language Lesson workbook and CD including an invitation to purchase upon release. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language.

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    ABC’s WITH ELLY:

    You will receive a download of ABC’s with Elly 2.0, our current version. In addition, we will update you on the design and development of the My First Language Lesson workbook and CD including an invitation to purchase upon release. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language.

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    ABC’s WITH ELLY + SPELLING BEE + E-FLASH CARDS:

    You will receive a download of ABC’s with Elly and Spelling Bee 2.0, our current versions. In addition, we will update you on the design and development of the My First Language Lesson workbook and CD including an invitation to purchase upon release. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language.

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    ***MY FIRST LANGUAGE LESSON ACTIVITY WORKBOOK***:

    You commit to a finished product and we are going to mail out the workbook and CD to you upon completion. Along the way, we will update you on the design and development. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language. Free shipping to US/Canada - add $10 for international addresses.

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    CHATTERFUN TODAY AND TOMORROW:

    We will provide you with download links today for ABC’s with Elly and Spelling Bee 2.0, our current versions, and mail out the completed My First Language Lesson workbook and CD upon completion. Along the way, we will update you on the design and development. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language. Free shipping to US/Canada - add $10 for international addresses.

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    CHATTERFUN PRODUCTION TEAM TESTER:

    Unlike mainstream, you want to be involved for purposes of having your feedback heard. Your name or company will be posted on our website and in addition to regular updates you will also receive production versions and the final copy of the activity workbook and CD. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language. Open to anyone and any skill level. **You may gift this reward to a teacher, class, educational organization or others.** Free shipping to US/Canada - add $10 for international addresses.

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    WHOLE DEAL + COLLECTOR PRINTS:

    With this pledge, you receive all the benefits of CHATTERFUN TODAY AND TOMORROW. In addition, we will mail you four signed 5X7 prints of software characters suitable for framing. Along the way, we will update you on the design and development. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language. Free shipping to US/Canada - add $15 for international addresses.

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    THE GIFT GIVER ***MY FIRST LANGUAGE LESSON ACTIVITY WORKBOOK X 3 COPIES***:

    You commit to a finished product and we are going to mail out three copies of the workbook and CD to you upon completion. Along the way, we will update you on the design and development. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language. Free shipping to US - add $20 for international addresses.

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    DONOR HEART – GIVE THE GIFT OF CHATTERFUN TO A SCHOOL +++CURRENT VERSION+++:

    We will donate a full set (10 copies) of Chatterfun software, version 2.0, to the school, daycare or organization of your choice and in your name. In addition, we will provide the school with a comprehensive curriculum and lesson plans and full technical support with on-going updates for teaching language in the classroom. Your donation will be listed on our website. Along the way, we will update you on the design and development. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language.

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    ART LOVER – ORIGINAL CHATTERFUN DRAWINGS:

    You love art on the walls and we are going to send you four signed and original drawings of our character illustrations used in the software for you to frame and hang in your home or office. Drawing size is 8X10 for ease in framing and is only available during this Kickstarter campaign. Along the way, we will update you on the design and development and send you a final copy of the My First Language Lesson workbook and CD. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language. Free shipping to US - add $20 for international addresses.

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    DONOR HEART – GIVE THE GIFT OF CHATTERFUN TO A SCHOOL +++BOTH VERSIONS+++:

    We will donate a full set (10 copies) of Chatterfun software to the school, daycare or organization of your choice and in your name. The set will include our current versions today with updates as with our new release in Spring 2014. In addition, we will provide the school with a comprehensive curriculum and lesson plans and full technical support with on-going updates for teaching language in the classroom. Along the way, we will update you on the design and development. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language.

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    FEEDBACK HERO:

    In early childhood education, feedback should be encouraging, positive and nurturing. We will design a character animation and will record your son, daughter, niece, nephew or other child as the voice of the character to reward language learners with positive feedback. The character will appear in one animated spot in the software. We will send you a signed 8X10 original illustration suitable for framing and a final copy of the activity workbook and CD. Along the way, we will update you on the design and development. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language. Free shipping to US - add $20 for international addresses.

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    CHARACTER PLEDGE:

    We will design and illustrate a character (child friendly) based on your specifications. And you name it! The character will have a major appearance throughout our products and website. We will send you a one-of-a-kind signed illustration of the character. Along the way, we will update you on the design and development and send you a final copy of the My First Language Lesson workbook and CD. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language. Free shipping to US - add $20 for international addresses.

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    MY FIRST LANGUAGE LESSON IN PERSON +++SCHOOL VISIT+++:

    We will personally deliver one of the first copies of our final product to your school or organization. We will install, train and consult with the teachers on how to implement while meeting with the students and personally delivering the first lesson. In addition to 10 full versions of the activity workbook and CD, schools will receive a comprehensive curriculum and lesson plans along with technical support and on-going classroom updates. Your donation will be listed on our website. Along the way, we will update you on the design and development. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language.

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    INSPIRED E-MMERSION STORIES:

    As children progress through play with language, immersion learning is the most effective means towards fluency. We will design and translate an e-mmersion (electronic immersion) nursery rhyme or short story of 1000 words or less and credit you as the inspiration. Some ideas include "Happy Birthday" "Five Little Monkey" "Mary Had a Little Lamb" or "You Are My Sunshine". You pick the story but it must be in the public domain or author permitted. Our team will illustrate, translate and compose it to the software. We will choose one illustration to draw, sign and send to you as a gift with a note. Along the way, we will update you on the design and development and send you a final copy of the My First Language Lesson workbook and CD. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language.

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    PLAY LANGUAGE WITH PIRATES:

    Language should not be neglected to pure academic study. Have fun, explore and play with language! We will design a pirate language module and attribute you as the lead pirate. This module will include over 100 words, animations, illustrations and pirate voice-overs. We will choose one illustration to draw, sign and send to you as a gift with a note. Along the way, we will update you on the design and development and send you a final copy of the My First Language Lesson workbook and CD. Lastly, we will invite you to an online poll to vote for our sixth language.

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