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Summer foreign language enrichment for kids

Posted by Language Stars on Mar 24, 2017 12:02:59 PM

 

Blue sky, a warm summer breeze and the laughter of neighborhood kids playing outside. These are just a few of the best things about summer. It’s hard to imagine any downside to the sweet music pouring out of the local ice cream truck, but unfortunately summer does present a few challenges when it comes to developing world language skills. 

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Topics: parenting, foreign language

3 ways to continue foreign language development during spring break

Posted by Language Stars on Mar 22, 2017 1:52:41 PM

Spring break is just around the corner and your child is probably looking forward to vacation and time away from school. While it might be tempting to put away your child's workbook or world language practice materials, spring break is an excellent time to have some fun while reinforcing foreign language skills. Here's how....

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Topics: parenting, foreign language

Multilingual kids will have a huge advantage in the future

Posted by Language Stars on Mar 17, 2017 11:51:15 AM

Being bilingual provides a wide array of benefits. But imagine the doors that could be opened if your child was exposed to a third or fourth language. Here are three critical advantages multilingual children have as they grow up and enter the real world. 

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Topics: spanish, parenting, foreign language, mandarin

6 reasons your school needs better language programs [Infographic]

Posted by Language Stars on Mar 15, 2017 2:09:39 PM

Whether you're a school principal, PTO/PTA parent, or a key decision maker at an educational program, you've likely balanced trying to offer quality foreign language teachers with a shrinking budget. While some schools and educational programs are providing high-quality world language enrichment, many are struggling to deliver an experience that provides the foreign language instruction needed to raise language proficiency and transferable STEM skills. Explore this infographic to discover 6 of the top reasons why your school or educational program needs to find a better solution. 

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Topics: childhood development, foreign language, schools

Why children need year-round foreign language enrichment

Posted by Language Stars on Mar 8, 2017 2:06:38 PM

 
If you purchased a football and had no previous experience playing football, would you expect to turn into Tom Brady after practicing for 3 months? If the answer is yes, you may want to read up on Brady's training regimen. If the answer is no, then you're well on your way to understanding why it's important your child takes foreign language classes on a year-round basis.

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Topics: languages, childhood development, foreign language

5 reasons children should start a foreign language early [Infographic]

Posted by Language Stars on Mar 8, 2017 10:56:23 AM

Have you ever wondered what age is best to start learning a world language? Well, the short answer is it's never too early! In fact, experts have proven that even babies and toddlers receive a boost in their early childhood development from learning a foreign language.  Explore our infographic containing 5 of the top reasons why it's never too early to start learning a world language

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Topics: childhood development, infographic, foreign language

3 ways foreign language classes will change your child’s future

Posted by Language Stars on Feb 28, 2017 7:03:07 PM

 

We live in an instant gratification world. With the rise of the Internet, mobile phones and social media, it’s easy to expect instant results. Fortunately (or unfortunately) foreign language enrichment doesn’t quite work that way. Learning a world language is a lifelong pursuit and unlike some other enrichment opportunities, your child will reap the benefits well into adulthood. 

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Topics: languages, foreign language

5 ways your child can discover world culture this summer [infographic]

Posted by Language Stars on Feb 23, 2017 11:34:00 AM

Whether you are a parent of a bilingual child or simply looking to raise a global citizen, cultural events are high impact opportunities to enrich your young learner. Summer presents a multitude of ways to enrich your child through foreign language summer camps or by hosting "Foreign Film Fridays".  Explore 5 of our favorite methods to provide a little cultural enrichment this summer in the infographic below.

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Topics: childhood development, parenting, foreign language

Language Stars celebrates winner of cultural holiday contest

Posted by Language Stars on Feb 23, 2017 8:06:00 AM

In December, Language Stars kicked off a contest asking families to share pictures of their cultural holiday traditions. We received many great submissions showing the diversity and breadth of cultural traditions practiced by our families.

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Topics: spanish, news, foreign language

3 reasons summer is the perfect time for your child to learn a world language

Posted by Language Stars on Feb 16, 2017 9:43:22 AM

So your young learner is nearly done with the school year and eagerly awaiting the freedom of summer. What to do now? The answer is simple — enroll them in summer world language camps and classes. In fact, summer is the perfect time to start world language classes or to double down on language enrichment. Here’s why…..

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Topics: languages, childhood development, foreign language