Language Stories

Bon appetit! Reinforce your child's language learning in the kitchen

Posted by Language Stars on Jan 11, 2018 3:53:55 PM

Your child is on their way to learning a new language and you're seeing the results that Language Stars programs provide. How can you build on what your child is learning in the classroom?

One of our top parenting tips is to take your child's newfound language skills into the kitchen. Preparing meals or treats with your child is a fun shared activity that you both will enjoy. It promotes a love of all things culinary, teaches them valuable life skills like patience, responsibility and teamwork, and it'll also keep language acquisition humming along at home.

Here are some ideas for 'bilingual cooking' with your young learner:

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Topics: parenting, language

The top five benefits of summer day camp

Posted by Language Stars on Jan 10, 2018 10:06:14 AM

It might not seem like it, considering the temperature outside, but summer will be here before you know it. What do you have lined up for your child to do? Have you considered day camp? If you haven't, you should!

Summer day camp is not just about finding something to occupy your child's time during those long months when they're out of school. It provides them with so many benefits, beyond getting them away from their smartphones or favorite TV shows. Whether it's enhanced learning, skill building and self-esteem, making new friends or broadening horizons, summer day camp is a must for your young learner. Here are five of the top benefits of sending your child to day camp this summer.

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Topics: parenting

An educator's guide to the summer slide [Infographic]

Posted by Language Stars on Jan 8, 2018 8:38:16 PM

As an educator, you've likely observed the summer slide. That blank look on  student faces in September when they should easily be able to recall curriculum from earlier in the year can quickly give you grey hairs.

The summer slide or summer learning loss is defined as the academic attrition a student experiences over the summer.  Whether you're a principal, administrator or teacher, this epidemic impacts you in numerous ways. Explore our infographic  for an overview of the summer slide and discover two easy solutions to help your students stay on track as they build fluency in a world language.

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Topics: infographic, foreign language, Educator

Five unexpected benefits of learning a foreign language

Posted by Language Stars on Jan 5, 2018 3:27:51 PM

Why should your child learn a foreign language when English is spoken, or at least partially understood, in many countries around the globe? Learning another language is never a waste of time, but the benefits go well beyond being able to ask for directions to the Gare du Nord in Paris, ordering pasta with confidence in a Roman trattoria or saying hello to a friendly face in Beijing.

When you're visiting another country, knowing the language — even the basics — makes traveling easier, safer and more fun, but there are more compelling reasons to expose your child to a world language at a young age. Here are five unexpected benefits of learning another language.

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Topics: childhood development, foreign language

5 reasons to enroll in a Language Stars summer camp [Infographic]

Posted by Language Stars on Jan 4, 2018 2:48:21 PM

It's that time of the year to start planning for summer camps! Before you know it, your young learner will have completed another year of school or will be closer to entering their first school experience. 

While there is a multitude of summer enrichment camps, a foreign language summer camp or summer class is the perfect way to give your young learner a global experience without leaving the country. As you consider different summer camps to help your child avoid the summer slide, make sure to explore our top 5 reasons why you should enroll your young learner in a Language Stars summer program. 

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Topics: infographic, foreign language

What foreign language should my child learn?

Posted by Language Stars on Dec 29, 2017 9:52:28 AM

When deciding what world language your child should learn, there are many considerations. One question many parents struggle with is what factors should I consider when determining the right foreign language for my child?

The issue with this common question is that what's considered most practical is highly subjective. What you value most from learning a particular language is very different than what another parent may value. That being said, here are some considerations where you should weigh when evaluating what language your child should learn.

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Topics: parenting, foreign language, language

Why choose private immersion classes?

Posted by Language Stars on Dec 28, 2017 11:40:33 AM

You've decided to enrich your child's life with foreign language classes. Great! Which option should you choose—group classes or one-on-one instruction? The short answer: You can't go wrong with either. But there are key differences to consider when exploring foreign language private lessons.

Group classes offer fun, camaraderie, friendship and peer support. Kids thrive in FunImmersion® and are engaged by high-energy activities that incorporate play-based learning. At Language Stars, the classroom experience is a blend of enriching group activities blended with fun projects. Children learn the language in an organic, natural way and have fun doing it.

However, in a group setting, the pace may be too slow for some and too fast for others.

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Topics: foreign language, language

What world languages are easiest to learn?

Posted by Language Stars on Dec 21, 2017 1:29:02 PM

No language is better than another, but some might argue that certain world languages are easier or more challenging to learn than others. Several factors influence the difficulty of learning a particular language, including grammar rules, alphabetic structure and similarities to English.

If you want to know what may come easy and what might be challenging about learning a language, ask a Language Stars Teacher or Director. As native speakers, Language Stars teachers can provide quality insight into what it takes to learn a foreign language. That being said, here is a high-level overview of some of the most in-demand languages today.

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Topics: foreign languages, french, spanish, italian, german, mandarin, language, arabic

Resources to immerse your child in a foreign language outside of class

Posted by Language Stars on Dec 12, 2017 3:34:14 PM

Your child is taking Language Stars classes and loving every minute of it. Fun and learning go hand in hand, so progressing toward becoming bilingual comes naturally. It's obvious kids love to come to class, but as a busy parent, how can you support this learning at home?

As a parent, you know that learning a foreign language is a skill that will benefit your child throughout their life. You want to build on the momentum gained in the classroom by providing resources and opportunities for your child at home. Even if you don't speak the language yourself, you can continue the educational experience with a few fun ideas.

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Topics: parenting, language

Creative ways to improve your child's literacy

Posted by Language Stars on Dec 6, 2017 7:41:34 PM

When striving to instill a lifelong love of learning in youngsters, reading should be at the core of your efforts. Reading opens doors, inspires the imagination and provides opportunities throughout life.

Unfortunately, an estimated 93 million U.S. adults read at or below the basic level needed to contribute successfully to society, according to Parent.com. Your child's literacy is a critical skill to start nurturing early so your young learner develops into a healthy and happy adult. That means as a parent or educator, you can give your kids a step up on their future simply by opening a book. 

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Topics: parenting, Educator