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8 popular hobbies for modern kids

Posted by Language Stars on May 19, 2017 8:36:04 AM

Do you have a hobby you love? If so, it has likely provided you with hours of entertainment and satisfaction throughout the years. A hobby can be anything you do simply because it's fun. It's the enjoyment a person gets from it that makes it so special and often something one does for years, even decades.

Of course, hobbies aren't just for adults. For kids, hobbies can be a wonderful way to pass time doing something they're passionate about. While just about anything can be considered a hobby, certain things are particularly popular with kids today. Let's dive in to explore eight hobbies that are trending now: 

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Topics: parenting, foreign language, language

A message from the Language Stars CEO | Our promise to you

Posted by Language Stars on May 16, 2017 9:20:25 AM


When I started at Language Stars a little over a year ago, I knew there were opportunities to build on what has made this organization successful since it opened its doors in 1998. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting our amazing teachers, our caring team members, and most importantly our valued families. After doing a lot of listening, I’ve identified four key areas we will be enhancing. 

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Topics: news

When school’s out, what’s in? 3 ways to fill the dog days of summer

Posted by Language Stars on May 9, 2017 12:59:57 PM

The bell rings, desks have been emptied and kids are running to the bus declaring "School's out for summer!" 

Students of all ages rejoice at the end of the school year, eagerly looking forward to the fun summer brings. But for parents, keeping kids busy without a regular routine can be a big challenge. The last thing you want is a couch potato and you certainly want to avoid the summer slide—the learning loss that happens when kids are out of the classroom for break. 

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Topics: parenting, language

After-school activities to keep kids active, energized and engaged

Posted by Language Stars on May 3, 2017 4:49:26 PM

Kids spend their days learning and playing at school, but too often it seems they return home after the final bell to a comfy couch and a tablet or TV. While relaxation is essential to finding a healthy, balanced lifestyle, kids sometimes take downtime too far.

To keep kids engaged, parents must find after-school activities that excite their children. Education doesn't stop outside the classroom. With these top extracurricular options, your kids will be having so much fun, they won't even realize they're learning.

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Topics: foreign language, language

Start early with a foreign language for your child

Posted by Amanda Michetti on Apr 27, 2017 9:03:33 AM


As a lover of language and culture, my passions take me to multi-cultural environments. Since college, I’ve focused on studying Arabic. Immediately after graduating from James Madison University, I moved to Amman, Jordan for what was supposed to be a 10-week language intensive grant called the Critical Language Scholarship program; I ended up staying in Amman for two years.

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Topics: foreign language, language

The link between language and culture [Infographic]

Posted by Language Stars on Apr 26, 2017 11:46:41 AM

For decades, people have debated the relationship between language and culture. Some people believe language and culture have little to do with each other, while others believe language is the primary factor in shaping culture. While the debate is certain to continue, check out our infographic to discover the five ways learning a foreign language is linked with exploring a new culture. 

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Topics: infographic, foreign language, language

What is FunImmersion? [Infographic]

Posted by Language Stars on Apr 4, 2017 4:12:53 PM

Whether you're a proud Language Stars parent or new to kids foreign language classes, you might be wondering "What is funImmersion"? While FunImmersion® incorporates many elements of play-based learning, we've been fine-tuning our special methodology since 1998. Explore our infographic to discover how FunImmersion helps build language fluency in kids

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Topics: parenting, infographic, foreign language

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