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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

Bringing immersive foreign language learning to the classroom

Posted by Language Stars on Dec 5, 2017 5:25:34 PM

Wish you could whisk your students away for an immersive foreign language trip where they experience the culture and language firsthand? Language immersion in a foreign country is a wonderful way to support language development, but you don't necessarily have to leave the classroom to experience the benefits.

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Topics: foreign language, Educator

Authentic materials matter in foreign language classes

Posted by Language Stars on Nov 29, 2017 10:39:16 AM

Full immersion is one of the fastest ways to learn a new language. However, most parents don't have the ability to spend a year or more abroad, and certainly educators aren't able to fly their classes to experience a particular culture firsthand.

Since you can't get students to the other side of the world, you have to bring the world to them. One of the best ways to do this is by using authentic materials when teaching a foreign language to kids.

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Topics: foreign language

Language Stars raises more than 6,000 books for at-risk children

Posted by Language Stars on Nov 20, 2017 4:09:57 PM

Language Stars recently partnered with Bernie's Book Bank to collect gently-used books for children in need. The book drive was a huge hit among Language Stars families who helped to raise more than 6,000 books over the course of one month!

The extraordinary support comes just in time for the holiday season when children will be out of school and in need of a fun and safe activity like reading. Discover how Bernie's Book Bank and Language Stars seek to increase the access children have to books at home.

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Topics: news, infographic

How teachers and parents can build a creative learning environment

Posted by Language Stars on Nov 18, 2017 11:17:00 AM

Whether you're a parent teaching your kids at home or a teacher trying to educate a classroom of 20 children, there are bound to be stumbling blocks throughout the educational journey. It's not uncommon to experience misunderstood lessons, failed connections and frustrating times when progress seems stagnant. Taking a new proactive approach to education can be the critical turning point.

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Topics: parenting, Educator

How Language Stars teaches to different learning styles

Posted by Language Stars on Nov 9, 2017 7:27:21 PM

Learning a new language is a complex process for adults that often comes naturally to kids. When young students are in a fun environment where they feel comfortable and supported, they are positioned to grow by leaps and bounds in their world language development.

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Topics: foreign language, language

How sleep can strengthen your child's language skills

Posted by Language Stars on Oct 31, 2017 12:22:24 PM

Everyone knows that sleep helps your body and mind recharge, but research shows the benefits of napping include helping children retain the knowledge they learned throughout the day.

A University of Arizona Child Cognitive Lab study found 3-years-olds who napped after learning new verbs had a better understanding of the words 24 hours later.

"There's a lot of evidence that different phases of sleep contribute to memory consolidation, and one of the really important phases is slow-wave sleep, which is one of the deepest forms of sleep," said study co-author Rebecca Gomez, principal investigator of the Child Cognition Lab. 

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Topics: childhood development, parenting

Movement supports childhood development in the classroom

Posted by Language Stars on Oct 25, 2017 3:21:24 PM

If you're a parent, it comes as no surprise that kids like to move. Whether they are 2 or 12, they just don't want to sit still for too long. That's why it's so surprising that the 21st-century classroom is designed for kids to sit for much of the day.

When kids are sedentary for too long they get distracted, bored and fidgety. As recess and physical education are cut in districts across the country, children are being forced to sit longer than ever before. This is having a broad, negative impact.

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Topics: childhood development, parenting

10 simple ideas for introducing foreign language learning to toddlers

Posted by Language Stars on Oct 19, 2017 1:28:53 PM

Numerous studies have found that it's easier for children to learn a second language than for them to wait until adulthood to do so. Kids' brains function differently than those of adults, so they are simply better able to absorb different aspects of language learning. Their minds are truly like little sponges!

Knowing this, many parents' logical next question is: At what age should I teach my child to be multilingual?

The answer: A child is never too young to begin learning different languages.

In multilingual households, babies are exposed to different languages starting the day they are born. As children grow, so do the opportunities to learn. Language Stars classes begin when tots are age 12 months or older, helping them to gain foreign language skills simultaneously as they naturally learn the English language at this age.

Toddlers' natural curiosity makes language learning a truly magical experience. Patient parents who go slow and focus on the fundamentals will be rewarded with accelerated early childhood development.  To support your child's progression toward becoming multilingual, try these 10 language activities for toddlers at home:

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Topics: childhood development, parenting, foreign language