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5 questions educators should consider to create a dynamic school year

Posted by Language Stars on Aug 11, 2017 8:12:49 AM

Teachers across the country are setting up classrooms, planning lessons and imagining the possibilities for the new group of young minds they'll help mold over the next year.

As an educator, your hopes and dreams embody the hopes and dreams of your students. Each year is a new opportunity to reflect on past successes and misses in the classroom and to approach your educational adventure with renewed enthusiasm.

You can make this your best year yet by integrating creative strategies into your educational approach. The hope is to engage students on a deeper level, assist them to understand curriculum thoroughly and to help them develop a lifelong love of learning.

Here are five questions to ponder as you plan the upcoming year. These will help you discover creative ideas to innovate the classroom and propel students forward.

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Topics: schools

Does speaking a foreign language make people feel differently?

Posted by Language Stars on Aug 10, 2017 11:30:47 AM

Can speaking a different language make you feel differently about yourself or your surroundings? Research suggests yes.

Just like the clothes you wear can affect how you feel, it turns out the language you speak has a similar effect. One language may make you feel more confident and authoritative, while another may make you feel more elegant and sophisticated. 

Nairan Ramírez-Esparza, an assistant professor of social psychology at the University of Connecticut, led a study in which bilingual Mexican Americans took a personality test in English and Spanish. In the English version of the test, they scored higher in extroversion, agreeableness and conscientiousness.

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Topics: childhood development, parenting, foreign language

What parents should consider in their after-school program research

Posted by Language Stars on Aug 4, 2017 1:49:48 PM

Across the country, parents are preparing to send their kids back to school. In addition to buying new clothes, checking off every supply on the list and adjusting the alarm clock, don't forget to figure out how to fill the time between the end of the school day and when you get home from work.

This period is the perfect slot for beneficial after-school activities. There are many options to choose from, which can make it difficult for parents to make the right decision. To help guide you, think about these questions to make the correct choice for your family.

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Topics: parenting

An easy way to add foreign language into your preschool curriculum

Posted by Language Stars on Jul 31, 2017 7:35:00 AM

Many daycare and preschool providers realize the importance of teaching a foreign language to students at young ages. This is why basic foreign language activities are often included in the daily or weekly curriculum. While it's a step in the right direction, it's not as effective as it could be to support early childhood development.

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Topics: schools

Language Stars partners with Pump It Up of Schaumburg

Posted by Language Stars on Jul 28, 2017 8:25:00 AM

Language Stars is pleased to announce a partnership between The Barrington Language Stars Center and Pump It Up of Schaumburg.

“This partnership makes sense because it offers language learning opportunities to the 20,000+ families who visit our business every year,” said Gerry Clarke, Director of Pump It Up of Schaumburg. “Pump it Up of Schaumburg provides our community the chance to enjoy a day at our facility for a very affordable price. We value extending to our families the chance to learn languages, mathematics, arts and crafts along with wholesome family entertainment all year long.”

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How to decide what foreign languages your kids should learn

Posted by Language Stars on Jul 27, 2017 3:34:38 PM

It's no secret, new language acquisition is beneficial during early childhood development. It doesn't matter the language—when a child is multilingual, it provides a bounty of benefits. If you're researching educational options that teach foreign language for kids, you're already on the right path to giving your child a gift that will last a lifetime.

Learning another language helps the mind to think differently. Your child not only benefits from knowing several languages, but this manner of thinking can help them in other subject areas, too. Often, multilingual children do better in math, science and music. Helping children to learn a new language is like giving them an edge at school and beyond.

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Topics: childhood development, foreign language, language

5 teacher tips to inspire curiosity and innovation in your classroom

Posted by Language Stars on Jul 21, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Every teacher knows learning is a process. With younger students it can be difficult to keep them engaged and excited about new topics. This is why great teachers are always seeking new ways to inspire curiosity and innovation.

To enhance your classroom so it's a safe space for curiosity and a natural environment for learning, consider these smart ideas.

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Topics: foreign language, schools

How is it that kids can learn foreign languages so easily?

Posted by Language Stars on Jul 20, 2017 1:09:54 PM

Most people have heard that it's easiest to learn a foreign language when a person is still a child rather than waiting until they're a teen or an adult. However, many schools don't introduce regular language instruction until high school, missing out on a key opportunity.

Why do kids learn a language easier when they are younger? It appears the brain works differently during early childhood development. In fact, even babies have the incredible ability to recognize different sounds and learn multiple languages at once. 

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Topics: childhood development, foreign language, language

Why it's important for parents & teachers to introduce diversity early

Posted by Language Stars on Jul 12, 2017 2:05:35 PM

Infants as young as 6 months can begin to distinguish differences in physical characteristics, such as skin colors, hair textures and facial features. As kids grow, they notice even more individual traits that make people unique, and they will become aware of how they are alike and unique from their family and peers.

In the melting pot of America, there are many different cultures represented. Parents and teachers might think that diversity education happens naturally through this exposure in schools and in communities. But parent leadership to discuss real issues, such as cultural diversity, is critical during childhood development. So why is it so essential to discuss diversity while children are still young? Consider these top reasons:

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Topics: childhood development, parenting, schools

Top parent tips to prepare for back-to-school

Posted by Language Stars on Jul 11, 2017 5:33:40 PM

 

July 4 is in the rear view mirror and that means we’re just a few months away from school starting. While you might be looking forward to catching your breath after a jam-packed summer, now is the time to plan and prepare for back-to-school. Here are four tips to make sure you’re ahead of the game and not “that parent” scrambling at the last minute.

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Topics: parenting