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French cartoons for kids you can find online

Posted by Language Stars on Feb 11, 2018 1:45:03 PM

A chilly winter's night is the perfect time to curl up with your child and watch a video, cartoon or movie. Why not take the opportunity to reinforce their French language learning while you snuggle together in front of the TV? Here are some great French cartoons you can find online.

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Topics: french, language

The best books for kids series - French

Posted by Language Stars on Jan 30, 2018 3:06:26 PM

Reading at home is a great way to reinforce what your child is learning at Language Stars. Beyond Le Petit Prince, the masterpiece by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, which is required reading for French language students worldwide, what are some other great French books for children and teens? Here's a selection of some of Amazon’s top-selling children’s French books.

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Topics: french, parenting, language

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

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

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 can parents reinforce their child's foreign language learning?

Posted by Language Stars on Sep 14, 2017 1:00:00 PM

If your kids are learning a foreign language at a young age, congratulations! You've taken the first step in giving them an edge in life. Not only will your child speak multiple languages, but studies show bilingual children may reach developmental milestones faster and excel higher in other academic subjects when compared to their peers.

As a monolingual parent you can support your child's language development in many ways. Of course, if you speak the language being taught, it's much easier to support their education. However, even if you don't, you can take positive steps to help them succeed.

Here are five parenting tips to support your children as they learn a world language.

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Topics: parenting, foreign language, language

Unexpected benefits of being bilingual: creativity soars

Posted by Language Stars on Sep 13, 2017 3:20:35 PM

There are countless benefits to learning multiple languages. In addition to speaking a new tongue, studies show that kids who are multilingual excel in other subject areas, too, such as mathematics. It also helps them learn about diversity, which can in turn increase cultural understanding and empathy toward others.

These benefits are noteworthy, but there's another advantage less often discussed: increased creativity. Experts argue that learning a foreign language helps expand the mind in new and profound ways that allow for an explosion of creativity. 

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Topics: parenting, language