Language Stories

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

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 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

The importance of teaching a global mindset to young children

Posted by Language Stars on Sep 22, 2017 4:06:32 PM

Most parents want their children to grow up to be smart, successful, caring adults. Teaching the skills that contribute to these characteristics starts early on. You teach babies to share. You teach your toddler empathy. You teach your preschooler to respect others. You teach your kindergartner to read.

When skills like these are present and emphasized, a child grows up to flourish in these areas. You would never wait until your child is a teen to teach addition or listening skills, so why do so many schools wait so long to introduce foreign language classes and teach children about having a global mindset

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Topics: parenting, foreign 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

10 parent myths about learning a foreign language

Posted by Language Stars on Aug 21, 2017 1:07:42 PM

Does my child really need to learn a foreign language if everyone speaks English? Won't it be difficult for a child to learn another language? Doesn't technology make being multilingual obsolete?

Questions like these are common among parents; however, they stem from popular misconceptions that are simply untrue. As you research kids' foreign language classes, it's smart to get the facts so you don't get distracted by common language learning myths. 

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Topics: parenting, foreign language, language