Language Stories

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

10 reasons Language Stars should top your enrichment activity list

Posted by Language Stars on Aug 16, 2017 1:22:45 PM

Flashcards. Online exercises. Listening and repeating audio tapes. A lot of typical foreign language instruction isn't just ineffective, it's plain old boring!

Learning a new language should be an enjoyable experience. For kids, it must be fun, engaging and memorable. If it's not, kids won't be able to retain the information required to become multilingual. What's more, they're likely to complain a whole lot to Mom and Dad.

Language Stars is different than what many people expect. When a young student starts a class, they are immersed in a world of fun cultural teachings. Each class is a new and exciting adventure. Every week brings big smiles and memorable experiences for both students and parents.

Why is the experience with Language Stars so unique? Here are 10 reasons why Language Stars is a top children's enrichment program. 

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Topics: parenting, foreign language

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

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