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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

The top five benefits of summer day camp

Posted by Language Stars on Jan 10, 2018 10:06:14 AM

It might not seem like it, considering the temperature outside, but summer will be here before you know it. What do you have lined up for your child to do? Have you considered day camp? If you haven't, you should!

Summer day camp is not just about finding something to occupy your child's time during those long months when they're out of school. It provides them with so many benefits, beyond getting them away from their smartphones or favorite TV shows. Whether it's enhanced learning, skill building and self-esteem, making new friends or broadening horizons, summer day camp is a must for your young learner. Here are five of the top benefits of sending your child to day camp this summer.

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Topics: parenting

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

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 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