Learn a Language
Young kids have the incredible ability to absorb multiple languages—an ability that quickly begins to fade after childhood. The most current scientific research has proven that babies, toddlers and preschoolers are uniquely equipped to learn one or more languages with ease. Research also proves that young children who learn a language before the age of five tend to have superior reading, writing, analytical and social skills, as well as more extensive vocabularies than their monolingual peers. Early foreign language development in children is no longer considered a luxury. It can contribute to a young child’s cognitive development and also offers a serious advantage in the future of our increasingly global world.
TIP: Bring It Home
Bring music and media in the language you want your child to learn into your home. Try to listen to music or watch WITH your kids. If you learn some new words too, that will make it even more fun for them!
EARLY CHILDHOOD BLOGS: Bilingual Baby!
Speaking more than one language brings a host of benefits and is fun way to explore language with your baby. Read more >
IDEAS & INSIGHTS: Eat Your Way Around the World
Toddlers learn about the world through their sense of taste. One of their first questions on encountering something new is, "Can I eat it?" Read more >
TIP: Make Language Learning a Game
Make up games that help your children remember the words they are learning. For example, you can play “I Spy” and insert foreign language words, or see how many objects at the dinner table you can name in the language they are learning.
BLOGS: Top 10 Reasons to Teach Your Child Spanish
Here are ten ways that teaching your children Spanish will expand their minds and enrich their lives. Read more >
QUICK PRINTABLE: Colors & Numbers Bingo - Spanish
A few rounds of this Bingo-style game can help your child remember color and number words in Spanish. Print >
TIP: Learn a Little Every Day
Build foreign language learning into your routine. Set a specific day, or time of day, for language learning so children get regular exposure. You can also introduce flash cards and get your kids to build a fun story out of the pictures or words on the cards.
QUICK PRINTABLE: Color Leap in French!
Practice color words in French as you color this popular LeapFrog character! Read more >
IDEAS & INSIGHTS: It's a Small World: Raising Socially Aware Children
Social awareness helps young children understand how they fit into the world as they develop their values and attitudes about others. Read more >
Learn a Language with Little Pim
Explore language learning from the award-winning foreign language series that turns everyday activities into learning adventures!
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