Why We Incorporate Language Learning at a Young Age

At ALC, we take pride ourselves in our well-rounded curriculum. The right pre-school curriculum can help develop comprehension, socialization, and critical thinking skills. Our pre-school curriculum includes language learning by teaching our student’s Spanish and Chinese. We believe it’s really important to incorporate foreign language at a pre-school level and age.

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Children who grow up learning a foreign language from a young age – starting as early as three years old- benefit tremendously! Children’s brains are able to soak in a foreign language like a sponge, at an impressive rate that is much faster than adults. Learning a foreign language can give your child a leg up in many areas of their lives, both now and in the future.

The Top 5 Reasons Your Should Include Language Learning at a Young Age

  1. Helps Brain Development

One of the main reasons to incorporate language learning at a young age is because It makes more of an impact on brain development than if introduced in their teens or adult years. Children (ages 2 to 6) are very active receptors of the languages that surround them, which means they can pick up a new language much easier than they will out of a high school textbook. So if your child starts saying a few foreign words after just a class or two, don’t be surprised!

A few cognitive benefits of learning a foreign language:

  • They develop better problem-solving skills
  • They have better ability to think critically
  • They are more creative
  • It enhances their memory
  • They develop better multi-tasking abilities
  1. Improves Linguistics

Exposing a child to a foreign language at a pre-school level will result in much easier and better fluency than if they learn later in life. Learning a different language other than their native actually will help them with their native English skills. Foreign language helps children better understand the structure or language as a whole and overall communication skills. The incorporation of a second language can actually improve a child’s grasp of language as a whole rather than confuse them.

The kids love learning Chinese with Miss Lisa!

The kids love learning Chinese with Miss Lisa!

  1. Adds cultural awareness 

Learning the language of other places and cultures can help your child better communicate with and understand the people. It’s important our kids learn not just about words but about people and cultures too. When a child is exposed to variety in speech patterns, he or she learns that the world is a diverse place and more about other countries. Thus, teaching a child another language also is teaching them geography, history, and cultural studies!

  1. It improves their academic performance.

Teaching children a foreign language reinforces other areas of learning like we mentioned before with history, geography and English. In short, learning a second language can help kids improve their academic performance across the board and do better in elementary, and high school. It will be a school subject that will come naturally to them in later years and maybe even help them get a job one day!

        5. It’s fun!

Kids love learning and showing off their new learned skills! They don’t care if an activity will improve their cognitive ability or help them be a better student. They just want to jump in and have fun with their classmates! For young children, learning a language can be so much fun. We make sure to include exciting activities, crafts and projects for our ALC students during foreign language learning time.

 If you have young don’t hesitate to introduce them to a new language soon! It is never, ever too soon to start. If you are searching for the perfect team to help care for your little one, Look no further. Our experienced teams of infant care providers and well-rounded curriculum is the perfect solution to your childcare needs. Contact us today!