The Benefits of Bilingual Education
A foreign language is one of the best gifts you can give your child!
Young children are natural language learners. While adults may struggle with language acquisition, children have the innate ability to learn several languages seamlessly and simultaneously. Not only can children process a new language effortlessly, they also inherently acquire native pronunciation.
Studies have shown there are many additional benefits to the exposure of a second language in early childhood beyond the acquisition of the language itself. Bilingual children have demonstrated increased problem solving abilities, better working memory and improved capacity for abstract thinking, among other benefits. Having the opportunity to experience a foreign language environment also expands children’s multi-cultural awareness, stimulates their curiosity about other parts of the world and fosters an appreciation for understanding multiple points of view.
Verde the Whale’s program is not an immersion experience; rather, Spanish/English is seamlessly blended into activities throughout the day. This approach enables the children to acquire the language in a natural manner.
Many scientists, academics and educators have studied the benefits of exposing children to multi-lingual environments early in life.