Five Things You Should Know About Your Baby or Child Learning a Second-Language

1. Any exposure to a second language is beneficial to a child, especially at a young age.

It has been proven that exposing a young child to a second language in any capacity will help establish the neuron connections for language.  This gives him or her the tools essential to acquiring its unique sounds and grammar patterns in addition to helping understand key phrases when they are heard.  It has also been determined that to become fluent in a language, one must obtain more than 2,000 hours of exposure; so start now!  Even if you are not interested in your child becoming fluent, exposure to a second language is extremely beneficial.

2. Second-languages enrich and enhance cognitive development.

Studies have shown second language learning also enriches and enhances cognitive development.  Specifically it fosters more creative and abstract thinkers, develops problem solving and higher order thinking skills, and improves memory functions.

3. Children learning another language fosters academic success.

Children that have studied a second language have shown better academic progress in other subjects, improved listening aptitude and reading proficiency, and have an easier time focusing on a task without being distracted.  Learners that continue with their study have scored higher on standardized tests and improved their chances of college acceptance and achievement.

4. Learning multiple languages cultivates globally competitive citizens.

Learning a second language correlates with enhanced career opportunities, better employment rates and higher salary earnings.   Our children are not just competing with other US children anymore, but rather with children around the world.  It is important to remember we are one of the few countries that teaches primarily one language.  In fact, all but two countries in the European Union mandate the study of a foreign language, usually beginning in primary school!  Also, the United States has 45 million Spanish speakers alone- which is the second largest Spanish speaking population in the world!  Knowing Spanish gives your child an advantage in the increasingly competitive job market in the US and around the globe.

5. Tackling some myths about second-language learning for children

Second language learning will not cause a long-term delay in language development.  Code-mixing (speaking Spanglish) does not mean the child is confusing the languages, but rather it is a natural part of the proficiency process.  Any exposure to another language is beneficial in several ways.  It is never too late or too early to learn a language.  You can learn two languages at the same time.  If you are a native English speaker, Spanish is typically considered easy to learn because of pronunciation and it has less than half of the number of words of the English language!

Belly Bliss is proud to now be offering Spanish Story and Playtime classes every Monday AND your 8 for $80 Mommy & Me/Toddler package is good for these classes!

Second-Language Class Times:

2:30 pm - FREE Spanish & English Story Time

3:00 pm - Spanish Playtime Class 0-2 Year Olds

3:45 pm - Spanish Playtime Class 3-5 Year Olds