You’re never too young to love languages

February 14, 2023

Why start your child off with languages at a young age?

The answer is simple – because it is absolutely the best time to do it. Babies and young children are at a distinct advantage as the brain’s plasticity is far greater, leading to an increased capability to learn languages. We always talk about little ones being ‘sponges’ but when it comes to language development – this is an incredibly accurate description.

Early childhood is the most rapid period of development in a human life and the key time to start language learning. It is the optimum time to stimulate children into reaching their fullest potential.

Extensive research shows the more mental stimulation a child gets before the age of four, the more developed the parts of their brains dedicated to language and cognition will be in the decades ahead.

Top tips for fun and effective language learning

Language learning and language classes should fuel curiosity and foster creativity. The best way to achieve this is to make learning fun! Very simply – when little ones enjoy and love what they do, it becomes a natural, spontaneous and organic activity.

It is vital to use the right tools and activities to capture imaginations and inspire them to love languages. Language learning shouldn’t be viewed as separate from everyday play – it can be seamlessly integrated into activities in a what we call ‘stealth learning’ at Kidslingo – children learn French or Spanish without even realising they are doing so.

Simple activities to stimulate language development:

  • using the language whilst counting with your little one as you go up the stairs
  • pointing out different colours during everyday play activities
  • discussing vocabulary on a park walk
  • talking about ingredients whilst making biscuits
  • watching a favourite TV show with different language settings
  • listening to songs (see here for Kidslingo’s music downloads – https://www.kidslingo.co.uk/buy-music/)

In summary – the more natural and play-based you make the experience, the more effectively your child will learn.

Key benefits to language learning

There are so many proven educational and life benefits to learning a second language and starting children off with languages from an early age provides enormous advantages in the short and long term. These benefits include:

  • increased problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • heightened ability to focus on a critical task, while ignoring irrelevant information
  • boost to confidence and natural creativity
  • improved language development in English
  • increased world and cultural awareness

As well as the ‘scientifically researched’ benefits, at Kidslingo we receive feedback from parents everyday about the benefits they see with their own children. We hear multiple stories of improvements with speech difficulties, self-esteem and confidence levels.

In summary, to give your child a gift and skill for life simply provide them with the opportunity to learn another language.

Kidslingo fun and interactive French classes and Spanish classes, suitable from age 0 – 11 years, run across the UK and online. Please see here for more details – https://www.kidslingo.co.uk/

Why start your child off with languages at a young age?

The answer is simple – because it is absolutely the best time to do it. Babies and young children are at a distinct advantage as the brain’s plasticity is far greater, leading to an increased capability to learn languages. We always talk about little ones being ‘sponges’ but when it comes to language development – this is an incredibly accurate description.

Early childhood is the most rapid period of development in a human life and the key time to start language learning. It is the optimum time to stimulate children into reaching their fullest potential.

Extensive research shows the more mental stimulation a child gets before the age of four, the more developed the parts of their brains dedicated to language and cognition will be in the decades ahead.

Top tips for fun and effective language learning

Language learning and language classes should fuel curiosity and foster creativity. The best way to achieve this is to make learning fun! Very simply – when little ones enjoy and love what they do, it becomes a natural, spontaneous and organic activity.

It is vital to use the right tools and activities to capture imaginations and inspire them to love languages. Language learning shouldn’t be viewed as separate from everyday play – it can be seamlessly integrated into activities in a what we call ‘stealth learning’ at Kidslingo – children learn French or Spanish without even realising they are doing so.

Simple activities to stimulate language development:

  • using the language whilst counting with your little one as you go up the stairs
  • pointing out different colours during everyday play activities
  • discussing vocabulary on a park walk
  • talking about ingredients whilst making biscuits
  • watching a favourite TV show with different language settings
  • listening to songs (see here for Kidslingo’s music downloads – https://www.kidslingo.co.uk/buy-music/)

In summary – the more natural and play-based you make the experience, the more effectively your child will learn.

Key benefits to language learning

There are so many proven educational and life benefits to learning a second language and starting children off with languages from an early age provides enormous advantages in the short and long term. These benefits include:

  • increased problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • heightened ability to focus on a critical task, while ignoring irrelevant information
  • boost to confidence and natural creativity
  • improved language development in English
  • increased world and cultural awareness

As well as the ‘scientifically researched’ benefits, at Kidslingo we receive feedback from parents everyday about the benefits they see with their own children. We hear multiple stories of improvements with speech difficulties, self-esteem and confidence levels.

In summary, to give your child a gift and skill for life simply provide them with the opportunity to learn another language.

Kidslingo fun and interactive French classes and Spanish classes, suitable from age 0 – 11 years, run across the UK and online. Please see here for more details – https://www.kidslingo.co.uk/

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You’re never too young to love languages

You’re never too young to love languages. Why start your child off with languages at a young age? The answer is simple – because it is absolutely the best time to do it. Babies and young children are at a distinct advantage as the brain’s plasticity is far greater, leading to an increased capability to learn languages.