Early Language Learning, Is It Really Worth The Effort?

How Your Child Can Benefit From Early Language Learning.

There are many misconceptions and ignorant assumptions surrounding it.

This article will show how preschool languages are actually very beneficial to young children.

When another language is introduced early, especially in a group fun environment, then a young child will start to learn by song and play.

Doesn't Early Language Learning Just Confuse  Children?

No - quite the opposite. Consider the facts:

Babies are born with the innate ability to learn and separate out multiple languages.

What's more, studies have proved that learning a foreign language at this age does not delay English language acquisition.

Early language learning or exposure to a foreign language actually increases 'brainpower' - due to increased neural activity in the part of the brain that deals with language.

These May Help

Think about it. If your child learns that the French for rabbit is lapin, she may get the 2 words mixed up - but for how long? What is more important is that she has grasped that an animal with big floppy ears can have 2 names.

Because she is likely to hear the word rabbit far more than lapin, the native English word will naturally become the word of choice as she gets older and more confident.

Exciting new research has recently highlighted how early French or any language learning (ELL) increases brainpower and can pave the way for better school results. ELL also encourages cultural tolerance and social skills. So many people in the world will know a bit of the English language, not from learning it through school. Simply with repartitions from singing popular songs in the charts that are in English.

See Early Language Learning Song Below

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Learn Shapes In Spanish And English

Our favorite resource for Spanish fun for Preschoolers is this one. Here are some activities our friend has shared with us.

“I Know My Shapes/ Yo Sé Mis Formas “

(sung to the tune of “Mary Had A Little Lamb”)

A circle is rolling by,
Rolling by, rolling by.
A circle is rolling by,
Circle is círculo.
A circle is círculo,
Círculo, círculo.
A circle is círculo,
I know my shapes!

A square is walking by,
Walking by, walking by
A square is walking by,
A square is a cuadrado.
A square is a cuadrado,
Cuadrado, cuadrado.
A square is a cuadrado,
¡Yo sé mis formas!

A rectangle is hopping by,
Hopping by, hopping by.
A rectangle is hopping by,
A rectangle is a rectangulo.
A rectangle is a rectangulo
A rectangulo, a rectangulo.
A rectangle is a rectangulo
I know my shapes!

A triangle is dancing by,
Dancing by, dancing by.
A triangle is dancing by,
A triangle is a triángulo.
A triangle is a triángulo,
A triángulo, a triángulo.
A triangle is a triángulo,
¡Yo sé mis formas!

An oval is flying by,
Flying by, flying by.
An oval is flying by,
An oval is an oval.
An oval is an óvalo,
An óvalo, an óvalo.
An oval is an óvalo,
I know my shapes!

Shape Science Fun With Boca Beth:

To bring shapes and science together cut out several of your desired shapes from cardboard or heavy paper (for instance 3 circles, 3 ovals, 3 hearts). On each one add different textures to them. Put sand on one circle, cotton on another and aluminum foil on the next. The children learn about the shapes while feeling different textures. Refer to the shapes in English & Spanish.

Boca Beth brings you Shape Snack Time:
Make a Shape House for Snack! Here is what’s needed:

  • A piece of bread for the square house
  • A half piece of sliced sandwich cheese cut into a triangle shape for the roof
  • A rectangle piece of lunchmeat for the door (ham, bologna, …)
  • Circle shaped pickles for the windows

This is fun to make and good to eat! We play our shapes songs from the “More Boca Beth” music CD while fixing our yummy shape snacks!

Happy Educating! ¡Sea Feliz Educando!
Boca Beth
2006 Best Educational Product Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award Winner
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