It is something that most of us already know—learning a foreign language at a very young age improves cognitive development and more. However, the U.S. has not yet begun to match its foreign counterparts in terms of language education. If parents want their children to benefit from that schooling, they must often take matters into their own hands at home.
When Children Learn
Research shows that when children learn multiple languages as early as possible—even around the age of three or earlier—may have improved intellectual skills throughout their future education. It is argued that teaching foreign language concepts alongside standard early education, even to infants at home, is the best way to begin a child’s schooling.
The idea is partially based in the fact that a human is best able to mimic sounds as child; as a person grows and develops the ability to speak the native language, it becomes more difficult to mimic the sounds of a foreign one. In addition to having an easier time, studies have shown that when children learn multiple languages it benefits critical thinking skills, and both creative and logical thought. Over time, data has shown that students who acquired more than one language early on perform better in educational testing.
You do not have to wait for a school to teach your child language skills and doing so does not mean a major expense. Most parents may begin teaching the native language at home; all you need to do is add another language to the daily activities you do with your child. Almost any toy, activity, DVD, or book you bring into your child’s life can be found in a foreign language. That’s where World of Reading comes in.
We offer all you need to supplement your child’s language education at home. Children’s literature, educational tools, DVDs, audio CDs, and more from our World of Reading online shop can help you with this endeavor.