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3 Reasons Kids Should Learn A Second Language

Language Workshop for Children

In today’s interconnected world, understanding the languages of other people and other countries is essential to engage with the world.  And children who learn a second language at a young age not only gain cognitive advantages, but also develop an interest in  different cultures and people from the start.

Boost Brain Development

When kids are young, e.g. birth to about five years old, they are very receptive to receiving different sounds and words. Studies have shown that even babies who have been exposed to multiple languages show different cognitive patterns in their brain. In fact, brain scans show more gray matter in the regions of the brain involved in executive function.

Enhance Academic Achievement

Studies have also shown that  that students who know or have studied multiple languages perform better on tests and get better grades in school.  Language learning boosts problem-solving, memory, critical-thinking, concentration and listening skills.

Create Cultural Empathy & Understanding

Understanding another language helps our children build empathy for other cultures and people who speak other languages. It builds cultural understanding of different words and sayings, as well as, traditions.

So, how do I get my kids started?

The Language Workshop for Children (LWFC)  has an unique, internationally-recognized teaching method, which is developed especially for children. They discover language through movement, touch, sight, hearing, voice and emotion to ensure that what they learn they retain for life.  Original music, vocabulary-building songs, language immersion, festive visual aids, action games and native-fluent language teachers are why the LWFC is the country’s leader in children’s language educational play.

Early Bird Special! Language Workshop for Children is offering 10% off their Winter semester classes until Jan 9th. Learn French, Italian, or Spanish. For ages 6 months to 5 years.

Foreign Language Classes for Young Kids

Foreign Language Classes in NYC for KidsThere are several motivations – academic, cultural, personal – for our children to learn a foreign language.  The most important is that it is fun.  It’s fun to discover new words, it’s fun to learn about culture, it’s fun to speak to people in a “different” way, it’s fun to accomplish something new. And our young children are primed to learn.  Try one of these great language classes for kids in Manhattan.

¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish (Flatiron).  Boost emerging Spanish language skills. Classes are taught through the use of music, games, props, art, movement, unstructured play and literacy. Artistic expression and socialization are emphasized.  Find your class:  Babies 6-11mos, Toddler (12-23mos), 18mos-3s and Two-Four.

Language Workshop for Children (UES). Original music, vocabulary-building songs, language immersion, festive visual aids, action games and native-fluent language teachers are the cornerstones of this program.  Multiple language classes are available, including the popular Two Terrific in Spanish, Chinese, Italian, or French.  Classes range from Ages 6mos to 5 yrs.

FunFit Kids (UWS).  Children will learn letters, common words, plurals, basic language rules and phrases.  Instead of writing a letter, they will run to it or instead of drawing a line to that letter in a book, they will throw a ball at it. Hebrew is offered at this time.  2Lingo Multi-Sport Hebrew. Ages 3-5.

92nd Street Y (UES). An educator-led playgroup with Hebrew immersion. Each Parkbench begins with lively playtime, followed by snacks and age-appropriate activities, art, music and circle time. All levels welcome! Hebrew Parkbench/15-24 Mos.