Learning a new or second language has many benefits, including exercising your brain. Research shows that the best age to start learning a language is essentially from birth. There are many resources to help our children learn foreign languages or their family’s native languages.
One of the best for Spanish in NYC is ¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish, which offers total language immersion classes at Apple Seeds in Flatiron. Below are popular classes for the pre-school set.
¡HOLA! Baby Program for 6-11 months on Thursdays
This foundation program introduces the youngest participants to the Spanish language and sounds in a nurturing context through early acquisition method, by using music, touch, movement and sensory stimuli. For child and their accompanying adult.
¡HOLA! Toddler 12 months – 2yrs on Tuesdays
This program is beneficial and appropriate for those who have some Spanish background and for total beginners. The class works fine and gross motor skills through songs that involve using bilateral coordination, hand-eye coordination, and finger and hand songs. Children acquire linguistic skills and develop an “ear” for new sounds learned, while building vocabulary .
¡HOLA! 18 mo’s- Three’s on Thursdays
The program has a wide and carefully planned curriculum for children to begin with the very first steps of verbalizing the words coming from native speakers, from whom they will learn oral, verbal, and auditory skills. The repetition of the basic words of the day brings out the ability to recognize Spanish in the child’s daily life and the desire to learn it because it’s fun!