There are 2796 different languages in the world. Chances are you know at least one and maybe bits and pieces of others thanks to shows like Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer. Bits and pieces are not enough for our children, who are being raised in a global environment that is quite different from the one we were raised in.
You might mistakenly believe that English is the most widely spoken language in the world. The actual leader is Mandarin Chinese, with 1052 million speakers. This is followed by English (508m), Hindi (487m), and Spanish (417m). With population booms and immigration trends, it is no longer optional for American children to learn a second language. It is crucial.
Children who are exposed to other languages do better in school, score higher on standardized tests, are better problem solvers, and are more open to diversity. And we know that the younger we are when we start learning, the easier it is.
It is never too soon to start, either, now that we know that language learning begins in utero. Researchers have recently shown that babies glean information about language from their mothers in the womb. Amazingly, they are able to discern their native language from a foreign one when they are only a day old.
The trend to require second language learning at younger and younger ages is an international one. In the classrooms of some countries such as Costa Rica, France, Kenya, and Nigeria, children are already learning a second (or even third) language in elementary school. Other countries are starting new initiatives to increase the skillset of their children. In Delaware, the goal is to have 10,000 students in K-8 language immersion programs by 2022. They currently have three schools participating as part of their World Language Expansion Initiative. In addition to Spanish classes, some students will be learning Mandarin Chinese.
At World of Enrichment, we recognize the need to expose children to language at an early age. We have small classes for children ages 4-6 and 7-9 to provide Spanish learning and cultural fun. Children learn about various Spanish speaking countries around the world through interactive activities and games with individualized attention.
Learning is fun and engaging for our students, and we provide learning devices and techniques that you can reinforce at home. This means you can learn right along with your children and the entire familia can benefit. Now that’s excelente!