|Aurora Early Learning Centre|
In our increasingly global world, there is huge merit in our children learning to understand and hopefully communicate, if but basically, in a different language.
Learning other languages has been linked to the development of creative thinkers. Studies suggest that children that learn a second language score better in standardised testing because learning another language develops other skills such as listening, observation, problem solving, flexibility of the mind and critical thinking skills. Other studies have suggested that brain function may stay strong as people age as a result.
Another benefit of being exposed to a different language is that children get exposed to different cultures as a consequence, opening up their minds at a young age to cultural appreciation.
The best way to learn a second language is to start as young as possible. 2-3 year olds are at a stage where their vocabulary development is exploding. They’re also starting to recognise the speech patterns they’re hearing. Some researchers say that second language acquisition peaks at about the age of 6-7 years others claim that this window may actually extend through adolescence.
Hearing or being taught a language from a fluent speaker is optimal. We are very lucky to have Miss Samanta at our Frenchs Forest centre who is fluent in more than 1 language. As a result, Samanta has taken on the task of providing a Spanish language lesson twice a week as part of our curriculum.
We will be investing in more Spanish resources such as age appropriate music and picture books/stories that will be an aid in the Spanish lessons. The lessons have been met with much excitement from our beautiful children at the centre. So to our centre families, please don't be surprised when they come home with some Spanish to show off with!