Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bilingualism in Children

In our global, interconnected society, it's more important than ever for children to acquire multiple language intelligences.  As a bilingual educator, I strive to help my students gain proficiency in both English and Spanish.  It is my hope that the popularity of bilingualism will continue to grow in our public schools.  

I will be instructing children's fitness classes this summer at local camps in Nassau county.  The twist is, I will be teaching in Spanish, using Spanish games, songs, props and themes to engage bilingual learners.
Please contact me at getFITwithFITZ@gmail.com for more information.

Did you know that..

..between the ages of 18 months and 6 years, the average child learns more than 14,000 words?  That's an average of 9 words per day!

..the critical period for children to acquire native-like language skills in more than one language ends around age 7.  It's best to begin learning a second language at 0-3 years.

..reading to and with your children is one of the best ways to foster language development and imagination!

..bilingual books are a great way to interact with your kids and reinforce their language skills!

..your child's reading skills are the best indicator of future success in school.

..it's never too early to read to your baby!  In one study, shared book reading at 8 months was linked to more advanced language abilities at 12 and 16 months.

..children's attitudes toward reading and language is strongly influenced by their parents and other caretakers.  DON'T FORGET TO READ TO YOUR KIDS EVERYDAY!

Niños + Amor + Educación= FUTURO!


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