Aug 03

Benefits of a Bilingual Brain

Watch this TED-Ed animation about the benefits of a bilingual brain!


Description:
"It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged."

Jump! Immersion School continues to see the multiple benefits of learning another language and want to ensure all children experience the benefits of multi-language fluency!

Jul 29

In Today's Competitive World, is English Enough?



"Perhaps you are among the growing number of parents who want their baby's first words to include "mamá" and "papá." You're convinced that in today's competitive world, English is not enough for your baby. After all, more than half of the world's children speak more than one language. Why should your child be left behind?"

Read the full article at BlueSuitMom.com:
Is English Enough for your 21st Century Baby?: Benefits of Raising Bilingual Babies»

 

Jul 25

Begin Preschool Spanish Lessons Early

Being bilingual improves kids' social abilities (see this previous post), and enriches their minds (see this previous post), so why not start them learning a language early?



This excerpt was taken from an article on the Cost of College Education website:

"... a preschool Spanish curriculum... is helpful because research has shown that if children learn a second language at a young age, it is easier for them to learn a third language later... Making the decision to register your children for a preschool that includes a focus on foreign language acquisition is a decision to give them a head start later in life."

Read the full article on Cost of College Education:
Begin Preschool Spanish Lessons When Children are Naturally Acquiring Language Skills»

Jump! Immersion School continues to see the multiple benefits of learning another language and want to ensure all children experience the benefits of multi-language fluency!

Jun 03

Our 1st Grade Puppet Show Premier!

Author: Dana Matthews

Our students have a way of amazing us! The first grade class was learning about sentence and story structure, and the students took the concept to another level. They asked their teacher if they could do a puppet show. But not just acting out a story that they read, but do an entire production: writing the story, designing the stage, and creating the puppets without assistance from any teachers.

¡Los Pingüinitos Pingüinosos!

Their wonderful puppet show is about penguins going to visit their cousin and along the way they encounter a polar bear. The penguins are so scared that one has a little "accident" that causes the polar bear to leave them alone!

We are so proud of the First Graders playwriting, designing, and directing premier!

Lesson learned: We must be flexible and let students challenge themselves and be there to provide support and direction. The students learned more than anticipated by doing a puppet show!

Click the image to watch the video of their premier play: ¡Los pingüinitos pingüinosos!

Apr 12

Chinese as a Second Language Growing in Popularity



There has been a significant growth in the number of people learning Mandarin... especially children! Read the full article at the CCTV America website: Chinese as a Second Language Growing in Popularity»

Learn more about the Mandarin Programs at Jump!:


Apr 05

How Parents Can Support Language Learning at Home



Did you know that you don't have to understand the language in order to help your child learn it? Here’s what you can do to help support your child's language learning, whether or not you speak it! (list from GreatKids):

How You Can Help:

  • Help your child make time to practice.
  • Have your student teach you to say something in the language every day.
  • Find cultural events connected to the language and culture being studied.
  • Ask the teacher for resources your child can use at home.
  • Provide videos, books and music in the language.
  • Look for opportunities outside the classroom, like a summer language camp
  • Volunteer to organize a career day that features jobs that use skills in more than one language.
  • Be an advocate.

Read the full article at the GreatKids by GreatSchools website:
Learning a second language: How parents can help»

Mar 31

Learning to Read in Spanish & English



Here's an article that does a great job explaining some of the similarities and differences in literacy instruction depending on the language. It also suggests the following activities you can do at home to complement your child's language instruction (list from ¡Colorín Colorado!):

Learning at Home: Tips for Parents

  • Create small places at home where your child can study, read and play. Areas set aside for learning and play are important for your child's development.
  • Stock the study area with books, pencils, pens, and paper. Encourage your child to read and then write stories using Spanish.
  • Have a play area where there are opportunities to play with materials. Provide labels for the materials (e.g., plastelina [clay], bloques [blocks], computadora [computer], rompecabezas [puzzles]).
  • Read aloud to your child in Spanish to help build vocabulary and comprehension skills. 
  • Provide opportunities to talk to your child about the world around him. Talk about things at the supermarket, during walks, or things you are doing as you cook or clean. 

Read the full article and even more tips at the ¡Colorín Colorado! website:
Early Literacy Instruction in Spanish: Teaching the Beginning Reader»

Jump! Immersion School embraces early literacy in both Spanish and English to ensure that your child reaches their full global potential!

Mar 11

7 Ways to Use Media & Tech to Raise Bilingual Kids

There are many ways to use media and technology to ease the sometimes challenging task of raising kids to speak a second (or third!) language.

For example, watching a movie/TV in the target language can help increase your child's vocabulary and help develop "an ear" for the language. Exploring bilingual apps and bilingual books are also great ways.

Read the full article at Common Sense Media:
7 Ways to Use Media and Tech to Raise Bilingual Kids»

Although the author's focus is on Spanish as the target language, these 7 tips can be applied to any language!

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