Learning a second language is fun.
True, but it’s just an incidental.
Learning a second language is a source of bragging rights.
True again, but it’s still an incidental.
No question about it, learning a second language is both fun and a source of bragging rights.
In fact, in our school Montessori Children’s House, the world-leader-producing Early Childhood Education in Riverside, California, fun is given emphasis in learning Spanish. Well, we are catering to little children, so we design our Spanish module in a way that it’s interesting and fun at the same time. After all, our lessons are intended for beginning Spanish learners.
More Vital Benefits
But there’s more to these incidentals that what meets the eye.
In an article written by Anne Merritt, which appeared in The Telegraph, she wrote, “Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.”
Here are some of them:
- You become smarter
Speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognize, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems. Students who study foreign languages tend to score better on standardized tests than their monolingual counterparts.
- You become a multitasker
The “juggling” skill that multilingual people possess makes them good multitaskers because they can easily switch between different structures.
- Your memory improves
Brain, as in muscle, functions better with exercise. Learning a new language involves memorizing rules and vocabulary, which helps strengthen that mental “muscle.” Such an exercise improves overall memory.
- You become a good decision maker
According to a study from the University of Chicago, bilinguals tend to make more rational decisions. They are also more confident with their choices after thinking it over in the second language.
- You become more perceptive
A study from the University of Pompeu Fabra in Spain suggested that multilingual people are better at observing surroundings. They are also better at spotting misleading information.
Montessori Children’s House Teaches A Foreign Language
As mentioned earlier, our Early Childhood Education in Riverside, California, Montessori Children’s House, teaches Spanish to little kids. They learn basic vocabulary words using pictures as well as in the abstract. They also write sentences and engage in conversational Spanish with their teachers and peers.
Make your children reap the healthy cognitive benefits of learning a foreign language, aside from fun and bragging rights. Enroll them at the one and only Early Childhood Education in Riverside, California, Montessori Children’s House.
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