Language acquisition is difficult. But, there is a time in a child’s life when learning a second language is more fun than it is hard work, when they’re more cognitively adapted to language learning–and that is the early elementary years.
Researchers tell us that children’s brains are still being formed in the early elementary grades, when conditions are ripe for language learning. That’s why we typically start our Sombrero Time kids in Kindergarten.
While initially a little confusing, our immersive language learning approach isn’t difficult for kids. They adapt quickly, and before you know it, they are speaking simple Spanish words. They begin moving down the rich and rewarding path of being bilingual.
Learning a second language, however, also helps them develop the thinking skills to make decisions, to manage complex ideas and to stay with a problem until it’s resolved. At Sombrero Time we focus on these cognitive skills to achieve these educational outcomes: FLEXIBILITY, FOCUS, and WORKING MEMORY.
The Society for Neuroscience identify cognitive benefits of second and third language learning, including greater focus on tasks and the ability tune out distractions (as compared to monolingual children), and stronger working memory, as well as greater gray matter and brain connections. (1)
What is the result? A student’s brain is cognitively more efficient at processing language information. The research is so compelling that there are indications that bilingualism may even help stave off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. (2)
So, while we’re focused on getting your child launched into a successful and meaningful future, learning Spanish may just be the gift that gives back for a lifetime.