For the last few months, we’ve been unpacking character and cognitive skills through your student’s language journey. If you’ve missed our past newsletters take a look at Courage or Resilience to read more!
During the month of February, our “focal” point will be on FOCUS. According to the article, The importance of focus and self-control for young children by Kylie Rymanowicz an Early Childhood Education Educator from Michigan State University,
Focus refers to attention and involves being alert and “orienting.” Orienting refers to the ability to focus one’s attention on the specific tasks that will help them accomplish whatever their goal is. Concentration is also a big part of focus as children get older. (1)
Learning a new language requires an intensive amount of focus. Certainly, it is one of the most important traits in a child’s growth development to achieve personal and academic success. For this reason, we encourage our students to be immersed in Spanish 100% of the time during class. Staying focused drives success and we become bilingual!
The Society for Neuroscience identifies cognitive benefits of second and third language learning, including greater focus on tasks and the ability to tune out distractions (as compared to monolingual children), and stronger working memory, as well as greater gray matter and brain connections. To learn more see, The Cognitive Benefits of Being Bilingual.
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. To read more about this exciting research, click Lifelong Bilingualism Maintains Neural Efficiency for Cognitive Control in Aging.
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.
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