Through language, we also develop your child’s character, cognitive skills and emotional intelligence.

Character

CHARACTER GROWTH

As parents, we want our children to grow up to be good people. We want them to care about others. To work hard in school. To make a positive difference in the world. This is what we believe at Sombrero Time is the journey of a child’s character. It happens through habit-building in a supportive and encouraging setting, starting in the home, and including the classroom, sports field, and job setting. T

And, that’s also why we make it a priority at Sombrero Time. We help our students develop three specific character traits: COURAGE, RESPECT, and RESILIENCE.

Courage is making good choices when presented with fear and obstacles, and being willing to take risks willingness and make mistakes.

Respect is thinking highly about others, and showing respect for people with different cultures, backgrounds and experiences.

Resilience, or “grit,” is sticking with something until you succeed. It’s about having a “growth mindset” (the belief that our intelligence & skills can grow with effort).

We believe that teaching Spanish in a supportive and growth-oriented environment gives us the unique opportunity–and privilege–to partner with you, the parent, in the positive development of your child’s character.

Cognitive / Thinking Skills

COGNITIVE SKILLS

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.

Emotional Intelligence

Overwhelming is the research on the importance of emotional intelligence (also called “EQ” for “emotional quotient”) to predict future success. Researchers have shown that our success at work or in life is 80% dependent upon Emotional Intelligence and only 20% on intellect. While our intellect helps us to resolve problems, to make calculations or to process information, emotional intelligence allows us to be more creative and use our emotions to resolve problems.

Specifically, emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive and express, assimilate emotion in thought, understand the differences of emotions and adjust ourselves and others emotions.

Importantly, researchers tell us that learning a second or third language can lead to improved emotional intelligence, including greater empathy skills and tolerance, two key qualities of higher emotional intelligence.

Additionally, the socialization benefits of language learning provide critical insights to culture and promote better socialization skills through increased acceptance of other traditions and beliefs. (3)  The emotional intelligence qualities that we focus on include:

  • Self Awareness (accurate self awareness and confidence)
  • Self Management (self control, initiative and adaptability)
  • Social Awareness (empathy, serving others orientation)
  • Relationship Management (building bonds, collaboration, inspiring others)

Learn more about the difference a second language makes.

Download our free ebook: “5 Surprising Facts About Learning a Second Language”