Joy of Language Learning
“Simple Songs That Teach French” is a compilation of original and traditional French songs written in a variety of musical styles designed to delight and engage children from birth to age 12. Along with its own activity book, this CD uses grammar, vocabulary and idiomatic expressions typically taught in the first year of language study to help familiarize children with the French language in a way that’s fun, relaxing and effortless.
“Children are like little sponges.”
They learn by listening, watching, playing and exploring. Simple Songs immersion- style is ideally suited to this natural learning process.
As a mother, I have always been on the lookout for a product that would give my children a head start both linguistically and developmentally. “Simple Songs That Teach French” offers both. It’s fun, unique and an excellent way to introduce children to another language while letting them play and grow.
Science of Language Learning
Language is all around us, an integral part of everyday life, and now studies are showing us the incredible role it plays in our mental development.
– MRI imaging
Researchers can now see how exposure to more than one language at an early age builds new neural pathways (think train tracks) in the brain, which profoundly affect learning and brain function.
– Recognizing language
Did you know a baby inside the womb can recognize its parent’s voice. But even more amazing, all babies are born with the ability to “babble” the 70-odd sounds that make up all the languages in the world, according to Patricia K. Kuhl, director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Learning at the University of Washington.
Language is about repetition. Sounds need to be repeated to be learned. So when an infant is exposed to certain sounds over and over again, those sounds get stored into memory in the brain. But the ones that aren’t get shoved in the back of the closet, so to speak. The older we get, the harder it is to bring this natural language ability into the light.
– Language Exposure and Learning
According to Suzanne Flynn, a professor of linguistics at M.I.T, people exposed to more than one language gain a ‘distinct advantage’ intellectually… with bi-linguals “better able to abstract information”. This means when the brain finds out there’s more than one name for an object, for example, it forms new neural pathways and adds a level of abstract thinking that enhances learning and reasoning skills.
– Emotional Benefits
New evidence suggests that learning a second language may actually make a child feel better! There is even evidence it improves self-control. Also, bilingual children are better able to grasp not only the meaning of language but also its structure, which is called “metalinguistic” knowledge and is key to using language for learning, literacy, thinking, and logic.
-Window of Opportunity
The best time for learning language is before age twelve. We’ve all seen it—young people just naturally learn more quickly and easily. Remember Frere Jacques from grade school? The earlier you can expose your child to a second language, the greater the benefit.
– Parent Concerns
Some parents worry that exposure to a second language will interfere with their child’s learning his own language. Not true! Research shows that exposure to more than one language does not interfere with this process and in fact may actually increase a child’s aptitude in their native language arts and in their grasp of mathematics.
“Most educators know that the ‘right’ time to teach a second language is in early primary. Your program is the perfect tool for those of us who don’t know French, but wish to teach it! Thank you.”– P. Newell, Kindergarten Teacher, NY