The Science of Language Learning
“Simple Songs That Teach French” makes learning French simple and fun. The playful, engaging songs introduce grammar, vocabulary and idiomatic expressions typically taught in the first year of language study. These CDs are meant to familiarize children with the French language in a way that’s fun, relaxing and effortless.
“Children are little sponges.”
They learn by listening, watching, playing and exploring. Simple Songs’ immersion- style music 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 developmentally. “Simple Songs That Teach French”fulfills this need by introducing children to another language while letting them play and grow.
Today’s research shows exposure to more than one language builds neural pathways in the brain, which impacts learning and brain function.
A baby knows its parent’s voice in the womb. Now studies show babies are born able to “babble” the 70-odd sounds that make up all the world’s languages (P.K. Kuhl of the University of Washington).
Window of Opportunity
They say the best time for learning language is before age twelve. Remember Frère Jacques from grade school? The earlier you can expose your child to a second language, the greater the benefits.
Sounds must be repeated to be learned, so when a child is exposed to certain vocal sounds repeatedly, the brain holds on to them. Those not repeated fade away. And the older we get, the harder it is to bring these sounds back again.
Exposure Leads to Learning
Suzanne Flynn of M.I.T. says people exposed to more than one language have a ‘distinct advantage’ because bi-linguals are “better able to abstract information.” For example, when the brain knows more than one name for an object, it forms new neural pathways, and these enhance learning and reasoning skills.
Evidence suggests learning a second language may actually make a child feel better and improve self-control! So what could be better than singing your way to a positive mood and behavior?!
Parent Concerns: Some parents worry their child will be delayed in learning to speak their own language if exposed to a second language. But research suggests other language exposure language may actually increase a child’s aptitude in 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