My husband and I are teaching Sebastian, our 3-year-old, both English and Spanish. And while he’s just now learning to speak, we’re reassured he’s learning both languages when we hear him say sentences like “Mamá, más balls!” (“mom, more balls!”) We’ll get him to sort out the two languages later … here are a couple of the tools that are working for us that might also work for you.
Why is bilingualism so good?Countless studies support the idea that bilingualism is good for babies. Bilingualism has been linked to:
- Improved cognitive skills which influence how babies learn, remember, pay attention and problem solve
- Improved executive functioning which involve self-control and self-regulation
- Protecting the brain later in life which includes the offset of dementia
Nursery rhymes are not only fun little songs to keep your little ones entertained, they’re also great tools to help them learn and grow!
As they sing, move, and dance, kids are building language, motor, and many more skills.
As a mom, I know how important it is to ensure that fun activities be also learning opportunities.
It’s for this reason that I love the power of nursery rhymes.
Here are just a few of the benefits of nursery rhymes for baby and toddler development.
Being bilingual allows us to communicate with more people, appreciate other cultures and enjoy many cognitive benefits. We’ve experienced this first hand since we’re both bilingual and learned English at a young age. So when our daughters were born, we knew we wanted to teach them Spanish, but our reasons at that moment came more from the heart.
As Latinas, Spanish is at the core of our cultural identity. It’s connected to our childhood and the people we love, so we couldn’t imagine our daughters not having the language to communicate with our families, or not being able to participate in cultural traditions that were important to us.
Jheymy Rivera really knows what it takes to raise bilingual kids. Not only does she have two kids of her own, but she is also the Lead Teacher at ¡HolaKids! Spanish Immersion Preschool in California. We spoke to Jheymy to get insights on how to help kids learn Spanish from an expert’s perspective. Here is what she had to say.
Encouraging your kids to develop good reading habits will not only be beneficial for them academically, it will also provide them with a lifelong skill to be successful in their adult years. As parents, it's up to us to make reading, in both English and Spanish, a fun experience.