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Scientists have Proven that there are Massive Advantages in having a Bilingual Brain

Scientists Have Proven That There Are Massive Advantages In Having A Bilingual Brain
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Scientists have Proven that there are Massive advantages in having a Bilingual Brain and the Younger a Second language is Learnt the Advantages are far Greater.

Advantages in having a Bilingual Brain

A question parents might ask is “Why would I want young children to learn a second language while they are focused on learning their primary one?

After all it seems like learning a second language at this time would be learning overload at a time when they are also learning how to be friends, count, play on the playground and so much more.

However, this is a time in our lives when acquiring a second language comes very naturally.

You see between the ages of 0-3, the brains of young children are uniquely suited to learn a second language as the brain is in its most flexible stage.

Bilingual Brain

In fact, bilingually exposed infants excelled in detecting a switch in language as early as 6 months old. At this time of a child’s life, they can learn a second language as easy as they learned to walk and learn their primary language.

Furthermore, learning a second language does not adversely impact the child’s native language.

As adults, we must consider grammar rules and practice, but young children absorb sounds, structures, intonation patterns and the rules of a second language very easily.

Research has shown that up until the age of 8, young learners benefit from flexible ear and speech muscles that can detect differences between the sounds of a second language.

In the words of Gigi Luk, an associate professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Bilingualism is an experience that shapes our brain for a lifetime,

Exposure to two languages over one language has many benefits including…

1 .Bilingual children may have a superior ability to focus on one thing and change their response, easily indicating “cognitive flexibility.” Both traits require self-control, a very desirable trait in the early childhood classroom as well as life.

2. Bilingual children are also more adept at solving certain kinds of mental puzzles. A 2004 study found that bilingual children were more successful at dividing objects by shape and colour versus their monolingual peers who struggled (sorting by shape) was added.
This suggests the bilingual experience improves the brain’s command centre, thus giving it the ability to plan, solve problems and perform other mentally demanding tasks.

3. Learning a new language undoubtedly helps your gray matter grow. Acquiring a new language means learning a whole new set of rules of grammar and lexis. Just like muscles, the brain gets stronger and bigger the more you put it to use.

4. Nothing challenges the brain like learning a language does. Scientists have established that we use the left side of the brain when speaking our native language.

However, learning a second language usage isn’t limited to a specific hemisphere. It uses both, increasing the size of the white and grey matter of the brain.

Dr Nathan Hageman who has endorsed Leap Start Early Learning program the Accelerated Neuro Response (ANR) states that early learning in music, arts and foreign language can enhance neurodevelopment of critical brain networks responsible for facilitating language development, mathematics and reading comprehension, as well as positively impact fine motor skills, coordination, memory, focus discipline and self-esteem.

When it comes to your child’s early education our unique approach in embedding Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, (STEAM) into our daily practices is just one way of doing this.

The benefits of exposing children to the different elements of STEAM assist brain development and memory, speech, and vocabulary, while also building confidence and self-esteem.

Here at Leap Start we offer specialist programs that are included in daily fees that enhance children’s development, one of these programs is our Little Lingo Learner’s this is run by our specialist teacher Aimee who teaches the children Mandarin.

From the information we have gathered, we have been able to form our specialist programs, the Little Lingo’s Learners program which is focused on language development and learning a second language.

We believe that getting ahead in the early years is vital to the children’s learning, thus providing language classes will enable children to further extend their language development in the early years.

Below is a little bit about what the children get up to during Little Lingo Learner’s

Aimee’s sessions with the children are focused on learning Mandarin, during these sessions she is able to teach the children using a range of different resources while incorporating puppets, stories and songs.

Recently the children have been exposed to learning how to count from 1-10 both verbally and through hand signs.
Aimee also set up hopscotch outside for the children to jump onto the English number and then say or sign the number in Mandarin.

Scientists Have Proven That There Are Massive Advantages In Having A Bilingual Brain

Scientists Have Proven That There Are Massive Advantages In Having A Bilingual Brain

Scientists Have Proven That There Are Massive Advantages In Having A Bilingual Brain

This technique not only allowed for their language development it also provoked their learning in being able to jump from each number enhancing their gross motor skills.

At Leap Start we lead the way by setting out to embraced Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, (STEAM) by providing dedicated Arts and Music rooms with talented people and recourses, as recommended by the Previous Minister of Education.

Look out for more about our STEAM program and the benefits it means to your child’s early development.