LOL for Little Ones
Let's Learn Together!
"When my children were younger, I searched extensively for a Mommy and Me class that we could take together and learn a language. There was nothing near me. It provides an educational advantage for the children but it would have been fun to learn together." - Jennifer
Why should babies learn another language?
Harvard University research proves that creativity, critical thinking skills, and flexibility of the mind are significantly enhanced if children learn a second language at a younger age. The first three years of life are believed to be a vital period for this type of learning.
University of Washington research shows not only are very young children capable of learning multiple languages, but early childhood is the optimum time for them to begin. They say, "if you want your child to know more than one language, it’s best to start at an early age, before she even starts speaking her first language. It won’t confuse your child, and it could even give her a boost in other forms of cognition."
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American Sign Language for ages 6 months to 5 years
Benefits of learning Sign Language:
Accelerates verbal communication
Strengthens bond between you and your child as you learn together
Will learning sign language hinder my child's speech development?
There is a lot of debate around this question. In fact, my father said something like this last weekend after my nephew (18 months) signed for milk. Many parents/grandparents are concerned that babies will become dependent on signing and won't rush to talk. However, there is no compelling research evidence that teaching children to sign will cause delays in speaking. In fact, there’s some evidence that learning to sign is linked to better language development.
Experts such as Dr. Susan W. Goodwyn of California State University and Dr. Linda P. Acredolo of the University of California have performed extensive studies to determine the effect of teaching sign language in regards to speech development. They found that children who learned sign language developed more advanced language skills and engaged in more complex social interactions than children who learned to communicate through speech alone. Read more from Parenting Magazine and download free sign language flash cards!
What questions do you have? We love talking with families about our program. Please send us your questions, suggestions and ideas.