Did you know that children who learn a foreign language before age 6 are much more likely to become fully fluent in that language? The foreign language develops in the same area of the brain that her native language develops. The two languages are absorbed together, in the same way.
Did you know that learning a foreign language after age 6 makes that language develop in a whole different area of the brain from your native language? It becomes facts you know rather than part of your natural speech.
I was a French education major before I decided to teach science. I studied language development and foreign language education for a few semesters. It's really fascinating stuff, and I knew when I became a parent that I would introduce my own kids to foreign languages at a very early age.
And then, when Grace came along, we were so busy painting and crafting and playing games and reading and writing and doing a hundred other things, foreign languages sort of fell by the wayside. Every once in a while, my sister would say, "Are you working on French with Grace yet?" and I would have to admit that I wasn't.
Because it isn't easy to pull together a foreign curriculum that doesn't include reading and writing. There aren't many options.
Enter Little Pim.
My good friend Allie from No Time for Flashcards has endorsed Little Pim for some time, and she asked me to be a panelist for their Twitter chat tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 9pm eastern. We're going to be chatting about holiday gift giving, especially gifts that promote learning.
Make sure you do more than follow the chat! Join in the conversation with your own ideas about holiday gifts that promote learning!
If you aren't familiar withÃ‚ Little Pim,Ã‚ check out their website and their Amazon store.
This post and my participation in the #SmartHoliday Twitter party are sponsored by Little Pim.