Young Love of Language #TeachMeTuesday
Bonjourno, bonjour, buenos dias. These are the first words taught to all little learners enrolled in Multilingual Kids. First time hearing about this hidden gem?
This unique language program immerses children in a second language from a young age through songs, poems, rhymes, games and stories. In an intimate setting of three to eight children, students take 45-minute classes and learn a new language in a fun and entertaining way.
Have you ever thought about exposing your son or daughter to Mandarin, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world? Now you can. Languages include French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese and Greek. Not to fret if the language on your wish list is not here. These pros are open to new requests.
We consulted Sandra Calderaro, founder and program director of Multilingual Kids, for the run-down on how parents can help teach their kids a second language. Here’s what we learned:
Multilingual Kids believes there is great benefit in exposing children to a foreign language from the onset, even as early as babies. At a young age children have a natural ability to pick up strong pronunciation and intonation of a second language. There are also considerable academic advantages to learning a new language, including increasing problem-solving abilities, fostering creativity, and improving self-esteem. It is also a great way for families to reconnect with their heritage or to learn more about other cultures. For classes with kids up to age four, parents stay and join the fun!
Sandra began in 2001 with her first location at the Columbus Centre. She has since expanded and has locations all over the GTA including Lil’ bean n’ green, Mabel’s Fables, and their newest locations at Mini Mioche in the Distillery District and smART Learning Labs at Wychwood Barns. To get a full schedule for classes and locations as well as some great tips for parents to encourage language learning at home visit their website.
For those intrigued, you are in luck, as there are complimentary French demo classes at smART Learning Labs at Wychwood Barns starting at 12pm on Saturday February 22nd. Get ready to learn some new words – Arrivederci, au revoir, adios!
Joanne Sallay is a Director at Teachers on Call, a personalized home tutoring service with more than 25 years of experience. Teachers on Call’s Ontario Certified Teachers specialize in providing one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades, including French Immersion tutoring.For further information about Teachers on Call, please visit: www.teachersoncall.ca Like Teachers on Call on Facebook Follow Teachers on Call on Twitter