Why Your Child Should Learn a Second Language

 

Living in the United States, odds are you have heard a language other than English spoken while running daily errands. At least 350 languages are spoken here, according to data from the United States Census Bureau. One in five children speaks more than one language, and because of that, they have several advantages over their monolingual peers. Read on to see why teaching your child a second (or third) language is a good idea.

Brain Benefits

Young children's brains are like sponges; they soak up their surroundings with ease, including languages. Between the ages of 0-3, children's brains are flexible enough to learn and distinguish two different languages. Even children above this age have a much easier time learning a second language than they would as an adult. At Country Day Care and Magnolia Ridge Child Care Center, we value education. We offer Spanish classes as well as many other educational activities to help broaden your child's horizons.

Children who learn another language are generally better at solving mental puzzles, are more creative, and earn higher scores on standardized tests. Learning languages improves the brain's "command center," which helps them with sorting categories, such as shapes and colors. It also helps children with remembering lists of instructions at home and school.

Teaching Empathy

When children are taught another language, they tend to show more sensitivity to that language's culture. It also teaches them how to empathize and show patience with classmates who might look or act differently than them.

Future Leaders

With today's increasingly competitive workforce, knowing another language puts your child (and future adult) ahead of the game. In the United States, more than half a million job openings required applicants to have multilingual skills, according to a report from the New American Economy. Yet another reason to introduce your child to a foreign language.

If you're ready to enroll your child in daycare and maybe get them interested in a new language, get in touch with a reputable child care service. For a trusted daycare in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA, contact the experts at Country Day Care and Magnolia Ridge Child Care Center. To enroll your child at our Richmond daycare center call Country Day Care at (804) 282-8502 or for Glen Allen child care call (804) 515-1933 to talk with our team at Magnolia Ridge. Contact us today with any questions!


Country Day Care Blog
Posted: June 30, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ



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