Little Hands Learning Center students are exposed to two foreign languages - Mandarin and Spanish. The Spanish immersion program is available for all students 6 weeks of age to 6 years and Mandarin is provided for all students three years of age to six years of age.
Foreign language learning is a cognitive problem solving activity and studies have shown repeatedly that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity and the flexibility of the mind in young children. Children that learn a foreign language also typically score higher on standardized test and have increased mathematical skills development.
Experts say that kids should begin to learn a foreign language from a young age and the younger, the better because a child is born with the ability to learn any language in the world.
The older the child gets, certain windows close in terms of language acquisition, but so long as the child learns the language before puberty (approximately age 12 or 13), the child should be able to speak with a native accent.
As the second most common language in the U.S, Spanish is a popular choice for parents and schools and is one of the easiest foreign languages for English speakers to learn. Spanish is a good foundation for learning other languages.
Due to China's vast population, growing economy, and increasing political power, experts recommend learning Mandarin Chinese which is the main spoken dialect. The language's tones make it sound more like a song, which is a tool utilized in teaching young children for other subjects. The written characters look like pictures which also appeal to younger children who are usually visual learners. Learning the language is beneficial for your child's future career prospects and is not a trend that is going to be changing any time soon.