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How To Teach Your Child Social Skills For Life-Long Success

Like any loving parent, you want your child to succeed in life. A major contributor to lifetime success is possessing the set of social skills that help us create positive interactions with all types of people in a wide range of settings. One of the vital skills your child will need to establish these beneficial relationships is know how to create a favorable first impression.

This ability will make it substantially easier for your child to advance in the world. But, making a good first impression is not necessarily a skill that comes naturally. You need to teach your child the ins and outs of socializing — and you should start as early as possible.

One of the ways to do this is to emphasize manners and courtesy. Courtesy often seems all-too-rare these days. While this is lamentable, it also means examples of courtesy make a strong impression when they are encountered.

The following post describes some simple lessons in courtesy you can use with your child:

Montessori Monday: A Lesson in Grace and Courtesy — 5 Golden Phrases All Children Must learn

When it comes to developing social etiquette, social skills and social manners in children, there is actually no right age. However, laying a strong foundation for developing your child into a well behaved adult should start right from the age they start speaking words like “Please” and “Thank You”. These are 2 of the 5 golden words that help your child reaching out for help and showing gratitude. Positive gestures provide warmth to the relationships at home and outside. When you teach your child to treat others with respect, it will not only make things easier for them but will also pay in the long run.

In order to bring out the best in your kids, you must teach them these 5 golden words: Read more at My Aggrandized Life…

These golden phrases may seem obvious and unimportant, but they can quite powerful when dealing with others. Train your child to use them as early as she can speak.

Beyond the golden words, there are habits that you need to instill in your little ones. The following post gives insight on what else you can do to bring out the best in your child:

5 manners beyond please & thank you to teach your child

All parents want their children to grow up as polite, gracious beings. While it’s important to add ‘please’, thank you’ and ‘sorry’ to their vocabulary early on, real manners go far beyond it.

Greeting others : Many kids are shy around strangers and to hide their discomfort, they usually avoid eye contact and greeting. Teach your child how to greet an adult, be it a relative, their friend’s parent or anyone they meet. You may start by making it a habit to greet each other when you enter or leave the house. Also introduce them appropriately to a person they don’t know. Read more at Femina…

Simple acts of courtesy can cause your child to trigger smiles wherever she goes. No one hates being shown respect.

Finally, if you are willing to go beyond the basics and would like some more practical tips to apply, there is good news for you. The following post describes some of the strategies you can adopt to bring out the little angels in your children:

4 Smart Ways to Teach Your Child Good Manners

When I was a kid, I really didn’t like hearing stories about how disrespectful kids are “these days.”  I won’t go into detail about when “these days” were, but let’s just say that kids today are still struggling with the art of good manners.  As this is such an important topic vital to our children’s success as adults, I’m excited to partner with JIMMY Patterson Books to discuss ideas for ways to teach your child good manners!

Working in the education field, I interact with children of all ages and I often find myself wondering why many find it so difficult to say “Please”, “Thank You” and “Excuse me.” I’m not asking them to tip their hats when I walk into a room or practice any out-dated notions of “seen and not heard,” but when they practically run me over while trying to get past me in hall, a little bit of common courtesy and manners would be nice. When it comes to teaching manners and etiquette, maintaining consistency is paramount. One way to help ensure this is by enrolling your child in a great preschool that stresses the desired behaviors and reinforces the lessons being taught at home.

At Spanish for fun!, we believe in the holistic development of children. Our Spanish immersion program not only teaches the Spanish language and culture, it also creates an appreciation for diversity and fosters a healthy curiosity about the world at large.

If you are searching for a preschool that will offer your child a safe, loving environment and an educational jump start, Spanish for fun! is your best option. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour of our Wakeforest campus. Call (919) 883-2061 or complete the form on our website. We look forward to showing you why your child will thrive with us.

The Most Effective Learning Methods For Young Children

Newborn children enter this world like blank pages that will be written on throughout their lives by various experiences and learning processes. There are many different sources of learning that your child will encounter along the way. As a parent, you have the privilege of being your child’s primary source of learning. It’s a major responsibility that may seem overwhelming at times. Fortunately, there are some simple yet effective ways you can help your child learn and develop.

One of the priorities on your list of lessons will be teaching the values you want your child to embrace. The following post explains how you can ensure your child learns empathy, a critical value for a compassionate individual:

How Children Really Learn Empathy

Our personal success as individuals and the survival of our society as a whole depend on our ability to understand and connect with others, so empathy is inarguably one of the most important traits to instill in our children. To that end, resources for teaching kids empathy have been cropping up everywhere — in parenting articles, children’s book lists, and school programs like “Character Counts.”

However, Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Project released a discouraging report that demonstrates how these efforts are overshadowed, and may even be erased, by the actual feelings and priorities we unconsciously communicate to children, especially as parents. For those of us who study and observe very young children, this result is no surprise. Read more at Janet Lansbury…

Well, there you have it: One of the primary ways your child learns from you is through your actions rather than your words. So, if you want to your offspring to “turn out right,” you need to model how you expect them to live.

Apart from imitation, there are other fundamental ways that children learn, and one of them is through play. The following post explores the subject of play and its importance for cognitive development:

Forget flashcards, play with sticks. An expert explains how children learn

How do children learn; and how can their environment help or hurt that process? The answer to both may lie in the first years of our lives. Casey Lew-Williams is on the faculty at Princeton University and co-Director of the Princeton Baby Lab. He talks to us about the best ways to support children’s growth, the impact of poverty on early learning, and why the most sophisticated educational toys are often less effective than simply playing, talking, singing, and cuddling.

One of the remarkable things about children is that their brains are incredibly active. This fact, coupled with their innate ability to master language, makes their early years the perfect time to introduce them to a second language. The following post looks at children and their amazing capacity to learn languages:

How can young children best learn languages?

The British Council’s Tracey Chapelton explains how parents of young children can lay the foundations for success.

Children’s brains are highly active

Your child is unique, but what all children have in common is natural curiosity and an innate ability to learn.

Our brains are dynamic and constantly active, and a baby’s brain is the busiest of all. Research has shown that babies begin to understand language about twice as fast as they actually speak it. According to Dr Patricia Kuhl, what’s going on in a baby’s brain is nothing short of rocket science: ‘By three, a little child’s brain is actually twice as active as an adult brain.’

Did you have any idea that your preschooler’s brain is twice as active as yours? Now you understand why it’s difficult for them to sit through activities that last any length of time. They easily become bored and lose focus.

 

A preschool that understands the fundamentals of childhood learning will take these factors into consideration — which is why Spanish for fun! should top your daycare list. Our play-based, Spanish immersion program will teach your child to speak the language, appreciate the culture and embrace diversity. Together these benefits enhance learning and social skills and deter self-absorption.

Our teaching methods rely on the best practices for educating young children. Plus, our teachers are professionally trained to create a loving and nurturing environment. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour of our Wake Forest Daycare center. Call (919) 883-2061 or complete the form on our website. We look forward to showing you why your child will thrive with us.

Language Immersion In Preschool And Why It Works So Well

The ability to speak more than one language has numerous benefits. Among other things, for the non-native speaker, it opens up the world and increases the sense of acceptance and belonging in the places where the secondary language is spoken. It creates a good impression in the minds of most native speakers; they typically feel that you appreciate their heritage and view them as equals. This type of cultural understanding is important in our increasingly global community.

The best way for a child to learn any language is through immersion. Basically, this means surrounding them with people who exclusively (or almost exclusively) speak the language you want them to learn. How does it happen? The following post explains the process in detail:

What is the Secret to Language Immersion?

If you are trying to learn a language like English, you have probably heard about immersion language learning, or ILL. This is because immersion learning is the most effective way to acquire a language. And I say ‘acquire’ because that is exactly what the brain does—it slowly begins to recognize and assimilate a language naturally, without studying, memorizing, or painful classroom grammar exercises that are associated with ‘learning’ a language. Does that sound too good to be true? Well it’s not, and in fact it’s the same way you learned to speak your native language: effortlessly.

Think of language immersion as creating another “home” for your child so they can learn to speak the new language the same way they learned their first language — naturally.

The immersive method of language learning typically gives your child the added advantage of learning the culture associated with the language, something that formal language lessons often don’t. Find out more in the following post:

UNM studies effectiveness of Indigenous Language Immersion schools

SHIPROCK, N.M. — The University of New Mexico is taking part in a study that looks into how Indigenous Language Immersion schools can lead to better outcomes for Native American students.

Eva B. Stokely Elementary School in Shiprock, N.M. is teaching its students in the Navajo language. School officials say the enrolled children are thriving academically as well as learning their cultural identity.

The students sing “America, the Beautiful” in Diné every morning. Each class is full of children in traditional dress, and Navajo words and phrases cover the walls. Read more at KOB4…

Study after study has confirmed that learning a second language increases children’s cognitive abilities, helping them excel academically.

To recap, the following post discusses the specific benefits children gain from learning different languages:

In a recent article, NPR explored the benefits of dual-immersion classrooms. As it turns out, there are more benefits than children becoming proficient in a second language at an incredibly quick rate. Children as young as three are found to be more empathetic than their peers when they are learning multiple languages with the immersion approach, while older students “outperformed their peers in English-reading skills by a full school-year’s worth of learning by the end of middle school.” That’s not all – students are found to be more attentive and more engaged, while students who speak a language other than English as a first language feel more accepted. And researchers have found that individuals who actively use two languages seem to have a protection against “cognitive decline and dementia” later in life. Read more at Pay 4 School Stuff…

Early childhood is proven to be the best time for children to learn languages most easily. Immersion is the best way to create a good foundation for your child’s bilingual future.

If you want your preschool-age child to receive the benefits discussed in this post, Spanish for fun! is your best option. We combine the loving care that your child needs with immersive Spanish language education, cultural learning and lots of fun. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour of our Child Care campus. We look forward to showing you why your child will thrive with us.

Interesting Facts About Language Learning In Children

Have you ever really considered how amazing it is to have language and be able to communicate with it? Just think, you were born knowing nothing about speech (or much else, for that matter), but within a few years you could express yourself and understand others. It’s no surprise that the process of language acquisition has been a subject of inquiry for many years.

One study revealed that a person with even a slight exposure to a language, even if it is never used at the time, will remember it later in life. If the person studies that language later on, he or she can speak it better than others with no childhood exposure to it. This is explained below:

Babies Remember Their Birth Language – Scientists

If you move countries and forget your birth language, you retain this hidden ability, according to a study.

Dutch-speaking adults adopted from South Korea exceeded expectations at Korean pronunciation when retrained after losing their birth language.

Scientists say parents should talk to babies as much as possible in early life.

Dr Jiyoun Choi of Hanyang University in Seoul led the research.

The study is the first to show that the early experience of adopted children in their birth language gives them an advantage decades later even if they think it is forgotten, she said. Read more at BBC…

The point is clear: Any exposure to language that your child has when he or she is very young can be an asset for the future.

It gets more interesting when you think of how easily children can become bilingual. In their early years, they can learn two different languages simultaneously. How is this possible?

Bilingual babies. How does a child learn two languages at the same time?

What do we know about the way babies learn to speak, particularly in bilingual households? A lot of scientists refer to their work as their ‘baby’, but University of Western Sydney’s Dr Karen Mattock’s lab studies really do involve babies, especially those that are learning two languages at the same time. Listen to her fascinating description of the way babies in bilingual households learn to speak.

You can imagine the world of opportunities that are open to your children when they are bilingual.

A child’s early years (through age 5 or so) offer the best window of opportunity for easily acquiring a second language. Why not take full advantage of that language-learning capacity? Here’s how to go about it:

8 Insights into How Babies Learn Multiple Languages

  1. Very early childhood is the best time to learn multiple languages. Children who experience two languages from birth typically become native speakers of both—something that rarely happens in adulthood.

At birth, babies can tell the difference between all 800 or so sounds that comprise the world’s languages. This is an important first step in learning a language and it means that babies could potentially learn any language that they’re exposed to. But, this ability fades quickly. That’s why the first few years of life are such an important time for kids to learn multiple languages. Read m

If you are interested in having your child learn Spanish as a second or even third language, you need to learn more about Spanish for fun!. Our acclaimed preschool is geared toward the holistic development of your child, using language learning to advance their cognitive and social growth.

The Spanish immersion program that we offer teaches Spanish language and culture using a play-based teaching method. Your child will love learning and you will love the result. Our teaching staff is trained to nurture your child following the principles of the five love languages, as defined by Dr. Gary Chapman in his groundbreaking research.

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