Why kids should learn Chinese?

Jul 20

A lot of persons are now contemplating having their child learn Chinese while other wonder why. There are quite a number of benefits to learn Chinese and any other language in fact. This article will highlight a few of these reasons.

The first benefit is to afford the learner some sort of flexibility. At the moment China is ranked as the second biggest economy worldwide. It may become the largest economy in no time. This country has some of the largest factories that can be found anywhere and production is at an all time high. On the other hand

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Creative craft work – An interesting way for kids to improve their self confidence.

Jun 07

Your child is different and unique to the child sat opposite them. Your child has their own sense of personality and attitude, and more importantly, their own unique way of showing creativity. Because your children learn social and emotional skills in a variety of different ways, it’s important to keep them actively engaged in learning. On the subject of self-confidence, building confidence is sometimes difficult. The majority of children have extremely short attention spans, but they do enjoy being physically active constantly and enjoy learning through engaging activities. Choosing the right activities for your children is of paramount importance, as you will want to ensure that they are both fun and educational, in order to help enhance their emotional development.
Creative craft work is a great way to get your child engaged. All children need a way to express themselves, and building things and smashing them back down is a great way for them to express their emotions. Arts and crafts help to promote an increase in children’s self-esteem, creativity and self-confidence. Children need this opportunity  if only for the purpose of being able to express their negative emotions. Craft work helps to encourage children to learn and develop their creativity and imagination. Through expressing themselves, they will gain confidence through solving problems and working alone independently. Once they begin to understand that they can build things on their own, they will become less reliant on you (their parents) and gain self-confidence in their own ability through doing so.
Additionally, group projects are great for building their confidence as it often becomes a social activity. Through working on projects with their best friends, your child will develop sharing skills and learn to appreciate their peers work. Not to mention, your child may just turn out to be really creative and create some really masterful pieces of work.

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How Children Learn Languages

May 04

Being able to learn a language and use it proficiently is a tremendous accomplishment for anybody. Everyone does it at least once in their life. It can be your first language, second, fourth or seventh, achievement that no one can belittle.

There are many stages to human learning and capability to accept new things, interpret new inputs of data and the capacity and absorbency rate also differ when you are younger or older. We’ll find children to be able to learn very quickly despite  being surrounded by unfamiliar sounds, many of which aren’t even part of language. The only way to learn a language before one immerse themselves in the sea of language learning, regardless of age, is to first find out how language works. It is widely believed though that the ability to learn a language simply exist in our genes.

There are several ways Children learn language. The first one being trial and error. It is said to be a misconception by the linguist that babies born in a specific country naturally can speak the native language easily. The fact is, native people speaks their language better only because they practice it as frequent as every day.  Children learn a language by unlearning all other possible languages.

The very first step into learning language is to hunt for a language to learn. We might not be naturally capable of distinguishing speech from all the other sounds we make but for children who are trained to do so right from the day they were born might just prove to be a completely different story. Newborns are sensitive enough to the distinction between the patterns of stress and how long you hold different syllables between those languages. All this makes children much more capable on learning new language than adult.

 

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Speech and Drama – How does it help kids?

Apr 23

The creative arts have long been a great way in which to develop the creativity, intelligence and confidence of a child.  Speech and drama helps children; even shy ones to express themselves and to interact effectively with other people. They learn how to speak in public and how to interact on a social level with their peers and how to solve their issues in an intelligent and creative way since they will develop the opportunity to think outside the box.

Speech and drama helps children to become more self-confident but also to feel accepted.  They are allowed to feel comfortable in expressing themselves.  Shy children will benefit greatly from working in groups and finally being able to use their voices like never before and to be with and speak to other kids, finally getting out of their shell and interacting with others without fear of being ridiculed.  Being in these groups help them to feel proud of themselves as they feel needed by others and useful to others as well.  

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How enrichment class complement in kids Chinese language learning stage?

Apr 09

As parents and educators acknowledge in our changing world, English is not necessarily the dominant language, as programs offering Chinese for kids have become overwhelmingly popular. China today boasts the fastest growing national economy, the fourth largest in the world, recently surpassing Great Britain and no longer a sleeping giant. The Chinese, with a population of approximately 1.3 billion people, seems eager to extend their influence across the globe, thus presenting Singapore with new challenges and opportunities.

To address the pressing issue of “Will our children be ready to meet—and compete with—the new kids on the block?” programmes with Mandarin Chinese for kids have been initiated in many elementary schools. This thrust to help children learn Mandarin Chinese prepare for the awaiting world, contrasts with the comparison of ten years ago.

Early Exposure in Chinese for Kids is Important

It is a fact that exposure to a second language at an early stage significantly increases the chances of fluency and one acquiring a local accent. This is critical in Mandarin Chinese for kids who want to take advantage of this ‘window of opportunity.’ Although parents may consider Chinese for their kids a daunting challenge, it is the language most spoken in the world. Many Westerners think of Chinese as an exotic and difficult language, but children frequently respond with enthusiasm and excitement.

There is much you can do to support your child’s class-time activities if he is learning a new language—or continuing one he’s already experienced. First of all, ask questions about what they learned, be excited at their new exposure and encourage them to apply it to things at home, or when talking to or about friends. This critical input from you, your enthusiasm will let your child know that you’re pleased with the effort at school and you do not have to know the language or speak it fluently to do this.

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The importance of enrichment class on language learning for kids

Apr 02

It is an enormously rewarding experience when learning a language, regardless of age. Children gain the most from this wonderful sojourn although language learning is an enriching experience for all ages. To benefit from the widest possible set of benefits and opportunities it is best to start early.

Language is something that one explores, or play as all children intuitively understands. Their infectious and effective enthusiasm is manifested in the almost miraculous quickness with which they pick up their first language, and a joy for parents to watch as their children grow. Parents can attest to the fun manifested by their children as they sing new words, invent new ones with huge, bright smiles. Children explore their first language with a joy that suggests that childhood is the ideal time for learning a second language.

While this list does not exhaust the number and variety of advantages of starting a language early it does highlight some of the more notable.

It is a fact that students who have studied a foreign language, proven by many reports,   perform much better on standardized test such as SAT, than their monolingual peers. The report, College Bound Seniors that is published by the College Board that administers the SAT demonstrated in 2007 the significant benefits of studying a foreign language. An analysis showed that students who had at least four years of foreign language study, on average scored 140 points more (out of the maximum 800) than their peers with six months or less experience on the Critical Reading part of the exam, and in the Math Section, almost another 140 scored 150 points and higher on Writing.

Better advanced reading skills: From a study commissioned by York University in Canada, It was concluded that bilingual children had an advantage in learning to read. The advantage of being able to apply insights and experiences of one language to the other continually grew as they got older. Being able to read two languages is a in itself very impressive.

Greater confidence: Learning a new language, at any age, is a uniquely rewarding experience, and children are great explorers. The feeling of accomplishment felt with their first steps toward a second language inspires them on to a deeper and broader passion for learning in general. This special “window of opportunity” exists for at this stage language learning is intuitive, natural, encourages a pleasurable experience and a desire for new discoveries that will boost their confidence.

 

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