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The Advantages of Bilingual Education Starting in Preschool

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For many years, the educational potential of children in the preschool years was underestimated. Today, learning experts know that this is a prime time to teach little ones many important concepts, like learning a new language. In fact, preschoolers have an easier time than older individuals acclimating to a new language. Let’s look at some of the benefits of bilingual education in a pre-k program.

Advanced Learning Curve

If you have a goal for your toddler to learn a second language, the preschool years are a prime time for learning this. Children are naturally curious and excited about learning new things. When a student is naturally curious about a topic, they will learn it much faster than if they are being forced to learn it later on.

A toddler’s brain is much more elastic than an adult’s. This means that new information comes in more easily and the child can retain that information quicker. According to Penn State University, there is a specific window of opportunity during childhood for developing native-like pronunciation. This is much more likely if a student starts learning a second language before they reach age six rather than later in life.

Improved Problem-Solving Skills

Pre-k students who have experienced bilingual education have also been shown to have better problem-solving skills, states LinkedIn. While learning another language, a toddler’s brain is constantly problem-solving because they’re interpreting thoughts from one language to another. Blocking out distractions while switching between languages can enhance your child’s thinking skills.

Enhanced Memory Muscles

Learning a new language also involves a tremendous amount of memorization. Students who are exposed to this type of practice will naturally develop their memory muscles. This will serve the child in every other aspect of their learning experience since memorization is important in all academic practices.

Increased Career Options in the Future

While a preschooler isn’t thinking about their future at such a young age, being bilingual sets up kids for lifelong language learning. Your little one will continue to learn in two languages for the remainder of their elementary, middle, and high school years. Being fluent in two languages provides adults with a myriad of career options in the future.

These are just a few benefits of bilingual education for toddlers. If you’re interested in our pre-k program, get in touch with International Children’s School today.