As we wrap up our first summer camp this week, let’s take a look back at what we’ve learned about animals! Of particular note, our dramatic play veterinarian’s office was a huge hit.
Summer Camp #2 begins next week with our emphasis on insects. This two week camp will introduce students to spiders, bees, butterflies, ants and worms.
Openings available for students aged 3-8 years old in our morning or afternoon session. Choose 2, 3 or 5 days per week. Contact us with questions at email@example.com.
U.S. employers say yes! A study released just last month by the American Council Teaching Foreign Languages stated that:
“The demand for language skills in the U.S. workforce is greater than ever before. In boardrooms and in the field, with customers and partners and on social media, U.S. employers today are increasingly conducting business in a language other than English. Accordingly, the ability to effectively communicate in more than one language is a critical asset for U.S. students and employees—not only in boosting their marketability in the workplace, but in helping them thrive in a global economy.”
A couple of key takeaways important to us include that “9 out of 10 U.S. employers report a reliance on U.S.-based employees with language skills other than English” and that “Spanish, Chinese and Japanese see the highest demand among U.S. employers.”
Click here to read the full article: ACTFL Study
Babies are born with the potential to speak any language!
At just six months old, infants are capable of distinguishing sounds from any language. By 12 months old, children have already started to focus on the sounds of their primary language and by two and three years old, have begun to recognize speech patterns.
The earlier a language is introduced, the easier a child can identify its unique sounds. The ability to identify phonetic pronunciations is most acute before age three and begins to diminish the older we get. A child’s brain is developmentally prepared to learn language at this early age and prompt exposure can improve fluency and minimize or even eliminate speaking with an accent.