Spanish for fun! is the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce’s Member of the Month for October!
At Spanish for fun! our program is a unique mix of Spanish language immersion, cultural appreciation and the creative curriculum of North Carolina. This blend is developed around a play-based educational method. We also focus on the social and emotional development of children by exposing them to all five love languages. As defined by the research of Dr. Gary Chapman, they are: Acts of Service, Gift Giving, Physical Touch, Quality Time, and Words of Affirmation.
A play-based approach works with the natural inclination of children to use play as a means of learning on their own terms and at their own pace. Our job as teachers is to provide a safe and nurturing environment, guide them with developmentally appropriate activities, and create opportunities for them to explore and learn through play.
We provide a supportive atmosphere that encourages each child to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. Our curriculum is taught entirely in Spanish, in a way that is fun and natural. Our students are not only exposed to the Spanish language but Latin culture in general. This inspires them to explore the world as it exists beyond their own upbringing.
The Benefits of Learning a Second Language
Studies show that bilingual children reason faster than monolingual children. They are more creative, flexible and open-minded in their thinking and they possess a greater capacity for problem solving.
Amazingly, research reveals that bilingual people actually have more gray matter because the brain undergoes structural changes from learning a new language. The magnitude of the transformation is limited by age — if the new language is acquired before the age of five, the changes are more significant. It’s interesting to note that children can learn up to five languages at the same time from birth.
Colleges and universities require foreign language education for admission. By the same token, learning another language helps to improve SAT scores. Studies show that for every year an individual studies a foreign language, their SAT scores improve.
Knowing a foreign language increases travel opportunities and allows the speaker to have more authentic interactions with the people they meet along the way.
Why It’s Wise To Learn Spanish in Particular
North Carolina has one of the fastest growing Hispanic populations in the U.S. Despite this trend, bilingual education has failed to become a priority for the educational system. Even foreign language education, which is ranked as highly as other basic academic fields by the National Commission of Excellence in Education, lacks strong and consistent support by state education leaders.
This is shortsighted because Spanish is the second-most spoken language globally, with 392 million Spanish speaking people in 22 countries around the world. Spanish is the second-most studied language after English, with more than 14 million students learning in 90 countries where it is not an official language.
The U.S. is the third-largest Spanish speaking country in the world. By the time today’s children are adults in 2050, an estimated 25 percent of the American population will be Latino.
According to the latest research, each year 200,000 Americans lose job opportunities because they do not know another language. This won’t be a roadblock to success for children who attend Spanish for fun!
If you want your child to have the developmental advantages and educational benefits that come from learning a second language, Spanish for fun! is your best option. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour of our Wake Forest campus. Call 919-883-2061 or complete the form on the website and we’ll get back with you. We look forward to showing you why your child will thrive with us.