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March 15, 2018 Jennifer C. Roig M.Ed

Benefits Of A Bilingual Preschool

Your preschooler is excited to learn and you’re excited for them to begin their educational journey. Before choosing your child’s new learning environment, consider the benefits of a bilingual preschool.

Bilingualism is the ability to speak and understand two languages. There are many benefits of being bilingual. Being bilingual gives you an advantage in educational environments and in the workplace.

Speaking two languages comes in handy. It promotes traveling, allows for new social opportunities, and opens children up to see the world in a new, fresh way.

Sending your preschooler to a bilingual preschool boosts long-term creativity and conduces a greater learning capacity. Here are three of the many benefits of sending your child to a bilingual preschool.

Preschoolers Minds Are Fresh and Open to Learning

The best time to introduce a new language to your child is at the beginning of their learning journey. Young children are natural learners. You are giving your child a social and professional advantage over others when you introduce a new language at a young age.

Furthers Educational and Social Development

Bilingualism furthers educational and social development. A study by psychologists Ellen Bialystok and Michelle Martin-Rhee found that bilingual preschoolers perform tasks more quickly have a greater attention span.

The study also found that bilingual preschoolers are able to recall information more quickly and accurately than monolingual preschoolers. A bilingual preschool sets the foundation for your child to learn how to monitor the environment and react accordingly at a young age.

Enhanced Cognitive Development

As well as educational and social development, a child’s cognitive development is enhanced by bilingualism. Brain development and cognition development are benefits of bilingual preschools.

According to Dr. Ping Li, Professor of Psychology and Linguistics at Pennsylvania State University, the brains of bilingual speakers rely on the left and right hemisphere. Native speakers only rely on the left hemisphere.

Thus, both hemispheres of the brain are being developed in bilinguals. Neuroscientists have found that the brains of multi-language speakers can react more quickly to stimuli because they are more active. Introducing your child to a bilingual environment at a young age is beneficial for brain development and cognitive growth.

Parents who would like to enroll their child into a bilingual immersion program should start with preschool. Preschool language immersion programs will introduce a new language to the student while incorporating the learning activities needed for child development.

There are a variety of formats of language immersion- full immersion, double immersion, partial immersion, and two-way immersion.

The Roig Academy’s curriculum puts preschool students at the center of a fully bilingual (Spanish) environment. Our program strengthens students literacy and understanding of numbers, incorporating sensory rich activities to engage students.

A bilingual preschool will give your child the advantages they need to succeed socially, educationally, and professionally in the future. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of bilingual preschools, reach out to the Roig Academy today!


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