I love when major publications with klout report on things that I have been saying for YEARS!
Just yesterday the NYTimes published an article titled Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language (read the entire article right here). This article informs us that babies (even in the womb) recognize multiple languages and are able to detect their various phonetic sounds. Then around the age of 11 months (straight out of my notes from my research 11 years ago) the baby’s brain begins to acquire and recognize languages differently.
Hey! Haven’t I been saying just that during my keynotes and early childhood workshops on how to bring Spanish and English together for babies, toddlers and preschoolers for almost 10 years?!?!?! No worries – I have always been ahead of my time.
During these same bilingual keynotes and workshops for educators, homeschooling families and parents I have referred to Dr. Ellen Bialystok and her many studies over the years on bilingualism. The NYTimes even featured her work in a recent article found here.
Here’s what all of this means for you as a parent, as a teacher, as a leader of a preschool center, school or homeschooling co-op:
START EARLY when it comes to introducing a second language to young children. Watch these little ones and older ones enjoying Kiss is a beso / Beso es un kiss. Our Boca Beth bilingual song being featured this week.
Want to win the DVD this music video is on? ***7 other music videos are featured within this same DVD titled I Like Animals / Me gustan los animales from my Boca Beth Program and product line***
Simply read through the NYTimes article from yesterday, and comment below on one fascinating fact you discovered. I will mail out 5 Boca Beth bilingual DVDs for children to learn Spanish to 5 separate winners based on your comments and how thorough they are.
Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!