“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” – Frank Smith, psycholinguist
A recent post titled “Myth vs Reality – Bilingual Language Development” in “The Hola Blog” highlights key misperceptions about raising bilingual kids. As someone who moved to this country at a young age and was exposed to two languages since kindergarten, I know firsthand the benefits of bilingualism.
In fact, as is pointed out in this post, bilingualism actually improves a child’s ability to learn. In today’s global economy, knowing more than one language is a competitive advantage, and the younger a child starts learning languages, the better.According to Barbara Lust, a developmental psychology and linguistics expert, professor of human development and Director of the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab, “Cognitive advantages follow from becoming bilingual.” She adds, “These cognitive advantages can contribute to a child’s future academic success.”
At Genius Plaza, we offer language arts, math, and science resources in English and Spanish, as well as Genius Pre-K and Genius Explorers, programs created for different age groups to help them learn English. Educators and parents can adjust the learning level by language, allowing students to learn at their own speed, depending on the language. Knowing more than one language can open doors, and our goal is to provide the resources, so that any student can have the key to open these doors.