By: David Lim
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” (Frank Smith)
The roots of the brain, when gets sprinkled by the water language, it unleashes the fragrance in nearby surroundings.
Language lays a stepping stone for children and prepares a foundation for all the social interactions. Having a large vocabulary boosts creativity and support children to come up with new ideas.
Development of language set a stage for children to effectively exchange information with others in a meaningful way. Learning a language during young years of life is pivotal for the overall development of a child.
You will be surprised to know that a baby can be taught even before he or she takes birth. A research has shown that early language development begins in the mother’s womb itself and continues throughout a lifetime.
A highly active child’s brain can do miracles
A child’s brain is so unique that they start to understand the language twice as fast as they actually speak it. The capability and curiosity of a young child to learn anything new should be grabbed and utilized effectively.
An unusual gift to baby’s brain at the time of birth allows them to tell the difference between all 800 sounds and by age of 4, a child’s brain is more than twice as active as an adult’s brain. So, exposing children to other languages at an early age is the best decision one can make.
As per the research, 50% of our ability to learn is developed by age of 4 and another 30% by age 8. So, 3 is considered to be the best age to learn a second language which is even supported by the study of Harvard University which confirms that the creativity, critical thinking skills, and flexibility of the mind are significantly enhanced if children learn a second language at a younger age.
Learning a new language is a left-hand job for children
The brain of a human is a superhero, converting anything impossible into possible in no time. From the moment of birth, 5 senses of a child also take birth along with:
Using all these senses, a child learns new languages either by observing or by doing. Communication is the best way to learn a new language and when kids communicate, they are unaware of the plethora of learning taking place along with it.
They digest everything through their senses and perform a necessary action by making connections between what they hear, see, smell, taste, and touch.
For instance, a child playing with a toy airplane will learn basic concepts of color, size, shape, direction, and friction. By hearing new words, he will extend his vocabulary and by sharing with others, he will develop social skills. So, this never-ending virtuous cycle of possibilities will make them learn new things, beneficial for the development of personality.
The best toy for a young child is language
A new language for children is a toy and they aren’t afraid to play with languages. The magic of rhymes, songs, and sounds attract them and they love to perform experiments with the beat of a song.
The new, strange words pave way for them to mimic its pronunciation and enjoying the way it sounds. They even go ahead, inventing their own examples. They listen to new sounds and being unaware, work on rhythm, pronunciation, and intonation.
Research carried out by the Centre for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) indicates that there is a relationship between young children’s abilities to sing nursery rhymes and the way they play with sounds and practice early reading skills.
Next time while taking a gift for your child, think twice and be wise to gift him a new language that he will cherish for his entire life.
Alarming signs to be concerned of
Although all children have different capabilities to learn a new language there are some signs that can indicate a concern. A child shows the sign of language development difficulty if, between the age of 18 to 24 months, he is facing trouble to follow basic commands and make vocalizations.
A professional help is advised if a child older than 2 years is unable to copy sounds or gestures.
David, the private Tutor at ChampionTutor- Home Tuition Agency in Singapore and as well as he is a creative writer. He has been in the teaching industry of last 15 years. He is very much connected with technology.