Here are the 5 most important benefits for your child when learning Spanish an early age:
1. Children learn a foreign language much faster than adults – they understand that language is to explore, play around and also to enjoy. Learning Spanish at the very early age can be done in a very playful way, like singing a song or playing a game with vocabulary of Spanish language. All children love to play so playing and learning at the same time is the most natural and intuitive way for children to acquire new language skills.
2. Students with foreign language skills performed better on many standardized tests and had better and more advanced reading skills. This advantage offers great opportunity later on for college and careers. The admission process becomes more competitive and knowing another language brings a competitive advantage.
3. Greater confidence – learning a new language can be a very rewarding experience. The pleasure and ease of that experience may boost children’s confidence and desire for new discoveries. When travelling abroad you they are more than just being in a foreign country, they understand the culture better and they can feel being part of another culture simply because they understand more than just a stranger would. They grasp the meaning and also what is behind the meaning, like an understanding the lyrics of a song and beyond that, also the emotions of the songs.
4. Learning Spanish gives children’s brain a boost – the brain is like a muscle, if the muscle stretches and flexes it gets stronger and builds up. The children who have been exposed to a second language from an early age proved to have more of a grey matter than their peers. Grey matter is responsible for sensory perception and processing information. As a conclusion to that bilingual students have significantly larger density of grey matter and the most of the grey matter have those who have been exposed to another language from an early age.
5.Understanding their own language better, having richer vocabulary – learning Spanish means that children compare both languages and this makes them realize the differences. In this way they strengthen the concepts of one language through what they have learned in another language.
Understanding the way another language works helps understanding and examining our own language’s rules and structure. By comparison of both languages the new knowledge of the mechanics of their native tongue is gained and also strengthened.
There are many more benefits for children starting to gain skills in another language. The point here is not to force children learn, but rather look for ways how to motivate them. The benefits listed here are rather motivation factors for parents not to give up when giving their children the opportunity to learn, explore and have fun with another language.