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Little Linguists, Inc. believes in introducing global languages to children at a very young age.  We believe in living the language.  Every moment of our courses is a learning moment.

We advocate getting global languages into preschools and elementary schools where students are more interested and excited about learning another language.  Not only are cultural barriers broken, but studies prove that introducing languages at an early age is preferred. 

The purpose of this blog is to discuss how we can enrich our children's global awareness and enhance their global language experience whether at one of our centers, at home or school.  We also would like to share ideas and help educate one another on the importance of each language.

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Mexican Jumping Beans

Posted by littlelinguists on November 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)



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This fall our students have had so much fun playing with and exploring Mexican jumping beans.  There are so many ways in which we integrated language, science and fundamental vocabulary.  We started this unit in Mid September and are now waiting for the beans to "hatch".  The first lesson I held the "beans" in my hand and asked them (in Spanish) what they thought I had in my hands.  They all guessed a variety of things.  Some classes there were students who did guess correctly.  I set four or five beans on each table.  I told them not to bump the table and just watch closely.

Our classes are in the total immersion format, so there is a lot of guessing going on.  With TPR techniques we get the message across.  I then had the children take turns holding one in their hands.  I gave them the word for "tickle" as they tickle their hands while holding.  

Then we gathered to the central table and I put the game mats out.  I have colors and numbers on the mats.  I had them all vote for a color (first week) and the following weeks they could vote for either color or number.  I set the beans in the center and the chidlren cheered on the beans to go to their color or number.  Only caveat, children could not use English because everyone knows, the Mexican jumping beans don't speak English.  

The children were screaming, "Salta! Salta!" and rooting for their color or number.

I love this unit because we can integrate fundamental vocabulary, phrases, commands, science and geography all in one.  It's a beautiful thing watching the chidlren's eyes open.  For more information, please see our "Mexican Jumping Bean Unit". 

Tags:  Spanish, Elementary, Bilingual 

Latin + Math = Success

Posted by littlelinguists on May 14, 2011 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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The past six months I've had the privilege of teaching level I elementary Latin at one of our after school programs. I have firmly believed that languages and math were more closely related than what our school system calls "language arts" and foreign languages. Teaching Latin the past year has solidified my belief that Latin develops logic and reasoning and is closely related to math.

Latin builds and develops concepts just as math does, only Latin adds another element- language. One could argue that Latin develops the brain in more complex ways than math does because of this additional element.

I am truly amazed that Latin has enabled my 3rd, 4th and 5th graders the ability to dissect a sentence, figure out cognates and derivatives and understand grammatical concepts that I know for a fact high school students have long forgotten. Because Latin develops logic and reasoning, these students will remember structure and logic forever. One does not learn it, regurgitate it and forget it. Latin develops the mind and enables the mind to reason and deduce much like math.

I always wondered why in school I was good and foreign languages and math. Everyone always said you couldn't be good at both. The old school of thought was one was either good at math and science or language arts. Wrong! Latin and other foreign languages go hand and hand with developing reasoning and logic to improve one's math skills and English skills. Vive Latin!

 




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