A bilingual daycare
Children learn languages unknowingly and primarily through listening. At kinder house, the kids have the opportunity to ‘assign’ the language to a caregiver, as Beate only speaks German and Natascha exclusively speaks English with them. This makes it easier for them to grasp the language.
It’s always amazing how easy it is for children to internalize and separate languages. Our goal is a first introduction of the language: to playfully convey first words, concepts and numbers through songs, stories and recurring terminology.
There are many advantages of a bilingual education:
- Children who are exposed to multiple languages speak these on a mother tongue level or with at least extremely high quality.
- Learning additional languages at a later time is often easier.
- Information can be transferred to other languages (e.g. vocabulary extension).
- Within the professional life, multilingualism is a significant advantage.
- Children growing up with multiple languages often have a better grasp of other cultures.
- Studies have also shown that bilingualism not only has a positive effect on the language system, but also on the cognitive part of the brain and can even prevent symptoms of dementia in old age. 1
1 Quelle: ‘Bilingualism: consequences for mind and brain’; Ellen Bialystokemail, Fergus I.M. Craik, Gigi Luk;