You have probably heard how learning a second language is easier for young children, but in some recent observations I conclude that learning foreign languages at a young age assists in retention of all learning. This year, three of my children 2nd, 5th and 8th grades, are using a foreign language software in addition to their other course material. We have German, Spanish and Italian words floating around our household at the moment. It has been fun to witness the excitement that learning a foreign language can create in gaining a deeper understanding of other cultures and history as well as a desire to better grasp geography. Language provides a natural desire to peak a child’s interest to expand their educational environment. It helps them also have an interest to understand their first language as well as increases their retention of all information they absorb. The link below is a great resource as to many more advantages that I’ve witnessed personal in my home.
Also parents should encourage their local schools to include a 2nd language curriculum into their children’s school. As Utah’s duel immersion program is one of the most rigorous implementation with the use of a 2nd language immersion it is a great study to the benefits and is has expectations to be a benefit to their students.