We all know it — kids these days are busy. From school to homework to soccer practice, their little bodies and minds are always in motion. So wouldn’t adding another skill detract their attention from their main focus of school? Just the opposite, in fact.
Research shows that learning a language as a child not only means he or she will usually grasp that specific language’s concepts quickly, but it will also help him or her with understanding language as a whole.
The effect is long-lasting — bilingual adults show significant differences in their left hemispheres when compared to their monolingual counterparts. More language learning leads to denser gray matter in this region, where the majority of language skill processing occurs.
To encourage new language learning and enhanced literacy skills, Naperville Public Library has partnered up with Language Stars to provide 30-minute interactive programs for young learners. “Hola! Bonjour! Ni Hao! Storytimes from Language Stars” programs include books, songs and activities all focused on the teacher’s native language. While the program is recommended for children ages 1 to 6, all ages are welcome.
Programs will be offered during November at all three library locations. Contact Aynne Reist at 630-961-4100, ext. 2208, or email AReist@naperville-lib.org.
Meghan Thome is a marketing associate at the Naperville Public Library.