Did you know that babies are born with the ability to learn any language? They are universal listeners. And, from birth to age three, a child’s brain produces more than a million neural connections a second. That’s a lot of learning opportunities!
By about the age of one, children can distinguish between native language sounds, what they hear on a regular basis, and non-native language sounds. This means that for one whole year you have the opportunity to introduce a multitude of sounds patterns to your child.
So, if you speak another language, take this opportunity to talk with your child in that language. And, if your native language is not English, you are highly encouraged to talk with your child in your native tongue.
And because children are like sponges, they soak up new concepts quickly.
Not sure where to start?
Here are some of my favorite bilingual books in English and Spanish.
You can also visit any of our locations and peruse our World Language Collections. We offer books in many languages, such as Chinese, Arabic, French, and more!