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Bilingualism in Children – Some Myths and Benefits

Bilingualism in Children – Some Myths and Benefits

The world is becoming increasingly multilingual. According to hanen.org, 21% of school-age children speak a language other than English at home.

Being a preschool in Florida, we at Cub Academy take pride in providing bilingual instruction? this is part of what makes us unique. Here are some benefits of bilingualism in children:

  • Better focus on relevant information and being able to ignore distractions
  • Improved creativity, complex problem solving and planning
  • Greater access to people and resources

There are several myths about bilingualism that have been proven wrong, such as:

  • Bilingualism causing language delay
    A bilingual child’s vocabulary in each language may be smaller than average, but their total vocabulary in both languages will be at least the same as a monolingual child.
  • Confusion when mixing languages
    Children using both languages in the same sentence or conversation (also known as code-mixing or code-switching) is not a symptom of speech delay or confusion. Rather, it is a sign of bilingual proficiency and is common in bilinguals.

In need of child care in Orlando, Florida? Come and visit us to check out our programs for toddlers, young preschoolers, and pre-kindergarten children.

Other than our day care we also offer thanksgiving week, winter break, and summer camp programs. Your child is provided with structured learning combined with fun activities your child will surely enjoy.

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