Le Petit Jardin's French “total immersion” approach is an effective ten-week session for toddlers and children at the Golden Gate Tutoring Center in San Anselmo. The toddler Mommy & Me French Class is on Tuesday mornings from 10–10:50 am and runs from January 11 through March 15, 2011. These ten 50-minute sessions are designed to help you and your child explore the French language through singing, dancing, crafts, and storytime. The enrollment fee is $250 for this ten-week session. It also includes a book, CD, course materials, and a snack.
The French immerison for primary grades is an after school enrichment course on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30–5 pm starting on January 12. This enrichment class helps your child explore and absorb the French language and culture through fun themed-based lessons and hands-on activities all in French. The very small class sizes offers the benefit of a private tutor. The enrollment fee is $500 for this ten-week session. All course materials are included.
“Come si dice?” “Comment le dit-on?” “How do you say it?”
Take a look at any local parenting website, newsletter, or newspaper and you’ll see plenty of ads for language enrichment programs for kids. What is this increasingly popular phenomenon and why should you take advantage of it?
According to neurobiologists, the human brain is “hardwired” to learn languages as an infant and toddler. Any language learned during this period is stored, literally, in a different part of the brain than language acquired later in life, and in the right environment young children can learn up to four languages without significant slowdown. No kidding. At this age the brain has a limited-time-only specialized plasticity to form the neural pathways necessary for easily and naturally absorbing multiple languages. This ability starts to taper by age three or four and is diminished by puberty. Ironically, high school is the age at which American children have historically been first formally exposed to a second language. Ask anyone who’s ever taken 9th grade Spanish how naturally and easily it came to them.