Have a look at our last blog post, where one of our members is sharing her experiences using Nano Spanish Club as home resource to learn Spanish with her 2 year old:
Pregnant- are you due in April or May 2017?
Nutopia, a London based television production company, recently got in touch with me about an exciting new 12 part documentary television series about the science of babies.
The producers are looking for a wide range of families to be involved and are interested in families who intend to speak more than one language to their newborn, which is why they got in touch with Nanos Spanish.
One of the fascinating areas they will be exploring is the science behind how babies can learn more than one language from the moment they are born. I am keen to support anything that promotes the benefits of children learning languages and am therefore eager to help the producers in their quest to find expectant mums. Personally, I’m really interested to learn more about the science and the series will feature insight from experts around the world on language and other areas of baby development.
They are looking specifically for mums who are due to give birth in April and May 2017– if this is you or you know anyone who might be interested then please get in touch with Cammy from Nutopia- firstname.lastname@example.org
As always keeping an interest in Early Years education, have a look at my published post in LinkedIn.
Music is a great learning channel, I always surprise myself singing along to songs that I haven’t heard in ages or even to songs I didn’t even know that I knew the lyrics to!
Growing up I also learned English songs which I didn’t understand completely but I remembered the pronunciation well enough to work out later what exactly they were about.
Our songs are an important feature in our learning programme. An arrange of original songs, adapted traditional nursery Rhymes or modern Children’s songs are chosen to suit our learning objectives and are constantly being revised, reshuffled or restyled according to our very picky and expert fans, our young learners.
We are lucky to have a talented and creative team of musicians, singers and lyricists that make our regular visits to the recording studio a fun and nearly always a successful event.
Award-winning Kids In hand-picks the very best kids’ activities, after school, weekend and holiday clubs and top events around London by location and Nanos Spanish is listed in it!
Did you know languages are part of the primary curriculum?
From September 2014 onwards, students aged seven to 11 will be required to reach a high standard of written and spoken communication in a foreign language. Spanish is one of the most commonly chosen amongst schools.
Preparing your children towards this new requirement will not only be a big help for them at school but they will also be on the right path towards real language proficiency.
Your decision as a parent to start your children at Nanos and your support at home can make the difference between being stuck in a beginners level forever or reaching advanced levels in time to make the most of this terrific skill in college and in the work place .
Nanos’ program was born on the believe that we should do our best for our children, taking full advantage of their innate ability to learn languages.
Classes are aimed for 1 to 3 year olds. They are active, interactive, and include a mixture of body and movement related exercises, games, songs and educational activities; all aimed to develop not only the linguistic competence of the children but also other key areas of their development.
When I first started designing my Nanos Spanish programme the two most important things that I needed to put across were: the importance of introducing languages at an early age and the positive effect that parents can have acting as “language speakers” role models to their children as well as facilitators of the language in extended contexts.
This is why we believe that our Nanos e-learning sections at our website will complement our classes.
A lot of the parents attending our Nanos Spanish classes are willing to speak a little Spanish to their children even when it is not their native language or they are learning themselves, I can assure you, your efforts will be so worth it.
The benefits of learning another language are multiple and well researched but if I had to choose one I would say that if anything, learning a second language is a brain workout. “Learning and practising something, for instance a second language, strengthens the brain,” said Ping Li, professor of psychology, linguistics and information science and technology . “Like physical exercise, the more you use specific areas of your brain, the more it grows and gets stronger.”
So here is a little help for all of you that are enjoying with your little ones the fascinating journey of learning an other language.
Nano Tips is a series of short videos with tips on how to incorporate Spanish on your daily routine.
Here is our first one
Monday Mornings. Earlsfield
It’s a Kids Thing 9.45 am
Come and learn with Nano and stay for a free play afterwards
Wednesdays afternoons. Clapham
The Round House 2.15 pm
Play, learn with Nano and stay for a coffee after the class in this very light and lovely space.
Friday Morning. Southfields
Club Crèche 9.20 am
Sing and learn with Nano and stay after the class for a free play in a lovely and peaceful space with beautiful toys.