At the same time, I realize that it might be a little hard to understand because it is somewhat out of the ordinary. I know that my children have a unique opportunity. As far as I know, Language Stars* only exists in Chicagoland & Washington, D.C., so I feel very lucky that my kids even have the option of learning Mandarin. But, that's not the only reason we go to Language Stars. Maybe a couple of pictures from recent weeks will help clarify why I take my kids to Language Stars and what they are getting out of it.
|Isn't this just adorable? It's no wonder my son LOVED it!|
|The tiger toy was a hit! |
|Nothing gets their attention like water!|
|My son would do this ALL day!|
These pictures are from back in the spring when the lesson focused on counting. The teacher would count the fish as they went "swimming" in the water. We did a similar activity this week as we studied ocean animals. Their eyes literally light up when the teacher lifts the tub down from the shelf. There's just something about splashing water that makes for a really fun class! Every child is listening attentively while she counts, names animals, and describes what they are doing. Children have to be engaged before they can be taught. The teachers and planned activities at Language Stars do a wonderful job engaging students.
So, in a nutshell, we go to Language Stars because not only are they learning Mandarin, but my children are learning Mandarin in a play-based, engaging manner. They're learning a second language and having fun doing it. And, to me, that's much better than any dance class.
Thanks for reading,
*We get 50% off of our tuition for blogging about our Language Stars experience. But, all opinions expressed here are my own.