One of the most commonly asked questions in our community is ‘Where on earth do I find resource to help my child learn a language?!’
When starting your child down the bilingual journey, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin, especially if you don’t speak the target language yourself. Studies have shown that the best way to engage a child in a language is through high levels of exposure. Whether this is through an immersive preschool program that your child attends, regular conversation with a bilingual family member or even through watching television or listening to music, exposure is a key tool to language acquisition.
A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. Chances are, if you have a preschooler you would know that not only do they love singing but that regardless of their ability, they will happily bust out any song they have recently picked up – particularly with songs that repeat words and melodies, with rhythms containing a definite beat and songs that include actions.
Not only does music help a child learn and retain a new language, but there are direct benefits for a child’s learning development as they grow.
“Speech and music have a number of shared processing systems. Musical experiences which enhance processing can, therefore, impact on the perception of language which in turn impacts on learning to read.” – Susan Hallam (Institute of Education, University of London)
So today, we wanted to share with you over 3 hours of some of our favorite French kid's songs, including every little girls' favorite, ‘Let It Go’ from the Frozen soundtrack!
You can listen to the embedded version of this playlist above or listen to the songs on any device by signing up with Spotify. You can sign-up here .
Simply fill out your first name and email address and within a few minutes you can be playing your way to fluency with your little ones!