What’s Most Unique About Rounded Minds™ Programs?
At Rounded Minds™ we believe providing your child with a bigger view of their world is central to developing a well-rounded child. Unlike other programs, promoting tolerance and global citizenship by opening the door to other cultures and expanding a child’s ability to communicate with others is central to our philosophy and curriculum.
Why Learn a Second Language?
If education is a means to prepare students for the complicated world they inhabit, then it should include learning a second language. The value of doing so not only lies in job preparation but also in developing an understanding of other people and cultures. Source: FluentU (http://www.fluentu.com/blog/best-way-to-learn-a-new-foreign-language-online/).
But research shows there are many other benefits to learning a second language:
- Learning a foreign language boosts brain power.
- A person’s ability to multi-task is developed.
- The onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s is stalled.
- Memory is improved.
- The mind becomes keener.
- Improved decision-making ability.
- The first language is improved.
- Performance in other academic areas is enhanced.
- It makes a person more flexible and open to other cultures.
- Expands career potentials.
- It builds self-confidence.
- It aids in self-discovery and self-actualization.
Source: Examined Existence (http://examinedexistence.com/12-benefits-of-learning-a-foreign-language-2/).
Why Learn Language through Play?
Our greatest achievement at Rounded Minds™ is having your child connect learning with fun! You may have learned a second language through repetitive, rote learning methods. But it doesn’t have to be the same as your experience – likely dull, serious or tedious.
There is an old Chinese proverb that describes Round Minds™ philosophy and approach to teaching Spanish in our programs:
“Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” The best language programs are designed to involve the student in using the language.
Research conducted by language acquisition experts, Asian EFL Journal, in 2003 studied the effectiveness of game-based education methods for teaching students a new language. Not only did the students enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, competition and motivation games provided, but the teachers also observed the students seemed to learn at an increased pace over the typical rote methods. Learning a second language through games proved to be a highly effective tool.
Just by having fun, your child’s brain becomes heavily stimulated while learning, and simultaneously it improves other useful cognitive skills such as problem solving, memory, focus, mental agility – and of course, language.
Here’s a brief summary of the numerous benefits of learning a second language through games and having fun:
- Time effective
- A welcome break from the usual method of education
- Fun and enjoyable
- Provides meaningful context for language use
- Increases learning motivation
- Promotes communicative competence
- Reduces anxiety of making errors
- Integrates numerous linguistic skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
- Encourages players to use the language
- Creates positive attitudes towards learning
Why Learn a Second Language Early?
Besides coming more easily and naturally, learning a second language at an early age is known to have an overall positive effect on intellectual growth and language development. Bilingual learners are more flexible thinkers who develop a greater sensitivity to language and a better ear for listening. In fact, learning a second language gives children a better grasp of their first language, advances reading skills and sets a foundation for lifelong academic success.
Nancy Rhodes, Director of Foreign Language Education at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, D.C., says, “The more children learn about a foreign language, the more they understand about their own language.”
No matter what Rounded Minds™ program you choose to enroll your child in they will enjoy an activity and stimulus they are interested and will be learning Spanish simultaneously. So go ahead and jump in –you won’t believe how fast your child will pick up a second language. And how much fun they’ll have doing it!