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Why bilingual?

According to posts from Bilingual Kidspot (BilingualKidspot.com), being bilingual can bring the following 10 amazing benefits to your children:

1. Being bilingual has positive effects on the brain

2. Bilingualism gives you the educational advantage

3. Languages are highly valued in the workplace

4. Being Bilingual has been linked to health benefits

5. Speaking more than one language makes you more open minded

6. Speaking a foreign language can be highly beneficial when you travel

7. Being Bilingual opens up new social opportunities

8. Knowing more than one language helps you to learn additional languages

9. Being bilingual means you can raise bilingual kids

10. You are not the minority if you are bilingual

Why bilingual in Spanish or Chinese?

TOP-3 Most widely spoken languages in the United States:

NO.1 English

The most spoken language in the United States of America is, of course, English. With more than 231 million speakers, it’s often mistaken as being the official language of the US. Though it isn’t the official language, it is the de facto national language, which is just a fancy term for being unofficially official. Everything is in English with the exception of some districts in various states where a concentrated population of a certain culture can dominate.

NO.2 Spanish

The next most spoken language in the USA is Spanish, which has been on the rise for the past several decades. As more and more Spanish speakers immigrate to the US, almost everything can be offered in Spanish. High school students are also choosing to take Spanish as their foreign language credit so that they can learn how to communicate with and understand the more 37 million Spanish speakers.

NO.3 Chinese

Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world with approximately 1,197,000,000 people speaking Chinese, of which 873,000 million speak Mandarin, according to infoplease.com therefore 14% of the global population speaking Chinese.

During the Gold Rush in the 1800’s, many Chinese immigrants moved their lives to California to have a shot at striking gold. San Francisco became the first city to have a Chinatown, which is the term for an area with a high concentration of Chinese-Americans. While there aren’t as many speakers of this language (4-5 million speakers), Chinese is still a well-recognized language in the USA, and continues to be on the rise.

As well as China, Mandarin is spoken in countries such as Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Phillipines and Mongolia so if you do business in these countries then it would be beneficial to converse in their language.

Mark Zuckerberg is wowing audiences across the world with his new Chinese Skills, especially those important business executives in China. In fact, there are many top CEO’s that speak Chinese as a second language. China is continuing to rise as the next economic power in the world, educating your children to speak this language is a smart investment in education.

What is Outdoor Classroom and Why attend it?

According to Wide Open Education , outdoor classroom can bring the following 11 amazing proven benefits to your children:

1. Better grades

Here’s one that ought to make every educator snap to attention. A 2006 academic paper pointed to a 2000 study of schoolchildren in California as evidence that outdoor education improves kids’ grades...

2. Better health

Anecdotally we all know getting up and moving around outside is not only good for kids but necessary for their health, and the data backs it up...

3. Decreased stress levels

When serotonin is released in the brain, it produces feelings of safety and well-being, earning it the nickname “the happy hormone.” Activities that cause this release are...

4. Increased motivation

Despite the bizarre conventional thinking that has begun to diagnose and treat ADHD in children as young as 3, kids are naturally mobile and geared toward moving around...

5. Better attitude about the environment

In 1999, researchers Robin Mittelstaedt (Ohio), Laura Sanker, and Beth VanderVeer put 31 boys and 15 girls through a five-day “biodiversity” program. They found that ....

6. Better overall behavior

Not only are kids’ environmental behaviors improved by learning outside the classroom, but their ability to behave in an educational setting is improved as well. The Hollywood elementary study found as much....

7. Enhanced communication skills

Many schools employ outdoor education specifically to target students’ communication skills, and as college students have been derided for years for paltry writing and speaking skills

8. Increased self-reliance

It would be impossible to definitely prove a change in self-reliance, but it makes sense that experiential learning would increase self-dependence

9. Increase in outdoor skills

Curtis in 1998, Hutchinson in 1999, Long in 2003, Wells in 2005: studies have shown time and again that the most effective means of learning skills is by doing

10. Community improvement

A unique form of education has sprung up uniting the ideas that a) education is most effective when paired with experience, and b) knowledge ought to be used to benefit others

11. Improved memory

A proven way to improve recall is to experience something new and unfamiliar, which releases dopamine into the hippocampus where memories are created

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