There several reasons behind the introduction of foreign languages in early childhood classrooms. In an increasingly globalized world, intercultural competence is essential, and that it is important to awaken children’s interests in other people and cultures at a time when they are open and receptive. We believe that exposure to our students is imperative because:
ASL is now classified as a world language, the same as Spanish,
French, or any other foreign language. Therefore, if a child
speaks sign language, the child is considered bilingual. When
children are taught English and ASL together, they are
processing language using both sides of the brain. This gives the children two places to recall language from instead of just one.
Children who know ASL score 17% higher on standardized tests
administered in the younger school years than children who do
not know sign language. Bilingualism of any languages
(whether signed or spoken) is a great booster for brains. It enriches and enhances children’s cognitive processes, leading
to higher abstract and creative thinking, better problem-solving
skills, greater cognitive flexibility, better listening skills, greater
academic achievement, and much more. It also promotes
cultural awareness, literacy, and other intellectual benefits.
Parents of hearing children are discovering sign language is beneficial for children in a wide variety of situations. You can reinforce the signs your children learn at preschool by using them at home.
If you have additional questions, please contact our Administrative Office. And again, welcome to the Grace Academy CDC family!