Learning a second language (or a third or a fourth) has been something that I have always been passionate about. One of my dreams for my daughter has always been that she would have the opportunity to learn a second language at a young age. For the past two years, she has been enrolled in French classes at Language Stars. Even though she is taking French classes, I always jump at the chance to expose her to other languages to inspire her. This week, we attended a German Storytime given by Language Stars at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.
One of the great things about Language Stars is that they are masters of engaging children in language learning no matter what each child's level of exposure to the language has been. During this story time, the instructor engaged the children by teaching them basic colors in German and having them identify the color of various stuffed toys. Every child enthusiastically participated in the activity. Then, the instructor brought out a parachute to teach the children smaller and larger in German. He had all of the children hold onto the parachute and extend it out to exemplify larger and then bring it back in to exemplify smaller. Next, he read the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" in German. Through this story, he was able to engage the children in more color learning as well as the learning of the names of common animals. For the last exercise, the children played a version of Twister where they jumped from color to color.
All of the children had a great time at the story time and learning a little German. Language Stars' storytimes are a fun, interactive way for children to get a taste of a new language and the Language Stars method.
Language Stars has many events through the Chicagoland area. Their activity calendar can be found on their website. Language Stars has upcoming events at Wonder! in Deerfield, the La Grange Public Library, the Park Ridge Library and the ELA Library amongst others.