Why activating the senses is important to getting a new language to stick.

By Tina Mira | LinguaKidz

Have you ever wondered why you know the words to a song you haven’t heard in years? Or why a smell takes you back to a memory? That is because things that connect with us through our senses create new mental pathways that boost memory recall! Anthony Metivier from Magnetic Memory Method puts it well:

“If we learn about something by both looking at it and touching it, we give our brains two different ways to retrieve information about it later. We lay down a more complex network of neural connections.”

How LinguaKidz make learning stick

LinguaKidz embraces this to not only help children to connect with their learning in an engaging, meaningful and memorable way, connecting with many learning styles, but also to optimize the natural connection of such sensory learning activities with the exploration of culture. Let’s look at some examples below!

Learning Language through Dance

Dance is a fun and highly effective way of teaching language because of how enjoyable and practical kinesthetic learning is! The values, traditions and beliefs of a culture are often reflected in its music and dances.

So, by including dance in our Language camps, children develop cultural awareness and appreciation as they explore rhythms and dance moves. They are also immersed linguistically to follow instructions and explanations in the target language.

Learning Language through Craft

Crafting is another great way to get hands on and activate the senses of touch and sight to learn about a country’s history and culture. It is also a great way to practice a myriad of vocabulary while forming a positive associations with a new, or familiar, language. Children become very familiar with a variety of action verbs (cut, glue, draw, paint, fold, turn over, put, etc.) and vocabulary for materials (scissors, glue, markers, paintbrush, stickers, glitter, etc) while getting those creative juices flowing!

Learning Language through Food

When cooking, it’s not just about the food, the kids add to their vocabulary and increase their understanding while learning more about the culture and history through gastronomy. And what better way to ignite all 5 senses, sight, smell, sound, touch and taste – to create an unforgettable and fun experience!

At LinguaKidz, these activities to help kids discover the joy of language learning, open their minds to other cultures and perspectives and activate their senses to make their learning ‘stick’!

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