Recently (and out of nowhere) my two-year old daughter proudly announced, “Mommy, gracias means thank you in Spanish!” Being the proud mommy I am, I naturally bragged to my friends and family about her genius. When asked how she learned that phrase I realized she picked it up from an episode of Sesame Street. This got me thinking--if my child picked up a phrase from just one television show, imagine what she might learn from an actual foreign language class?
Kids classes are a great way for kids to learn new skills and make new friends. So why not try a foreign language class? Westchester has terrific options for kids of all ages. We've rounded up 4 learning centers in lower Westchester that offer foreign language immersion through fun-filled activities and exploration.
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Research shows that children studying a foreign language benefit from more flexibility in thinking, a greater sensitivity to language and a better ear for listening. It can also opens the door to other cultures, all while improving their intellectual growth. They may even teach you a thing or two! If you've been thinking about exposing your little ones to a new language, or maybe you want to enhance their skills in a second language spoken at home or with grandparents, these 4 language centers offer programs designed for children as young as 6 months old with techniques that inspire and engage children to explore their inner linguist.
Little Language League - Rye
22 Purdy Avenue, 2nd Floor
Ages 6 months-Grade 10
The Little Language League has carefully developed immersion programs in Spanish, French, Italian and Mandarin for children as young as 6 months old, to high-schoolers. Programs range from parent-child classes, to theater classes and beyond. Taught by nurturing, enthusiastic and committed educators, these classes are designed to make each child shine. They also have a location in Harrison and partner with several schools in Westchester and Fairfield counties, offering before and after school programs to students in pre-school through 5th grade. Little Language League even offers summer camp! Give them a call to schedule a free trial class or for information.
LinguaKids - Larchmont
2 East Avenue
Ages 6 months and up
LinguaKids offers classes throughout the day at their Larchmont location, as well as before and after school programs in more than 20 schools in Westchester and Fairfield counties. French and Spanish classes are offered for children as young as 6 months of age, and they also have private tutoring available in French, Italian, Spanish, German and Chinese. Summer camp is held for children at the Larchmont location who want to learn French and/or Spanish.
Little Linguists - Scarsdale
1 Heathcote Road
6 Greenacres Road
Ages 18 months and up
Little Linguists is a Spanish only learning program that has been specially designed by the founders’ own experiences with raising their multi-lingual children in Westchester. Paula Otero recognized the need for a first class Spanish language program targeting the Spanish and non-Spanish speaking community in Westchester. All of their teachers are native speakers and have extensive training in teaching Spanish to children. Their programs include summer camp, Mommy and Me, private tutoring and classes, as well as native learning classes for children from Spanish language households who wish to become proficient in their language.
The Language Parlor - New Rochelle
455 Main Street, Suite 100
This learning center, conveniently located by New Roc City and Metro-North, aims to provide students with stellar classroom instruction, private tutoring and conversation groups in Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese and Russian. Act fast to take advantage of their Amazon Local deal for either 5- or 10-week classes at a more than half off discounted rate!
Check out our Kids Classes Guide for more class options in Westchester.