By Joel Burgess

MUZZY, is a children’s language course designed to help children develop a second language by watching, listening, and imitating what they see and hear.

MUZZY is designed to use a multi-sensory approach (visual/spatial, verbal, kinesthetic, musical, and/or logical/mathematical) to stimulate a child’s natural learning style and engage the senses. No teaching is required, and the idea is that your child will learn a second language through their everyday activities. Early exposure (ages 1-12) will allow the learning of a language to happen naturally and effortlessly.

For example, according to the website, toddlers can quickly comprehend that cat and chat and gato mean the same thing in English, French, and Spanish.  That single comprehension happens naturally and turns into a powerful basis for learning.

Benefits of Early Exposure
In addition, scientific evidence suggests that early exposure to a foreign language could do more for your child than simply teach him a second language – it also stimulates neurons in the developing brain and expands a child’s learning capacity for a higher level of proficiency achieved by younger language learners.

Researchers at University College London recently discovered that speaking a second language builds up the grey matter in a child’s brain the way lifting weights builds muscles.  Brain scans of bilingual adults who learned a foreign language as children showed greater brain density than those who spoke just one language.
Benefits to early exposure are linked to:

  • Higher IQ – Some studies show that babies and toddlers exposed to the sounds of another language tend to read earlier and have higher IQ scores later on in life.
  • A bigger, richer vocabulary – Little ones who learn the colors, shapes and numbers in a second language have these concepts reinforced in English at the same time.
  • Improved test scores in English and math – Evidence suggests that learning a second language stretches a child’s cognitive ability, leading to better performance in many subject areas.
  • Greater self-esteem – Children are able to communicate in another language – imitating, play-acting, and sharing what they know.
  • Admission to top universities – Higher test scores and greater competence in a foreign language may open the door at your child’s university of choice.

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