The Buzz | September 12, 2018
By: Nuria Santamaría Wolfe
Like me, you may love bedtime with baby for the bath time scents, the snuggles, the giggles, and the stories. Nursery rhymes, in particular, are wonderful for little ones as there is a cadence in the rhyming that helps little ears become attuned to phonics and develop early literacy skills. Why not give toddlers an extra edge by exposing them to nursery rhymes in two languages? Won’t you both be proud when your toddler effortlessly rattles off a rhyme in English and in a second language, like Spanish?
Countless studies support the idea that bilingualism is good for babies. Bilingualism has been linked to:
And of course, if you’re raising bilingual babies, you’re raising global citizens – opening up their world to more people, cultures, and experiences to enrich their lives. Now that feels good!
“How can I raise a bilingual baby if I only speak one language” you might ask?
Surprise! You don’t need to speak a second language to expose your little one to a language like Spanish. Spanish is a completely phonetic language. Each and every letter makes the same sound consistently throughout all vocabulary, making Spanish much easier to read than English!
¡Vamos! Let’s go! It’s never too early to start.
Bedtime just got better.
Nuria is an entrepreneur and mom raising two bilingual children. She joined forces with another mom, Susie Jaramillo, and founded Encantos – a family entertainment and education company for today’s multicultural families. Susie is the creator behind their first brand: Canticos – a bilingual baby and toddler brand with books, apps, and sing-along videos. Nuria serves as Executive Producer of Canticos digital shorts which are now available across Nick Jr.’s digital preschool platforms: on NickJr.com/Canticos, Nick Jr.’s YouTube page and on the Nick Jr. and NOGGIN apps.