Chinese Immersion Pre-K School
Why should kids start to learn a language early?
Bilingualism can help with young children's executive control, short term and long term memory, comprehension level, reading skills, and higher self-esteem. ----Bialystok, E.
Kids will acquire developmental benefits to learn multiple languages at an early age, one of the most significant benefits will be improved executive functioning skills—the ability to think flexibly, demonstrate self-control, focus attention, and tune out distractions (Bialystok & Martin, 2004; Zelazo, Carlson, & Kesek, 2008).
Bilingual children have better working memory than children who speak only one language. Working memory holds, processes, and updates information over short periods of time and is very important for problem solving and executive function (Morales, Calvo, & Bialystok, 2013).
The differences between multilingual and single-language speakers exist even at the neural level. Research has found that the patterns of brain response of bilingual infants to speech are different from those of infants whose families speak only one language
Babies are born with the ability to distinguish the unique sounds of any language in the world. Babies can hear the rhyme and tones when they were still in the womb. When babies are born, they can recognize and learn any sounds from humans no matter what language they are hearing. This begins to diminish around 8 months of age, as the brain begins to make the connections necessary to recognize and learn the language they are exposed to most frequently, and they lose the ability to perceive sounds they have never heard.
Exposure to more than one language in the early years does NOT cause confusion for young children and in fact reach language milestones in a similar timeframe to those of children who learn only one language, which means kids are perfectly designed to learn language in their early childhood. They are more effective and accurate to learn more than one languages.
Studies show a clear relationship between the age of exposure to a language and a child’s success in learning in that language (Kuhl, 2011). People who are exposed to a second language in infancy or early childhood have greater success in learning that language.
Monolingual is not a style in the U.S. anymore, bilingualism has been a trend. According to the research Challenges and Benefits of Early Bilingualism in the U.S. Context, The population of young dual language learners in the United States has tripled in the last several decades and now accounts for 25% of all children in the U.S. (Migration Policy Institute, June 2014), which means one of the four children in the U.S. is bilingual now. Many of these children are exposed to multiple languages in the home and Early Childhood Education setting and the vast majority are U.S. citizens.
Why Chinese Mandarin is the hardest language in the world?
The tonal nature of the language makes speaking it very hard. Mandarin Chinese (the most common dialect) has four tones, so one word can be pronounced four different ways, and each pronunciation has a different meaning. For instance, the word ma can mean “mother,” “horse,” “rough” or “scold” — depending on how you say it.
Example of Tone in Chinese- The Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den
A famous poem by Yuen Ren Chao, a Chinese linguist, is an example of the use of tonality in Mandarin. Chao wrote a poem of 92 characters entitled, “The Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den.” All of the characters in the poem have one sound, “shi,” but when said in different tones, they tell a story.
Shī Shì shí shī shǐ
Shíshì shīshì Shī Shì, shì shī, shì shí shí shī.
Shì shíshí shì shì shì shī.
Shí shí, shì shí shī shì shì.
Shì shí, shì Shī Shì shì shì.
Shì shì shì shí shī, shì shǐ shì, shǐ shì shí shī shìshì.
Shì shí shì shí shī shī, shì shíshì.
Shíshì shī, Shì shǐ shì shì shíshì.
Shíshì shì, Shì shǐ shì shí shì shí shī.
Shí shí, shǐ shí shì shí shī shī, shí shí shí shī shī.
Shì shì shì shì.
Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den
In a stone den was a poet called Shi, who was a lion addict, and had resolved to eat ten lions.
He often went to the market to look for lions.
At ten o’clock, ten lions had just arrived at the market.
At that time, Shi had just arrived at the market.
He saw those ten lions, and using his trusty arrows, caused the ten lions to die.
He brought the corpses of the ten lions to the stone den.
The stone den was damp. He asked his servants to wipe it.
After the stone den was wiped, he tried to eat those ten lions.
When he ate, he realized that these ten lions were in fact ten stone lion corpses.
Try to explain this matter.
The writing system is extremely difficult for English speakers (and anyone else) accustomed to the Latin alphabet. In addition to the usual challenges that come with learning any language from scratch, people studying Mandarin must also memorize thousands of special characters, unlike anything seen in Latin-based languages.
One character can mean one thing, while two characters put together can be different meanings, three characters can mean something else, and etc. Hence, Chinese, the language, itself can change too fast and dynamically to make it hard for people to be a master of the language.
For Chinese native speakers in China, kids start to learn Chinese at home before school and keep learning Chinese from K-12 and all the way in college. Even in college, students are still required to take Chinese as a general college course to ensure the language learning.
Why Yu Wen?
Yu Wen offers 100% language immersion education and guarantees the best language immersion experience for young kids from 2-4 years old in our community. When language learning is so essential and effective for kids to learn starting at young ages, we do not have any Chinese language immersion learning center in Utah to offer to our kiddos. Hence, Yu Wen is here to change the situation.
The result of bilingualism is guaranteed. Kids who choose to study at Yu Wen, will be totally bilingual by the time they graduate from Yu Wen pre-k school; at the same time, kids will be fully native speakers in Chinese without any accents but with giant Chinese vocabulary size.
Yu Wen only hires Chinese native speakers to teach our kids in classroom to ensure the language learning is perfect and flawless. Besides, our teachers at Yu Wen are experienced educators who teach Chinese as a job and who have experience with children care.
Teaching and learning is a dynamic at Yu Wen. We are more than a language school. Here, we teach math, science, social studies to our students in target language to level up our teaching effectiveness and quality, because Yu Wen's belief of education is Excellence. We commit to doing our best work and pursuing excellence. You, as a parent who choose Yu Wen, will be delight in the joy of hearing your child explore and master two languages. When she’s/he's older, she/he’ll be able to tell you Thanks…and also 谢谢 xie-xie!
Chinese Language Input for Toddlers
Starting to expose young kids before age 6 in a fully language immersion environment can bring significant advantages for them to learn a second language at a native level. Yu Wen knows the significance of learning a second language in early stage of life, so Yu Wen offers fully Chinese Immersion Pre-K services to kids age 2-4.
Systematic Language Learning in Yu Wen
Just immersing young kids might not be sufficient for language learning, Yu Wen is here to offer systematic Chinese vocabulary learning lessons. We will build young kids Chinese language by using Chinese instructions in class, sing songs with different topics along with continuous vocabulary lessons related to songs' topics, Chinese book reading, and Chinese hand on writing activities.
Language Learning Experience with Young Kids
Yu Wen will make sure that all the kids engage in conversations with teachers in Chinese at daily basis. Yu Wen also creates a language rich and print rich environment, including reading, listening, writing, and dramatic play centers, eye level alphabet charts, picture/word labels, and samples of children’s work. Yu Wen's teachers will sing a wide variety of songs, including those that reflect the cultural makeup of the world to increase kids' phonological awareness and being culturally current.
Aligned With Utah Core Standards
As a professional and academic Pre-K school, Yu Wen offers more than just babysitting services. Yu Wen's academic contents taught in Chinese is aligned with UTAH CORE STANDARDS published by the UTAH STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION to ensure high quality education for Utah kids.
Academic Record for Every Kid
Some parents find it difficult to track their students' progress at public school level, but at Yu Wen CLC, we track all students' progress and send to parents. Hence, at Yu Wen, parents can be confident about their students' progress at all areas.
“We have been very impressed with how Yu Wen teaches. Teachingis structured, organized, and so fun here. My daughter, who is 7 years old, is now fluent in Chinese; at the same time, my son, who is 4 years old, is now able to talk sentences in Chinese. Both of my children really enjoy learning with her.
— Sarah, Lisa's mom