Mind Your Languages

Why should anyone learn a foreign language? While living abroad, I can say that one thing I regret is not learning a second language. There are so many benefits to learning a second language. Such as connecting with people from different cultures, traveling, building multitasking skills, and increasing brainpower. According to The Telegraph on Benefits to Bilingualism, physiological studies show that speaking two or more languages … Read more

(Not) Ready To Go?

Top tips for emigrating with children Transitioning from one job to another, especially if they are on two different geographical meridians, is exciting. New perspectives, new possibilities and new enticing challenges in our own eyes make everything look perfect. But, no matter how we picture and project our expectations, transitions in action are tough. And … Read more

Summer Learning Loss

Summer break doesn’t mean it’s time for your child’s brain to take a break What is known is that its origins go back to the 19th century. Whether or not the current school calendar was first built around the agricultural one (and the need for children to work on the farm during the summer months) … Read more

Tips for Better Learning in School

Parents, by their very nature, want the best for their children and that means helping them grow up to be healthy, happy and successful – and a large part of that is helping them to do well at school. Perhaps frustratingly, once a child goes through the school gates, there is very little parents can … Read more

Brain Overload

Are ‘digital natives’ really effective multitaskers? I thought the topic of multitasking might be useful to parents because at some stage in your child’s development you are going to hear the phrase, “You don’t understand, I am doing my homework. We (digital natives) can listen to music, chat, Facebook, watch Youtube, text and do homework … Read more

Teaming Up

Parents and teachers partnering up to enrich the learning experience. Choosing your child’s school is only the first step in a parent’s participation in the learning process. Besides supporting their teachers, parents can be very instrumental in helping their children succeed by working in productive partnership with their child and school. Below are eight every … Read more

Babies Learn Best

Our columnist argues that learning a language doesn’t require an age minimum… Recently in www.thanhniennews.com, an online local newspaper, I read an article about a new decree that will not allow Vietnamese children under five to attend international educational programs in the country. The decree’s basic premise is: “Very early second-language acquisition would dilute the … Read more