BilinguaSing sings up a bilingual storm and earns Gold Accreditation from the Children’s Activities Association!
We are delighted to announce that we are now a fully accredited Gold member of the Children’s Activities Association! Achieving CAA accreditation means that we have been independently verified as having met the CAA Code of Practice, giving parents absolute confidence in the activities we provide. It is great to join the ranks of those providers proven to work to the very highest standards.
BilinguaSing combines music with language learning – and the results speak for themselves. Our unique sensory music and movement programme is tailored specifically to the developmental stage of each child, whether they be 4 weeks old or 11 years. The result is truly magical and loads of fun! Sue Nicholas from Fundamentally Children, who carried out the accreditation process, said activities were “nicely varied and interactive “and “There were enough active songs to run off some energy but sitting and singing was fun too”. Parent feedback was ‘positive’ with mums saying they “felt very comfortable in the setting”.
You can find out more about our high quality children’s activities at https://bilinguasing.com/
Here at BilinguaSing we are so pleased to announce the launch of new classes in Blackpool and Wyre, lead by Cath. She's barely got started but her arrival is already kicking up a storm...! Read the interview with the Blackpool Gazette:
It’s never too early to start learning another language. That’s the message from former primary school teacher, Cath Edmonds, who has recently introduced classes for babies and toddlers to learn French and Spanish, on the Fylde Coast. Cath, of Cleveleys, is now running sessions under the award-winning baby and toddler programme, BilinguaSing, at Knuckleheads Play Centre, on North Promenade, on Tuesday afternoons.
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Today I had the pleasure of attending BilinguaSing where babies and toddlers can learn a new language (my class was Spanish.)
The class leader Emma was very welcoming and the class today consisted of 5 mother and babies and us. The Church venue is warm and parking is available. The class started off with a welcome in Spanish to each of us and the words were displayed on a wall projector to follow. Props, lights and stickers were used throughout the class duration which added a great sensory element to the experience. My daughter being a toddler was up and about and joined with the clapping and bubbles. It is a perfect way to introduce a new language early on in a non derailing manner if you speak other languages at home. Even British sign language was used along with familiar kids songs which made the class magical for little ones and easy to grasp for adults.
BilinguaSing East Midlands has other language based groups take a look at their fb page or website for further information:
It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon and it truly was both educational and entertaining.
I would 100 per cent reccomend attending and would avoid the misconception that some languages are more beneficial than others for our kids future, as any language is a skill. I have grown up with about 10 languages being spoken and various dialects. Just read the below on how beneficial a language can be, it is an incredible gift we can offer to our kids.
I am happy classes like this exist and I will be taking my tot again. Many thanks Emma!
BilinguaSing Huddersfield franchisee, Jade Braithwaite, is so passionate about early years second language acquisition that she is undertaking a Masters Degree in 'Bilingualism' at Manchester Metropolitan University! In this article published by HuffPost parents UK Jade explains why she think it is so important.
Princess Charlotte Is 'Already Bilingual': Is It Worth Introducing A Second Language To Your Toddler?
Princess Charlotte might seem too young to be learning words in another language but actually, the timing is perfect.
“It’s best for children to get exposure to another language as early as possible,” said Jade Braithwaite, who teaches babies and toddlers French and Spanish through BilinguaSing Huddersfield.
Looking for an award winning way to nurture your child as they work their way towards key developmental milestones? Hit play on an exclusive BilinguaSing CD, developed by passionate bilingualism advocate, Ellie Baker.
Since 2013, Ellie’s unique, three-tiered, sensory music and movement class for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and primary school children have been making quite the impression. As the business evolved, Ellie created a trio of CDs designed to complement the classes. The catchy songs cover topics for all ages, and are a fantastic way to immerse little ones in a French and Spanish.
“Learning a second language is all about immersion. But in-between school, errands, extra-curricular activities and other commitments, it can be hard to find the time to immerse little ones in French or Spanish, outside of their BilinguaSing classes. This was the inspiration behind the development of our CD collection.”
So what awards did BilinguaSing scoop this year? Here’s a look at the top honour received by our leading language classes for babies UK, and our 10 bilingual CDs.
- 2016 Primary Teacher Awards – Primary Teacher Update All Other Resources
This month we were so proud after receiving the news that we won silver in the 2016 Primary Teacher Awards, within the Primary Teacher Update All Other Resources category.
As a business that was born from Ellie’s desire to immerse little ones in the wonders of a foreign language, we’re so incredibly proud to be considered a valuable education resource by such a prominent organisation.
Our CDs are now used in schools across the country, with each track designed to support children, teachers and parents in the journey to early bilingualism. They’re fully compatible with the KS2 Curriculum for Modern Languages, which makes BilinguaSing a pretty formidable competitor!
“The CDs are a fabulous learning tool for all.”
– Primary Teacher Awards
Needless to say, we’ll be adding the award to our already well-stocked trophy cabinet. It’ll join the awards we won back in 2015 and 2014.
- Best New Children’s Activity 2015 – What’s On 4 Little Ones Award
- Best MFL Product – Practical PreSchool 2014.
Want to know more about the splash we’ve made across the UK? Check out our glowing testimonials!
BilinguaSing Hits Play On New Franchises in Guernsey & West Yorkshire!
From the vision of a new mother to a nationwide craze, BilinguaSing has grown in leaps and bounds since Ellie Baker launched her first class back in May 2013. What started in Windsor has now grown into a national enterprise that sees BilinguaSing centres host more than 150 classes a week. If you live in the South East, North or Midlands area, chances are there are BilinguaSing classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and primary schools near you.
‘Bonjour’ and ‘hola’ to all you British babies, preschoolers and primary-school children out there!
Ellie’s a passionate believer in offering all British children a chance to learn another language, which means expanding into new regions is a natural step. The new locations in Guernsey and West Yorkshire are part of BilinguaSing’s goal to offer its unique multi-sensory baby, toddler and primary school activities to a huge range of locations, across the UK.
Helping babies go bilingual, before they can talk!
So what’s fuelling the popularity of BilinguaSing? Over the past few years, there’s been a surge in demand for both baby focussed and post-natal classes. Parents seem to be developing a growing awareness for the importance of providing greater stimulation for their children during key developmental stages. From baby yoga and swimming to music and massage, little ones are enjoying a kaleidoscope of activities designed to excite, inspire and engage.
As multi-faceted classes, BilinguaSing blends a handful of concepts to offer babies a unique and meaningful experience. The unique three-tiered sensory movement and music classes are created to support key developmental milestones, while introducing little ones to the sounds of French and Spanish before they can even comprehend what a language is.
The benefits of bilingualism
So why should parents immerse their little ones in another language? From zero to six months, the brain is at an incredibly flexible stage. Research has shown that babies are able to recognise sounds before they can speak, which means that early immersion in other languages can and does make an impact.
As well as catering to newborns, BilinguaSing offers toddler and preschool classes, as well as primary school French and Spanish clubs. This means kids can continue their bilingual experience throughout their all-important developmental years.
A warm BilinguaSing welcome to our newest babies, and team members!
But for adults that share her passion for bilingualism, the expansion represents an exciting franchise opportunity. Backed with fantastic support from the head office team, joining Ellie and the BilinguaSing family is a great way to enjoy flexible working hours, and change the lives of little ones in the process.
Are Languages for UK Children More Important Than Ever
Following Britain’s Decision to Leave the EU?
The aftermath of the Brexit vote
The aftermath of the Brexit vote has left the UK reeling, with the pound dropping to the lowest value seen against the US dollar in more than three decades. Analysts are warning that the economic impact could be fierce, but as diehard linguists, we’re honing in on other concerns. Whether you backed to leave, stay or didn’t vote at all, there’s no changing the final outcome. The UK is on track to leave the EU, and this means big changes for the way our children experience life as a Brit.
More important for children to learn new language
As far as we’re concerned, the decision to leave the EU means that it’s never been more important to encourage kids to learn a new language. Here’s why: The cultural impact of tighter immigration laws
‘Leaves’ 17.4 million voters didn’t have to justify their decision, however there’s no denying that promises of tightened immigration laws were a major drawcard. Prior to the vote, the UK’s affiliation with the EU allowed for free movement and labour between member states. Though with concerns over the influx of foreigners streaming into the UK, cutting immigration rates was hugely appealing to some Brits.
Yet for the nation’s status as a wonderfully diverse melting pot of cultures, the vote to leave the EU isn’t so beneficial. When it comes to interacting with other cultures and languages, slashing immigration opportunities will leave children less exposed to languages like French, Spanish and Italian.
Freedom to move
As part of the EU, citizens of member states are able to travel freely and fancifully to the countries of their choice. This means Brits are at liberty to holiday, work, study and live sans visa in a host of European nations, from sun kissed summer getaways in the French Riviera to studying medicine at the University of Valencia. For children, these international family holidays are a fantastic introduction to foreign languages. In fact, interaction with other languages at a young age is where so many linguistic love affairs begin! Without the freedom to travel between European countries so easily, exposure to European languages is also at risk
Cultural impact of leaving the EU
Regardless of whether you’re pro Brexit, anti-Brexit or on the fence, the repercussions of the ‘Leave’ vote are going to affect all Brits. If you’ve got little ones in tow, the cultural impact of leaving the EU is definitely something to consider.
That’s where we can help! The UK may no longer be in a politico-economic union with France and Spain, but across our class locations in the South East, North and Midlands, these languages still shine bright. Created especially for babies, toddlers and young children, BilinguaSing is a fun, exciting and inspiring way to immerse kids in the allure of Europe, from the word go!
The Non-Bilingual Parent’s Guide to Raising a Bilingual Child
Technology has drastically transformed the way the world interacts, with the normalisation of the internet supporting uninterrupted global connectivity. Today, speaking more than one language unlocks a plethora of opportunities, and as ‘plastic’ learners, babies and young children have a marked advantage when it comes to mastering a foreign tongue.
Linguistic research has shown that babies aged 0-6 months are better at a host of key language learning skills, including accepting new sounds, recognising patterns, identifying subtle differences and adopting better pronunciation later in life.
For children that grow up around multiple languages, bilingualism comes naturally. But what about if your child isn’t organically exposed to another language? Becoming bilingual is a different process, but one that’s equally as attainable.
Invest in child-friendly resources
As mentioned earlier, children navigate a different learning experience to adults. For this reason, resources that have been developed specifically for young learners are far more effective than adult versions. With BilinguaSing classes , kids engage in a dynamic curriculum of singing, music and movement classes. This child friendly approach makes learning fun, stimulating and innate.
It’s all about immersion
Language acquisition is a finite quality, and research suggests that children need to be exposed to a foreign tongue for 30% of their waking time in order to become fluent. Boost their learning curve by making an effort to incorporate foreign conversation into your home dialect. Build up a social network by enrolling your child in developmental language programmes like BilinguaSing, where they can interact with learners of their own age group. You can also pepper their living environment with references to their minority language - think everything from books and movies to toys and music. BilinguaSing’s range of children’s CDs are designed with this exact goal in mind.
Make a family agreement
When the education of your child’s at stake it’s important that the effort is universal. Every member of the family should be on-board, including siblings. Remember, if one child is pursuing bilingualism it’s important that their siblings are supportive. They may become jealous, so consider offering them alternative hobbies. Ideally, encourage all children in the household to learn. It’ll simulate an organic home learning environment, and make it all the more fun.
Children are incredibly accomplished learners, but mastering a new language doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient, and remember that every child’s experience will be different. Sometimes they might blow you away with their bilingualism, and other times they may appear to be making frustratingly slow progress.
Research has shown that bilingual children are better at focussing their attention, solving complex problems and planning than their monolingual counterparts. If you want to enrich both the social and economic opportunities of your little ones, a second language is an incredibly valuable asset.
Want to kick-start your child’s journey to speaking Spanish or French? Get in touch with us today to find out more about BilinguaSing’s unique, three-tiered, sensory music and movement classes for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and primary school children. Tailored to meet the developmental stages of your child, participants are taken on a magical multilingual adventure that will spark a lifelong passion for language.
Popular baby languages class expands across the border
The Royal Borough Observer wrote this about Bilinguasing: A Popular music and movement baby class is expanding. Baby and toddler programme Baby Loves Spanish has been running since September in Windsor.Parents and young children can learn a new language...
[su_quote cite="The Royal Borough Observer"] A Popular music and movement baby class is expanding. Baby and toddler programme Baby Loves Spanish has been running since September in Windsor. Parents and young children can learn a new language in an environment which supports child development through music, singing, movement and play. Due to popular demand the classes are expanding. They are due to start running at the community lodge at St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, Minniecroft Road, Burnham, from today (Friday). Founder Ellie Baker, a former Burnham Grammar School languages teacher, said:
“The best time for anyone to learn a new language is while they are still learning their own. This is why people who were exposed to a second language from birth or toddlerhood end up speaking more than one language effortlessly. It’s a real gift to give a second language to our little ones.”
Free taster classes are available. For more information email contact Ellie
BilinguaSing wins First prize award!
Language class for children scoops first prize at Practical Pre-school awards
Baby Loves Spanish, which runs sessions across Berkshire as part of the BilinguaSing group, won the prize for Modern Foreign Languages at the Practical Preschool Awards in Birmingham on Friday, September 19.
The group is run by Maidenhead resident Ellie Baker, who was delighted to receive her award having only established the business last year.
She said: “I can’t believe we won - the companies that entered included many well-known, long-established brands and we really didn’t expect to win a rosette, never mind the whole Modern Foreign Languages category. Needless to say myself and the team are chuffed to bits and it couldn’t have come at a better time now that we are starting to expand geographically.”
Baby Loves Spanish teaches young children French and Spanish in a fun and interactive way. For more information visit https://bilinguasing.com or visit its Facebook page www.facebook.com/bilinguasing/