Our children are born as ‘linguistic cosmopolitans’
We cherish cultural diversity
At Little Green House we playfully and naturally accommodate the languages that are part of our environment.
Little Green House is a place where all languages and all cultures are welcome, where children can experience the reality that not everyone speaks the same language, and that other children and adults are at ease hearing and / or speaking several languages.
To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world
Education for little Citizens of the World
We believe that a natural ease at hearing, speaking and understanding foreign languages opens up valuable opportunities to our children: opportunities to meet, communicate and play with children coming from other countries; opportunities to experience different cultures and to accept cultural differences as something good and natural; opportunities to integrate faster and more smoothly into local communities; and, quite pragmatically, opportunities to help bridging the language gap across Switzerland’s language border.
For us, languages are one important ‘playground’ for the development of an agile and open mind.
Skills to learn a new language
Our method – language immersion
We immerse ourselves and the children in the languages around us. This means that in our groups French-, English- and in some cases German-speaking child care educators accompany the children throughout the day. We play, explain, narrate and sing in the native language of our educators, so that our children become familiarised with foreign sounds and speech melodies. In this manner, languages are understood to be a means of communication and are absorbed – not taught.
Languages are a precious treasure
Behavioural scientists have discovered that babies as young as six months of age are able to distinguish sounds from any world language from nonsensical sound. Only later do they choose to exclusively develop their mother tongue.
Children who grow up in multilingual surroundings will continue to live very naturally in multi-cultural environments. We know today that multilingualism does not overburden children but opens their mind and strengthens their senses. Interacting with others in a multicultural setting gives children a flexible spirit and strengthens their power of observation. The acquisition of a new language enriches the mother tongue, rather than limit its development.
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