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After months of thinking and discussing, I finally did it – and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made!
After my husband returned from a business trip to Hong Kong and relayed how well the Chinese spoke English, we knew that our world had forever shrunk. We decided we wanted to give our kids (ages 7, 5 and 3) a leg up on the competition and started looking for foreign language lessons. I looked online, at DVD programs and for lessons where a native speaker actually teaches them. We finally decided to try Claudia Krusch at Easy Learn Languages. She is awesome!
My husband and I really wanted our kids to learn Chinese. Claudia diligently found a native Mandarin speaker and came up with a very reasonable rate for a private, 45 minute class for all three of my kids. But as life sometimes gets in the way, we couldn’t work out the schedules. I stewed all summer, feeling like my kids were falling behind and that the window of opportunity was closing for them (many studies have found that a second language is most easily learned between the ages of 2 and 8.) A few weeks ago, I decided that any secondary language was better than no second language and we went to our first Spanish class with Claudia.
My 5 year old son was none too happy. After all, he is 5, and would rather be outside or playing video games – anything but another class. As I sat outside of Easy Learn’s classroom and heard my son say “Hola. Que tal. Me llamo Michael” and then laugh, I knew we were golden. I truly believe the key is Claudia – her teaching methods are fun and her demeanor is sweet. She uses coloring pages, songs, dances, toys, running games, and (to my son’s extreme delight) Lego’s.
Last week, we had to switch our scheduled days for Spanish class. You would have thought I cancelled Christmas. My kids love going to Spanish class! And here is an added bonus – my second and third children normally mesh like oil and water. Since they have been going to class together, I swear they get along better at home. I don’t know why, but I’m not questioning it. I’m just going to keep going to Spanish class!