• Mandarin is one of the six U.N. languages and is spoken by more than one billion people in the world, more than any other language. 
  • Mandarin is the standard language of China, the world’s second-largest economy.
  • Between the ages of newborn to 7, children experience rapid brain development. This is a prime time to expose them to a new language.
  • Children who learn a language before adolescence are more likely to develop native-like pronunciation.

References:

  • Earlychildhood NEWS: “Music and Movement”
  • Ethnologue, 16th Edition
  • Music Together: Research and Development
  • ScienceDaily: “Music And Language Are Processed by the Same Brain Systems”  
  • UC Irvine Study: Mandarin Language Is Music to the Brain

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the July 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the trade magazine for homeschool families. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

An educator, an author, and a mother, Laura Lee is an expert in early childhood development. She has a double degree in music and molecular cell biology from UC Berkeley. As an educator, she has been teaching music to children since 2003 and runs a full piano studio. She is the author of the award-winning children’s book titled Little Laura and the Birthday Surprise, a bilingual English/Mandarin musical storybook series. Laura can be reached at littlelauramusic@gmail.com.

Publication date: November 23, 2012