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Best Way to Teach Tots a Foreign Language New York 2008 - Bilingual Birdies

Many of us took language classes in high school, but studies show that it?s best to learn a foreign tongue at a younger age. Sarah Farzam?s Bilingual Birdies program has the right idea. Since November 2006, BB has taught some 250 children how to speak Spanish, Hebrew, or French. A typical class includes children from six months to five years old who learn through dancing, puppets, and games. Music is important, too, as the kids participate in chants, rhymes, and raps as well as foreign children?s songs and some familiar standards in translation (?Wheels on the Bus,? ?Old McDonald?). So far, the Children?s Aid Society, the Jewish Community Project Downtown and the Y of Washington Heights have opened their doors to the program?and it?s easy to see why, since BB also teaches important lessons about making friends and eating fruits, which many of us adults could learn a thing or two about.

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Jet
Jet

this is a great idea - I wish i had Bilingual Birdies class when I was a kid! and kids speaking in a foreign language is so cute!

Rawdon
Rawdon

the Birdies are a great crew and an inspiration for our little girl Sophie, whenever we are in NY she goes to every class she can...

Vida
Vida

Amazing Program! Every child could benefit from attending, and being a part of such a valuable experience. We are eagerly awaiting Billingual Birdies coming to Los Angeles.

Annie
Annie

Bilingual Birdies is one of the best language programs I have ever seen. Working with children myself, I found the professionalism, personality (of all teachers and the director), accuracy, talent, and most importantly, interaction with children of all ages on-point. I would highly recommend this program to anyone seeking foreign-language exposure for their children.

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