Q&A with Nanos Spanish Classes
1. Tell us a bit about you and Nanos Spanish Classes?
My name is Josefina Garcia and I am a qualified Language teacher with more than 15 years of teaching experience at all levels and ages. I am a mother to Gloria and Oscar and we live in SW London in our multilingual family home.
Nanos Spanish classes are aimed for 1 to 3 year olds. They are active, interactive, and include a mixture of body and movement related exercises, games, songs, props and educational activities; all aimed to develop not only the linguistic competence of the children but also other key areas of their development. Nanos Spanish is a varied fun class which utilizes children’s abilities to learn languages.
2. How did you get started?
My professional background, being a mother of two in a multilingual family and of course the very well researched fact that language learning holds its highest potential in early childhood, made me take the first steps towards creating a program where languages are introduced as early as possible. Nanos’ program was born with the conviction that we should do our best for our children, taking full advantage of their innate ability to learn languages.
3. What is so special about working with children?
Children view everything as fun, their enthusiasm, motivation and eagerness makes every class unique and full of possibilities. Every game and activity brings them endless joy and a lot of learning!
4. What is important to know about Spanish lessons for children?
Exposing children to a foreign language in early childhood is mostly a brain gym! The plasticity in children’s brains and the connections they will be making will be leading to a wider area brain usage and will, of course, lay important and strong foundations in their language learning journey.
5. What is the youngest age you can start learning a language?
As early as possible really, if you speak another language even if you think your knowledge is basic using it to your best ability with your baby can really do wonders. Music in a foreign language, reading a bilingual story, It all counts! Nanos classes start at the age of one just because then children will be a bit more interactive then.
6. Any advice for mums and dads?
Parents will always be the best role models for children. Getting involved in their play and learning, even just saying a few words or singing songs with them is fun and they can be learning too!