Bilingual children appear to be happier : Studies show that bilingual children show more empathy and are apparently happier in school.
Bilingual children appear to have better academic results : Studies show that bilingual children are ahead in standardized reading tests at the end of middle school. They have higher test scores in general and show early understanding of grammar systems and have extended vocabularies.
Bilingualism appears to confer long term benefits : Studies show that bilingual children have a higher earning potential. Bilingualism also appears to decrease cognitive decline and the risk of dementia.
Studies also show that it's important to start early :
Starting a dual-language program from an early age confers the advantage of reinforcing the value of both languages. Language is a vehicle of both culture and values. Dual language programs reinforce the vision that both languages, as well as the culture and values they represent, are of equal value.
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