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Let’s Talk Critical Learning Period

By: Gelsey Brizo Let’s Talk Critical Learning Period If you’re familiar with the concept behind Smart Coos, you’re probably also familiar with the critical learning hypothesis our program is inspired by. If not, I’ll provide a brief background. Studies have shown that when we are born, our brains possess all…

French Homophones

by: Smart Coos French Homophones Learning languages is fun and exciting, but sometimes it can be a little tricky. We all remember struggling with words that were just so gosh darn similar they tripped us up all the time. “You’re” and “your” always confused me as a kid and my…

Interesting Advantage to Becoming Bilingual

by: Summer Blackhurst Interesting Advantage to Becoming Bilingual Joe Budelli from California doesn’t speak Spanish, but his two girls are in a Spanish speaking dual immersion program and he uses native language speakers in his home to help the girls do well in school. Joe was pleasantly surprised, however, when…

How long does it take your baby’s Coos to be Smart?

by: Gelsey Brizo How long does it take your baby’s Coos to be Smart? So, how long does it take your baby’s coos to be smart? In other words, how long does it take your child to articulate themselves in a second language? Even after countless research and studies have…

What’s a Chinese homonym?

by: Smart Coos What’s a Chinese homonym? Have you ever gotten the words, there, their, and they’re confused? Well, if you’re like most people, at some point in your life these three words used to trip you up all the time. Words like these, that are pronounced the same but…

Chris Chianesi: MANNYPROBZ

by: Smart Coos Chris Chianesi: MANNYPROBZ Chris Chianesi is the creator of the YouTube series MANNYPROBZ, which follows Chris in his everyday life as a Manny (male nanny). Chris was born and raised in Rhode Island and moved to New York City in 2005 to study theater at NYU’s Tisch…

Cookies before Bed: Spoiling or a Reward?

by: Gelsey Brizo Cookies before Bed: Spoiling or a Reward? There are thousands upon thousands of parenting books out there that give you neat little step-by-step guides on how to raise your kids, but we all know that parenting is a lot more complicated than that. Not only do you…

Traveling with Toddlers: No Risk, No Reward

by Gelsey Brizo Traveling with Toddlers: No Risk, No Reward Have you ever thought about traveling with your child but have been too scared of all the obstacles you might encounter? I’ve heard horror stories from my parents about broken stroller wheels, exploding and spilling milk bottles, not to mention…