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Language Development Myth #3

By: Smart Coos It’s true that children learn to speak a language more easily than adults, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need help doing so. Like anything else, practice makes perfect. Children don’t even pick up their native language without being exposed to it for long periods of…

Language Development Myth #2

By: Smart Coos For a very long time, it was thought that knowing more than one language would actually hinder your learning by slowing down your learning and confusing you. However, now that extensive research has been conducted in the field of language acquisition and development, it is clear that…

Language Development Myth

Language Development Myth By: Smart Coos Because the United States is one of the few countries in the world that has a mostly monolingual population, pediatricians who study in the States only receive instruction on the language development of monolingual children. Only trained language development specialists receive extensive training on…

5 Places in the U.S you absolutely have to Visit

By: Gelsey Brizo 5 Places in the U.S you absolutely have to Visit Choosing just 5 places to visit in the United States seemed almost impossible at first, but after researching countless “must see” places in the States I came up with a list that blends both the big city…

Sound Symbolism in Language Development

By: Joshua Watson Edited by: Gelsey Brizo Sound Symbolism in Language Development Suppose you’re presented with two abstract shapes like those pictured above: one with sharp, jagged edges, and another with smooth, rounded curves. Given no further information, you’re asked to identify one of the shapes as “bouba,” and the…

Learning Spanish the Right Way

By: Jessie Mundo Edited by: Gelsey Brizo Learning Spanish the Right Way Spanish can be a tricky language, especially with all the anglicisms it keeps accepting. Many words are being borrowed from English and there are a lot of words that sound alike in both languages, but that doesn’t mean…

Who Inspires You?

By: Katie Gladstone Edited by: Gelsey Brizo Who Inspires You? When many of us think about our inspirations, family comes to mind. They’ve watched us fail, and watched us succeed, and hopefully had our backs along the way.  So, when proposing the question, “Who Inspires You?”, it’s assumed that many…

Quiet Time Activities

By: Jordan Herbst Edited by: Gelsey Brizo Quiet Time Activities After the age of 4, naps aren’t really necessary anymore because it’s time for kids to transition into the grade school schedule. However, quiet time is still beneficial. It gives children time to rest and calm down instead of constantly…

English Homonyms

By: Smart Coos English Homonyms Learning a language is an intimidating task in and of itself, but even experienced speakers of a language often fall victim to commonly misused words in the twisted web of mispronunciations, misspellings, and homonyms, that language can be. To make it easier for new language…

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…