What if you could embrace the core elements of a complete immersion method of language learning? What if you could do this without being multilingual yourself? What if you could teach young children a second language whilst also supporting a much broader approach to their development, beyond language alone? Well, you can.
The Adventures of Yopane is a unique programme for immersing young children from 3 to 9 years old in to a second language (French, Spanish or English), but also in to a love of learning.
The Adventures of Yopane – The Programme
Imagine an incredible story-teller, capable of weaving magic and mystery in to his tales of a far-away make-believe world. His name is Yopane. Yopane tells stories involving three young children enjoying high jinks and adventures with mythical creatures and elves, and magical teachers too.
This is the core of The Adventures with Yopane Programme – a story, because story-telling works as a powerful educational tool. Add in animation and we quickly appeal to both visual and auditory learners. These stories are delivered through Early Years language learning videos for kids supported by activity books. The clever animation works to immerse children in to not only the adventurous land of Lutinia, but also in to a world where their imaginations are the key to their learning.
However, the Adventures of Yopane go further. As well as the animated stories and related activity books, the programme also uses animated role-play games to extend and consolidate learning. With this method, language development and acquisition is primary, but it brings so much more.
Learning with Yopane
The animated stories and role-play games deliver a holistic approach to a young child’s development. The programme doesn’t just meet the needs of a language programme, but includes:
- Personal, social and emotional development: As children are encouraged to share, take-turns and evaluate different scenarios and feelings.
- Communication, language and academic skills: Children embark on a discovery of different communication skills including verbal and written, fundamental literacy acquisition and the firm foundations for academic learning in the future.
- Cultural awareness and understanding: The stories delve in to different geographical areas exposing children to a wide spectrum of cultures, history and geography.
Why Learn a Second Language in the Early Years? Why Do It This Way?
Parents and teachers alike are highly familiar with the immense speed at which language develops in a child’s early years. We know and understand this on a fundamental level when we consider the acquisition of the mother tongue. It’s taken for granted that it just ‘happens’ as we speak to, with and around our young children.
However, longitudinal studies, such as one by Harvard University, demonstrate that this extends to second languages too. What’s more, the studies go further to explain the phenomenon that learning these second languages at this young age increases an incredible range of abilities including critical thinking skills and flexibility of the mind.
These children go on to do better across the curriculum, not simply in languages or literacy alone. As the Harvard study explains: “The brain, like any muscle, functions better with exercise.” Learning second languages through carefully developed programmes such as the Adventures of Yopane exercises that muscle, giving it strength for development across the board.
The evidence shows how delivering accessible and comprehensive language programmes to children as young as three is an enormous gift we can give for their future learning. It’s about laying incredibly strong foundations. It’s not about hot-housing, or putting academic pressure on a child, but about giving them the framework that makes future success possible in a natural and enjoyable way.
Deliver the learning in a broad spectrum programme which uses a variety of learning methods geared towards different types of learners, like the Adventures of Yopane, and you have an intensely powerful tool.
Start Your Journey with Yopane
There’s nothing complicated in the Adventures of Yopane, for either the child or their teacher (whether this is an educator or a parent). The programme subscribe to our Beginner Programme and get 50% off. Start your child’s adventure today.