Learning having fun! Brain research suggests that fun is not just beneficial to learning but required for authentic learning and long-term memory. Keep in mind that the highest-level executive thinking, making of connections, and “aha” moments are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of “exuberant discovery,” where students of all ages retain the enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning. When little ones are having fun they are motivated and we can keep them active and engaged. But how can we have a class of young children having fun all the time? We can prepare a stimulating environment where we introduce concepts and vocabulary through the use of puppets; sing songs and pair them with movement; arouse their curiosity by exposing them to different realia; nurture their imagination and creativity through hands-on activities, art and story telling; encourage them to play and work together, respect and care for one another. We can definitely have a class of young learners having fun as we help them acquire the skills that will prepare them to be successful and effective global citizens of the 21st century. languages4kidz 1