There are many benefits to participating in Dual Language Programs. Unlike adults, children have the innate ability to not only process a new language effortlessly, but also acquire clear and perfect pronunciation. Many studies have shown that exposure to a second language from an early age has many additional benefits beyond language acquisition itself. Bilingual children have demonstrated greater problem-solving skills and tolerate differences in others. They also show better memory, greater capacity for abstract thinking, and utilize a broader vocabulary. Having the opportunity to experience a foreign language environment also broadens children's multicultural awareness, stimulates their curiosity about other parts of the world, and fosters an appreciation for understanding multiple points of view.
The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy based on the image of a child with strong potentialities for development and subject with rights, who learns through the hundred languages belonging to all human beings, and grows in relations with others.This educational philosophy focuses on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment, encouraging children to be active participants in their own learning. The Reggio Emilia approach also emphasizes the importance of collaboration and communication between teachers, parents, and students.
Mindfulness practices have been consistently associated with decreased psychological distress, increased empathy, and improvement in relationship satisfaction. Mindfulness has also been shown to help increase memory functioning, focus, and cognitive flexibility in addition to a host of other improvements in overall well-being. Mindfulness practices are becoming more common within educational institutions including Elementary and Secondary schools. This has been referred to as part of a 'contemplative turn' in education that has emerged since the turn of the millennium. The applications of mindfulness in schools are aimed at calming and relaxation of students as well as for students and educators to build compassion and empathy for others. The application of mindfulness practice enhances the goals of education in the 21st century, which include adapting to a rapidly changing world and being a caring and committed citizen. Within educational systems, the application of mindfulness practices shows an improvement of students' attention and focus, emotional regulation, creativity, and problem solving skills.