Raising a bilingual child reaps amazing benefits – everything from increased testing scores to better mental flexibility. Myrah Duque, a parent raising her daughter in a bilingual environment, feels it will extend to her child’s future as well. “It will offer her double the chances for employment and advancement when she becomes an adult. More exposure to other cultures and experiences because she can speak the language, this also makes her more socially conscious for a global view.”
Rita Hernandez is a parent of multicultural children and thinks it is important that children begin learning a second language from an early age. “Our children were taught both languages from birth. Today’s world almost requires that we know a second and teaching it to children makes it easier for them to grasp and retain the language. Learning a new language as adults can be difficult.”
We all know the benefits, but many parents find it challenging to find content and toys to keep them entertained. That’s where Oznoz and Sesame Street come in. Marie Noelle Marineau says her two-year-old speaks French and English easily and “it’s all because of bilingual DVDs such as Sesame Street. It is a really fun and easy way for him to hear and learn a second language without even noticing it.”
Oznoz is the perfect place to find activities and shows to help keep your child engaged. Oznoz is a new, online channel for bilingual kids, that allows you to stream shows in different languages or purchase DVDs, books and games. And they’ve just introduced a child favorite: Sesame Street content in six languages! Kids can now watch Sesame Street and Elmo’s World in Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish, Persian and Arabic. You’ll find titles like Elmo’s Potty Time and 1,2,3 Count With Me.
“Sesame Workshop’s priority is to reach children and their families with engaging educational content wherever they are,” said Scott Chambers, Sesame Workshop Senior Vice President, Worldwide Media Distribution. “We are so pleased that they will now have the opportunity to laugh and learn with Elmo, Cookie, Bert, Ernie, and the rest of their furry friends in a language they be using at home or are beginning to learn.”