Meet the siblings who teach other kids how to speak up to 8 different languages
Cleveland, Ohio – Meet Emilio, 4, Amora, 6, Rosie, 8, LaLa, 10, Anita, 12, Malachi, 16, Kimoni, 18, Mina, 20, and baby Makalo. These young homeschoolers have created a YouTube channel called Multilingual Star Academy which offers fun and exciting content to help kids learn the basics of different languages.
“Learning different languages is not offered in our community, so we have to be the ones bringing this kind of education to our people,” Mina said during a recent trade show at the National Museum of History and of African-American culture.
According to the US Census Bureau, only 20 percent of Americans can speak two or more languages. The percentage of the black community in some states is only about 7.4%; The others speak only English according to a 2006 article published in Denver Post.
This vibrant YouTube channel features fun facts, easy-to-sing songs, educational images, and high energy that will keep your child engaged long enough to start learning another language. “I absolutely love everything about these kids, the videos are very informative and fun to sing and dance to, my 9 year old is in love with their energetic style, we keep repeating the videos !!” said April Barlow, a local Uber driver.
The kids also wrote 7 colorful bilingual books that accompany the videos on their YouTube channel. The books are titled It’s Spanish Playtime, Learn Kiswahili, Circle Time Fun, I Can Speak English (ESL), Let’s Sing in French, I Am Africa, and Count to ten. These books help children around the world learn foreign languages in a unique way that prepares young minds to reach higher levels of thinking. The effects of reading in another language help your child expand their vocabulary while increasing their memory and intelligence.
The books are also part of a growing series called Our colorful multilingual adventures which was started 5 years ago by their mother Shy Santiago.
Here’s what people are saying:
“This family is amazing, and I for one am so happy and grateful to have them in my child’s educational circle.” – Andre Pilate-English, a full-time single father
“Children make learning a new language fun and they are always so colorful that they grab my attention every time I see them in the community.” – Sharyna Cloud, owner of the Kandy Kupboard Kandy Store
For more information and / or to purchase the books, visit their official website at LearnALanguage4Fun.com
This story first appeared on Blacknews.com