Kidslingo Together visited Wilhelmina House on Friday 14th December for a special Christmas Spanish lesson. Residents and children in early years have been meeting at the home throughout 2018 to learn Spanish together.
The classes aim to improve emotional and physical wellbeing for everyone who takes part and encourages interaction between generations by using an exciting mixture of music, games, role-play, drama and storytelling.
A number of studies show that learning a new language can build up cognitive reserve and delay the onset of dementia . It has also been suggested that increased social interaction is linked to a lower risk of disease among the elderly , and that it can help reduce the negative effects of social isolation.
There are also many language learning benefits for the children who take part in the lessons, but in addition Kidslingo Together offers children key life skills, such as improving their understanding of other generations and giving them a sense of history and perspective.
Kidslingo franchisee Joanna Jayarajan, said: “We’re really proud to have launched Kidslingo Together and through the scheme aim to offer something original and exciting to youngsters and care home residents. It isn’t just about learning a new language – it’s also about learning through the generations and about caring for each other, whatever your age.
As a former Old Palace student, I am really pleased to be able to work with The Whitgift Foundation to offer these classes to residents at Wilhelmina house and to able to give back to the institution that educated and helped me and so many others.”
Wilhelmina House resident Brenda commented: “Those of the older generation enjoy attending the Spanish classes, not only to provide an audience but to build a relationship with a young generation and sing together.”