Savoir Faire Califonia

322 Vista del Mar Suite B,
Redondo Beach, CA 90277





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Remedy for better grades and better resistance to the onset of dementia and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
Published: March 17, 2012
Being bilingual makes you smarter and can have a profound effect on your brain.

SPEAKING two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.
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Brain Scans Show that Being Bilingual Can Ward Off Alzheimer’s Effects

Previous studies have shown that being bilingual may delay dementia, but for the first time, a Canadian study has used brain scans to offer additional proof of bilingualism’s protective effects on the brain.
Research conducted up to this point has compared older people that speak either one or two languages to gauge the age at which Alzheimer’s symptoms begin to show. Based on this kind of research, there is solid evidence that bilingual people have a later onset age for cognitive decline. The new study, published in the journal Cortex, added results from CT scans of the brains to further bolster this kind of finding.
The researchers scanned the brains of bilingual and monolingual people who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and who had comparable cognitive skills and education levels. What they found was that bilingual people with twice as much Alzheimer’s-related brain damage were cognitively at the same level as monolinguals with much less brain damage. They concluded that despite the physical brain being destroyed by Alzheimer’s, the cognitive function of the bilingual people was significantly better preserved than that of the monolinguals.


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Kids LOVE Our Summer Camp Crafts

Cultural Crafts 

In our Redondo Beach classrooms, we see that our kids are as fascinated by culture as they are interested in learning some words in a foreign language. To this end a portion of Savoir Faire’s summer camp curriculum is designed to feed our campers' curiosity by constructing crafts with a cultural aspect.

For example, in our Chinese camps, the kids learn about the origin of  dragon boat races through stories and pictures and models and then they make their own craft from paper and balsa wood.

In the Spanish camp, the older children are always  interested in the ancient Mayan cultures that existed long before Spanish was a language in South America. As we teach Spanish, Savoir Faire's teachers tap into the children's Indiana Jones sense of adventure by sharing artifacts and creating a replica of the Mayan calendar. (by the way… our campers learn some pretty challenging numbers, too!)

The littlest Italian campers are introduced to Pinocchio’s Italian heritage and construct old fashioned Pinocchio’s from before Walt Disney. They learn about Arlecchino, the funny character from Italian plays and paint their own Harlequin capes to wear home – all the colors labeled in Italian!
French campers sculpt like Rodin, paint like Matisse and create a French petit-déjeuner plate the croissant, jam and butter all labeled for at-home display!