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Music and Learning: The Songs of Imagine Español

Have you ever caught yourself humming the tune to a song you heard years ago? If so, you've tapped into the power of music and long-term memory. The fact is, music makes learning stick. Just ask a neuroscientist. But first: a word or two on long-term memory. Inherent to long-term memory are explicit (or declarative) and implicit (non-declarative) memory. If you consciously think of a specific memory, you're tapping into explicit/declarative memory. By contrast, implicit/non-declarative memory requires no conscious effort. When the brain is exposed to music and words together, that information becomes a part of the brain's explicit and implicit memory. This helps explain why dementia patients who seemingly have little or no explicit memory can still remember tunes and words to songs they knew decades earlier. Imagine Learning designers recognize that developing brains are open to myriad learning cues from an early age. In a semi-literal way, young brains are like sponges as they soak up information from multiple sources. That's why during the development of Imagine Español learning activities, designers worked closely with musicians, actors, and sound engineers to create an optimal learning environment--one in which music plays a critical role.
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The Culture of Imagine Learning Español

Learning about España In Imagine Learning Español, young students have a great time learning to read in Spanish. As students begin their learning paths, they listen to letter and syllable sounds, sing along to captivating songs, and build reading skills in activities made just for them. But most kids are less familiar with how Spanish is spoken around the world. They might think that every Spanish speaker sounds just like them! The designers of Imagine Learning Español want to help young readers of Spanish appreciate the wider world that surrounds them. With this goal in mind, Imagine Learning Español includes cultural activities featuring Spanish-speaking countries around the globe.
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Video: Imagine Español incorporates authentic cultural art and music

Imagine Learning turned some heads at the ALAS 9th Annual Summit on Hispanic Education in Miami this week. And what attendees heard—was music to their ears.
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ELs learn literacy through their native language

There appear to be at least two schools of thought about which language English learners (ELs) should be speaking at home. While some encourage parents of ELs to speak English with their children, Judie Haynes makes a convincing argument for parents speaking their first language at home, even while their children are learning English at school.
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