With almost 1.2 billion native speakers, roughly a billion of whom speak Mandarin — Chinese is the most spoken language in the world according to Ethnologue.
So when our daughter Alaya was born and we were deciding on a second language to teach her, we decided to begin with a language that one in six people in the world speak.
Alaya has been learning Mandarin Chinese since she was 14 months old. For the past 6 years of her Chinese immersion school experience, Alaya has successfully passed all of her academic requirements for her age group in the areas of speaking, reading, writing and the arts. Over the summer she has also attended a Chinese Summer STEAM program that combined academics with science, sports, discovery, and culture in a festive Mandarin immersion environment.