Learning a foreign language is not just for high schoolers! We can get a head start on being more fully prepared in language study if we can encourage our younger children to begin foreign language study earlier.
I am not talking about pressuring our children to be superstar brainiacs. I am just talking about getting more out of language study. To be honest, when I was in high school I took three years of Spanish. You would think after all that time that I would be able to speak the language fluently. Yet, I can't.
I encourage younger children to begin language learning, simply to get more out of their language study. If they can get an early start they will be able to invest more in their study and become fluent. There really is no point to studying a language if you don't intend to fluently speak the language. Introducing your child to a language program like Rosetta Stone and foreign language games when they are in fifth grade can make a huge difference in the long run!