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Pair these FREE educator-developed printable activities with your favorite Encantos videos, books, and songs to help your child develop critical reading, writing, math, and social emotional learning skills. Plus, check out our Tips for Grown-ups to help reinforce the teachable moments in each lesson.

Dec 01, 2021 - 6 min read

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21st century skills: How to Prepare our Kids for an Ever-Changing World

Nuria Santamaría Wolfe

All parents want to prepare their kids for the future, whatever it may hold. But given how quickly the world is changing, how do we make sure we help our kids learn what they need to succeed in the 21st century?

All parents want to prepare their kids for the future, whatever it may hold. But given how quickly the world is changing, how do we make sure we help our kids learn what they need to succeed in the 21st century? As technology continues to evolve faster and faster, new careers are created and legacy jobs are eliminated all the time. With so much uncertainty about what jobs will be available in the future, children need to be taught a set of skills that will help them succeed, no matter what the future of our technology-driven, digitally-connected, global society looks like.  

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s 2016 report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology, the gap between the skills kids are learning and the skills they actually need, is widening. Now more than ever, they need to learn 21st century skills.

The term “21st century skills” refers to a set of core competencies that educators believe are critical for students to thrive. These skills include things like creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, compassion, resilience, and cultural awareness. These skills are different from traditional academic skills, which are primarily knowledge-based content.

At Encantos, we group 21st century skills in three categories:
1. Literacy: core skills & knowledge,
2. Learning: ability to solve complex problems, and
3. Life: dispositions for approaching an ever-changing world.

Our brands, including Canticos, Tiny Travelers, and Skeletina, were all designed with these competencies at their core. Canticos products help preschoolers develop creativity,  second language, and social-emotional and cultural awareness skills through stories and songs inspired by nursery rhymes. Tiny Travelers helps parents raise global citizens by exposing them to world cultures and building civics, cultural, environmental, and language skills. Skeletina was designed to teach kids all about grit, perseverance, and other social-emotional skills.

Check out the Encantos brands which come to life through digital tools (video, audio), and physical tools (books, toys, games) to support your child on his/her journey to become a 21st century citizen of the world.

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Ask a Bilingual Expert

Raising a bilingual child? On this page, our very own Director of Learning Design and Efficacy, Sophia Espinoza, addresses some of the most common questions, concerns, and curiosities around the benefits of bilingualism. Get the scoop below!

Sophia Espinoza is a career educator and curriculum designer with seven years of experience teaching in private and independent schools across the country. She is an expert in 21st-century education, including technologically-powered personalization, multilingual and multicultural curriculums, and social-emotional learning.

Sophia began teaching in Chicago Public Schools through Chicago Teaching Fellows, learning to support both English Language Learners and students with neurodiverse needs. Among her proudest accomplishments is launching the AltSchool Spanish Immersion Program, with the mission of creating bilingual global citizens who are socially conscious and environmentally aware. Sophia holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and M.A.Ed. from Dominican University.

Benefits of Bilingualism (FAQs):

Any advice on managing two Spanish dialects in the household? Does this cause confusion for kids?

What do you recommend if I’m not completely fluent and my child’s school doesn’t have an immersion class?

Do you recommend teaching different subjects in different languages? For example, the solar system in English and the days of the week in Spanish? Or is it better for kids to try to learn in both languages all the time?

We speak Spanish and English in our home but my child almost always answers or talks back in English. How can I go about encouraging her to respond and speak more in Spanish?

Should I set aside time or create activities for each language or is it okay to mix them both together?

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