Many researches have shown that introducing a child from an early age to foreign languages allows a better understanding, learning and improves a range of skills such as concentration, multitasking or problem solving. More and more parents now wish to teach their children a foreign language but aren’t sure where to start. Luckily for you, it’s fairly easy to find resources on the internet nowadays. Here’s 7 ways to teach your child a language effectively:
Music is one of the only activities that uses the whole brain. We seem to memorise song lyrics faster than a regular text. Children’s music contains simple rhyming words with a repetitive pattern that makes it extremely easy for children to remember new vocabulary. In other words it’s addictive! We actually had many parents telling us their kids sing our songs all day long! So it’s definitely worth a try. Why not start with checking out our YouTube Channel! All our songs are available there.
The internet is an unlimited, free resource for language learning. There’s many printable activities available online for any language and any level. But sometimes there’s just so much available that it’s hard to know where to start. That's why we have created a pack of free educational resources where you will find a narrated story in English a Spanish, a choreography, painting by numbers and many other fun activities. Click here to get our resource pack.
We know how hard it can be to get your children to read a book but it's so important to encourage them to read books from an early age. When buying a book to learn Spanish, it's important that it's not only a vocabulary book but also that it tells a story that your children can engage with. This is why when creating our book Learn Spanish with Pepe, we focused on introducing singing amigos your child can build a connection with so that it encourages your child to be motivated to practise Spanish through songs and stories, allowing you to join your child’s adventures and have a bonding experience. We also included easy to learn vocabulary that will make your child quickly excel.
I also recommend checking out ReadConmigo. They offer a great selection of free children’s ebooks in English and Spanish as well as many other great tools to learn Spanish.
Sometimes we just need some extra help! Language classes aren’t as boring as they used to be. Nowadays , there’s so many options available. Teachers come up with inventive methods to make language-learning much more fun! Our lessons are filled with games, drama, music, kids are always entertained and never know what to expect. They learn without realising it. It makes lessons much more exciting and your little ones will look forward to going to class! We usually work in nurseries and schools (check out this page for more information) but we’re also now available online!
When beginning to learn a language it can be overwhelming to learn new vocabulary. This is why we recommend focusing on one topic at a time to avoid any confusion. Here’s some ideas if you’re not sure where to start:
The list is endless! It’s time to get creative!
Learning doesn’t have to be boring. Children learn more when they are entertained and stimulated. If you’re tired of seeing your children playing video games without learning anything, try to switch those games for some based on language learning. I’d recommend you check out rockalingua, spanish-games and spanishplayground, they have a wide variety that should be enough to occupy your children for some time.
If you’re not familiar with the language yourself then find someone that’s a native speaker in your inner circle. If you don’t know any native speaker, you can organise playdates with a child that speaks the language, hire a student to speak a few hours a week with your child. You can also hire a bilingual nanny or babysitter. Hiring an au pair is also something many parents consider and that I will talk about in a future post. If you’re interested, here’s an useful link to find the perfect Au pair and a facebook group with great au pairs. Learning a language at home is great but you won’t see actual improvement unless your child is able to practice with a native speaker.
To sum up, no one says this will be an easy path. Teaching your children a new language is always a bit complicated but the earlier they start, the better it will be for them in the future. By doing these efforts now, you’re helping them in tremendous ways. Believe in yourself and your abilities and you’ll do just fine. If you think i’ve forgotten something, you can always add new points in the comments and contribute to our community.