How to teach a child to speak english at home

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Did you know that yourkiddo’s young mind is wired to pick up new languages naturally?

Lucky them, huh! Us adults can have a tougher time getting a handle on new vocabulary.

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This is why it’s ideal lớn introduce a second language early, even while they’re still learning English.

Giving your child a motivating, fun environment and activities khổng lồ learn new words will help boost the cognitive milestones they hit in those early learning stages.

Let’s take a look at some easy-peasy ways lớn nurture your child’s second language development at home from bubs to8 years old.

Play-based learning activities (Babies - 4 years)

Play is the universal language of kids and plays (pardon the pun) an incredibly important role in helping your child learn new words và phrases. If you missed my article about play-based learning, I recommend checking it out over here.

Play helps develop listening skills, the ability to lớn follow directions, develop vocabulary and social skills - like sharing.

Talk through what you & your child are doing during playtime, introducing new vocabulary along the way.

You can build play into everyday activities và create an opportunity to use the target language, making a game out of getting dressed, playing with different utensils when prepping food, or bath time.If you"re looking for practical ideas on how khổng lồ get started, make sure youget your hands onmy không tính phí guide: How khổng lồ Teach Your Kids a Second Language: Even If You"re Not Fluent

In our weekly language lessons, I follow a step by step guide thatincludes a 30 minute play-based lesson plans in our Cultured home programs designed specifically lớn develop language skills.

And P.S - we’ve received awesome feedback from parents about our lesson plans, so kiểm tra them out!

Get moving! (3 - 4 years)

This is a great activity lớn nurture the development of action words - and burn off extra energy!

Basically, you gọi out the action RUN! JUMP! CLAP! SPIN! inyour target language and then do the action together. A good game to play outside.

Create a learning space (3 - 6 years)

The learning environment is called the third teacher in the Reggio Emilia approach to lớn learning & creating a stimulating space at trang chủ where your kiddo can play is important.

Now, I love Pinterest inspo as much as the next mum, but you definitely don’t have khổng lồ create a Pinterest-worthy playroom or space. It just needs khổng lồ be simple và functional with a happy vibe!

Your space might include -

A mini library

A collection of a few age-appropriate books in the target language và a chair or bean bag lớn get comfy reading in.

A play area

This could be an area with a small table và a shelf holding toys that are sorted into plastic tubs.

You can label the tubs with images và words in English và the second language; for example Animals / Animali (Italian) for the plastic bin of farm animals.

Tools to lớn create art

Keep an art caddy with basic materials for your child to bởi simple activities lượt thích worksheets for coloring, drawing and tracing words.

Through coloring, toddlers develop their fine motor skills, which is helpful when it’s time to learn how khổng lồ write.

You want to create an inviting space that your child wants khổng lồ come lớn - yep, this means it’s gonna need khổng lồ be somewhere close khổng lồ the kích hoạt (ie - you) otherwise it won’t be used.

Keep up a constant narrative (Babies - 2 years)

For bubs through lớn little toddlers, talking through what you’re doing, even though they won’t talk (coherently!) back, is important khổng lồ give them as much language exposure as possible. Use the same sentences when doing routine activities lượt thích getting dressed.

If you’re a non-native speaker, translate the common words & phrases you need và begin to lớn use them - your bub won’t be the only one learning a new language!

Choose toys that support language development (1 to 4 years)

Oh my, there are so many awesome toys out there that can help you teach your child a new language. Here are a few tried và true favourites I love to recommend-

Duplo

Toys don’t get much more classic than Duplo - Legos bigger brother. These blocks are great for freewheeling imaginative play và the chance to introduce new words to describe what your toddler is doing. The bright colours of the blocks are also perfect for introducing colours in the new language.

Schleich Animals

These animal figurines are brilliant for independent play & particularly for learning animal names in the new language.

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Grimm’s Blocks

Grimm’s blocks are gorgeous. These natural toys are well renowned educational toys used extensively in kindergartens và by speech & occupational therapists.

Activities with a clear beginning, middle, và end, are great too. Things like wooden puzzles, shape sorters, stacking rings, và simple sorting activities.

Label things around the house (4 -8 years)

This is a tip for the older kids, 4 to8 years. Putting labels on things they see regularly is a great way khổng lồ help them memorise new words in the target language.

Label stuff lượt thích the fridge, mirror, furniture, appliances, electronics, and toys. If you’re not a native speaker yourself, this is a handy way for you lớn pick up new vocabulary too!

Make vocabulary ‘drills’ fun with flashcards (3 -8 years)

High repetition vocab drills definitely play a role in learning new words và phrases - the problem with repetitive learning activities though is kids can get bored of them really quickly.

Unless you make them interesting with super fun flashcards! That’s one of the reasons I created our Cultured trang chủ illustrated flashcard packs, lớn bring awesomeness back to lớn word ‘drills’.

Create a routine for learning time with flashcards, it might be 10 minutes in the morning after breakfast or at night before bedtime. You can show the card & make up sentences using the words that are relevant khổng lồ your child.

One Person One Language Method (Babies -8 years)

If you or your partner are native-speakers, you can use one of the most common strategies for raising bilingual kids - the ‘one person, one language’ method.

Basically, each parent consistently speaks a different language khổng lồ the child. You might speak native Spanish with your child, while your partner speaks with them in English.

This method is widely recognised as one of the best ways to lớn teach a child two languages from birth because it ensures your child has regular exposure to both languages.

Have a daily ‘foreign language’ mix time at trang chủ (3 -8 years)

This is one’s for the native-speaking mamas. Mix a time each day, the same time, where you only speak in the target language to lớn your kiddos.

The idea is lớn have natural conversations, rather than structured lessons. It’s just you and them going about your usual activities but switching from English to the target language.

Non-native mamas, you can phối up a specific daily time too, but it would be more lesson / activity-based, rather than just talking.

Use oto time for video clip language engagement(2 -8 years)

Video lessons / watching content in the target language is important for your child khổng lồ get enough exposure to the native tongue if you don’t speak the language yourself.

I think oto time is a great opportunity lớn play some videos on a device và keep your kiddos entertained & learning while you’re running errands - và is one of the main reasons we created our đoạn clip language lessons - so you can play them on the go or at home!

Get out và explore different cultural events (All ages!)

Travelling overseas with your kids is an incredible learning experience for language exposure. But, if the budget doesn’t quite stretch lớn a paella fuelled family trip to lớn Barcelona (*sigh) no worries!

It’s as easy as googling ‘cultural events / festivals in __________’ khổng lồ find a festival celebrating another culture in your city.

Eating in a restaurant that serves traditional food or checking out museum exhibits that showcase cultures around the world is also a great way to create a cultural experience without jumping on a plane.

I hope these tips have started to get you excited about just what"s possible with your kids và help you take that next step.

For practical resources and a plan khổng lồ move forward week in and our, make sure you kiểm tra out The Cultured home + The Cultured Classroom - weekly language lessons that help you introduce a foreign language at home - particularly for those who don"t speakthe language themselves!

Au revoir!

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