Being multilingual can help children feel confident, especially while interacting with children from other cultural backgrounds.
New languages are much easier to learn during childhood because the brain is still developing, and hence, it’s much easier to and retain information. You can use the following methods to teach your kids a new language:
Children pick up a new language through repetition and active participation. Parents can apply this learning approach at home by first conversing in English and then repeating the same in another language. Children require practice to learn new words, and repetition offers that.
Research suggests that children learn 12% more through repetition because it helps them strengthen their memory, gives them confidence, and improves brain connections that make them learn faster.
A child’s brain is developed during the first five years, and you have to teach them how to make connections between each word through repetition so they can build a strong learning foundation.
2. Physical Demonstration
Another way to make children learn another language is through physical demonstration. When parents associate physical gestures with words, it makes it easier for children to comprehend that word. You can also point at different pictures while teaching them a new word so that they can better understand that word.
3. Fun Engaging Activities
Parents can make the whole learning experience fun for their children by engaging them in activities they like. For example, if a child enjoys camping, you can take a storybook in a foreign language and teach them while camping. They can also play their children’s favorite games, such as hide and seek while counting in a foreign language.
Organize cognitively stimulating activities so that your children can experience a foreign language rather than just being exposed to it through boring repetition.
Whether you want your children to communicate with your other family members living in a foreign country or to make them watch their favorite cartoon without subtitles, including a foreign language in their learning routine has several cognitive and social advantages.