Children who learn a second language at an early age learn faster and easier, exhibit improved problem solving skills and connect with other cultures. When children are young, they absorb everything they hear, leading to rapid language skill development. Here are our best tips on teaching your child a second language during early childhood.
At two and three years old, children increase their vocabulary and begin recognizing speech patterns. In fact, their ability to hear different pronunciations is sharpest before age three. Exposing your child to a second language now gives them a better opportunity to become fluent.
Teach One Word at a Time
If you don’t want to enroll your child in formal lessons, you can introduce a new language to your child one word at a time. If your child learns a new word in english, be sure to tell them what the word translates to in the second language.
Use Additional Resources
There are many free or affordable resources to aid your child as they learn a second language. Books, music and videos can all expose your child to a new language in unique ways. If someone you know can speak the child’s second language, have them speak it around them. Children who hear another language in a casual environment begin to pick up on common words or phrases faster.
Have Reasonable Expectations
Although children can learn a new language faster than adults, it is still a slow process. Be patient with your child and celebrate with them as they improve their second language. At the Kangaroo Forest, our students enjoy spending time learning Spanish. To learn more about our curriculum, visit our website.