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Research has shown that children exposed to a foreign language before the age of 6, demonstrate superior reading and writing skills compared to children that are monolingual. We have also learned that children have an easier time acquiring a new language before the age of 6. Research is continually being done to show the benefits of early immersion in a foreign language~ you can read about the research into raising bilingual children, why formal language teaching is not needed, and even read about the neuroscience behind learning a foreign language.
All that sounds great right?…….. except for I can hear you saying to yourself “But I only speak one language~ which makes it kind of hard to teach my child”.
Many public schools offer foreign language classes and there are many pricey language immersion schools available……but the critical period is before 3. Little Pim is an amazing foreign language program geared for children 0-6, to help you as a non foreign language speaking parent take advantage of the early years to teach your children a foreign language. Little Pim uses the Entertainment Immersion method to teach your child a foreign language through great videos, books, and flash cards.
Little Pim offers complete sets of the language of your choice with 11 to choose from, or you can purchase individually. My husband is of German descent(and his Mother is fluent in German) so we were excited to try the German kit! While this is geared for ages 0-6~ my older kids love to watch these with the little ones and “teach” them the words they have been learning in our homeshool language program. Little do they know, they are just reinforcing the lessons we have gone over(hehehe).
I love that the Little Pim videos are “themed”. The themes including In My home, Eating and Drinking, and Playtime allow children to see similarities between words and allow me to focus on that area on a daily basis as well. The videos are entertaining, perfectly paced, and simply animated. My toddler was enthralled.
As with all educational DVD’s for babies and toddlers, they are meant to be used WITH a parent. The girls enjoy pausing the movie and going to find a similar item in the house. We also match the German flash cards to the items in the DVD, and of course call Oma to discuss our newly acquired words. Through repetition, the girls are starting to learn and use their German words~ score! And just like that early introduction is complete! Little Pim DVD’s include over 360 new words for your child to learn~ and it only takes 500 words to be considered conversational in your new language!
Now that you see how easy it can be to teach your child a foreign language ~ read through our list of 5 easy ways to teach a foreign language to your child~ and apply and share!
1) Use technology to your advantage!
Our children are constantly surrounded my technology- we should use it in every educational way possible! Use Little Pim DVD’s to jump start their foreign language vocabulary. Seek out shows on your local television that incorporate a foreign language such as Dora, Maya and Miguel, and Kai-Lan. Search Youtube for fun videos of songs in your language choice. Their of course are TONS of great foreign language apps for kids- Little Pim has apps for Leap pad and ipad!
2) Let them HEAR it!
Check your local library for “Learn Spanish” etc cd’s. We have a wide selection of cd’s with music, stories, and learning programs that we keep in the car or play around the house. The kids love to listen and try to guess what’s going on.
3) Let them SEE it!
Just last month, I was able to score 12 dual language books from the Target $1 bin. While Spanish is much easier to find, look at your local bookstore, library, or Ebay for dual language books or just books in any foreign language. Flash Cards also make a great way to teach one word at a time and can easily be found! Little Pim has flashcards in 11 different languages. Once you have introduced a new word~ use it on a daily basis. Try labeling the objects in your house with your new foreign language words so the children will see it and relate the object and word together.
4) Immerse in the culture!
There is no better way to learn a language than to be surrounded by it. Seek out local foreign language classes or groups for children, attend local restaurants from that country and interact with staff, or attend local festivals for that country. Buy books on the culture, the land, and how kids live. The more your child sees the more he will be interested!
5) Make it a Priority!
As a homeschool mom, I am responsible for choosing our curriculum~ so I made it a point to set out a specific amount of time to dedicate to learning German. There are countless home teaching foreign language programs available- so choose the one that is perfect for you! I found many resources for FREE online- like coloring pages, flash cards, worksheets and more! Check out these foreign language teaching ideas to see some great freebies!
That wasn’t too hard was it 🙂
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