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Foreign Language For Your Child - 3 Language Tips
Let's first just talk about intelligence.
Foreign languages should be taught to a child in elementary school, if not before.
Whether your child is at that pre-school or elementary age, they will surely benefit from learning a foreign language.
What you can do for your childWhat can a parent do to get a child into a language with the least effort? Allow us to share 3 simple tips with you.
Findings published in various science journals suggest that children as young as 20 months is able to begin learning a foreign languages. If that is true, your child can begin to take in proper doses of the language even before he or she can utter tthe first word. Play a lullaby or a rythme or a song in a foreign language. It may be in Spanish or it may be in Portuguese. You will be surprised at how the child will marvel at the language without a frown.
We have all heard about flashcards. Whether we are learning a mother tongue or a foreign language, this tool has proven itself to be very useful. For young beginners, we suggest using cards that have interesting animal pictures on one side and the language equivalent word on the other. Besides animals, other objects of interests may also be used for this exercise.
Every child loves rewards for good effort. It makes learning fun. Add a little challenge to it as the child progresses, raise up the level as he or she progresses. And remember to encourage them with genuine words whether or not they do well is imprtant. While helping a child to learn a foreign language, id id important to keep the motivation level high. It will go a long way.
Where can I get language materials for my child
There is no lack of wonderful materials for learning a foreign language, and particularly for learning Spanish. Allow us to just introduce a few of them here.
For a child, injecting fun is crucial to learning. Engaging the child in funny stories and rythmes catches the attention and increases the span of learning.
"Cat In The Hat" is a silly book with a serious purpose — to help children recognize, remember, and really enjoy using a basic Spanish vocabulary of 1350 words.
Get it here
"Horton Hears Who?! First published in 1954, this classic story features a sensitive elephant Horton that one day hears a tiny sound coming from a dust mote. He listens very hard and finally discerns a plea for help. The kindhearted elephant gladly undertakes the role of saving the society of minuscule creatures who have made this dust mote their home because "una persona es una persona, por muy pequena que sea/for a person is a person, no matter how small." Check it out here.
Some of the above comes in VHS version as wekk.
For more choices of Spanish versions of Dr Seuss' books, click here.
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