Language learning continues to grow in importance as technology continues to move humanity forward. Today’s generations grow up in an ever increasing interconnected world. A world that comes with many beautiful cultures, experiences, and languages.
It is increasingly evident that having dominion over at least one of these languages can open up opportunities for them in the future.
Providing them with these tools, through language learning, can help them access the cultures related to their second language. Therefore, they can continue to grow as human beings and experience the world through that culture’s eyes.
Now you may be wondering, yes, I know of all the benefits but how do I tackle such big of a task?
There are many ways of doing this but the first step is to involve your children. Involve them in the process of language learning. Make it fun. Make it memorable. Make it their own.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin
Therefore, we have compiled a list of fun activities that you can do with your child as they get ready to go back to school.
Language Learning Tip: Speaking through Music
Incorporate fun songs into their daily lives. Use their commute times and create a dance party in Spanish, English, or any other language.
After all, music is all about patterns and languages are nothing but a list of patterns that we use to communicate.
Doing this will make it fun, engaging and something they can look forward to. In order to get you started, we have created two playlist with some fun songs. We created one in Spanish and one in English.
Language Learning Tip: Organizing Their Day
Giving them the tools to have control over their day gives them a sense of pride, power, and responsibility. If you incorporate a second language into this routine, they can easily associate the new vocabulary word with the world around them and their personal lives.
You can use this to help them get used to a school routine. Therefore, in order to get you started, here is a great resource that you can use.
Remember, consistency is what matters. So stick with it and you will definitely see results!
Language Learning Tip: Labeling the House
Another excellent way to incorporate languages is to make sure it is all around them. A good way of doing this is by labeling our house with the targeted language.
It is a a seamless way of incorporating the vocabulary into their day to day. Specially when you are getting ready to go back to school and are walking all around the house.
In addition, it is something they see everyday so they won’t lose it. Thus, here is a good resource to begin incorporating it into your homes!
We hope these resources help you get your child started with the routine of going back to school as they incorporate a new languages into their lives. It is an ever growing world, so let’s grow with it!