Your child is taking Language Stars classes and loving every minute of it. Fun and learning go hand in hand, so progressing toward becoming bilingual comes naturally. It's obvious kids love to come to class, but as a busy parent, how can you support this learning at home?
As a parent, you know that learning a foreign language is a skill that will benefit your child throughout their life. You want to build on the momentum gained in the classroom by providing resources and opportunities for your child at home. Even if you don't speak the language yourself, you can continue the educational experience with a few fun ideas.
Children of all ages are naturally drawn to music. This is an awesome learning opportunity as well, because it lets students hear words being spoken by native speakers. Plus, music provides important cultural insights to help kids better understand diversity.
Visit your local library to explore the world music section. Allow your child to check out a few different CDs of interest and watch them rock out. Music streaming can offer free and easy access to countless musical offerings. For example, check out TOP Latino Songs from Spotify.
TV and movies
Encourage your kids to watch TV? Yes! When it's in a different language they are studying, watching a TV show or movie is a fantastic learning opportunity. Why? Listening to native speakers interact helps train the ear to proper pronunciation and cadence. When a child hears this consistently, they are more likely to mimic it when they try to speak the language.
Your local library again is a good resource to pick up movies in different languages. Ask a librarian to help if you need to request specific items be transferred to your home location. In addition, your cable company might offer a low-cost add-on in specific languages, such as Telemundo (for older kids and adults) or Disney Channel Spain (for younger kids and preteens). Netflix allows you to search movies in different languages and YouTube contains a treasure trove of language channels.
As the ears are working hard absorbing a new language through radio and TV, you can also entice the eyes with some authentic books that are read by native speakers. Check out your local library or ask your Language Stars teacher for recommendations. They may even have a few books that your family can borrow for a while!
Another good resource is the International Children's Digital Library. It's easy to search by country or keyword. You can even access a list of award-winning books in numerous languages with just a few clicks of the mouse. Best yet, obtaining a virtual library card is free.
These three simple ideas will help underscore the language learning your child is enjoying in the classroom. What's more, they are a lot of fun, so kids won't even realize they are learning!
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