3 Ways to Help Raise Bilingual Children

3 Ways to Help Raise Bilingual Children

There’s no doubt about it – bilingualism is an admired trait these days. Anyone who’s bilingual becomes more attractive to employers in the global age, but learning a new language takes a considerable amount of time. Even if you aren’t fluent in a second language yourself, you can help your child become bilingual while learning a new language alongside them. Recent studies indicate that even exposure to a second language helps to improve a child’s social and cognitive skills.

language-videos-for-kidsVideos

Videos are a great way to get started with a new language because your child will start to hear the correct pronunciation of words. Fun and educational videos like the ones offered by Little Pim build a foundation in the new language, teaching some of the most basic words and phrases. Our program is designed to keep children interested as they learn the language, with short episodes starring our cute panda. After learning a few words, the storyline and characters helps them see the language in use. Visit our website to watch a demo video with your little ones.

Flashcard Games

When people think of flashcards, they might simply think about the “drill and kill” style of learning – simply showing the flashcards to the child and having the child say what they are. This can get boring, and most children will resist these methods. However, if you turn it into a game, it becomes a lot more exciting. For instance, spread the flashcards on the floor and have your child toss a beanbag. Your child then has to say what’s on the flashcard the beanbag landed on. Make this game harder by having your child use the word in a sentence.

heritage-languageExposure to Native Speakers

As your child’s language skills start to blossom, exposing him or her to native speakers – and opportunities to use his or her language skills in meaningful ways – is a fantastic way to solidify them. If you’re lucky enough to have family members that speak a foreign language, encourage them to only use that language around your child. If not, look for cultural groups in your city or consider taking a trip to a country where they speak the language your child is learning.

At Little Pim, we’re focused on helping young children learn new languages in fun ways. We offer Little Pim’s language learning program in 12 languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese, and English. Contact us to learn more about how our program can help your child learn a new language.