Anxiety is can sometimes be justified, and especially when children are involved; Parents often worrying about their children’s future. Many questions arise: will their child be able to be independent one day? Will their children be able to meet the world’s many challenges? Can they as the parents do more to help their kids? These concerns are all natural and healthy for any parent who loves their child. However, you can take a step to ease your anxiety by investing in your child’s future, and teaching your children a new language.
Teaching a new language and increasing the child’s intelligence
Learning a new language is a very worthwhile endeavor for children, as it promotes mental development, and can benefit them for the rest of their lives. This is proven by scientific research which shows that learning a second language enhances problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills, and improves a child’s ability to listen, memorize, focus, and multitask.
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Children who are fluent in other languages also show signs of creativity and mental flexibility which in turn have a direct impact on a child’s education and future. Compared to those who don’t have additional language skills, bilingual children have improved academic skills, and generally score higher in tests. This provides more opportunities in the future and give them a head start in life.
Additionally, children who have been exposed early to other languages show more positive attitudes towards cultures associated with those languages. The experience of learning the language introduces them to a world in ways they may not have imagined before, making them more agreeable and easier to get along with.
When do I start teaching my child a new language?
You may think that your child is too young to learn a new language, as they can barely speak their native language, But studies show that it’s easiest for children to be introduced to new languages before the age of five.
Children who learn another language before five use the same part of the brain to acquire that second language they do to learn their native language. Younger learners are also not hampered by the fear of making mistakes, which is sometimes an obstacle for older beginners.
Contrary to popular belief, your children will not confuse their languages one foreign but rather be able to differentiate them surprisingly well.
How do I teach my child a new language?
There are many ways to learn a new language, but often the best way for a child is the funnest. Many will find, that in most cases it’s nearly impossible to make a child learn at any age unless the method is desirable to the child. One of my personally favorite ways is to read stories. Stories are an integral part of our lives, as we all grew up reading and listening to stories during the day or even just before bedtime.
Reading stories can grab a child’s attention and stimulate focus and imagination as they follow the story’s events. But how do you teach a child different languages with stories?
The answer is the children’s book “The Cat, The Fish, and The Waiter.” Follow a simple waiter in Paris as he tries to find a lost cat and a fish that friends had trusted him with. Can he find the animals?
Along with the mystery and fun suspense of the actual story, each paragraph of the story is beautifully translated into three languages: English, French, and Arabic or your choice of up to 14 other languages other than Arabic.