English for preschoolers
English for preschoolers is one of the educational offers of many educational institutions. Parents often wonder whether to enroll their children for these classes. They ask themselves many questions. Is your child too young to learn foreign languages? Isn't sending your child to preschool English a waste of money? What will your toddler learn from the language lessons? The pre-school years are the best time to start familiarizing your child with a foreign language. Toddlers quickly learn the basics of English, because they learn a foreign language "by the way", naturally.
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1. From when did I enroll my child in English?
Research shows that preschoolers are the ones who have the greatest abilities to use the parts of the brain involved in learning languages. English in kindergarten is a good start for your toddler to become familiar with the language. There is no concern that early learning a foreign language will negatively affect your child's speech development. The native language, i.e. the one used by the parents and which the toddler uses every day, will not be mistaken for any other child, and the speech will develop properly.
Admittedly, children of bilingual parents showed a slightly later speech development than children of monolingual parents. This is most likely due to the fact that the brains of such children need more time to segregate the acquired knowledge and separate the meanings of the words of one language from another. However, children raised in multilingual families tend to be better at learning. About 80% of the learning ability develops before the age of eight, and contact with two languages at once helps to improve the child's brain. In preschool age, the development of the main nervous tract, the so-called synapses - connections between neurons, or nerve cells. The more there are, the better the child's memory develops, as well as the ability to associate and think logically.
2. How to choose English classes for a preschooler?
Parents should be careful when choosing English classes. It can be English in kindergarten - then there is a possibility of interference, if the classes are not conducted reliably. It is also a good idea to learn English at a foreign language school or private English for a group of little ones. For private teaching, talk to friends who have children of similar age - it is then easier to form a suitable group.
English for preschoolers should be taught through play - otherwise the children will not want to learn and will react with boredom or unruly behavior. Parents should not stop at the assurances of the teacher conducting the classes or the preschool management. It is worth attending a child's language lessons at least once as an observer. Inefficient classes, although maybe cheaper, do not make sense. It should be noted whether the teacher is able to take control of the children in the group, is able to attract their attention, and has good contact with them. The teacher should alternate different types of activities: listening, singing, playing, drawing, etc.
English classes for children should also enable children to use learning aids, such as boards, puzzles, boards, etc. The greater the educational offer and the better experience of teachers in working with children, the more effective learning a foreign language becomes. Besides, groups of children should not be big. Group classes with up to eight children bring the best results. If there are too many groups in preschool English, a suggestion should be made to divide them. In a team of fifteen to twenty people, a child may be bored and will not benefit much from the lessons. The teacher will not even notice the active participation in the activities of each child separately. However, it is too early for individual English classes at preschool age.
3. How to motivate a child to learn English?
The parent's activity and interest help motivate a toddler to learn English. If your learning involves listening to a song from a CD, completing a coloring book or making a drawing, make sure your toddler does it. Such tasks are an integral part of science and a condition for its effectiveness. A few-year-olds can listen to the album while driving a car, after playing or before going to sleep. However, these tasks should not be treated as boring duty, but as fun. Tell your child that you would like to listen to the CD with him and ask him to show you what he is doing in class to the tune of the song.
If you ask a young child what they learn in English, they usually cannot answer. This does not mean that the classes do not give him anything. If your toddler doesn't sing in English, recite poems, or repeat words, don't worry. Knowledge is coded in the head and will pay off over time. Some preschoolers take longer to start speaking individual English words on their own. Once your child starts talking, remember not to point out mistakes. This can only discourage your little one from learning. If a child likes the first language lessons, he or she has a chance to make friends with English for life. It is important not to take any breaks in learning English. Maintaining the child's acquired skills in the further years of education allows you to take full advantage of the knowledge acquired in kindergarten.