The earlier your children start learning English, the better they will become at it. However, as parents you may have no ideas as to how to help your children with English. The rule of thumb that you should bear in mind is, no matter how keenly you push them to learn English, if the interest doesn’t come from inside, there is no way they will succeed in the long haul. So, your role as parents is to plant the seeds and let their interests sprout at its own speed, rather than forcing them to study. Over time and with practice they will learn to love the language naturally. Below are some ideas for your inspiration:
Children at any age can read. All you have to do is to take them to the library, let them choose their own books, and read with them. Reading may seem boring and tedious for some. But with your patience and love, you can turn it into rewarding communication sessions. Reading will then become an interesting activity which your children love embracing. Besides, letting them reading books they find an interest in, such as pets, sea life and gardening, would also make reading more welcome for them.
Writing and reading are interrelated. If your children love reading, it won’t be long before they will pick up a pen to write. Reading definitely helps nurture a child’s interest in writing. To develop your children’s writing skills, you can ask them to do some writing exercise. Keeping a diary is a good habit to start with.
With the help of the Internet, doing listening exercises can’t be easier. The abundance of English learning sites makes it especially convenient for parents to dig out learning materials for their children. There are podcasts, videos, and audio books available on the Internet for your selection. Even if you can’t find anything suitable for your children on the Internet, the local library and bookstores also come handy.
English speaking opportunities are everywhere. Whether you are at home, shopping in the grocery store, or on the way to school, you can speak with your children in English and get them familiar with vocabulary and expressions used in different contexts. To get some fun out of speaking English, sing songs with them. Your children can learn new words by singing different songs. Other than these, you can get your children enrolled in a speaking course to help them learn the language in a formal setting.
If your children don’t show the progress as you think they should, don’t be frustrated. It takes time and patience to learn English. Just get them started and do your best.