I always assumed I would raise my children to speak Spanish and English. I didn’t think about it much, because it is the way I was raised. With that assumption, however, came the ignorance of the many complications and difficulties I would face. Like I always say, raising children to speak multiple languages takes work! It also takes planning and support.
Teaching the Parts of The Facein Spanish with a fun language activity (Free printable)
Experience is the best teacher. The more children hear, see and do; the more they will learn. One of the best ways to teach language is to create engaging and fun experiences in which children can use all of their five senses.
Kid’s have one job to do: Play. It’s the most important thing they do in order to learn and develop. Many of us adults underestimate the value of it. When kid’s play they learn to foster relationships, get along with each other, settle disputes, self-regulate, problem solve, use their imaginations, and of course, they are learning language.
We have all heard how kids are brilliant at learning new languages. Their brains are wired to do just so and the earlier they learn a new language, the greater the likelihood they will achieve native status in it. But if it’s so easy for them to learn, then why don’t more children speak multiple languages? Why do so many second and third generation children of immigrants not speak the native language of their parents?