Learning a different language as a child is far easier than doing it as an adult. It might seem daunting but children pick it up very quickly! You’ve heard the expression that a child is like a sponge? Well, it’s true. They soak up all of that knowledge and they flourish. Learning Spanish or French is actually very easy if you have the right resources.
Child development and learning languages
Often people think that it’s harder for a child to learn multiple languages at a young age and be bilingual; the truth of the matter is exposing them to different sounds/accents is actually very beneficial and much MUCH easier than trying to learn another language as an adult! I’ve met multiple bilingual children in my many years of working with children and it is such an amazing thing to witness if I’m honest. I wish I would have learnt another language from a young age too!
Key areas of development:
- Variations of sounds, pitches of the voice
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Expressions and emotions/communication skills
- Problem solving
- Literacy skills
- Mathematical skills
We have come across many resources to help children learn languages, but I must admit that this one is quite superior; I even found myself learning new words in a different language! The book eases you into the language with one or two main words being replaced for Spanish. The further along you go into the book, the more Spanish words you start to understand.
I really do love the way that One Third Stories have developed these books; and along with the flash cards of colours and simple phrases it is a winner for us. Leo has taken a interest in both the books and the flash cards for learning Spanish; he’s found it really easy to get his head around because at the end of the day it is a story book, and it has caught his attention from the start.
The book came nicely packaged and straight (we all know how annoying it is getting a bent or folded book through the letter box!). What we received in our pack was:
- The book itself
- Colour and useful word cards
- Activity book
- Build a dinosaur kit
Where to get yours
One Third Stories featured on dragons den, did you see them? The books are aimed at children aged 4 to 9 years and come in either French or Spanish. We opted for learning Spanish, mainly because by the end of my school years I was sick to the back teeth of French. Even though Leo can’t read yet, he has found the book intriguing and often asks me to read it (even though I’m probably useless at pronouncing the words correctly).
Do you know any bilingual children?
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