Children are naturally very curious, open-minded, spontaneous, and this is quite natural. Indeed, in the first years of their lives, they will have to get acquainted with the life around them, learn to walk, talk, interact with people, manipulate objects and many more important things.
It is to us, adults, that these actions seem simple and ordinary, but for children everything is new, discoveries happen every day. But in order to grasp and remember so much new information, special reserves of memory are needed. And children have them. Therefore, if you start learning English with a small child, then by school he will have a decent vocabulary, although he will take the learning process easily, no more seriously than an ordinary and understandable game for himself. And in the future, this knowledge will allow him to freely communicate, work, travel, be self-confident and successful in his career.
In other words, using the play activity natural for children, you can unobtrusively teach a child a foreign language, which will certainly be useful to him in adult life. At the same time, the process of learning English becomes more than just an activity. This is an exciting game using a series of thematic game situations, amazing riddles, bright funny pictures, beautiful audio recordings and a sea of positive emotions that new knowledge brings.
Basic principles of teaching children English
Teaching children should always be organized correctly, taking into account their age, perception, thinking, memory. If the child is interested, it will be very easy to instill a desire to learn English. So, the following basic principles must be observed:
Volunteering – a preschool child should not be forced to study. He should be carried away by a new, interesting game, so that he himself would want to do it. Interest is the main weapon in teaching children.
Motivation – it is still difficult for a child to explain that learning English is a very important and necessary activity. But smart parents can always come up with an interesting motive that will suit the child. For example, a new toy came from afar, from a foreign country and does not understand what we are talking about. To communicate with her, you need to use only English words.
Comfort – the child should feel confident, calm, in a group with his peers or next to one of the parents. If he is capricious or does not feel well, then it is better to postpone the lesson to another time.
Sequences and repetitions – you cannot give a child new knowledge in a chaotic manner. All material should be systematized by topic. And the classes are structured in such a way that each subsequent one provides for a repetition of the material already covered. Thus, new words and phrases will not be quickly forgotten, but will be strung like beads, remaining in the child’s memory for a long time.
A brief overview of the main methods of teaching children the English language
There are now a lot of methods of teaching English to children, as well as special literature. But, as practice shows, those that use the principles of natural, unconstrained presentation of new material have the highest results.
If you need English for young children, you can use the Glen Doman method (using a series of pictures with English words written on them). For kids from three years old, you can use the well-known Zaitsev cubes. After four years, children are already capable of project methods (a series of classes on one topic ends with a creative project). But instead of all this, you can use native techniques. They are good because they are suitable for almost any age, even for adults.
It is imperative to study English with children, and the earlier, the better, the easier it will be for the child to learn it at school. Play the right games with your kids! It’s simple, accessible, interesting, and extremely useful.