Many parents today prefer their children learn English. Most, however, face this issue of not knowing how or where to start. Many are afraid to make a commitment as they are worried their own English is not perfect. However, English for kids is not such an uphill task as it is made out to be. All that parents need is confidence in their approach and being enthusiastic about speaking and learning English. Children tend to pick up on parents enthusiasm from a very young age and will reflect same in their behaviour and approach to learning.
Having the correct expectation of how your child should learn is of paramount importance. Parents should not expect their children to start speaking perfect English immediately. Parents should give their children adequate time and not rush or make their children feel they have failed, patience being the key to the approach.
When approaching the task of teaching one’s child English, parents can avail themselves of many options. To illustrate, parents should establish a routine for learning English at home. It is best to have a series of short sessions frequently throughout the day, rather than to have one long session. Children at a young age tend to find long sessions tedious and as such the efficiency of learning can diminish. The duration of these sessions should start at approximately fifteen minutes for very young children and progress to longer durations as they grow up.
Another approach to teaching English to young children that can show positive results is to make the job fun and enjoyable. Flashcards are ideal for this purpose as parents can engage the child in games such as Memory, snap and happy families where children can learn new words and improve their vocabulary at the same time. Parents can also try action games, word games and board games. All of which are also available online, which in today’s technologically savvy environment, is an ideal approach as children are exposed to technology from a young age.
Options for teaching English for kids online are vast. The internet has many resources dedicated to teaching English and offers parents the unique ability to improve their English before imparting this knowledge to their children. One such unique resource is English Club TV. Parents can log on to www.tv-english.club and watch the myriad of shows available, all designed to improve English at various levels.