When children have a bilingual experience in their earliest years, they have increased problem-solving ability. But how can you provide this bilingual instruction to your child when you don’t speak a foreign language?
How Kids Learn Best
Studies that show young kids can learn foreign language easier than adults. Even children as young as 0-3 are ready to experience a second language.
The benefits that come with learning a second language are amazing:
- Increased problem-solving skills
- Critical thinking improvement
- Better listening skills
- Improved memory
- Better concentration
- Enhanced creativity
Researchers of an English-language program in Madrid, Spain, found that in just 1 hour of play-based instruction per day, children in this program showed five times higher gains than kids who were in the standard bilingual instruction classes.
According to Patricia Kuhl, co-director of I-LABS and a University of Washington professor of speech and hearing sciences, “Science indicates that babies’ brains are the best learning machines ever created, and that infants’ learning is time-sensitive. Their brains will never be better at learning a second language than they are between 0 and 3 years of age.”
Young children learn a second language best when their experience is play-based, includes games, and has a natural in-context learning. These traits are the same methods you would use to naturally teach your toddler to speak English.
So if you want your children to be the best at gaining competency with a second language, then the earlier you start, the better. In fact, the best time to learn a second language is before the age of six.
But what kinds of programs are available for monolingual parents to use with their kids? The Cultured Home Language Program was made for you!
What is the Cultured Home Language Program
The Cultured Home Language Program is a subscription membership that serves families by providing high quality foreign language learning to young children.
You will receive a new lesson every week, which includes immersive video lessons, play based lesson plans, phonetic flashcards, and activity sheets.
Simply carve out 5 minutes each day to watch the video and do some activities to reinforce the new vocabulary. You’ll be surprised how much fun learning a new language can be!
With a subscription to the Cultured Home Language Program, you can choose from any of these languages:
- Chinese Mandarin
This innovative program provides a gentle approach to teaching a foreign language to your elementary aged kids.
Best of all, you can give it a try for only $1. You will get access to your very first language lesson bundle for a week and see if it works for your kids.
If you continue on with the subscription for just $29/month, you’ll get four brand new language lesson bundles each month. That means you get one new lesson a week and work on those particular vocabulary words and expressions for the whole week. The whole program is done at your pace. And the activities and lesson plans are done for you! There’s no guesswork, and you can confidently use it even if you don’t speak the language.
More resources for teaching foreign language
If you’re interested in learning more, then check out these links:
- Podcast interview with Shannon Kelly of The Cultured Kid
- The Bilingual Revolution: 4 Part Free Video Series
- FREE GUIDE – How to Teach Your Kids a Second Language (Even If You’re Not Fluent)
- 7 day trial of the Cultured Home language program
Abby is a former public school teacher, now homeschooling her five children. She’s in the trenches just like you and knows it can be challenging to be home with your kids all day while you struggle to keep up with the housework and educate your kids (and maybe even work on the side!). She blogs over at www.4onemore.com and hosts the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.