How you can start teaching your child English at home

Give your little one a head start by teaching them English at home.

Many parents want to start teaching their child English but don’t know how. Your English doesn’t have to be perfect. You just need to be enthusiastic and give your child a lot of encouragement and praise. Your child will pick up your enthusiasm for the language. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t start speaking English right away. Children are natural language learners. Be patient and they will begin to speak in their own time.

Learning is Fun When It Is Told Though a Story

Kids have vivid and visual imaginations. Use storybooks to entice their imaginations. Children love books with bright colours. Point at the pictures as you say the words. You can ask your child ‘Where is the red bird?’ After a while you can encourage them to say the words by asking “What’s that?’ Your child will become familiar with the stories and the words and phrases they learn.

Play Games

Children learn naturally when they are having fun. There are many ways to make learning English playful.Matching games like memory, boardgames and action games are a great way to play with your child while teaching them English. Narrative your actions when playing a memory game and describe the items in the pictures.

Establish a Routine

Children love structure and routine. Children are more comfortable and confident when they know what to expect. Create an English routine with your child. Its’s better to have short frequent sessions rather than long, infrequent ones. For young children 15 minutes of English is often enough. As your child becomes more comfortable with the language you can increase the duration. Read an English story to your child at bedtime, or play an English game with your child at the same time after school. Repetition is important, children need to hear mores and phrases many times become they are comfortable trying to say them themselves.

What should I teach them first?

  • Numbers 0-10
  • Colours (red, blue, green…)
  • Animals
  • The body
  • Foods
  • Adjectives (big, small, tall, happy sad..)
  • Clothing