Benefits of Learning Another Language:
- Increased linguistic awareness
- Improved thinking, memory skills, and problem solving skills
- Development of positive attitudes towards speakers of the target language &
- Really… how cool is is to hear my kids speak Russian? Very! That may be the #1 benefit!
Finding and Making Resources for Language Learning:
Finding the Time to Sneak in Language Learning
Once you have your materials for learning another language it is important to find time to interact with that language; listening, learning, and speaking.
Develop a routine
Choose a time during the day when your kids are excited about learning. We like to bring our Russian songs and books out right after breakfast. Make sure to plan for 15-20 minutes of target language interaction daily. For some families right after dinnertime words well too.
Make learning fun
Sneak language learning into play and crafting time. If it is FUN then kids don’t feel like they HAVE to do it, rather their motivation is higher and they WANT to learn it. We used the Azbuka (Alphabet) book and built the letters with beaded wires. The kids thought it was so much fun and I know they retained more of the letters than if they were just repeating me with their words. You can use wikki stix, play-dough, beads, buttons, or any other smaller household items to make and learn letters!
Make use of driving time
We all have errands to run and places to go. Use these drive times as a way to practice your target language. Play word games in Russian. Listen to a how-to-speak tape. Car dance to a Russian music CD. Sneak language learning in whenever possible!
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