Teaching Your Child to Read in a Second Language

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Here are some great tips and tricks for using bedtime stories for children as a way to teach your child useful bilingual reading skills.

We live in an increasingly global world. Even as many people fight against the need for multiple languages, there is no doubt that children who speak more than one language will have a distinct advantage over other kids as they grow older. Teaching your child to read in another language can be a great way to get them started on this road to success. Here are some great tips and tricks for using bedtime stories for children as a way to teach your child useful bilingual reading skills.

Bedtime Stories for Children

Bedtime stories for children are a great way to get your child off to an excellent start in life that will lead to a lifelong love of learning and literature. Kids who read young are proven to have greater success in life at the academic and professional levels. Adding bilingual skills to this only increases this vital skill set further. The earlier you start, the better off your child will be. Did you know that the best time to start teaching your child a second language is between six months and four years old?

Be Consistent

Do you live in a bilingual home or a single-language home? It’s okay if your home is not bilingual, but make sure you are consistent in your presentation, so as not to confuse your child. This is important so that they learn to keep their syntax and vocabulary straight.

Keep It Fun

Try to make a game out of learning the second language. If your child has fun pursuing the activity, they will have an easier time learning, and they will be more apt to pursue the activity. Come up with letter and word games you can play and suggest them to your child. If your child has suggestions, listen to them and adapt your activities towards those methods of learning that seem to resonate with the child.

Make a Plan

Don’t rush things, but have a plan and stick to it. Start by playing around with letters and sounds in an informal way. Then add in a few favorite short words. Teach your child how sounds go together to form words. Try having them close their eyes while you remove a letter and see if they can figure out what letter was removed, and how it changes the pronunciation.

The Translation Game

As they get more adept at individual words, start a translation game where you show them a word in one language and have them translate it to the other. Again, start with easy words and build in complexity as the child’s skills grow.

Positive Reinforcement

Congratulate your child when they get something right. Keep challenging them and praising good results. Encourage them to keep getting better. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is!

Listening to others read in a foreign language can be very helpful as well. Try one of our stories like “Mi Cuerpo Ocupado,” and check out our whole range of fun and interactive eBooks today!