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The benefits of teaching children two or more languages are immense and really the best gift you can give them. Research has proven that bilingual kids are better multitaskers, they can concentrate and focus better, and they have enhanced literacy skills. Not only is bilingualism beneficial to the brain, but it also opens kids up to wider cultural perspectives and understandings.
That said, parents must be motivated and willing to put in the effort and consistency necessary to successfully raise a bilingual child. Not only that, but the earlier they start, the better because children’s brains are wired for bilingualism as soon as they are born – and even in the womb! Parents should arm themselves with the resources and information necessary, as well as be surrounded by a supportive community that can also provide the necessary language input to the child.
One of the key elements for bilingualism is for the child to constantly be immersed in a fun and playful environment in the target language. This means the art of immersive play takes on a very important role in any parent’s bilingualism arsenal. Children must never feel they are being forced to learn or do anything. They learn most of their skills through play, and language is no exception.
Here are 4 tips to make play an essential part of your baby’s language learning:
Are you raising a bilingual child? How do you make play an integral part of your language-immersion experience?