Every child has their own way of retaining information through each of their senses. Before embarking on the language learning journey, it may be a good idea to figure out what your child’s learning style is. This can be done simply by observing their actions and interests.
Visual learners learn best by seeing.
- Try to pair verbal instruction with writing, this allows your child to really retain what they have heard
- Use Picture Vocabulary – substitute words on flashcards for pictures
- Create mind maps, diagrams and drawings to explain a concept
- Read storybooks – with pictures!
- Watch videos, rather than listening to songs or audiobooks
- If listening to audiobooks, pair it with the written text for your child to follow along
Auditory/Verbal learners retain information by listening.
- Discussion – Have a conversation with your child
- Listen to audiobooks, music, podcasts
- Repeat words and phrases
- Teach others – your child can practice what they have learned by teaching their siblings or their stuffed animals
- Read out loud
- Record themselves talking and listen to it later
Kinesthetic learners absorb information by physically doing something, such as by incorporating hands-on experiences.
- Felt letter boards
- Matching sensory bin
- Travel! Visit places where your target language is spoken so that your child is naturally immersed in a learning environment
- Create a scavenger hunt
- Practice vocabulary by tossing a beach ball with words written on it
Note: Although your child may lean towards a certain learning style, they aren’t limited to that one learning method.
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