5 TIPS TO HELP YOUR KIDS LEARN A SECOND LANGUAGE

Only 7.7% of the UK population can speak another language fluently. Second languages are best learnt from early childhood when the brain is already in the process of learning new words and phrases. Here are some tips to get your child speaking another language.

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Start early

 

Studies have found that children are more easily able to pick up pockets of grammar simply by hearing them repeated, whilst adults may struggle to learn these grammar rules. You don’t have to wait until they’re in secondary school to start the language learning process – in fact, primary school might be the best time to start learning. The language is likely to be picked up more naturally, just as we pick up English from a young age.

 

Use language learning resources for children

 

There are lots of language learning tools out there, but not all of them are suitable for children. Use sticker books and language-learning video game apps and interactive audiobooks. It’s worth reading reviews online before paying for such language tools so that you know your kid is going to want to get involved. There are lots of free language learning sources out there that can also be worth trying out.

 

 

 

Expose them to foreign films, TV and music

 

Media sources in another language such as foreign films, TV and music can all be used to further help your child pick up another language. These are best used from a young age. Consider playing animated films in another language and foreign music aimed at children that will capture their attention. You can consider also using English subtitles for films and TV shows as an aid.

 

 

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Inspire them by travelling abroad

 

Travelling to another country can help your children to test out their language skills in a practical setting. This could be something as simple as letting them order their meal when the waiter comes to the table. Children will also be able to test their reading skills on signs and menus. It could be a fun family holiday in which you can all get into the swing of speaking another language. For older children and teens, there are other options such as residential trips for schools and foreign exchange programmes. These can be great for allowing your child to learn another language, whilst also giving them a feeling of independence.

 

Consider hiring a tutor

 

If you yourself are not fluent in the chosen second language, it could be worth hiring a language tutor to help. They can come round your house for an hour a week and help to teach your child in a fun manner. There are other options that may be available in your area such as language learning clubs for kids. Choose an option that’s kid-friendly so that you know your child is going to be motivated to learn.

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MOVE IT OR LOSE IT – FUN WAYS TO KEEP THE KIDS ACTIVE

Are you hoping to get fitter and lose some of your Christmas weight in January? If so, it’s a good idea to get the kids involved with you. Your kids will definitely be eating way too much chocolate and turkey over the next couple of weeks, and all that overindulging could lead to them gaining a couple of extra pounds. No worry, though; if you are all active throughout the start of 2018, you should all be able to lead a fitter and healthier year.

 

7 SIMPLE PARENTING HACKS IF YOU HAVE TEENAGERS

 

Do you usually find it hard to drag the kids away from the TV and computer screens? If so, one of these super fun activities might be able to coax them away.

 

Trampolining

 

I’m sure you can think of lots of great ideas for a few different local family days out but have you ever thought about taking the gang to a trampoline park? Kids of all ages will have so much fun, and it’s a great way to get them exercising without them even realising it. Most trampoline parks offer lessons for those who really want to develop their skills, but there are also plenty of sessions for those who just want to have a bounce around!

 

Swimming

 

If your kids love bathtime, it’s really worth taking them to the local swimming pool for some of the sessions. Don’t worry if they can’t swim yet as the majority of pools offer children’s swimming lessons. It’s really important that you take your young children for lessons actually as it is a really important life-saving skill. Once they can swim, you can take them to the open pool sessions where they can have a splash around and enjoy being in the water!

 

Roller Derby

 

Roller derby is a relatively modern sport that is a bit like rugby on roller skates.  More often than not, roller derby is for adult women but there are now more and more teams offering kids the chance to have a go. It may look slightly dangerous, but with the right training and skating lessons, it can be a really fun team sport for young ones to get involved with. Kids will have to take part in a skating course before they join a team so that they are safe when out on the pitch!

 

Walking The Dog

 

If you’ve got a dog, then it could be worth getting the kids to walk the dog. Even though this isn’t exactly the most strenuous exercise that they could do, it will still get their heart rate up and is a great way to burn calories. Kids will love being out with their pet pooch. It’s also worth taking a ball with you so you can play catch with the dog while you are out.

 

So, once the new year is here, you might want to think about getting the kids involved with one of the above activities. And then you’ll never be able to tell that you all overindulged slightly during the festive period!

 

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6 PRACTICAL WAYS TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT MONEY

An important part of financial success of any individual or family is to be able to establish a budget and then learn to live within that budget.   However, it is not that straightforward and when it comes to children it can become difficult if they have never been taught about money nor the fundamental concept in budgeting and economics which is our needs and our wants.

Needs are something you must have for survival.  For example, food and water.  Without food, you would not be able to live.  Wants are something that you would like to have, but it is not necessary, and you could do without it.

Sometimes needs and wants overlap.  For example, cake is a food, but it is not a need, but a want.  In general, you need a basic diet to survive, but that diet does not need to include cake.

Teaching your children these valuable lessons is a skill that will be extremely valuable in later life.

 

Below are some fun ideas to teach your kids about money.

 

  1. Pay for some items in cash

This may seem a little strange but as most transactions are completed online and a lot of purchases are made using debit or credit cards some children have never seen cash!  So, let them see money so they get a sense of income and expenditure.  Also, explain to them how debit cards and credit cards work.

 

  1. Give them a budget

Setting a budge together for your child will help them overall.  Give them pocket money and work together writing down the amount and what they spend it on.  This simple tracking money will be so valuable as they grow older and earn their own salary.

 

  1. Teach them how to earn money

Ask your children to do tasks around the house and let them ‘earn’ their own money.  Also, teach them about selling unwanted toys or books on EBay or at a car boot sale.

 

  1. Making saving money fun

Buy your child a piggy bank and encourage them to save their pennies – let them see how quickly putting money away can add up.  Why not make up a savings chart so they can see the amount of savings grow!

 

  1. Talk about money

It is very important to talk to your children about money, discuss needs and wants as well as the basics of how people earn money and what types of things you pay for in terms of your monthly bills.

 

  1. It’s not all about money

If you are anything like me, you love spending time with your family and sometimes that means going for a walk on the beach or taking photos together or watching a favourite TV programme.  Teach your children that it is not all about money – that doing things together as a family is priceless!

 

Happy teaching!

Elf x

 

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