English For Kids
Welcome to English for Kids. In the last chapter, we looked at your best options for English lessons. Now, let's get to the important stuff- your kids! If you’re thinking of enrolling your child in English lessons, give yourself a pat on the back! Learning English can greatly improve your child's social and academic lives, not to mention their future. There are tons of resources to help your kids or other family members learn English -- so many, in fact, that it can be overwhelming! Luckily, we’ve done the research and narrowed down the best options for kids who are ready to learn English. First, we’ll look into why learning as a child is so important, and how it can benefit their lives many years into the future.
A Child's’ Ability to Learn English is Unmatched
There’s no doubt about it: kids, especially young children, have language learning superpowers that enable them to absorb information subconsciously and learn (and retain) more quickly than adults. The earlier they begin learning or being exposed to their second language, the better! There’s tons of really interesting information about the benefits of kids learning a second language, English in particular. Check out this, this, this, and this article to see how your child can benefit from learning English (or any other language for that matter!)
Benefits of Language Learning For Kids
Not sure how your child will benefit from learning another language? Even researchers from a top university agree that when kids learn a second language, the benefits can be great.
- Improved memory skills, problem solving abilities and reading skills
- Better ability to master the accent of their second language and sound like a native-speaker
- Better chance of getting into a good college or university
- Greater cultural understanding and knowledge
- Better grades overall, not just in their language courses!
English for Kids Online Resources
Because your child’s ability to learn English is at it’s highest right now, there’s no harm in exposing them to several different types of formats, such as audio, visual, and speaking.
English Music for Your Kids
People of all ages benefit from listening to music when learning a new language, and kids are no exception! English Songs for KidsAvailable on iTunes only, but well worth it if you have a young child learning English. Lots of songs focusing on the basics, like counting and the alphabet. Learn English Kids This website is another massive resource for young learners, with hundreds of songs meant to engage kids learning English.TurnOnYourEnglish Songs for children straight from an ESL teacher who uses them with her students!
English Cartoons for Your Kids
Just like with music, adult learners are often told to watch movies and TV in their target language. Once again, the same can be helpful for kids as well! Watching cartoons in English will help your child learn basic words and phrases, and stay interested and focused while learning!Word Girl Word Girl is a kids show about a young superhero with a supersized vocabulary! A fun way for the whole family to learn English together. Sesame StreetSesame Street has been entertaining and teaching little ones for over 40 years! A must watch if you have kids learning English.Peppa Pig Peppa is a cute little pig who is part of a cute little pig family in the UK. She’s a major hit in the United States as well, and the simple lessons with cute themes and perfect for kids aged 2-6.
English Games for Your Kids
Games are stimulating due to their interactivity.Fun English Games An incredible website with tons of games, worksheets and activities for kids of all ages who are learning English.ESL Games Plus From phonics to pre-calculus, there is something for for tots to teens on ESL Games Plus.
English Stories and Poems for Kids
Stories and poems are great for improving your kids reading skills, and if they are young enough, you can bond by reading together. Here are three of the best resources to get you started.Magic Keys Short stories for young children to young adults.KidsGen Short stories for kids categorized by subject.Kids World Fun Hundreds of stories for your little English learner.
English Books for Kids
While it seems natural to use technology to help your child learn English, something can be said for going back to basics and trying good, old-fashioned books to get them excited about learning English! International Children’s Digital Library has about 40 children's books available in English. Bonus points: it has books in over a dozen other languages as well!Children’s Books Forever provides downloadable children's books with illustrations.Children’s Books Online also has a big collection featuring stories in English and many other languages for children.Story Jumper Dozens upon dozens of free books to read with your child!The Library of Congress The Library of Congress offers 50 “classic” kids books. Definitely best for older kids or for children whose parents are willing to read to them in English.Well, that’s about it. We’ve covered how your kids can benefit from learning English, and have listed out the best resources to help them do just that! Remember, it’s easy for adults to feel overwhelmed at the task of learning a new language, and the same can happen with kids. It’s best to start slow, and focus on consistency - choose just a few resources/formats of learning, and try to start integrating it into your child's life on a daily basis. By making learning English fun and stress free, you will only encourage future interest in language learning in your little one! Are you ready for Chapter 11, the very last chapter in our Guide to Learning English? Keep reading to learn more about how learning Business English can accelerate your career and improve your life. [mashshare]
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