Many parents would like to teach their children English at teaching your child phonics home, but don’t know how to start. Read our suggestions to find out! How do I start teaching my kids English at home? It doesn’t matter if your own English is not perfect.
The most important thing is that you are enthusiastic and that you give your children lots of encouragement and praise. Your child will pick up on your enthusiasm for the language. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t start speaking English immediately. Establishing a routine Establish a routine for your English time at home. It is better to have short, frequent sessions than long, infrequent ones. Fifteen minutes is enough for very young children. You can gradually make sessions longer as your child gets older and their concentration span increases.
Keep the activities short and varied in order to hold your child’s attention. Try to do certain activities at the same time every day. Children feel more comfortable and confident when they know what to expect. For example, you could play an English game every day after school, or read an English story with your children before bedtime. If you have space at home, you can create an English corner where you keep anything connected to English, for example books, games, DVDs or things that your children have made. Playing games Children learn naturally when they are having fun.
Flashcards are a great way to teach and revise vocabulary and there are many different games which you can play with flashcards, such as Memory, Kim’s game, Snap or Happy Families. You can find free downloadable flashcards on a wide range of topics on our website. There are many other types of games you can play with your children to help them practise English. Simon says, Charades, What’s the time Mr Wolf? Using everyday situations The advantage of teaching English at home is that you can use everyday situations and real objects from around the house to practise the language naturally and in context. Let’s put your teddy bear on the bed!
Teach food vocabulary when you are cooking or going shopping. Revise the vocabulary when you put the shopping away at home. Using stories Younger children love books with bright colours and attractive illustrations. Look at the pictures together and say the words as you point to the pictures. Later you can ask your child to point to different things, e. Listening to stories will get your child used to the sounds and rhythms of English.
Older children can complete the accompanying downloadable activities to check understanding. Using songs Songs are a really effective way to learn new words and improve pronunciation. Songs with actions are particularly good for very young children as they are able to join in even if they are not yet able to sing the song. The actions often demonstrate the meaning of the words in the song.
Hearing the grammar being used in context from an early age will help your child to use it naturally and correctly when they are older. Videos, quizzes and games help kids to learn in a fun, relaxed way. It can be very useful for older children to teach their siblings or other family members. Explaining how to use grammar to someone else helps you to master it yourself.