Raising a bilingual child

bilingualism in children

Am I raising my bilingual child effectively? Will my child get confuse if I speak both languages to them? Are they progressing fast enough in their language? Times like this, it may seem frustrating and challenging to raise a bilingual child. While most parents are fully aware of the benefits that bilingualism holds, teaching a bilingual child is a long-term commitment and it may be too time consuming for parents. Fret not! There are two methods that we can adopt to make our lives as parents easier.

One person, one language

If you and your partner have different native languages, this may work well for you. One person will  mainly speak one language to your child. It is encouraged to use only that particular language to communicate with your child or you might confuse your child with multiple languages. This method can be used across all languages. For instance, if your native language is Mandarin and your partner’s is English, the main language you use should be Mandarin and your partner in English. However, by this method, parents need to be aware that one language may get more exposure than the other.

Minority language

This method is the most effective if both you and partner speak the same native language in your household and it is not the main language in the country. As the name suggests, you and your partner will focus on fostering your child’s native language at home. It creates a stronger bond and relationship within your family. Your child will also feel more connected to their cultural roots and background. When they are of age to attend school, they will then be exposed to the main language in the country. Parents must take into consideration and make an effort to introduce the main language in the country through books, shows and/or activities a few months before your child starts school.

Our Kiddiwinkie Curriculum

Did you know that it is best for your child to learn a second language before they are 3 years old? In  today’s society, it is common for children to learn both English and Mandarin when they start school. Apart from the 2 most fundamental languages, Kiddiwinkie offers Japanese and Korean language for your children in selected centres*. By reinforcing multilingualism in the early stages of your child’s live, it will benefit them in the long run. Want to find out more about our programmes at Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse? Visit us at one of our campuses today! http://bit.ly/2Wq3rS7

* The selected centres are:
Japanese language –  Orchard, Novena, Newton, Grandstand
Korean language – Grandstand