Raising bilingual children in a monolingual household

raising bilingual children

Raising bilingual children is both exciting and exhausting. When bringing up children of different languages in a monolingual home, it is a mixture of language learning in many different ways.

Children, by nature, want to learn. Indeed, the more they are around people that speak other languages, the more likely they will pick up on that language.

However, it is not that simple. Language learning is a cognitive development of a brain process. In raising bilingual children in a monolingual home is hard at times.

What are some ways you could use as parents to bring up bilingual children?

Raising bilingual children is essential for language development

One of the means to add foreign language learning is to attend bilingual story times at your local libraries or community centers, if available. Perhaps, there are limitations in your area to incorporate more bilingual learning.

In that case, consider looking for closed-captioned educational videos or movies at your local library. Consequently, if you speak a foreign language than another person at home, try to focus on simple words or phrases with your children.

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Bilingual education in elementary schools

Children reading books

Bilingual education in elementary schools is slowly integrating foreign language programs. Whereas high schools already have foreign language programs in place, elementary schools are still trying to educate their students in languages other than English.

Spanish, Mandarin, and other foreign languages are making the way into school systems and parts of the bilingual education in the United States. Yet, much needs to be done.

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