How to teach English to children at home

How to get started?

Many parents want to teach English to their children at home, but don’t know how to get started. It doesn’t matter if your English isn’t perfect. The most important thing is that you have to show enthusiasm because it will motivate your child to learn. Don’t worry if your child can’t speak English immediately. They need time to absorb language. Be patient, and they will start speaking English in a timely manner. 

Build a Routine

Build a routine by making certain schedules to start speaking English at home. Keep schedules short but often. Fifteen minutes is enough time to teach a young child. Improve your English sessions as you age and increase your child’s concentration. Keep doing activities that are short and varied to keep the child’s attention.

Try to do things that vary at the same time every day. Children will feel more comfortable and confident when they know what is being done. For example, you can do English games every day after school, or read English stories before going to bed. If you have enough space at home, you can make a corner as a place to store everything related to English, such as books, games, DVDs, or something made by children. Repetition is important. Children need to hear words or phrases several times, before they are ready to say them themselves.

Playing games 

Children learn when they are having fun. Flashcards are a great way to teach and improve vocabulary. There are many games using flashcards, such as Snap or Happy Family games.

Use song

Songs are the most effective way to learn new vocabulary and improve pronunciation. Singing with style / dance is great for young children because they can follow the movements even though they can’t sing the song yet. The style or dance often illustrates the meaning or meaning of the song. There are many good animated songs on LearnEnglish that you can listen to with your children. 

  • What words should I teach?
  • You can start with a few simple topics, such as:
  • Numbers (1-10,10-20,20-100)
  • Color
  • Adjectives (for example, big, small, tall, happy, sad)
  • Parts of the body
  • Toy
  • Clothes
  • Animals (Pets, wild animals)
  • Food

You can find fun activities on a wide and varied topic at Learning Kids. Another thing that is also important so that children are familiar with English is to use the same vocabulary for children every time. For example “It is English time! Please sit down. ” In addition, children will easily catch phrases like:

  • “Please, Thank You, Can I have?”  
  • “Where is …?”
  • “Point to …”
  • “What color is it?”
  • “It is …”
  • “I like …”
  • “I don’t like …”

Whatever your approach, the most important thing is to be calm, and make learning English very enjoyable for you and your child.