Consistency: The Key To Learning a New LanguageBrooks
As you are likely well-aware, learning a second language provides your child with a huge leg up. Ideally, you can start teaching Spanish to elementary students, or start even earlier with Spanish for preschoolers. The earlier you start the better when it comes to proficiency down the line, so don’t wait to get going with a children’s Spanish curriculum.
There are countless benefits to raising a bilingual child, whether you plan on enrolling them in dual language immersion programs, or simply using a homeschool Spanish curriculum. Ultimately, this education will open doors to them that might otherwise be closed.
Jobs will become available in other countries where the language is spoken. And wherever they end up, their position will likely be more lucrative than it would be otherwise — on average, bilingual employees have an hourly rate that is 20% higher than their monolingual peers.
The process of achieving language mastery is not easy, however. There is one factor in particular that plays a greater role in the success of a Spanish curriculum than anything else: consistency.
Stay consistent for serious results
However well-constructed their Spanish curriculum is, your child will not reach their potential if they are not learning and practicing consistently. While they will continue to see some minor improvement over time, your child needs to be diligent and focused to achieve serious long-term results.
We understand that staying motivated through the often difficult task of learning a new language can be a challenge for many children. Fortunately, there are specific strategies and approaches which can make this process a bit easier.
Strategies for practicing consistently
- Always study at the same time
If your child is enrolled in Spanish at school, they will always be taking it the same period for the duration of each academic year. If you are giving homeschool Spanish lessons, try to teach Spanish at the same time each day. And when your child needs to study on their own, encourage them to study a bit each day, rather than in longer, more sporadic sessions.
- Use all available media
There will be days when your child simply doesn’t feel like studying. This is when media such as podcasts and TV shows that are in Spanish can help. These entertaining shows can make it so that practicing Spanish doesn’t feel like work.
- Converse in Spanish
If you know Spanish, try talking to your child at a level that they can comprehend. A conversation will be far more engaging for them than a worksheet, and will be a welcome change.
Learning a new language can be daunting, but as long as your child is practicing consistently, they will get there in time.