Teaching your kids Mandarin isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Here are a few ways to incorporate the language into everyday life at home.
1. Use the language consistently.
Whether it’s reading stories or rhymes, singing songs together or just having a simple conversation, it’s important to create as many learning opportunities as possible throughout the day. Regular communication in, and exposure to, the language will help improve your kids’ fluency over time.
2. Keep it fun.
Taking a playful and lighthearted approach to learning Mandarin will prevent your kids from getting bored or losing interest. Incorporating games and music into the learning process will keep them engaged and entertained.
3. Use conversations as a bonding experience.
It doesn’t matter if you can’t communicate in Mandarin effectively. Fluency is not a prerequisite in order to teach your children how to speak, read or write it. Why not use this as a chance to pick up the language yourself, too? It’s a great way to bond with your kids, plus it’ll make the learning process more fun. When they see that you’re trying to learn alongside them, they’ll show more interest in the language and feel more motivated to learn new words and phrases.
4. Be patient.
It may take some time for your little ones to feel comfortable using Mandarin. This is normal – just give them time. And don’t worry about having to switch between English and Mandarin frequently. At first, your kids may confuse the two languages (this happens to adults, too), but after a while they will learn how to filter one language out when using the other.
A great way for preschoolers to learn Mandarin
Since 1988, Pat’s Schoolhouse has made learning Mandarin easy, fun and intellectually challenging. Its Bilingual Immersion Core Curriculum sees pre-schoolers learning themes, subjects and topics in a cohesive and immersive bilingual environment, led by both English- and Mandarin-speaking teachers. This arrangement means that your kids have an equal amount of exposure to both languages. This helps with language acquisition and encourages them to interact in one or the other language throughout the day, depending on the context.
The curriculum takes an Inquiry-Embedded Play Approach to teaching and learning. This sparks your children’s curiosity, creativity and confidence, so that they feel inspired to ask questions and have more meaningful interactions.
Music also plays a critical role at Pat’s Schoolhouse. The Enhanced Music-Integrated curriculum incorporates music – like songs, stories, rhymes, games, movement and the playing of percussion instruments by in-house music specialists – into all learning areas to stretch your kids’ imagination, create a fun environment and enrich their learning experiences.
Pat’s Schoolhouse: Inspiring kids to become Challengers of the Future
For the last 31 years, Pat’s Schoolhouse has empowered children between two months and six years to be confident and courageous and to celebrate childhood. By giving them a strong foundation, it has helped pre-schoolers realise their fullest potential so that they are prepared to face the future.
Pat’s Schoolhouse has 16 preschools and three infant-care centres in Singapore. To find out more, visit https://patschoolhouse.com.
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