We talk in three languages from the cradle.
If you want to teach your child to speak several languages, start with this article. Nowadays, more parents want their child to able to speak in several languages. They strongly believe that knowledge of several languages will simplify the life of their child in the future.
Statistically about 50-55% of people can simultaneously speak two languages. These people are called bilingual. This high percentage is due to migration of the population, the creation of mixed marriages, as well as widespread two (three) languages within a single country. This article will highlight some of the features of parenting a child with knowledge of two (or three) languages.
Tilian is a Celtic name that is chosen by the boy's father. It is still used in northern France. It spelling is the same as in the French and Romanian languages, which was very important for the parents. A shortened version of the name is Titi.
For the proper formation of bilingual skills in the child, it is desirable that parents or close friends speak with the child in different languages since the early days of the child development. The father spoke in French and the mother used to communicate with the child in Romanian language. The simultaneous use of two or more languages excludes the dominance of one of the languages of the child in the future.
In this family, natural bilingualism developed from cradle talking. Since in the future parents wanted to teach a child Russian language, they included baby nursery rhymes, cartoons and fairy tales and bought toys that talk in Russian.
When I took a job as a nanny, Tilianu was over 18 months. We have also begun work on the Russian language. We used a variety of game points and finger exercises. Our activities accompanied by various rhymes and songs. For example, going for a walk, I said, "Where we go Piglet?"
Of course, in this work, my experience a kindergarten teacher was very useful. We had a day routine, during which we have developed speech and fine motor skills through modeling, finger exercises and educational games. Tilian loved sorting toys, where you have a variety of holes to insert the corresponding figures or letters. We used in its arsenal a variety of toys: various puzzles, pyramids and matryoshka.
To structure my own work, I chose the junior program of speech therapy group, as well as Kolesnikov’s system. In this case, the child really liked to draw, and he did it pretty well. For example, his fish had all the necessary parts of the body (eyes, fins) are in place.
We also learned poetry and various children's songs. The child uttered the words with some deviations, which was normal for his age. We must not forget that he was French who attended French day care.
Tiliana’s mother asked me the words of nursery rhymes because they sing in their home. We read Russian fairy tales, watch Russian cartoons, but not for more than 20 minutes a day.
Today, Tiliana able to count to 10 in three languages and answers the questions on the language in which it was delivered. Over time (around the age of 5 years) I will start to prepare him to attend a Russian school. We will learn to read, write and count. Then we will proceed directly to the Russian elementary school program. As far as the French program concern, he will cover it directly in the classroom.
In my experience, a child who speaks several languages better developed intellectually for studying in the school. Bilinguals perform better than other children of the same age. They have developed better memory and higher intelligence quotient.
Psychologists are rather negative and controversial concerning to bilingualism. The parents should educate their children in reasonable manner.