- Find a quiet place. Turn off the TV or radio so there are no distractions.
- As well as reading the story, look at the pictures together. This is a great way to share a book even if your own language skills are quite basic. Sharing a simple picture book, pointing and naming the pictures is a great way for you both to pick up new words.
- Don't put any pressure on your child to name the pictures, but if they your words, praise them and repeat the words again.
- Don’t read for too long. Young children get bored quickly so little and often is best.
- Let other grown-ups – grandparents, carers and older brothers and sisters – join in too.
- It’s good to share favourite books again and again. Repetition helps children to understand and remember the language they hear.
- Remember, you’re not teaching your child to read in the foreign language. You learn to talk a long time before you learn to read, and book sharing is a wonderful way to help your child’s language development.
- Even sharing foreign language books with babies is a good idea. It helps “tune in” their ear to the sounds of the new language.
- You can find foreign language books easily on the internet on Amazon or specialist suppliers such as Little Linguist. Don't forget you can save 10% on your purchases with Little Linguist with our exclusive discount code. Simply ask at your class for the code.
Lingotot sessions always include a story and it's surprising just how much the children enjoy it. The room is usually silent! We can help parents with their foreign language storytelling skills too! We run short courses for parents entitled “Phonics for Singing and Storytelling”. The aim is to make you more confident to share bedtime stories, silly songs and rhymes with your children. Children learn a language best when they are surrounded by people who speak that language and this is an ideal way for you to develop your skills to support their learning. Please contact us to register your interest in forthcoming courses.