Raising Bi-lingual Children

bi lingual

We are so fortunate at Bald Hills Kindergarten to have within our community a number of staff and families who are multi-lingual.  

We thought it might be useful and interesting to share a little information about bilingual children…….

  • The best way for children to learn a second language is to have a strong foundation in their first language and for their family to continue to use and support their first language at home
  • Children are able to learn and use more than one language and understand when to use each language 
  • Bilingual children develop language at the same rate as children who speak only one language
  • Many children become silent when first exposed to a second language. This silent period can last months and can be important in developing understanding. During this period it is important to allow children time to just observe without pressure to speak. 
non verbal cues
  • Non-verbal cues (including key concept signing) can be useful when children are learning a new language
  • Following and imitating other children is also a useful strategy for children to use

speech development

You may like to research the topic further.  Here are a few useful websites:

Bilingualism and raising bilingual children

Supporting bilingual children in early childhood

Three common myths about raising bilingual children

Researched by Leisa Smith

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