How to teach a child English words with fun? The mixed-up chameleon

The book “The mixed-up chameleon” is a short, cute, colorful book and with visual effects with a lovely message: be happy with who you are. That is an important message to teach our children at a very young age.

Chameleons have the power to change colors, but this chameleon wants to be a little bit of everybody else. He wished to be handsome like a flamingo, smart like a fox, and funny like a seal… But with each transformation in size, shape, and color he becomes more mixed-up. At the end the chameleon learns that maybe being yourself is best of all!

📒 Setting of the story: Nature.

📘 Trigger of the story: The chameleon becomes inspired to change by seeing zoo animals, who are cooler than he is.

📕 Problem: The chameleon thinks his life is boring. He wants to be like everybody else. By trying to be like others he becomes so mixed up, he can’t catch a fly.

📗 Solution: The chameleon wishes again to be himself and he learns being yourself is best of all.

🌈😜🍀 Message: Accept yourself, be yourself, be happy with your life!

👫 Age: This book aimed is for children 4 – 10.

🚀 Children are excited with the visual effects of this book.
🎯 Children are enraptured by the colors and fun illustrations. They shine on the turn of every page.
💥Child’s short attention span may prolong with this book.

Although this is short book it is a very well thought out. Older child can explore every child’s desire to fit in with a certain group rather than recognize how wonderful that person is in his/her own right. Young children can play with the fun and unusual pictures of changing chameleon.

“The mixed-up chameleon” is a great read for any age.

We came up to this book because Oskar’s favorite animal is the chameleon. By reading to him the Wildlife Encyclopedia he somehow defined the chameleons are the coolest of all. So I started looking for a book about chameleon and came up to this marvelous masterpiece by Eric Carle. 

Oskar wished to present this book at school for his “reading badge assignment”. That’s why I translated the book in Slovenian and printed the text out for him. Oskar read it himself, illustrated the book and presented it in front of his classroom. Everyone loved it! The next day the two of us made a coloring sheet about chameleon for all his classmates and everyone was excited. By seeing how my son loved the book and how well children in his class reacted to it, I decided to analyze the book and see what English words and phrases kid’s can learn from this lovely book.

A great book for learning English words through game.

Learning English: first thing children learn in this book are colors. Then they learn to name the animals from this book. But there is much more vocabulary to learn from this book! Check out the words and phrases you can teach your child by spending quality time together.

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The words in The mixed up Chameleon:

COLOURS
GREEN
RED
BROWN
YELLOW
GREY
WHITE
***
PINK
ORANGE
BLUE
VIOLET

ANIMALS (NOUNS)
CHAMELEON
FLY
POLAR BEAR
FLAMINGO
FOX
FISH
DEER
GIRAFFE
TURTLE
ELEPHANT
SEAL
PEOPLE

OTHER NOUNS
LEAF
TREE
FLOWER
SAND
EYES
TONGUE
LIFE
WISH
SHELL (turtle)
MYSELF
SOMETHING

FEELINGS
WARM
COLD
DULL
HAPPY

ADJECTIVES
SHINY
SPARKLING
COLD
HUNGRY
STILL
LONG (tongue)
STICKY (tongue)
EXCITING (It’s life was not very exciting.)
SMALL
SLOWLY
WEAK
BEAUTIFUL
BIG
MIXED-UP (a little of this and a little of that)
HANDSOME (flamingo)
SMART (fox)
STRONG (elephant)
FUNNY (seal)
VERY
MANY (beautiful animals)

VERBS
TO BE (like)
TO REST
TO MOVE
TO SIT
TO SPOT
TO WAIT
TO SHOT (a tongue)
TO TURN
TO REST
TO THINK
TO WISH
TO SEE (far away – giraffe)
TO CATCH (a fly)
TO WISH
TO SWIM (fish)
TO RUN (deer)
TO HIDE (turtle)
TO FLY (fly)
TO COME TRUE

ADVERB
HARDLY (see)

PREPOSITIONS
UP
DOWN
SIDEWAYS
ON (on a leaf)
ONTO (moved onto a brown tree)
ACROSS
OUT

How to write dedication in a children’s book

Printed books have a soul. And when the book has a handwritten dedication it has a special meaning forever.  The book with a dedication becomes a life-lasting memory on a person that wrote a dedication and on the special occasion that we received the book as a gift.  The dedication in the children’s book is even more important, as the childhood is the most precious time of our lives.

The dedication is usually written on one of the pages at the very beginning of the book. Instead of copying nice thoughts from others or citations, write some of your own words: to whom you are giving the book as a gift and what is the occasion or reason behind the gift.  Do not forget to add the date, place and your signature that will round up the dedication.

Anyone who takes the book in hand will read a dedication. That is why a book dedication is actually an everlasting memory. The handwritten words will remind us of a dear face and voice and evoke positive feelings. The books with a dedication can become a valuable family heritage, as they connect us to the past and our parents, grandparents, other family members, old friends and dear people in our lives. The book dedication may also remind us on life events or situations when we received the gift. 

Dedication in children’s book has an extra charm, as the child will be able to remember you or the happy event when the book was received. It’s important that you write a clear message to the child, appropriate to the child’s age. Keep in mind that the dedication should be a meaningful message in the future as well. It’s specially nice if you write your own thought and why are you giving exactly that book to a child.

We designed MINI POLIGLOTINI books in a way that they have a place for dedication. We were very careful that this place is spacious and does not interfere with other content of the book. And in the case it remains empty: nobody will notice anything is missing from the book. The dedication in the book for children is even more valuable, as it will become an everlasting reminder on the wonderful period of childhood and will remind the child of the most precious years. 

Five tips on how to write a dedication in children’s book: 

• Try your best to achieve nice handwriting
• Use capital letters for young readers
• Sentences should be short and clear
• Write a wish or a nice thought to a child, that connects to the content of the book or the occasion
• Write the date, place and your full name.

I love writing dedications in books I give as gifts, whether they are written by me or another author. I also love to read dedications in the books I own, as they always remind me of fond memories and dear people.

Do you always write the dedication in the book that you are giving as a gift to a child?

Our personalized bilingual book contains a personal message from You at the end of the story! Check it out and read the dedications we suggest to buyers at the end of the personalization. The book with a dedication is the most wonderful gift for a child!

Bedtime stories – the power of bedtime reading

How is your child falling asleep? Do you read fairytales to your child? Despite the fact, that we live in the age of visual technology, let’s not forget the classical book and magic of bedtime stories. These are important moments of quality time spent with your child. It’s a special time that helps strengthen your relationship, while at the same time you are enriching the children’s vocabulary and imagination. Some studies confirm that reading to a child at the bedtime sets the foundation for better learning abilities later in life.

1. Bedtime stories – the time devoted to the child only

In today’s fast pace of life, we already spend a bit of time with a child in a week, and then we must admit that even though we are with him, we are not always fully committed to it. Therefore, reading to your child at bedtime should be the time reserved for the child only. That’s the time when everything else is postponed and a parent’s focus is on the child.

2. Physical contact between the reader and the listener – the time for mindfulness

Bedtime reading is a great opportunity for the precious moments of bonding, which we both still need from children and parents. (As children grow they are less likely to snuggle with us, so do take the time to snuggle while they are still small, it will not last forever.) Squeeze under the blanket with your child choose your favorite corner in home, perhaps in a company of child’s plush toys, and let the child choose the fairy tale. (Even if it’s the same fairytale repeatedly.) Reading that way will be more fun and kind of an adventure for both of you.

3. Bedtime and the body – the time for calming down

Today in the modern pace of life, children are exposed to stress as well. The bedtime ritual of reading fairytales makes children feel safe and warm, while snuggling beside you or in sitting your lap. It’s also a perfect activity for calming down which prepares the child’s body for falling asleep and helps children to sleep deeper as well. So basically reading fairytales is a great choice for calming down. My book “The Fairy Tale of Luna” is magical, sensual and with wonderful messages.

4. The magical world of fairy-tale characters – the time for imagination

When children listen to the fairytales, they create an image of the stories with their imagination. Later on this will help children become independent readers, as children who listen to stories develop the part of the brain that helps “see” what is happening in the story. The books promote creative thinking, since the child has to create the image of the story itself, unlike cartoons and other visual entertainments where the image is already in front of the observer (Pediatrics, August 2015). In addition, it is very pleasant for the children when the bedtime reading takes them into the world of imagination and they fall asleep.

5. Books with messages – the time for intimate conversation with a child

When a child feels comfortable and safe, it is very likely to be confident about it’s worries. The child might open to you if something unpleasant happened during the day. The conversations can also be stimulated by the content or messages of the books. Therefore, bedtime routine with reading is an excellent opportunity for open conversations, either on the child’s initiative or your own. Experts recommend that the reading ritual is continued as long as possible, even in the teenage years of the child, simply because by bedtime reading we build a bridge into child’s intimate word and we may talk on more sensitive subjects that bother the child.

In addition to spending pleasant moments together, preparing for sleeping, and strengthening your relationship with your child, bedtime reading has an extremely positive effect on the development of the child’s brain, speech development and it enriches child’s vocabulary.

MINI POLIGLOTINI books are the perfect choice for your child’s bedtime reading. Aside from all other reading benefits my books are multilingual, so your child will be spontaneously learning foreign language as well. In addition, MINI POLIGLOTINI books always have a hidden message and a touch of magic, so that children are even more easily falling in their world of dreams. Good night and sweet dreams 😀

Great English books for toddlers & small kids

How to bring closer early language learning to toddlers? One of the solutions are English books for the little ones! We have quite a few and each of them brings a nice memory. We started reading these books with Oskar and Lucija around the age of one. Me and my hubby discovered quite quickly a huge difference between our children. It appears to us that little girls are much more receptive to listening to our voices and reading books than little boys! Another difference between girls and boys … Anyhow, early language learning with these little books brings lots of fun. Children absorb a foreign language spontaneously, it’s melody and they learn a new language at the level of words and phrases.

What are the favorite books of your toddlers and kids?

Here are our favorite English books for kids and toddlers:

1. BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR WHAT DO YOU SEE? – learning colours and animals’ names

writer: Bill Martin Jr & illustrations: Eric Carle

The two authors created quite a few “best sellers” for children. The pattern of text repetition and rhythm give a special charm to this book.This is the book that teaches kids animals and colors and most toddlers love to have it often their little hands.

2. WAIKIKI LULLABY – goodnight rhymes from Hawaii                                        

writer: Beth Greenway & illustrations: Alexis America

Anyone who ever lived in Hawaii, will immediately understand how special and wonderful this little lullaby is. This book was written by a mother who raised her children in magical Hawaii for a couple of years while her husband was working there. This book has a special meaning for us, as for few months we lived in the heart of Waikiki and we enjoyed the Hawaiian sun sea and sand just a pin away from the Duke Statue – a monument of an amazing surfer Duke Kahanamoku.

3. GOODNIGHT MOON – an iconic book for goodnight reading                                                                                      

writer: Margaret Wise Brown & illustrations: Clement Hurd

This is an American classic, which our grandmothers read it to their children and grandchildren. This book was first published more than 65 years ago. In USA this is a “must have” in the category »BABY’S FIRST BOOKS«. Although the illustrations are not quite by my taste, the lyrics go in the ear and children love listening to it.

4. FIVE LITTLE LADYBUGS  – the loveliest rhymes for kids                                                                                 

writer: Melanie Gerth & illustrations: Laura Huliska-Beith

A short and lovely fairytale about five ladybugs, that go in the world. With this book the child learns to count to 5 names of few animals that are in the story and a few verbs. An amazing illustrations and five ladybugs take a child and a reader to a colorful world of nature. The ladybugs are from plastic and stand out of the book surface.

5. THE GRUFFALO – bestseller for kids                                                                         

writer: Julia Donaldson & illustrations: Axel Scheffler

An irreplaceable “best seller” or a masterpiece in children’s literature. It’s upgraded with a puppet show, animated film, different games and full pallet of products with The Gruffalo character. 

The similarity between the books:
• All books have hardcovers,
• The books are of smaller format, so they fit into small hands of children,
• The books contain relatively short narrations,
• The illustrations are attractive and colorful,
• The texts are in rhymes with melodic language.

All our English books for toddlers came into our home from far faraway. Four out of five books came across the ocean!

Our son got first three books as a gift in USA, so each one of them reminds us on a precious friendships: Professor John from Hawaii, our family Karen and Joe from Cleveland and a girl with a biggest smile ever – Rina from Japan, Oskar’s first babysitter. The forth book on ladybugs I both on a »garage sale« in Honolulu. I don’t remember anymore if I payed for it 50c or 1£. The last book The Gruffalo came form UK, which I both on-line.

The books are part of our everyday bed routine. We read to your son as a part of a bedtime routine – every night one of the parents reads to him in bed. We started with this routine at about the age of three, when he moved from a crib to a big bed. We plan to keep reading him as a part of bedtime routine, also when he will be reading to himself, as this is a special time when we all calm down. And this matter even more than reading, it time for bonding.

Our little princes at the age 1,5 years loves looking at books, points on drawings with her finger and baby-talks to herself. Of course we describe her the illustrations and we read her short books – as those five English books for toddlers we LOVE. There is not a day without her taking the book all by herself and of her choice and looking through it together with us. Sometimes even few books a day.

When did you start reading to your child in foreign language? In which language?

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10 reasons why is a book always a great gift?

The book is a useful, practical and beautiful present. It’s a present that you can open over and over again. It’s best if you have some new books set aside, so you can skip the worries of looking for an adequate present in the very last moment. Read 10 reasons, why is a book always a great present.

1. The book has no expiration date.

2. The book does not take much space, while waiting for a new owner in a closet.

3. It’s easier to gift wrap a book than a football.

4. The book does not need batteries.

5. The book is never of the wrong color or size.

6. Books do not cause allergies.

7. It’s easy and cheap to send a book by post.

8. The book does not need to be assembled before the use.

9. By ageing the book gets on its value.

10. When you finish reading the book, you are richer and the book is not empty!

Ideal book for children birthday present

The MINI POLIGLOTINI books are ideal gift for your child’s birthday. And also for the friends of your child!

As your child grows up, his circle of friends is expanding. It is important that children learn to care for friendships, and parents should set a good example in that. Inevitably, this is followed by invitations for birthday celebrations. Choosing a gift is an important activity in which you should involve your child. From that experience, the child learns to live in the needs of another being, it learns the importance of choosing the right gift, and ultimately, it is a good way to demonstrate in a simple and child-friendly way the insight of personal finances and the family economy.

But it often happens that you find out about the birthday party at the last minute and you do not have the time to shop for a gift along with your child. Or you get an invitation to the birthday party just when you return from shopping …

In that situation, you can solve the day with a gift that patiently waits in a closet. A gift suitable for a two-year-old or a ten-year-old who is almost in puberty. A gift, which is not just a book. It’s much more: a magical book that enables early language learniing in a fun and creative way. Plus, at the same time, it’s board game provides entertainment for the whole family or group of children at the birthday party.

The MINI POLIGLOTINI personalized bilingual book is a magical gift, beautiful, useful and timeless. Order one for your hero!

Science about the advantage of bilingual children

The answer to the question “is it good to know more languages” would certainly be answered positively by each one of us. But why? How much benefits does it really have? And what does the knowledge of foreign languages bring to our children? Read the scientific findings of some studies in which the positive effects of early language learning are proven. You will be surprised at how children who speak more languages or who learn foreign languages are better performing on various tests in comparison to their peers!

Positive effects of early language learning:

1. Better cognitive abilities, flexible thinking, multi-tasking, problem solving

A lot of studies have been carried out on the relationship between learning a foreign language at an early age and cognitive abilities. They proved that the student, who studied the foreign language is mentally more flexible and better in conceptual thinking. In the external examination of knowledge in mathematics, mother tongue and social sciences, those who learned a foreign language performed better. Robinson, D. W. (1992). The Cognitive, Academic and Attitudinal Benefits of Early Language Learning. In Met, M., ed. Critical Issues in Early Language Learning. White Plains, NY: Longman.

In the American study that examined the influence of foreign language learning on the knowledge of mathematics it was found: significantly better results were achieved by younger students who learned a foreign language five days a week in comparison to the results of older students who did not learn foreign languages. Saunders, C. M. (1998). The Effect of the Study of a Foreign Language in the Elementary School on Scores on the Iowa Test Of Basic Skills and an Analysis of Student-participant Attitudes and Abilities. Unpublished dissertation, University of Georgia.

A comparative study was conducted between a group of American first-class students attending a French school and a group of first-class students that went to a normal elementary school. On the intelligence test, those who were learning French were much better off than those who did not learn French. Better results were achieved primarily in the tasks that required children to interpret and interconnect in seemingly unrelated objects. Samuels, D. D. and R. J. Griffore (1979). The Plattsburgh French Language Immersion Program: Its Influence on Intelligence and Self-esteem. Language Learning, 29/1, 45-52.

2. Better reading comprehension

In a previously mentioned study that compared success in solving mathematical tasks, younger students who learned a foreign language five days a week were also better at reading comprehension. Saunders, C. M. (1998). Another study examined the difference between students with different abilities in reading their mother tongue. They compared students who studied Spanish for one or two years in the fifth or sixth grade and students that took no Spanish lessons in the same age. The parallels between good results in reading comprehension and the length of learning a foreign language were found. What’s more, it turned out that the average intelligent students gained the most by starting to learn a foreign language at an early stage. Garfinkel, A. and K. E. Tabor. (1991). Elementary School Foreign Languages and English Reading Achievement: A New View of the Relationship. Foreign Language Annals, 24/5, 375-382.

3. Better communication skills

A study carried out in 23 high schools in the US showed that in the external examination of oral expression, students who learned a foreign language were incomparably better off in comparison to those who did not learn a foreign language. It turned out that the social environment was not affecting the results of the study. Cooper, T. C. (1987). Foreign Language Study and SAT-Verbal Scores. The Modern Language Journal, 71/4, 381-387.

In addition, on the standard external examination of oral expression after completion of the secondary school, students who have been learning a foreign language for four or more years received better scores than students, who chose to take any other subject instead of a foreign language in the high school. Robinson, D. W. (1992). The Cognitive, Academic and Attitudinal Benefits of Early Language Learning. In Met, M., ed. Critical Issues in Early Language Learning. White Plains, NY: Longman

4. Wider view of the world and better understand and acceptance of other cultures and diversity

Early language learning literally spreads the horizon to the child. Children develop a sense of cultural pluralism, openness and respect for other cultures. For this reason, the European Commission for Early Childhood Education and Training is also striving for early language learning.

5. Long-term competitive advantage for careers

Research confirms that linguistic and cultural awareness will be the one, that will feature a well-educated 21st century person, who will successfully face the growing diversity and will compete on the global marketplace. Genesee, F. and N. Cloud. (1998). Multilingualism is Basic. Educational Leadership, March, 62-65.

Many scientific studies demonstrate how early language learning positively influences the development of children’s cognitive and communication skills, encourages flexible thinking, strengthens memory and concentration. Aside from that science proves that multilingual children are also more creative. Do you agree that early language learning is a good investment in our children?Research confirms that linguistic and cultural awareness will be the one, that will feature a well-educated 21st century person, who will successfully face the growing diversity and will compete on the global marketplace. Genesee, F. and N. Cloud. (1998). Multilingualism is Basic. Educational Leadership, March, 62-65.

Many scientific studies demonstrate how early language learning positively influences the development of children’s cognitive and communication skills, encourages flexible thinking, strengthens memory and concentration. Aside from that science proves that multilingual children are also more creative. Do you agree that early language learning is a good investment in our children?

Source for studies: dr. Karmen Pižorn. Additional foreign languages in the childhood (In slovene Dodatni tuji jeziki v otroštvu). Evaluation study. PF Ljubljana. August 2009.

10 benefits of children who know more languages

Early language learning gives to children more than one can think of. And much more than one can measure! Even scientists sometimes find it hard to find evidence, because our mind is so complex and linked to many external factors that finding correlations between the effectiveness and the knowledge of foreign languages is sometimes a real challenge. However, the studies addressing benefits of bilingual and multilingual children are numerous. With no doubt your child will have many benefits from early language learning and eventually he/she will benefit from their knowledge as well. Advantages of earl language learning begin at the cellular level in our brains. Creating new neuron links is stimulated by early language learning. Below are the 10 benefits of children and people who know more languages.

1. Bigger BRAIN

Yes, it’s true. Even though it seems incredible, the brain of bilingual and multilingual children is bigger and heavier thanks to the greater number of connections between the nerve cells. As a result, they have greater potential for some brain functions and are more successful in many fields.

2. UNDERSTANDING OF THE MOTHER-TONGUE

The child will understand immediately that one language is ahead of all other. This is the language in which the child learned to speak. The language in which it thinks. The language a child know better. Learning and understanding a foreign language gives the child a new perspective on the mother tongue. The child will find out that he/she can express himself differently in his mother tongue and it will learn the structure of mother tongue.

3. BEING BETTER AT EDUCATION

Your child will fit in easier at school and educational system. Scientific research shows that bilingual and multilingual children get better results on the tests that require: multitasking, problem solving, and creative thinking. Compared to monolingual children, they also get better results in cognitive tests. Why? Thanks to language switching, their brain synapses are more developed than in their monolingual peers.

4. BETTER MEMORY and STUDY ABROAD

Your child will find it easier to go to study abroad if he/she feels comfortable in expressing itself in a foreign language. Some schools and programs require the knowledge of foreign languages already at the time of signing up. In addition, better memory allows faster learning!

5. EMPLOYMENT (OF YOUTH)

Knowing more languages definitely brings more employment opportunities. This especially applies when looking for a first employment and getting first working experience. Aside form that, it appears that globalization will encourage employers to seek for multilingual workforce.

6. BETTER IN COMMUNICATION

Multilingual children are often more open in communication. Speaking in a foreign language does not feel as strange or hard as to monolingual peers. If your child learns foreign language it will be more likely to communicate with family abroad with tourists and with people when you take a trip or vacation … our son finds himself new friends every summer, and most of them do not speak his mother tongue.

7. LEARNING NEW LANGUAGES

More languages you know, it’s easier to learn a new one. This applies even more when learning a similar language. For instance I learned Spanish very fast because I was already proficient in Italian. I started by taking a summer language course and immediately realized that i already understand most of it. It was simple because Italian and Spanish have both most words from Latin language. And I did have a year of Latin in my gymnasium. Also grammar of Spanish and Italian is quite similar. At least the principles are.

8. CULTURAL RECEPTIVENESS

Each language has it’s own culture. The culture of the people that speak that language. The culture reflecting itself in the literature, in the music, in the food, in relationships, in working habits … When children learn a foreign language they also learn the way life goes on in the place this language lives. That way children become more open for difference and are more likely to accept themselves as well as others. They become more likely to adapt to new environments, new people and new situations.

9. PERSPECTIVE ON THE WORLD

A seven years old Oskar speaks Slovenian language (mother tongue) he understands almost everything in English and can express himself in English (1. foreign language), he understands Serbian language (2. foreign language), he recognizes Italian language (3. foreign language). Oskar already understand that in this world there are people that speak and understand different languages and that they perceive the world differently from each other.

10. HOLIDAYS ABROAD

Your child will feel better abroad if he/she can communicate with people on it’s own. Also understanding the language of the environment is crucial for feeling good. Your traveling abroad experience will be even richer and more fun, because by getting in touch with people and interacting with locals, we experience the culture and space more authentically and become more than just tourists.

In any case, knowledge of foreign languages brings many advantages and benefits. So why not start early? Early language learning is an investment in your children future!

10 tips for early language learning

Early language learning can be very fun, spontaneous and easy, if you take it like the game. In addition, taking into account our advice, you can gain good communication habits and improve your conversation skills with your child.

This will help the child in the long run to improve social and communication skills. At the same time, he will learn new words, phrases and if you are consistent and persistent of the new language.

Of course, we have tried all the tips in our family, and there are a few of them on the agenda in our everyday life. We provide 10 tips for early language learning:

1. TALKING WITH CHILDREN

Talk with your child in a foreign language for at least 15 minutes a day. Use also non-verbal communication. At the beginning, speak first to your child in a foreign language and then repeat the same meaning once again in your mother tongue. Begin with simple phrases. Repeat!

2. MUSIC AND SONGS FOR CHILDREN

Sing songs in a foreign language with your children. Children learn faster and more spontaneously while singing, as melodies and rhymes take over … And it’s super fun!

3. GOODNIGHT READING

Read the multilingual fairy tales and stories before bedtime. Depending on the child’s knowledge of a foreign language, adjust in which language you will read first.
Pay attention to the children’s attention by combining mother tongue and foreign language and asking questions. A child can quickly get tired because it does not fully understand the text in a foreign language.

4. MOBILE APPLICATIONS FOR CHILDREN

Today’s children love technology. Choose quality multilingual mobile applications for early language learning. It is extremely important that the use of the tablet / mobile is limited and that you explain to your child how the application works. And of course, you can monitor how the child reacts to it.

5. PLAYING WITH CHILDREN

Play board games in another language, deal with both pantomime and classic table games. Both can be a great fun while learning individual words and phrases in a foreign language.

6. TOY THAT SPEAKS IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Give the child a new toy and tell him that he understands and speaks only in the chosen foreign language. This can be a robot, doll, sewn or plush toy. Of course, you can also make it yourself. Play with your toy by talking to them and playing in a different language only. The child will quickly start to imitate you.

7. DIALOGUE WITH CHILDREN

Talk to your child and ask questions in both mother tongue and in a foreign language. First speak to the child in a foreign language, and then, if necessary, in the mother tongue.

8. SKYPE PAL FOR CHILDREN

Find new friends who do not speak your child’s mother tongue. It’s easiest to start talking via Skype, as you can talk to anyone from anywhere. You can easily find families with similar interests that speak your preferred language. Arranging for a Skype call is important, both for the adults who will coordinate the conversation as well for the children who need to stay focused and interested in the other party. Parents are interested to whom they will talk to and they know about what their children want to talk about.

9. UNDERSTANDING THE VALUE OF KNOWING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Explain to the child the benefits of knowing a foreign language (for reading, talking, traveling). Once the child understands the benefits of knowing the foreign languages, he/she will start enjoying the learning process more.

10. QUALITY TIME WITH CHILDREN

Be spontaneous, go with the flow, learning the language at home is not as rigorous as in a class. The more original you are, the more you will laugh and have fun with your child and vocabulary will build up faster! This applies in the field of language learning and in other areas as well.

Start with all activities slowly and apply them for a short period time on daily basis. As the time goes by you will gradually extend the time you devote to activities in foreign language.

If you add our suggestions to the time you spend daily with your child, you will surely build a healthy and trusted relationship. It is important that you talk directly to the child and not that the child is a passive listener. It’s even more important to listen to your child! Often children tell things in their own way, and since each one of us has a little different, parents should learn to understand each child individually.

Be spontaneous and trust your gut! Do things the way that you think it is the best for both of you. The most important thing is that you and your child are having fun and bonding.

Early language learning – investing in your children’s future

Early language learning is a topic that has quite some public attention for a while. Today, as communication with the world seems like being on the palm of your hand, the emphasis on learning foreign languages is even more evident. For that reason, it is already quite casual to have a child enrolled in some kind of “language happy hours or activities”. Is that a good decision or we are only putting more burden on our kids?

There are evidence that children are learning languages more easily when compared to adults. Looking from the geographical point of view, on the boarder areas most of the children speak mother tongue and the language of the neighboring country, even before starting the formal education in school. Aldo children that are growing up in bilingual families, learn two languages practically simultaneously and effortless.

Children are born with a gift for early language learning: learning a mother tongue as well as additional languages is a organic process, while in older children as well as adults learning languages is a conscious process. Research shows that best time gap for early language learning is between 5 and 9 years of age, while brain is still developing and all information are being absorbed as primal. It is often said that children brain is like “sponge” which simply absorbs the information and knowledge from the environment, which specially applies for languages. If the early language learning is set well, children will learn the foreign language extremely fast and it’s knowledge will be even more long-term than in adults.

At the same time, early language learning has a positive effect on development of child’s cognitive functions and communication skills. It also encourages flexible thinking, strengthens memory and the ability to focus. It has been proved, that multilingual children use more brain tissue and are very creative.

European Union is aware of the benefits that early language learning brings. Aside from other benefits, it makes the base for later learning and shapes one’s relation to other languages and cultures. Because of that EU Ministers of Formal Education are supporting learning of at least two foreign languages in the childhood. Early language learning will be implemented in the common strategy of European Commission for early education.

Looking on a long-term run, every child that speaks more languages will have numerous benefits in comparison to it’s peers, who did not train their brains with early language learning.

What kind of early foreign language learning is best?

The method applied or early language learning must be adequate to the age of the child. But the choice of the method depends on our goals. If we desire that our child learns language very well than a systematic approach is needed. It must attract child’s attention and keep it with interesting activities: games, visual and hearing materials, integrated movement and singing. At home we can encourage early language learning with reading multilingual books, using multilingual mobile apps or with watching cartoons in a foreign language.

Early language learning should always be in accordance with child’s development and it must be of high quality. The learning process must be fun and easy, and should never feel like a “burden”. While learning in a fun and engaging way the child will be successful in concurring a new language as well as in other talents that are being develop at the same time.

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AWARDS

GOLDEN INNOVATION AWARD for innovative approach in early language learning by mobile application and the book “The Fairytale of Luna” – awarded by Slovenian Business Association.

YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD 2014 for PhD thesis – awarded by Alpine Convention (Winning 1.st prize in the competition of 42 young scientists.)

Fulbright Research Scholarship 2011. Environmental Center, University of Hawaii Manoa, USA.

Award for Green Marketing, Challenge “Bohinj Park EKO-hotel” – Bank of Tourism Potentials Slovenia 2010.

European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI) summer school scholarship for Intelligent Decision Support Systems, Advanced Course in Artificial Intelligence 2009 (ACAI 2009).

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Mojca Stubelj Ars received YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD 2014 for PhD thesis – awarded by Alpine Convention

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Early language learning

Why is early language learning very useful for school and later in life?

We already know that learning foreign languages ​​is very useful. Why it is wise for children to learn foreign languages ​​as soon as possible? Children learn the language naturally and much faster than adults. Therefore, early childhood is an ideal time to introduce your child with a foreign languag or better say – do it as soon as possible.

Scientific studies show that elementary school children who speak several languages ​​or who learn at least one foreign language are performing better than their peers in many fields! We all want our kids to be HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL, and definitely a child’s brain plays an extremely important role in that. By learning a foreign language at an early age, kids brain develops “differently”. IN A BETTER WAY! The extra synapses (brain cell connections) that develop when learning and using two languages ​​are later in life useful for anything: mathematics, logics, social skills, communication. Because of that, I take the standpoint that early language learning is literally an investment in every child!

Here you can read about few positive effects of early language learning

1. Better cognitive skills, problem solving and multitasking

Many studies have been conducted on the relationship between early language learning and students’ cognitive abilities. Students who learn a foreign language have been shown to be more flexible and better at conceptual thinking.

2. Better reading comprehension

Children that learn a foreign language get better results at reading comprehension. They make conclusions faster and at the same time connect different content.

3. Better communication skills

Students who learn a foreign language are performing better at oral tests. This finding applies for elementary students already and is being reported by researchers from around the world.

4. Wider understanding of the world and positive attitude towards other cultures

Learning a foreign language widens the horizons. Through language, the child learns about cultures, places and customs, and as a result develops a sense of openness and respect for other cultures.

5. A long-term competitive advantage for the global labor market

Because of the globalization, internationalization of businesses and increasing need for international collaboration in many areas, knowing foreign languages will be increasingly important.

Early language learning has a positive effect on the development of children’s cognitive and communication skills, promotes flexible thinking, enhances memory and focus, and multilingual children are also more creative! You could say these are at least 5 top reasons to immerse your child into the world of languages ​​by reading bilingual and multilingual fairy tales.

A personalized bilingual book is the perfect gift for any child! This book has simple sentences and is an ideal for introducing a new language to your child. In addition, the multilingual books MINI POLIGLOTINI are a great choice for early language learning as well! Check our offer and enjoy learning new words, new phrases and a new language with your child .