How can our child learn 2 languages, German and our own language?

Dear parents,

Perhaps you sometimes ask yourselves
“How is our son or our daughter learning German?” or
“Can our child learn two languages at an early age?” or may be
“Will our child be able to express himself/herself well later in school?”

It is easy for a child to learn more than one language

If your child grows up speaking two different languages, for instance speaking one language at home and another one in kindergarten, your child has a great chance for his/her future. Research has shown, that children are able to learn two [or more] languages at an early age as long as they are actively supported in both languages. If father and mother speak different languages, then each parent may speak in his or her own language with the child. Children have no problem coping with that. However, in this case clear guidelines are important, such as: one person – one language. That way a child knows Mum speaks this way, and Dad speaks that way, and during lunchtime “we speak this way…” More…

Der kleine ‘Kinder-Knigge’

Manchmal werden schlechte Manieren bei Kindern damit entschuldigt, dass sie ‘ja noch so klein’ sind. Es gibt jedoch für jedes Alter eine angemessene Form der Höflichkeit und Rücksichtnahme. Dabei lautet stets die Faustregel, andere so zu behandeln, wie man selbst behandelt werden möchte.

Auch wenn’s schwer fällt: Fordern Sie diese kleinen Regeln immer und immer wieder ein. Denn auch hier gilt: Übung macht den Meister!

Tipp (zum Weiterlesen):
Kinder-Knigge. Dagmar v. Cramm.
SüdwestVerlag. München 2003.
(3. Aufl.) 96 Seiten.

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