Do you you want to teach your baby English?
It is never too early for a child to start learning English! In fact, the best time for your child to start learning a second language is as a baby or young child.
Babies develop an awareness of all of the sounds of language through music and significantly through their parent’s singing and reciting nursery rhymes to them. One of the best ways to teach language is through music.
How can music help your child learn English?
How can The Bubble Box videos help my baby learn English?
1. Traditional English nursery rhymes make learning easy and fun
2. Lullabies prepare your babies ear, voice and brain for English
You will also learn some English lullabies to sing to your baby before bed time each night. Lullabies, songs and rhymes of each culture prepare a child’s ear, voice and brain for language. As your child listens to English falling asleep this is a soothing and wonderful way to encourage their English language learning. You can sing along to the lullabies as you stream them from the website or Youtube channel. I recommend you play the sound only as babies should not be stimulated by watching a screen before bed.
3. English songs build your baby’s vocabulary
Many of the music activities in my program will teach you and your baby English vocabulary just by singing along and doing the actions. The actions teach the meanings of the words and build vocabulary. For example, in my song Bubbles, Bubbles everywhere you lift your baby into the air as you sing “Bubbles, bubbles in the air” and gently bring them down and sit them on the ground as you sing “Bubbles, bubbles floating down, bubbles bubbles hit the ground.” There are many more vocabulary building activities like this in my program.
So now that you know how easy it is to start your child’s English learning journey here are a few tips for using The Bubble box videos.
Tips for Using the Program
1. Repetition is the key
I am an early childhood teacher and I use music in my classroom each and every day. Many of my students are from non-English speaking backgrounds and I know that incorporating music into my daily program helps them to learn English more quickly and effectively. My number 1 tip for teaching English to your babies is to repeat the songs and activities over and over again. When words are repeatedly sung or recited, it reinforces what was learned and stimulates the brain for better learning.
2. Keep going (don’t give up!)
Your baby may not be saying any words yet, either in English or in your native language, but don’t be discouraged. Just remember that there is a lot going on inside your baby’s brain that you can’t see! About 700 connections are created per second in a baby’s brain. And by the age of three, the brain has formed 1,000 trillion connections. These connections help the brain do everything from using a spoon to remembering the words to a song. The music activities you do with your baby every day are helping to build strong connections in your baby’s brain.
3. Give positive feedback
Whenever your baby responds to a music activity, whether it is physical or verbal (copying an action, making a noise etc) show delight and encourage them to continue. When eventually your child says their first English word, encourage him to say that word again and go on to new words, just as you would when they speak in their native language.
The Connection Between Music for Babies and Foreign Language Development
Here is a video presentation I gave in October 2016 for an online conference in Russia called the Play English Conference. In this video I go into more depth about the benefits of teaching your baby a second language, the connections between music and language development, young children’s brain development and recent research findings. If you are interested in learning more please watch and if you have any questions or feedback you can contact me.
Thank you for taking the time to visit The Bubble Box. I hope you have found the inspiration to start your child’s English learning journey today.
GOOD LUCK !