How to teach kids Greek – Learning Greek for children – Bilingual Greek kids
Motivation Motivation Motivation
It’s extremely important that kids have the motivation to learn Greek. How to increase their motivation is not as difficult as you might think. You can simply do the following
Offer them rewards for learning extra words or phrases (e.g., a chocolate bar from Greece, a trip to a Greek restaurant, or his/her favorite place, such as an amusement park)
Especially for small children, including infants and toddlers, surprises are proven to increase motivation. If you play games like peekaboo (for babies) your child will be able to keep paying attention to the program.
Playing games like hide and go seek by counting in Greek or a cardboard game will do the trick.
Keep it short and simple
Not only adults but also children automatically lose interest if what they are asked to do is difficult. When you ask them to learn only a few Greek words at a time, they will find the task more enjoyable and increase their confidence in learning Greek.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice makes it perfect the old saying goes. If your child has no opportunity to practice what he/she learned, you can make sure that all the efforts are in vain.
-Test & Quiz
You can speak to your child in Greek if you know how to speak Greek. If you don’t know how to speak Greek, you can still ask questions like “what is “this” in Greek?” by showing an object. If you know a few words in Greek, you can show him/her 2 objects and ask “which one is “….”?” Kids love drawing things, you can also play with your children and ask them to draw objects by calling object names in Greek, e.g. “can you draw me a ….?”
-Talking with native speakers.
Another way of practicing Greek is giving your child opportunities to interact with native speakers of Greek. It would also be a fun family activity to visit a place where Greek is spoken such as a Greek restaurant, Greek supermarket, Greek culture center, Greek temple, Greek school, Greek community center etc.
Flash cards might sound like an old school method but they are effective. Similar to Dino Lingo motion images, how flash cards work is very simple: they create object-sign associations in your child’s brain after a short period of exposure. You can use Dino Lingo Greek Flashcards or make your own and practice with your child. If you are wondering about how to use Greek flashcards you can check out our blog post about Glenn Doman.
-Songs & Cartoons
Dino Lingo Greek is a perfect combination of songs and cartoons. You can also find tons of Greek songs and cartoons available online. It is also not a bad idea to buy some Greek children’s song cd and play it in the car or at home as background music. Studies have shown that even background TV can increase children’s vocabulary.
If your child knows some Greek, you can purchase Greek storybooks on the internet. If he/she doesn’t know how to speak Greek, you can read fairy tales by replacing some words with Greek words.
Let them watch Dino Lingo Greek videos regularly and play Dino Lingo Greek language online games. Visit places where Greek is spoken such as Greek restaurants, Greek supermarkets, Greek culture centers, Greek temples, Greek schools, Greek community centers. Play with fun educational stuff like Greek jigsaw puzzles and Greek toys. Don’t forget the posters (Greek alphabet, sight words, Greek flag). Interact with other kids who can speak Greek or study together with someone with whom they can practice Greek.