Motivation Motivation Motivation
It’s extremely important that kids have the motivation to learn Latin. 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 trip to 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 seek by counting in Latin 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 Latin words at a time, they will find the task more enjoyable and increase their confidence in learning Latin.
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 Latin if you know how to speak Latin. If you don’t know how to speak Latin, you can still ask questions like “what is “this” in Latin?” by showing an object. If you know a few words in Latin, 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 Latin, e.g. “can you draw me a …?”
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 Latin Flashcards or make your own and practice with your child. If you are wondering about how to use latin flashcards you can check out our blog post about Glenn Doman.
Let them watch Dino Lingo Latin videos regularly and play Dino Lingo Latin language online games. Visit places where Latin is spoken such as Latin restaurants, Latin supermarkets, Latin culture centers, Latin temples, Latin schools, Latin community centers. Play with fun educational stuff like Latin jigsaw puzzles and Latin toys. Don’t forget the posters (Latin alphabet, sight words, Latin flag). Interact with other kids who can speak Latin or study together with someone with whom they can practice Latin.