Once a day, every day: Consistency is the key. It is important to remember to login and practice once a day.
5 to 30 minutes: Children need breaks for various health reasons, but from an education standpoint, these essential breaks allow your child to digest the information to which they have just been exposed. At DinoLingo depending on the child's age, we recommend up to 30 minutes per day of screen time. The content is separated into very short, subject-specific chapters so that you plan your own learning schedule at home or on the go. Just monitor their time and be patient with the process.
Repeat: Repetition is a great way to learn a new language. You will notice your child repeating the words and phrases, which is great. Let them repeat the same section, lesson or game as many times as they wish. Repetition equals results.
Engage: Language learning is more like a social activity. Take the time to ask their thoughts on what is happening in the story. Make silly mistakes and let them correct you over and over until you get it right. Keep the conversation going.If you know the language, play bilingual family games or sing songs with your child in order to make this process more enjoyable and immersive for the entire family.
Check Reports: Look at the"Reports" page at least once a week. You will find the "dinosaur score, star score, book score, etc". Share their reports by telling them how much they have been learning and feel free to test their knowledge by asking what means what etc...
Encourage: With the game-based teaching technique; children collect dinosaurs and stars upon completing activities. These rewards already increase the interest and reinforce the concepts to which they have been introduced. Make sure to congratulate them for their achievements by saying "great job" etc.. You can also promise them surprise gifts when they reach their goals, such as; "If you have 10 dinosaurs, I will get you an ice cream, or 3 more stars I will take you the park, etc... Children must be awarded for learning a new language and never be punished for their mistakes, also do not discourage or make fun of their mistakes, or accents, etc as this will take the fun out of it.
Last but not least: Children love to watch cartoons and play games, therefore we have developed this language program as a valuable tool for parents to benefit from as they multi task during busy days. Children will learn a new language as long as they follow the program, however as mentioned above, the involvement of parents is crucial.
Finally, we congratulate you on your child's language learning journey and wish you best of luck. Please remember, its a long process and every moment with your child is a learning experience.
Why should my child learn a foreign language now?
There is convincing evidence, which suggests that children who learn a second language at an early age have a greater chance of succeeding with reading, vocabulary, and writing, throughout their academic and professional career. In addition, such children are more likely to develop healthier critical thinking and social skills, both significant advantages in life. Studies also show, bilingual students, including adult students, often achieve higher scores on standardized tests and college entrance exams. According to the 'American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages', ACTFL, learning a second language has a greater advantage for children both in the near and distant future, enabling them to easily interact with multinationals. This will be a definite competitive edge in the global business arena later in life. Please feel free to check out our blog for additional scientific resources on this topic.
Is 'The Immersion Method' really the best method?
There are over a thousand studies that have investigated the effectiveness of 'the Immersion Method' and the answer is a resounding "Yes!" the Immersion Method is the best practice for learning a new language. Many studies have indicated that Immersion is also the best method for children to acquire a foreign language (Wode, 2001, ELIAS Studies). Today many major Universities including Harvard University, Columbia University and Stanford University use 'The Immersion method' in their language classes. On the other hand, 'The Immersion Method' may be ineffective if a child has low motivation due to disinterest. Therefore, it is critical that the interest of children is initially sparked and then kept at a consistent level. Not only must children be engaged in learning activities, they must be entertained, in order to feel motivated towards learning a new language. Without focused interest, children may fail to make the first connections necessary to build foundations from the initial lesson. It is for this very reason that we have combined various child-centered learning techniques and principles in order to develop our own special Dino Lingo method. Combining songs, dancing figures, fast-moving objects, unique sounds, child-directed speech and vivid animations, all narrated by native speaking voice talent, our method captures the attention of young minds and engages them in an interactive learning adventure. This method is successful because (as any parent or teacher can attest) a love of animated, cuddly dinosaurs is universal with children the world over, as is a love of dancing and singing. Combine the two, and you are not only sure to get a child's attention, you are sure to keep it! Soon you will experience the rewarding feeling of pride that only seeing and hearing your child speak another language can bring!
Why is it easier for children to learn a foreign language than for adults?
It is easier for children to learn a new language because imitation and motor learning skills are enhanced during early childhood. Children are purely built to learn and absorb their surroundings. They are curious and interested in learning about life. It has also been proposed, in the science community, that the flexible muscular formation in a child's mouth enables a child to make new and different sounds and tones more effortlessly than an adult. According to recent studies, children can express an average of 2,000 words when they are 5 years old (learning 2-5 new words a day) and may understand up to 14,000 words by the time they reach their 6th year (learning 9 words a day). Scientists propose that children can learn how to speak a foreign language without an accent before puberty (before 13-14 years of age). It is nearly impossible to speak as a native speaker (without an accent) if the language is studied post puberty.
How can I help my child understand the material if I don't know the language?
Some parents may feel unable to support their children's learning process without prior knowledge the language being taught. It's an understandable concern. However, this is no cause for alarm. Dino Lingo provides a vocabulary book, which includes the contents of each video in the language-learning program. This will empower you with the tools to mentor and guide the learning process as the instructor to your child's language learning journey. You will be in full control the whole time. Additionally, our videos are available with captions in the target language. This will allow you to decide the speed of learning as you 'pause and rewind' to ask and answer your child's questions throughout the show. This learning program is designed with your experience and needs in mind. We know that as your child progresses through the program, you are there beside them. We appreciate that we must keep things simple and straightforward for our young students as well as their adult mentors.
From what age should my child learn a foreign language?
The earlier you start your child learning a new language, the more of a chance your child has to build foundations for which to build a deeper understanding of the target language. As early as 6 months is an ideal starting point, since language skills develop from birth. In fact, many experts agree that a baby will tune into sounds and tones while still in the womb. Amazing! Dino Lingo language learning programs appeal to young scholars from 2 years - 12 years of age. We strongly recommend limiting audio and visual exposure time to 10-20 minutes a day for children under the age of 2 years old. Also, please be sure to sit with them as much as possible during these fun-filled lessons. It'll surprise you how much you'll enjoy them too! Also, it's important to have you there alongside your child in order to bond as they share this extraordinary learning experience. In order to assist healthy cognitive development, caregivers must ensure that children interact with their environment through all five senses, instead of passively sitting in front of a TV set or a computer. Plenty of breaks for outside play, physical exercise, and one-on-one conversations with family and peers, is essential to a child's health, physical and social growth, and development.