Here parents can find practical tips on how to foster their child's bilingualism at home.
Raising a bilingual child
A German dual language immersion program is designed to provide non-German speaking children with a high degree of proficiency in the German language. Although such programs welcome students who have exposure to German outside of school, it is not expected that students will have any prior knowledge of German from home. All students are learning to read and write and do math together! The majority of parents with children enrolled are not proficient in German. Therefore communication between the school and home is typically in English, (e.g. newsletters, memos, report cards). Strong first language skills are the foundation for learning a second or third language. So anything you do to strengthen your child’s dominant language will help your child in school. Talk to your child! Having strong oral language skills provides the foundation for your child to develop better literacy skills. Read aloud to your child every day in your home language! Reading strategies transfer from one language to another. Even if children read well on their own, reading books together is a great way to enjoy time together and foster a love of reading. The most important foundation for reading is established before a child goes to school.