Moving from overseas to US. How to make the change easier for my daughter? She doesn`t speak English

Ivonne - posted on 03/24/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Moving from overseas to US. How to make the change easier for my daughter? She doesn`t speak English yet!!!

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Ivonne - posted on 03/25/2011

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Certainly my daughter is too yung, she`ll be 4-yo in August. She likes to learn words in English, songs.... actually she`s up to some vocabulary and songs. My concern is what`s going to happen once she`s at school by her self. She`s very friendly and at the same time sensitive.

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It would help if we knew how old she is. The younger, the better for kids to learn a second language. In the meantime, there are a lot of tools you can do to teach basic vocabulary. But, you might also need to back it up and teach the English alphabet. Label everything in your home on post-it notes in English and her native language. Start speaking basic sentences. Google the phrase "English Language Learner" for teaching tips as well.

Carrie - posted on 03/24/2011

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If she is younger, I would get her in some type of play group asap. Perhaps something that she already does like soccer/football so she already feels comfortable with the rules. If she is older, she can get a speaking partner who is close to her age. Many communities are multicultural now and may have someone who can help. Check with the school to see what they have to offer.

If she likes Disney movies and has a few almost memorized (like my daughters), you could get her some in English!

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