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The adaptation of babies to the bilingual nursery school


September has arrived, it is time to return to the routine. We go back to work and the children have to go back to school and kindergarten. Today we are going to know a series of guidelines that will help us make the child's adaptation as easy as possible and less traumatic for the child. There are many doubts that parents have when the child is going to start in a nursery in which the priority language is English. What if you don't understand the teachers? Will you feel displaced? Will it be worse than if it were a normal nursery? Is it harder?

To begin with, we must differentiate between the ages of the child. It is not the same for the child to start at 4 months than at two years. So we will be treating the adaptation period according to the age group.

- Up to 7 months of age. As in any nursery. It is the period in which the baby needs less time to adapt. In general, children do not yet have the same sense of attachment to their parents. Although they need more affection and more attention. For this reason, in nursery crib classes, only a maximum of 8 babies are allowed. As for English. The same thing happens to him, the baby still doesn't even know Spanish. With what is the best ideal time to start with English. The baby, in a couple of weeks, will have gotten used to the English accent without any problem. In fact, at this age, you will not need any support in Spanish.

- Period of adaptation to the nursery from 7 to 14 months. It is usually the hardest. Although, as always, it depends a lot on the character of the child and the feeling of attachment he has towards the parents. When they start in kindergarten, the educators must pay close attention and above all observe at all times, to be able to know the child's way of being and discover their needs. Until the child begins to speak, the introduction of English is done in a very natural way. And your brain will prepare to listen and understand English whenever you are in kindergarten. If the child has a hard time adjusting, we can lean a little on Spanish, when he is most nervous. Always with words of support.

- Between 15 and 30 months of age. At this age, children are already beginning to reason and understand us. They are aware of where they are going and one of the child's weapons is blackmail. You know the effect of crying and distress on parents. What can make the entry into the nursery tougher. At this age, it is very convenient that we explain to the child before starting where he is going to go and what he is going to do. Even so, the first days are usually hard when it is time to leave it in the nursery.

The best advice is to do it quickly, say goodbye to the boy from the road, and explain to him that as soon as he arrives he has to stay and dad has to go to work. If we lengthen the goodbye, what we do is make it cost the child more by increasing his hope that Dad will eventually decide to take him home. With what the cry and crying will increase the longer we stay with him.

For English, it is convenient that the educator also controls Spanish. Since the child may have some need and we must understand him. In addition, until a month passes, the child will be adapting and getting used to his new habitat and his companions. Once the child is comfortable and enjoys in the nursery. We must start with English in a natural and constant way. Although we do not forget that children are beginning to understand explanations better and better. With what an explanation in Spanish and English, before starting a topic, can greatly advance the development of English.

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Video: Creating bilingual minds. Naja Ferjan Ramirez. TEDxLjubljana (September 2021).