Kids&Us Parents

The role of the parents in the learning process of their children is key to Kids&Us

Your role as a parent and your commitment to follow our instructions are essential so that your child can attain and assimilate the pedagogical objectives of each course.

 

Kids&Us is counting on you to ensure the success of your children's language learning.

  • 1. How does Kids&Us set children on the path to language learning?

    At Kids&Us, we believe that there is no better way to immerse children in English than through games, songs and stimulating activities specially designed for each age group.


    The various activities are designed to consolidate everything that the children have worked on and at the same time, steadily expand on it. In our methodology, nothing happens by chance; everything we do has a solid reason behind it.

    All of the activities that we carry out in class have the clear goal of achieving communication in English between the children and their fellow classmates and also with their teacher.

  • 2. What are the objectives at Kids&Us?

    From day one, our methodology aims for the children to:

    • Learn English naturally, taking full advantage of their innate abilities.
    • Have contact with the authentic uses of English from the first moment, without adapting or simplifying the language, thus providing the children with a comprehensive and realistic learning experience.
    • Assimilate the basic grammatical structures of English naturally and effortlessly.
    • Be able to express themselves in English.
    • Speak with correct pronunciation and with little interference from their native language.
    • Develop good oral comprehension, despite not understanding every word.
    • Find learning English easy in general.
  • 3. What levels are there at Kids&Us?

    Kids&Us does not make a distinction between levels of English, just as there are no levels in first language acquisition. When talking in our own language to a one-year-old child, it would be ludicrous to think, ‘He is just one year old, so I am going to use single verbs or only speaking in the present tense.’ What would happen if we did employ this strategy? At three years old, boys and girls would not be nearly as linguistically competent as they normally are at that age as the language that they would use would be limited and inaccurate. If this is the case with our own mother tongue and we aim for our children to be competent in a second language, why should we approach English any differently?

    Kids&Us is currently organized into ten courses that are arranged with respect to age rather than level. We understand that what is stimulating for a two-year-old will not be of interest to a five-year-old.


    Our courses are designed with the cognitive development of the child at each age in mind.

  • 4. How many days a week do children come to class?

    Boys and girls come to class for one hour a week until they learn to read and write. From that point onwards, they come once a week for an hour and a half or two hours.

  • 5. Is one hour of class per week enough?

    Yes, as long as they listen to the CD every day, as our methodology requires.

  • 6. Why do they have to listen to the CD every day?

    We firmly believe that continuous exposure to the language is fundamental for learning and understanding. By repeatedly listening to the CD, children steadily record a great number of words and structures in their brain.  The advantage of this is when they hear or work on the terms later on in class, they can identify and reproduce them much more easily than if they had not heard them beforehand.  Moreover, children become used to English pronunciation through listening and their comprehension becomes more accurate.

  • 7. How and when should they listen to the CD?

    Children take home a booklet for colouring and a CD for listening. The track that they work on at home lasts for about ten minutes. Each time they listen to the CD, the kids have to colour in or cross out an animal in their booklet. The CD can be listened to at any time of the day and while they are involved in any other activity with the exception of watching television. It is important to find a moment when they can listen to the CD at the same time every day, so that it becomes part of their daily routine (during breakfast, before going to bed, etc.).

  • 8. What would happen if a child did not listen to the CD every day?

    The methodology becomes less effective if they do not listen to the CD. In addition, the classes are designed to carry out activities based on the language and vocabulary which the kids have already become familiar with at home. As a result, if a child never listens to the CD, they may feel lost in the class and will consequently become unmotivated.

  • 9. Do parents need to have a good level of English?

    No, it is not necessary. It is only necessary to ensure that the children listen to the CD every day.

  • 10. Do they learn the same things as they do at school?

    At Kids&Us, the children do not learn the same things as they do at school. The methodology could not be more different. Our methodology is based on complete linguistic immersion and comprehensive language acquisition. Grammatical structures and vocabulary cannot be learnt in isolation but rather in real contexts. Moreover, we take full advantage of working with smaller groups in order to promote and provide more opportunities for oral expression.

  • 11. Why do they learn to read and write later than they do at school?

    Our experience clearly shows that the acquisition of literacy in English is much more successful and much less taxing if the child has been exposed to a rich oral input before learning to write. In fact, in our mother tongue, we do not start to speak, read and write at the same time, but rather, we learn to communicate in a language using our oral and aural abilities and subsequently, we learn to read and write it. We firmly believe that it is more natural and productive to strengthen comprehension and oral expression during the first few years of learning English.

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