At present children grow up in a world in which they hear more than one language every day. These might be the languages they hear at home, or those which they hear in their surroundings and in the media. Later these languages may be valuable in their professional career.
This is why more and more parents want their child to master at least one foreign language as soon as possible. Attending a bilingual Polish-German Kindergarten, and then continuing the learning process in a bilingual primary school is a perfect opportunity to learn a language at an early age. Approximately 70% of the world's population uses more than one language every day, and more than a half of school children are not taught in their mother tongue. However, it is still not known exactly how bilingualism is developing, and what is the best way to support children in this process.
Nevertheless it is sure, that children have the capability to learn different languages from an early age. This is not an automatic process, yet it must be supported, so that the child will be able to speak, read and write in two languages the moment he or she finishes school.
Not only is supporting the process of learning a language important in developing bilingualism, but also for whole human growth.
Talking, reading, telling stories and singing is crucial in the early development of a child. A child learns words and sentences, and has the capability to experience that talking brings satisfaction. The satisfaction is even bigger when a child is able to say it in two languages.
Children develop the ability to learn language from the age of one, as well as, the fondness for the sound of a language it hears every day. Babies start their babble in the language they hear from about 10 months from birth. In the second and third year of living children learn the basic language structures and their meanings. At the age of four the child has already mastered the structure of its mother tongue. The child learns the sound and scheme of different languages, through having contact with them for the early age. It grows up in the spirit of bilingualism.
The contact with the first language plays an important role in the process of learning any other language. Learning your mother tongue meant learning how to express your emotions, perceptions, thoughts and words. A language learnt precisely and accurately helps children to master other language. It is crucial for the parents to talk with their child in the language they know the best.