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About: Kelly A. Serrano

Kelly was born and raised in Ecuador, South America and moved to the United States when she was 18. While she obtained a bachelor degree in business administration and later worked in the private sector for a few years, deep inside she always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Kelly returned to school and obtained both teaching credentials and a master degree in education - she has not looked back ever since (well...a couple of times). Kelly's teaching journey has taken her many places over the last seven years, and this year she's moving to a dual-language school, which is the main reason she decided to start her own blog and create her own bilingual teaching resources.

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The Beauty of the Different Spanish Accents in Children

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  As another great week of school is near its end, I sit down and reflect on all the amazing things my students have taught me. Yes, I am the teacher, but they teach me new things everyday as well. This may not be news for many out there, but it was just so amazing that I had to share it with all of you, especially if you are raising bilingual and bicultural children.   “My class was listening toRead More ...

Must-Ask Questions for Back-to-School Night

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  There is nothing that makes a teacher happier than really involved parents and I have to say that I feel really lucky to have parents that are not only involved, but also really supportive. I am confident to say that many teachers feel the same way. Having parents that are well informed about their child’s academics and day-to-day schooling is crucial in order to have a successful school year. This week, I held my back-to-school night at the dualRead More ...

A Tip for Taking Spanish Beyond the Dual Language Classroom

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A few weeks ago I received an email from a ‘Spanglish mami’ asking me a great question I thought I would address on a specific post. The question had to do with Spanish ‘outside’ school hours – specifically playgroups designed to help children continue developing their Spanish-speaking skills. She was wondering if I knew of any particular playgroups she could reach out to. At the time I not only thought it was a great question, but it also sparked myRead More ...

Book Review: La mascota perfecta {Giveaway}

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Editor’s note: We continue with our week of Sylvan Dell Publishing Spanish-language book reviews. Check out the book review below and don’t forget to enter our GIVEAWAY for each book reviewed, but also the GIVEAWAY on Friday for a one year subscription to the Sylvan Dell eBooks iPad app Fun eReader! BOOK DESCRIPTION/REVIEW Many of us remember the time we asked for a pet when we were little. In La mascota perfecta (A Perfect Pet in English), author Samantha BellRead More ...

How Can Monolingual Parents of Dual Immersion Students Help with Homework?

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  As the school year progresses and students get used to the new classroom routines, there is something children and parents know will come sooner or later….homework. While my personal view on homework has changed and evolved over time (I have written about it in detail on my blog), I know that ‘in general’ homework, at one point or another, is part of every student’s schooling years. Late last week, as my dual immersion fourth graders where getting ready toRead More ...

A “Real” Peek Into My Dual Language Classroom

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You are probably wondering what happens inside a dual-language classroom and how similar or different it is from an all-English classroom. In every school that I have had the pleasure of working at, the first few days go in a predictable manner: excited and nervous students walking through the doors of new classrooms, parents worried about what the new school year may bring, and teachers wondering what his/her new class will be like. Teachers prepare for weeks by brainstorming waysRead More ...

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