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About: Alicia Maher

Alicia Maher was born in El Salvador and resides in Los Angeles CA since 1986. She learned to cook at a young age authentic Salvadoran food from her grandmother, great aunts, aunts and her Salvadoran friends. For almost thirty years Alicia has passionately carried and shared her country and ancestors’ culinary traditions with family and friends. In her cookbook Delicious El Salvador: 75 Authentic Recipes for Traditional Salvadoran Cooking, she sets out to preserve and teach El Salvador’s home cooking history, flavors and dishes to future generations. She is also the former owner of two full service bakeries in the Los Angeles area, and has taught private cooking classes for the last five years. Before moving to Southern California, Alicia lived in Israel and Washington, D.C. She graduated from UCLA in 1992 with a BA in Art History. Alicia has been married to Joseph since 1988; they are the parents of three sons. Delicious El Salvador: 75 Authentic Recipes for Traditional Salvadoran Cooking is her first book.

I’m Thankful for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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As I get ready to welcome friends and family to my house to celebrate Thanksgiving, I can’t help but be thankful for a wondrous place called St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which I was fortunate enough to visit last week. I know it’s weird to describe a hospital as wondrous, but I’m sure that if you’d visit, you’d feel the same way. You see, despite being a hospital for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases, St. Jude is aRead More ...

Disney’ s ‘Frozen’: What Does a 6 Year-Old Girl Learn From It?

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Walt Disney Animated Studios’ newest blockbuster princess movie, FROZEN, opens today in theatres everywhere, just in time for the Thanksgiving weekend! We got the chance to see it a few weeks ago and all I can say is that it lives up to all the fabulousness you can already imagine and expect it is coming from the team that created “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph.” Inspired on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Snow Queen, Disney created a spectacular and epic animated musicalRead More ...

Bilingual Science iPad App

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The Adventures of Alex: Electricity is a new iPad app available in English and Spanish. It’s an educational ebook with a funny twist at the end. Alex is a curious little boy who wonders where power comes from. Learn what types of devices around your house require electricity by tapping each object on the pages. Then, go with Alex as he follows the power lines to find out where they begin. Alex travels for miles with his dog to investigateRead More ...

#BilingualKids Video of the Week: La Historia de Thanksgiving

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Semillitas Channel on YouTube has a short and fun animated video in Spanish to teach kids a bit about the history of Thanksgiving. ¡Que lo disfruten! For more videos in Spanish about Thanksgiving, check out our Thanksgiving para Niños playlist on YouTube. ...

Gwyneth Paltrow Raises Bilingual Kids and We Say ¡Bravo!

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I have a Google Alert set up with the keywords “Spanish for Children” to monitor that trend for fodder for my posts about raising bilingual kids here and on SpanglishBaby. Yesterday’s email alert was flooded with headlines about Gwyneth Paltrow “urging” and even “forcing” her kids to speak Spanish to her. The gossip headlines ranged from the factual to the sensational. Of course, I quickly started clicking on all of these because I confess to adore Gwyneth for all theRead More ...

Multilingual Creative Shape Learning App

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WiseKids, a unique app developer with a refreshingly global outlook, is launching its latest multilingual app: Shape the Village. With this app, kids can be creatively stimulated while learning about círculos, triángulos y cuadrados. There are 16 different corners of the “village” to visit and manipulate shapes. Like all the apps from WiseKids, this one has narration options in 8 languages, including English and Spanish. It’s true that the music is cute and graphics are adorable, but this app wasRead More ...

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