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Chelsea Torres is SpanglishBaby’s Book Editor and a regular contributor. She is not a native Spanish speaker, but is raising her Latino son to be bilingual. A graduate of Rollins College, Chelsea lives in Orlando with her blended family.

2 Tigers Bilingual Storybook App

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What’s better than a bilingual app? A bilingual app that relays a great moral! 2 Tigers, the latest storybook app from 33 Loretta Kids’ Books, is a fantastic way to introduce the topic of sibling rivalry. In the story, the younger of the two tigers, Delilah, is jealous of her big sister, Sophie. So, she tries to come up with something she can do that her sister can’t. Just like human siblings, the tigers fight and get in trouble. ItRead More ...

A Collection of Fun Apps for Día de Muertos!

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Día de Muertos by WashaWasha Games This game is surprisingly simple, and incredibly addicting. Watch the skeletons pop up in different boxes, wait to see the icon for which element of the ofrenda they need – flowers, pan de muerto, prayer, or tequila – and then race to give it to them before they go back underground. Sometimes, two or three of them will pop up at one time! And watch out for the bar at the top that fillsRead More ...

Spanish Vocabulary Builder iPad App

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  Have you ever looked at a foreign language textbook and not known where to begin? All those pages of vocabulary… A great app by Noyo is helping us avoid the symptoms of Overwhelming Textbook Syndrome. This iPad app is overflowing with useful Spanish vocabulary – over 1800 words! Each of the eight themed sections has over 20 pages of labeled pictures with written vocabulary (in Spanish and English) that can be shown or hidden so that you can testRead More ...

A Gringa in Little Puerto Rico

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Living in downtown Orlando gave me some opportunities to speak Spanish, but it turns out that they were miniscule compared to the practice I’m going to get in my new neighborhood. A month ago, my family moved to the south side of town, closer to where I grew up. I feel comfortable living over here, everything we do is more convenient to our house, and we found a great Montessori school for Isaiah. I didn’t expect to be surprised byRead More ...

Spanish Word Wizard: Spelling App

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  Apps that teach letters and numbers or read us interactive books are fun…but what about going above and beyond the basics? Now, we can have a companion in guiding our young readers (1st – 3rd graders) to an understanding of Spanish phonics and spelling. Spanish Word Wizard: Spanish Talking Movable Alphabet with Spell Check + Spelling Tests is a great app to supplement formal Spanish lessons, or as an introduction to the sounds of el alfabeto. The Spanish versionRead More ...

Bilingual Kids App: To the Farm!

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Now that my son has started English-only school, I am even more concerned with giving him supplementary learning activities in Spanish. Sanoen’s To The Farm! iPad app is a great choice for several reasons. To the Farm!/¡A la granja! offers different levels of spelling farm animal words, appropriate for ages 0-6. Babies and toddlers will enjoy the animal sounds and cute pictures, and children who are learning to read can see the words in full frases. There is a parentRead More ...

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