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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.

Multilingual App: Beauty and the Beast 3D Pop-Up Storybook

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StoryToys, the same app developer that brought us 3D versions of Puss in Boots and The Little Mermaid, now has a new electronic pop-up book. Beauty and the Beast 3D Interactive Pop-up Book is another adorable multilingual app that offers a great combination of story time and game time. Since most kids are already familiar with the Beauty and the Beast tale, they will enjoy how this storybook is broken up with interactive pages to make it a little moreRead More ...

Early Lingo Spanish DVD Set {Giveaway}

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With the summer quickly approaching, I know that I, for one, am trying to collect quality DVDs for my son to watch so that I don’t feel quite so bad about plopping him in front of Netflix whenever the afternoon thunderstorms hit. The best kind of show/movie is one that is secretly educational! While I love being able to turn on my son’s favorite animated films in Spanish, he needs something fresh and interesting. Early Lingo’s Spanish DVD Set  providesRead More ...

Four Spanish Apps for Preschoolers

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Finding one great educational Spanish app is exciting enough, but discovering FOUR that go together? ¡Fantástico! TribalNova’s educational program Aprendes Con has recently launched with four diverse apps for preschoolers: Aprendes Con Boing: Planeta Boing Aprendes Con Boing: ¡Aventuras en la sábana! Aprendes Con Poko: ¡Contar y sumar! Aprendes Con Bo: ¡La alimentación! By the developers of PBS Kids Play!, these apps challenge kids with math skills (counting and basic adding), science (particularly nutrition), language, and following directions. Kids alsoRead More ...

The Future of Spanish: Should We Worry?

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This week, my daily news surfing brought me to this article from NPR about the unclear future of the Spanish language in the U.S. The author, Luis Clemens, challenges the idea that the growing number of Latinos in America automatically means there will be more Spanish speakers going forward. Those of us in the middle of child rearing in more than one language are familiar with how much work and conscious planning it takes to achieve the end of producingRead More ...

Spanish Sentence Builder iPad App

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Since I’m in the midst of teaching my preschooler to read Spanish, I was happy to come across a new app from AbiTalk called Spanish Sentence Builder. It goes beyond basic vocabulary and helps young learners piece together grammatically correct sentences in Spanish. This app bridges the gap between more toddler-centered apps and those that are for more advanced or older children. Spanish Sentence Builder offers two levels, plus the option to self-create lessons. Kids have to drag the mixed-upRead More ...

Los Navegantes iPad App

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Constantly on the lookout for new Spanish/bilingual apps, I am always happy to find something that is versatile. Los navegantes, created by second language teachers for Telefonica Learning Services is just that: a fun iPad app that can be used for young Spanish learners who have never been exposed to the language, but also for those who are conversationally fluent but are still learning to read in Spanish. The app contains a variety of games, including word searches and coloring,Read More ...

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