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The Hobbit {Movie Review}

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In December 2011, I was on my trailer app on my iPad and saw the trailer for The Hobbit. I was so excited! I love director Peter Jackson. He directed The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Lord of the Rings is about a hobbit named Frodo Baggins and his quest to destroy a ring. It’s not just any ring. When you put this ring on, you turn invisible and become obsessed over it. Think about it – Wouldn’t it be fun to turnRead More ...

The Amazing Thing This Mom’s Doing to Make Sure Her Son Grows up Bilingual

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When Aidan (my now 4.5 year old) was 3 years old, he decided that he was going to refuse to do anything “Chinese”. He used to lower his head and shove his hands deep into his pockets when asked to speak Chinese. He one day declared that he didn’t want to speak Chinese anymore. My son decided Chinese wasn’t cool, or hip, or relevant to anything he was interested in. Everything fun was in English, his Chinese friends all spoke EnglishRead More ...

Rise of The Guardians

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During the holiday season, I enjoy watching holiday movies. This year I kicked off the season by going to the Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood to see an advanced screening of the DreamWork’s film Rise of the Guardians. Rise of the Guardians is filled with countless movie and television stars as the voiceover actors – such as Chris Pine as Jack Frost, Isla Fisher as the Tooth Fairy, Alec Baldwin as North (a.k.a Santa Claus), Jude Law as the BoogieRead More ...

When Papi is Responsible for Raising a Bilingual Child

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Editor’s note: For a long time now, we’ve been hoping to bring the dad perspective to raising bilingual children. While we were in Miami in September for our Bilingual is Better book launch, we met Ryan Pontier, the author of the guest post below. We were immediately impressed by his commitment to bilingualism — particularly because Spanish is not his native tongue. Ryan, however, hasn’t allowed that to stop him in his journey to raise his baby girl Anna bilingual.Read More ...

Using Puppets to Raise Bilingual Kids

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Parents and bilingual teachers have a problem. At the beginning of a relationship, kids establish the language they want to use to communicate with an adult. Once established, it is not easy to convince the children to speak another language with them. Given this situation, what can parents and teachers who want to use two languages with the children do? One solution is to introduce the children to a puppet that only speaks the target language.  Many adults remember aRead More ...

A Review of the Movie ‘Lincoln’ from the POV of a Teen

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Editor’s note: Michael, a 13-year-old homeschooled teen, is the son of Rachel Matos, one of our occasional contributors and fellow blogger. He had been anxiously awaiting the premiere of “Lincoln,” so we decided it would be great to encourage him to attend an advance screening and give us his personal review.  A year ago, I heard that Steven Spielberg was going to do a movie about my favorite president Abraham Lincoln. I’d been excited ever since. When they released theRead More ...

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