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About: Roxana A. Soto

Roxana is a bilingual and bicultural mamá to Vanessa, an inquisitive second-grader, and Santiago, an adventurous preKindie – both of whom are growing up between two worlds and in two languages. A long-time journalist, Roxana oversees SpanglishBaby's editorial content.

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Week in Links for #BilingualKids — Feb. 3

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The magic words “make them learn English” from The Economist — Immigration reform was huge this week and with that came talk of whether undocumented immigrants on their path to American citizenship should be required to learn English. As long as they’re not prohibited from speaking their native language, the author says, and I couldn’t agree more. “The solution to this apparent conundrum is very simple: bilingualism. It’s a healthy thing that Americans have historically been too suspicious of.” The U.S. needs toRead More ...

Create Your Own Conversation Hearts in Spanish for San Valentín

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January is over and Valentine’s is right around the corner. As I’ve said before I’m not a huge fan of this celebration, but I do think it’s a great time to do fun things with my kids. So I loved the idea of creating our own messages in Spanish on the large conversation hearts by Brach’s pictured above. I figured that it’d be not only fun, but it’d be a great Spanish vocabulary lesson for my kids. First, I showedRead More ...

A List of Libros for Valentine’s Day

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Whether you call it Valentine’s Day, Día de los Enamorados or Día del Amor y la Amistad, February 14th is almost here. I’ve never been a huge fan of this day, but ever since I became a mom I take it as an opportunity to talk to my children about love, family and friendship. And what better way to do that than through books! Some of the ones on this list are strictly about Valentine’s Day, while others are just aboutRead More ...

eBooks: A Great Option for Bilingual Kids

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Last week, I wrote a post about some of the things I’ve done to ensure my daughter Vanessa loves reading in Spanish. One of those things is leading by example. But since I read a lot more eBooks than regular books these days, I figured the time had come to show Vanessa what I’m doing every time she sees me with my Kindle. I mean, I think she had an idea because I might have shown it to her before,Read More ...

How I Got My Bilingual Daughter to Love Reading in Spanish

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How do you enforce bedtime for a 6-year-old who’s begging you to let her read two more pages? You don’t. Or, at least, I don’t. Vanessa gets so excited about what she’s reading that I have a really hard time telling her she has to stop. I mean, it’s not like she’s staying up way past her bedtime. I’m just allowing her to stay up an extra half an hour or so. And, you know what? I’m totally fine withRead More ...

Week in Links for #BilingualKids — Jan. 18

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Spanish is Second Most Used Language in Twitter from Fox News Latino — Amazing news considering that “60 percent of Latin Americans are still not on the Web.” Do you use Spanish in Twitter? I do! Mexican Teachers Adapt to their American Raised Students from PRI’s The World — A look at what’s happening on the other side of the border. As some Mexicans are going back home with their American-raised children who aren’t fluent in Spanish, Mexican teachers are struggling to communicate with themRead More ...

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