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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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Instead of Banning Spanish, Schools Should Promote the Benefits of Bilingualism

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I came across two very different stories regarding bilingualism in the United States this week. One made me very hopeful about the future of bilingualism, while the other completely deflated those hopes. The first one was about a school in Florida that wants to make sure its Latino students don’t lose their Spanish. Since it’s not a dual-language school, administrators have come up with the brilliant idea of asking parents to sign a pledge to speak to their children inRead More ...

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 ...

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Code-Switching if Your Kids are Bilingual

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We often get asked about using the word Spanglish as part of our blog’s name. I’m sure it has to do with the negative connotation the word has. You see, a lot of people assume that those of us who use Spanglish do it because we don’t know either language well enough when, in reality, the exact opposite is true. Our definition of Spanglish is the ability to go back and forth between languages effortlessly because we can. One ofRead More ...

Make a Gratitude Alphabet in Spanish

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My kids enjoyed doing these gratitude cards so much, that I figured they would love working on another craft for Thanksgiving that would be all about being thankful. This time around, I asked them to help me put together a gratitude alphabet in Spanish. There are different ways to do something like this, but we went the sketchbook route where each letter gets its own page with a corresponding image on the opposite one. I particularly wanted to do thisRead More ...

Book Review: El Globo Grande y Mojado {Giveaway}

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BOOK DESCRIPTION/REVIEW Growing up, I always loved comic strips. I couldn’t get enough of Condorito, Mafalda, Archi and La pequeña Lulú. Looking back, I know at least the jokes in the first two were more for an adult audience than anything else, but I still loved them! While I haven’t introduced my kids to any of these comic strips just yet, I recently got my hands on a copy of El globo grande y mojado a TOON book by Liniers, a renownedRead More ...

Teach Your Bilingual Kids To Roll Their R’s

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A while back I wrote about my daughter Vanessa having a hard time pronouncing the letter R. She’s gotten better at it, but now it’s her 4-year-old brother’s turn to learn how to roll his R’s and she’s doing a great job teaching him. He still has ways to go, but as with my daughter, I’m not really worried about it because typically Spanish speaking children don’t learn to do it until they’re between 5 and 7 years old. IRead More ...

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