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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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Let’s Encourage all Kids to Learn Another Language

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I was one of those very lucky kids who attended a dual language immersion school. Although I moved around a lot as a child — living in 5 countries in 3 continents by the time I was 14 — I spent five solid years at my mother’s alma mater back in Peru and I was instructed mostly in English from 4th to 8th grade. As far as I remember, I only had a handful of courses, including Historia and GeografíaRead More ...

Educational Resources for Bilingual Kids

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Back in the spring, I was invited by New Futuro to participate in a really cool event hosted by Que Rica Vida in Chicago with the purpose of providing information and tools to Latino parents to be able to help their kids succeed. Aptly named Infórmate y Edúcate, the free event conducted solely in Spanish was a huge success with over 500 people in attendance. I must say I was honored to be in the company of some great LatinaRead More ...

Bravo to Illinois for Understanding Why Bilingual Education is Crucial!

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I might just have to move to Illinois. In case you didn’t know, earlier this month, Gov. Pat Quinn, signed a bill, which aspires to strengthen bilingual education in that state. Illinois plans to do that by first evaluating the state of bilingual education in its schools and then presenting a report to lawmakers and state education officials by Jan. 1 with their findings and recommendations. I’m not going to lie, listening to Gov. Quinn make the following remarks during theRead More ...

PBS presents: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood {Giveaway}

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One of the downsides to having moved to the United States as a teenager is that there are a lot of cultural references I have no connection to. The majority of these have to do with children’s music, literature and television programs that my generation grew up with here. That’s why I have no connection to something like Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, for example. While I’ve heard people rave about the program and I’m sure it was truly amazing, I’d beRead More ...

Introducing: SpanglishBaby Playground {and a Huge BTS Giveaway!}

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The main thing we were both trying to create when we launched SpanglishBaby, exactly three and a half years ago, was an online community for parents raising bilingual children just like us. Fortunately — and thanks to all of you! — we’ve been able to create a growing community of parents on the same journey of love, passion and determination to raise children in more than one language and aware of their cultural heritage(s). Now the time has come for usRead More ...

Look at All the Back to School Clothes We Got for $100!

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I love summer and being able to spend time off with my children, but I’m actually ready for both my kids to go back to school… and I think they are too! Luckily, we already got all of Vanessa’s back to school supplies — with plenty of time since we have to go drop them off tomorrow at her school — and earlier this week we went shopping for clothes. We were given $100 by Walmart to see how manyRead More ...

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