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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.

Twitter: @roxanaSB

Transmitting My Peruvian Culture One Ceviche at a Time

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As many of you know, cooking is not my forte. I know how to make a few dishes and between those and the ones my husband makes, we manage to feed our family of four. Unlike most Latina women I know, I didn’t grow up in a household where women cooked and passed on their skills to the next generation. I grew up in an atypical Latina house where my father cooked because my mother (and her mother) where neverRead More ...

Week in Links for #BilingualKids — June 23

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Enjoying the first few days of summer? I sure hope so! We’ve had record-breaking temperatures in Denver and so we’re spending a lot of time by the pool. Here’s some of the reading on bilingualism I’ve been doing while lounging  . Enjoy! Experts: Undocumented students could fill bilingual teacher shortage from KVUE-Dallas — Fifteen percent of bilingual and ESL jobs go unfilled in North Texas schools. Many times administrator have to turn to Mexico to recruit teachers. But Obama’s newRead More ...

Wordless Wednesday: ¡Alegría!

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Lo que más me gusta de los niños es lo reales que son sus sentimientos. Hace un par de semanas viajamos a Orlando para ir a Disney y Santiago, quien ya ha viajado en avión antes pero recién se está percatando de qué se trata, no cabía en su pellejo de la felicidad. Es más, cuando el avión estaba despegando, no pudo contener su alegría y comenzó a dar unos chillidos de felicidad que nunca había escuchado. ¡Lo máximo! ...

PBS KIDS Summer Reading Party in Spanish

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While I don’t really have to worry about Vanessa not reading during the summer — she’s a bookworm, just like her mom — I must say I do love the idea behind iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge, which starts tomorrow, is free and lasts six weeks. The way it works is pretty simple. Basically you just sign up and you’ll start getting daily emails with literacy-building tips and activities from experts at PBS KIDS and Scholastic, two ofRead More ...

Week in Links for #BilingualKids — June 15

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It’s obvious that summer is right around the corner because it was a bit of a slow week in terms of news in the world of bilingualism. What we did find, though, is definitely worth reading: Educators once opposed raising bilingual children. Experts now say it’s beneficial from the Washington Post — The majority of the info in this article is not totally new, but I like that it’s all together in one place and written in a way that isRead More ...

A Magical Getaway with Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld

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When Vanessa and I came back from Orlando after our trip to Disney last year, she immediately wanted to know when we’d be going back. We had had a fantastic time that she wanted to know when we’d be doing it all over again, bu this time with the rest of the family. Knowing that it would be a couple of years before we could save enough for the four of us to travel to Orlando, I told her we’dRead More ...

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