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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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A Halloween Boo Fest with Jorge el Curioso

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and WGBH. Just in time for Halloween, PBS Kids is premiering the first ever Curious George Halloween special called “A Halloween Boo Fest” Monday, Oct. 28. We got an advance copy and my kids and I sat down to watch this super cute movie starring Jorge el Curioso and we had so much fun! The movie is all about the legendary No Noggin, a spooky scarecrow who isRead More ...

Halloween Craft: Decorate Pumpkins Without Carving

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I’d love to say I’m an ace when it comes to doing crafts, but I simply wasn’t born with that gift. However, I have two small kids who seem to adore creating things with their little hands, and they don’t really care if I’m an expert or not. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for simple, yet fun crafts we can do together. Ever since she started seeing Halloween decorations around our neighborhood earlier this month, my daughter hasRead More ...

7 Fantastic Reasons to Raise Bilingual Kids

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Many parents never question the idea of raising bilingual kids. I imagine that, like me, they figure it’s the only way to raise their children. Maybe it’s because they’re bilingual themselves and they know first-hand the benefits of speaking more than one language. Or maybe it’s because it’d be odd for them to speak to their children in a language other than their native one even if it’s considered the minority language — as in my case. But I thinkRead More ...

Fall Craft: Easy DIY Gratitude Cards in Spanish

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Fall is, by far, my favorite season. I hadn’t really experienced the change in seasons until we moved to Colorado. Seven years later, I still can’t get enough of the colors brought about by fall. Every year, we like to take a drive up to the mountains to see the famed Aspens changing colors, but the truth is that I don’t even have to leave the street we live on to experience the breathtaking fall hues. My kids can’t waitRead More ...

Are You Raising Truly Bilingual Kids?

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Last week, I shared a link to an EFE story I was interviewed for regarding the current state of the Spanish language in the United States. One of the other people interviewed is a woman who runs a language school for children here in Denver and one of her quotes caught my attention. She said: “Bilingual people must possess a certain mastery of both their languages… speaking them is not enough. Writing, reading and comprehension are integral parts of learningRead More ...

Is Spanish an Endangered Language in the United States?

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The topics of bilingualism and the state of the Spanish language in the United States have been in the news a lot lately. A couple of weeks ago, an article I worked on over the summer titled “Can Spanish survive in the U.S.?” was published on USA Today’s Hispanic Living magazine, as you can see in the photo of the cover above. It’s an article I truly enjoyed working on because it was incredibly interesting to delve into the history ofRead More ...

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