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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

Chicken Sandwich Peruvian Style

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One of the things I miss the most about my native country is its delectable cuisine. I’m no chef, but because I want my children to experience the flavors of Peru, I do my best to cook traditional dishes as often as possible. Some times that’s hard to do because not all the ingredients for the more complicated dishes are readily available where I live, that’s why I’m always looking to make the simpler recipes. This usually means trying toRead More ...

Being Bilingual: Shooting a General Mills Commercial in Spanish for Walmart

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After spending many years as a television news producer, I have no problem with cameras… as long as I’m behind them. So to say I was nervous when I was asked to participate in a Walmart commercial about General Mills’ cereals would be an understatement. Part of me wanted to say “No thanks,” but the other part saw it as a really cool opportunity to do something totally different from what I’ve done in the past, and so I acceptedRead More ...

Hispanic Heritage Month: On Raising Two Little Latino Americans

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My husband claims I’m obsessed with being Latina, (and maybe he’s right), but I just can’t fathom the idea of not teaching my kids about their roots because that’s part of their identity. As the Peruvian mother of two first-generation Latino Americans, I take every opportunity I get to teach them to be proud of their Latino culture. In essence, we celebrate our Hispanic heritage every day through the food we eat, the language we speak, the music we listenRead More ...

16 Online Educational Resources in Spanish for #BilingualKids

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Since my kids aren’t lucky enough to attend a dual language immersion school, I have to figure out ways to expose them to Spanish in an academic setting at home. That’s why I’m always scouring the web for online resources that will help me teach them concepts in subjects like math, science and geography in Spanish. Hope you find these resources helpful! And please feel free to add any others ones you and your children use so we can makeRead More ...

Book Review: Un día en la profundidad {Giveaway}

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BOOK DESCRIPTION/REVIEW When I learned that Sylvan Dell Publishing publishes award-winning picture books about math and science in Spanish, I was immediately interested in checking them out. At 7 years old, Vanessa is enthralled by anything related to the ocean, jungle animals, space, the planets and how things work, so I knew the review book we got would be a hit. The book is called Un día en la profundidad and this is what my daughter had to say about it: “I liked learning moreRead More ...

Teaching My Kids All About Camping… in Spanish!

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We had a pretty busy summer immersed in Spanish. First, we spent a month in Puerto Rico with my husband’s side of the family and then we got  to hang out here in Colorado with my side of the family visiting from Peru and Mexico. I’m not really sure how, but we also managed to squeeze in a camping trip to one of the most beautiful and unique areas our home state has to offer: the Great Sand Dunes NationalRead More ...

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