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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

Two Día de Muertos Finds You’ll Love {Giveaways}

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We’ve dedicated this whole week to a wondrous Mexican celebration called Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). We hope you’ve enjoyed it and that you’ll find ways to incorporate such a special celebration into your own traditions. To wrap up this week-long series, we’d like to share with you a couple of original Día de Muertos’ finds and give you a chance to win one of them. Rosita y Conchita – A rhyming storybook in English and SpanishRead More ...

Bilingual Laugh & Learn Learning Kitchen {Giveaway}

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It’s so true what they say about second children. They don’t get as much attention as the first one…for obvious reasons. I hate to say it, but it’s happened in our home with my little boy. He’s barely gotten any new clothes because I’ve used a lot hand-me-downs. In terms of toys, besides the handful of cars and trucks he’s received as gifts, he’s inherited all of his sister’s baby toys. So when Fisher Price came asking if we wereRead More ...

Puerto Rico Map Puzzle {Giveaway}

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I was so happy to find out that Ingenio, one of our long-time sponsors, has added two more learning puzzles to their already impressive list of bilingual toys. One of Mexico, which Ana Lilian wrote about last week, and the other one of Puerto Rico. While I don’t hail from either country, I’ve very strong ties to both of them. Not only did I live in Mexico as a child, but I’ve family and a lot of dear friends whoRead More ...

Our Trilingual Adventures with Little Pim: Media

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It’s been a little bit over a month since we jumped into our language-learning adventure with Little Pim. While there has definitely been some progress – Vanessa’s vocabulary in French has expanded a bit – I must admit I have an even bigger appreciation of those who don’t speak the minority language and are still raising their children bilingual. As I admitted to Julia Pimselur, Little Pim’s founder, during our monthly Skype “consultation,” this first month has been a realRead More ...

Bilingual Education – An Alternative

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I’ve been doing some serious thinking about what will happen next year when Vanessa goes to kindergarten because there are basically no options when it comes to dual language education in Denver. Well, that’s not totally true, but the options that do exist are really not feasible for our family. Let’s see, there’s the private school she went to for the French immersion camp this summer. While I’d love for her to go there, unfortunately, it’s out of our leagueRead More ...

Books + Libros: From North to South {Giveaway}

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Immigration is such a difficult subject to breach even among children. Imagine, then, having to talk about it with children. While I can’t lie and claim that my children—who are way too young to understand any of this anyway—are directly affected by our nation’s policy on immigration, as an immigrant myself, it would be a mistake not to start introducing some of the issues as they get a little bit older. Luckily, there’s an excellent bilingual writer who has madeRead More ...

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