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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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Have Fun Learning Spanish

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Iwas pleasantly surprised by award-winning Whistlefritz‘ Spanish for Beginners DVD + CD series because I expected my 3-year-old daughter, whose first language is Spanish, to be a bit bored with it. I was wrong. Vanessa actually loved Adentro y Afuera‘s DVD’s main character, Fritzi, a cute little mouse used throughout the program to teach children Spanish vocabulary. She also loved the songs and actually got up and danced to “El Baile de las Manos.” The rhythm was contagious, I mustRead More ...

ReadMe: Abuelos

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This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner: Melissa Davis! One of the parts I love the most about SpanglishBaby is all the discoveries I’ve made of things I would’ve never known existed otherwise–this has been particularly true in the area of books. As you probably know by now, back in July we launched our newest monthly series, which we call: ReadMe. We have teamed up with several Bilingual/Spanish children’s book publishers to bring you a review of aRead More ...

Toys and cool finds for multicultural kids

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What a concept! An online toy retailer which sells dolls, books and products that actually represents this country’s growing multicultural population. In fact, check out Dolls Like Me‘s philosophy: “Children need to see the world the way it really is. They need to begin to develop global understanding, cultural awareness, and self-esteem as early as possible–and children of color need positive images that look like them.” I totally agree, don’t you? I first stumbled upon Dolls Like Me way backRead More ...

How to Create a ‘Perceived Need’ for the Minority Language

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My 18-year-old goddaughter, Veronika, was recently in town for the weekend and I noticed something pretty interesting that I’m still trying to figure out. Although she was raised bilingual by my (Peruvian) sister and her father, who is Cuban, (but moved to New York as a toddler and thus speaks more English than Spanish,) ever since I can remember, we have always communicated in English. I mean, I know she understands Spanish, but when I talk to her, she hasRead More ...

Latino Virtual Book Tour: Mayra Calvani

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Any child who’s ever had a pet can relate to how difficult it can be to give it the ‘right’ name. My daughter, Vanessa, has only had the chance to name a couple of fish; and she’s still so young that she interchanges a few names, depending on her mood. So, some days the red fish is called ‘pescadito‘ and other days it’s ‘Abcb’. I don’t know if she’ll ever get to name a pet dog, though, since we alreadyRead More ...

North America Map Puzzle

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Another big hit during the playgroup I recently hosted to review Ingenio’s toys, in one word, the North American Map Puzzle, is STURDY!  I know we’ve been using this word a lot these past few days when describing this bilingual toy company’s products, but it’s the truth and nothing is more important than a toy well-built when it is to be handed to little hands which like to destroy as they explore. Vanessa L-O-V-E-S puzzles, she calls them “copezas,” andRead More ...

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