About: Susan

Susan O. Stephan is a credentialed Spanish Teacher in the state of California who earned her Master’s degree in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught in Spain, Japan and the United States. She teaches Spanish at a 7-12 public school in southern California, she also uses her teaching skills with her sons and in her Spanish speaking play groups.

Elmo’s A to Zoo Adventure Videogame

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When I was a child I loved watching Sesame Street, and was quite excited when given the opportunity to review Elmo’s A to Zoo Adventure, the videogame. I loved it!  The graphics are great, and the games are fun and educational! The games are designedo be played by young children, but the difficulty level adapts to the child’s ability. The games become more challenging as the player’s skills develop. The audio and visual directions are easy for children to follow, andRead More ...

El Perro y El Gato Bilingual Books {Giveaway}

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El Perro y El Gato is a cartoon series featured on HBO Latino.  I have also found many episodes of this popular show on-line.  My sons and their cousins love it!  The bilingual series features a laid back cat and an energetic dog who embark on various adventures together.  The cartoon series presents lessons such as sharing and personal hygiene in a fun and bilingual manner. I was thrilled to learn that these characters are now featured in their ownRead More ...

Introducing Your Bilingual Children to New Cultural Traditions like Día de Muertos

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Our cat died not too long ago.  My children had both been fond of her, and were very aware of her absence.  My two and a half year old had a lot of questions for me as to where our pet had gone, and I found myself addressing the topic of death with him.  Of course I adapted my explanation for his age and maturity level, explaining that our cat, Amiga was in heaven and that she was happy thereRead More ...

Back to School with a New Perspective

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School is back in session, and this year I am back in the classroom too.  I was fortunate to have been able to take a couple years off after the birth of my boys, but now I am back to teaching Spanish to junior high and high school students. Teaching is my passion, and I am fortunate to work at a wonderful school.  Working with teenagers is so much fun.  They are enthusiastic and eager to learn, but unfortunately forRead More ...

“You Have a Very Good Accent”

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Last week in the supermarket a woman overheard me speaking to my kids in Spanish and asked me, where I was from.  As I am often asked this question, I answered with my usual response that I was born in Pennsylvania, but learned Spanish as an adult.  Since she seemed interested, I explained to her that I am raising my children to be trilingual.  “You have a very good accent,” she kindly told me and went on to finish herRead More ...

Learning Language Through Play

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I never thought it would happen to me, but it did.  The societal pressure to put my children on the achievement treadmill started to influence some of my parenting decisions.  All parents want to give their children experiences to help them grow into successful adults, but sometimes we go overboard.  Children today often have schedules crammed full of sports’ practices, dances classes, education enrichment programs, art classes and even programs teaching them reading and math.  Like any good parent, IRead More ...

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