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Video of the Week: El Día de San Valentín

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Valentine´s Day is the day to tell our friends and family how much they are loved.  We are always full of love for this community of parents raising bilingual children and for the love and support you always show us. In Spanish-speaking countries,Valentine´s Day is called either El Día de San  Valentín or El Día del  Amor y la Amistad. This week´s video is from one of the favorite characters in our household:  Caillou, learning about El  Día de  SanRead More ...

2010 Pura Belpré Award Winners

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Just wanted to share with you the winners of 2010′s Pura Belpré Award. Established back in 1996, the award goes to “a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.” Author Award winner: Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez – A YA (young adults) novel about the friendship between two children from different backgrounds, one an American citizen, the other one an undocumentedRead More ...

Full Immersion Language Schools: An Explanation

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Playgroups, I can’t praise them enough. Not only has ours been a great way to expose Vanessa to Spanish spoken by her peers, but it’s also become like a second family for me. I’ve become really good friends with some of the other mamás and we rely on each other for anything from babysitting to accountant recommendations. And, just the other day, it was through one of the mothers, actually through the founder of our group, that I found outRead More ...

Loss of the Heritage Language

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I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been bombarded by information related to the loss of heritage languages in this country. It probably has to do with the fact that I’m currently working on a newspaper story about how some second–or even third–generation immigrants who were not taught Spanish by their parents are choosing to do the opposite with their children. I recently found out my husband works with somebody who was born in Mexico, but moved to Colorado whenRead More ...

He Forgot his Spanish…

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Just the other day, Vanessa announced to both her father and I that she likes Spanish better than English. I just stood there as proud a mamá as can be and then I wondered: “How long will that last?” She is, after all, only 3 1/2 years old and hasn’t really been exposed to her reality: English is dominant and Spanish still isn’t given the value it deserves. (More on that in a later post…) I hope that as longRead More ...

Become a SpanglishBaby Contributor

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Happy 2010 to all of you! After a much needed break, SpanglishBaby is back in full force! Since we’re starting a new decade and will be celebrating our first anniversary next month, we’ve decided to make a few changes to our growing online community. Although we’ll reveal most of them at a later time, we are at this time announcing our call for monthly paid contributors. What we’re looking for: Whether you’ve been following us since we published our firstRead More ...

5 Ways to Promote Language Learning Outside the Home

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This post was originally published on February 18, 2009. One of the biggest challenges we face in our bilingual journey is being consistent and finding ways to nurture the minority language outside the home. No matter which method your family chooses to use–OPOL (One Parent, One Language) or mL@H (Minority Language at Home)–it’s important to have resources and strategies to immerse your child in the second language in fun and playful ways. I know, for a fact, that my daughter,Read More ...

Bicultural Holiday Traditions

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Nothing like the holiday season to fill up your spirit with nostalgic memories full of aromas, tastes, colors and sounds.  Once we own up to them, those same memories are the ones that become traditions.  In our case, these memories turned traditions are a mix of the old and the new, un poco de aquí y un poco de allá. In honor of the complexity of our heritage and the constant blending of our cultures, that reaches a max duringRead More ...

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