Bilingual is Better

 

When our oldest was born there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to teach him Spanish.  It was my desire to raise bilingual kids but I wasn’t prepared for the challenge.  Not having any friends or family to speak Spanish with, it took more effort on my part to make that English to Spanish transition in our daily routine.  If this desire was going to become a reality, I was going to have to train myself and be intentional about it.

One of the things that helped me was reading children books to my boys in Spanish.  A great children’s book that is also available in Spanish is called The Kissing Hand/Un Beso en Mi Mano by Audrey Penn. It’s popular around the first days of school but the Kissing Hand can be used in many different settings: going to the doctor, sleep over at abuela’s, at night when they are afraid, etc…

This is a fun activity that I enjoyed with my son who stayed home from school because he was sick.  It was also perfect with our month of focusing on love: loving one another and God’s love for us.

I didn’t have a hand shaped cookie cutter so we made one.  We traced my sons hand onto cardstock and cut it out

Place your cut out, over cooked brownies or flat raw cookie dough and trace around it with a knife.  I use this recipe for delicious sugar cookies.

Unwrap some chocolate Kisses and place them over the raw cookie dough and bake. Get cozy on the couch and enjoy your snack as you read The Kissing Hand with your child. Perfect to celebrate Valentine´s (Día del Amor y la Amistad), Mother´s Day or any day!

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