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What Being Latina Means to Me

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Trying to define what it means to me to be Hispanic or Latina is a question I have asked myself all my life and in a few paragraphs I will try to come to a satisfying answer. It’s important to understand that, although I was born in the United States, the fact that I was raised in Mexico makes me a Mexican. However, the fact that I went to college in the U.S., that I have voted in the lastRead More ...

Kids + TV: What They Watch Does Matter

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Spongebob Squarepants is not good for your 4-year-old’s brain – at least that’s what a new study from the University of Virginia says. Researchers divided sixty 4-year-olds into three groups. The first group watched a 9-minute clip of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, the second watched a 9-minute clip of PBS’s Caillou, and the third group drew pictures for nine minutes instead of watching television. When the nine minutes was up, each group was tested in what psychologists call “executive function.” TheRead More ...

5 Biggest Obstacles When Raising Bilingual Children

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Last week we posted the following question on our Facebook fan page: “What has been your biggest obstacle in raising a bilingual child?” Within minutes, we had tons of answers explaining all kinds of different obstacles. But soon it was clear which were the most prevalent (in no particular order): #1 You’re the only one who speaks Spanish at home (or the OPOL method is hard to do) I’ve always kind of silently envied those who use the OPOL methodRead More ...

Bilingual Bear Books {Giveaway}

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As you might remember, my daughter and I embarked on a trilingual adventure toward the end of last year when we partnered up with Little Pim to document her progress learning French during three months. While that partnership is over, I’m making it a point to continue this journey by looking for ways to get my hands on other products, materials, books, toys, and music in French to make it more of a fun ride than a chore. One of the thingsRead More ...

Our Trilingual Adventures with Little Pim: The Future + {Giveaway}

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So we’ve come to the end of our trilingual adventures with Little Pim. For the last three months, I’ve been documenting my daughter’s progress learning her third language through progress report posts and vlogs featuring Skype consultations with Little Pim’s founder, Julia Pimsleur Levine. It has been a grand journey and I couldn’t be happier that we got started with Little Pim’s products because they’ve really made it fun and easy to do. If you’ve been following this journey, youRead More ...

Our Trilingual Adventures with Little Pim: Final Progress Report

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It’s hard to believe but three months have already gone by since we started our trilingual adventures with Little Pim. Today, I bring you my daughter Vanessa’s last progress report. But be on the lookout next week for our final Skype consultation with Little Pim founder, Julia Pimsleur, which will include an awesome giveaway of their products . Last month I wrote about how proud I am that Vanessa seems to love languages just as much as I do. JustRead More ...

Our Trilingual Adventures with Little Pim: Progress Report 2

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My daughter, Vanessa, loves languages. Nothing could make me happier because I love languages too! We’re about a little over two months into our Trilingual Adventure with Little Pim – our journey to expose Vanessa to her third language: French, and I’m happy to report that things are going much better than I expected. I try to speak to her in French every single day, even if it’s not for an extended period of time. We either listen to LittleRead More ...

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