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Zoobean: A Site With Handpicked Books For Bilingual, Bicultural & Multiracial Kids

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I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, where the only place I heard Spanish was within the walls of my high school. And what’s more, I took French! Eventually, I learned Spanish in college and then as a student in Venezuela and Cuba. While my first job out of college didn’t require Spanish at all, my second did. I worked at a nonprofit that partnered with public schools to provide literacy programs to elementary-aged kids. My students were almost allRead More ...

56 Questions in Spanish to Spark Family Dinner Conversations {Printable Sheet}

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I recently read a fascinating study about how dinnertime conversation supports literacy development. Although the study was conducted in English, the fundamental findings seem to apply in all languages: family mealtimes were more often a predictor of academic and social success than even time spent studying, or participation in sports or church. Regardless of family demographics, teenagers in the U.S. who eat with their families five times a week or more have higher rates of academic success, and lower ratesRead More ...

SpanglishBaby Dads: Thanks to All the Dads Who Keep Spanish Alive at Home

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Editor’s note: We’re spending this week celebrating dads raising bilingual kids with guest posts written by them in honor of Father’s Day. We love having the dad’s perspective and hope this series encourages other papis to share their stories with us. Although this last post wasn’t written by a dad, it was written by a mom thanking her husband for keeping Spanish alive at home. As a “gringa” who didn’t start studying Spanish until the age of 13 and whose “road less traveled” ledRead More ...

SpanglishBaby Dads: How I Fell in Love with Spanish & Became a Bilingual Father

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Editor’s note: We’re spending this week celebrating dads raising bilingual kids with guest posts written by them in honor of Father’s Day. We love having the dad’s perspective and hope this series encourages other papis to share their stories with us. On November 11, 2009, I was just another young man trying to make his way in the world. Some of us college-aged kids from church were starting a small group, and we were kicking it off with a little get together atRead More ...

SpanglishBaby Dads: Celebrating Papás Raising Bilingual Kids

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With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, we figured there was no better time to celebrate papás who are raising bilingual kids. While we tend to hear a lot more from moms than dads, the reality is that fathers play an integral role when raising kids in more than one language — even when they’re monolingual. Raising bilingual kids is all about support and encouragement, and if the whole family is not on board, it can end up being a muchRead More ...

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