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Keeping My Growing Sons Interested in Reading in Spanish

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In my father’s grand tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving in April — or whenever else he felt like it — he and I didn’t celebrate my birthday in May. We did celebrate it with cake or maybe a family gathering. But I always got my big gift, the one I looked forward to all year, in July. Back in the eighties there was only one place to find books in English in Costa Rica — where I grew up. It wasRead More ...

Transitioning From English to Spanish Reading

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My son Isaiah LOVES books, much like Roxana’s daughter. However, he is a bit younger (just turned 5) and is still learning the fundamentals of reading in English. Since starting at a Montessori preschool last fall, he has made leaps and bounds in his reading abilities and has a good handle on the basics. In addition to his English homework and the reading exposure he gets at school, I read to him in Spanish and English every day. I’m aRead More ...

Our Favorite Books for Parents Raising Bilingual Children

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1) Bilingual: Life and Reality by François Grosjean — Professor Grosjean is no stranger to bilingualism. Not only is he one (English/French), but he has basically dedicated his career to this topic and his expertise includes code-switching and borrowing – two of my favorite areas when it comes to bilingualism. He’s written other books too, such as Life with Two Languages and Studying Bilinguals. I’ve only read this last one and I devoured it as soon as I got my hands on itRead More ...

eBooks: A Great Option for Bilingual Kids

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Last week, I wrote a post about some of the things I’ve done to ensure my daughter Vanessa loves reading in Spanish. One of those things is leading by example. But since I read a lot more eBooks than regular books these days, I figured the time had come to show Vanessa what I’m doing every time she sees me with my Kindle. I mean, I think she had an idea because I might have shown it to her before,Read More ...

Our Bilingual Family’s New Year Resolutions

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There’s so much floating around the internet about New Year’s Resolutions this time of year! I don’t tend to make resolutions, but I do love setting a few goals for myself and getting myself organized. As for my boys’ bilingualism, we’ve been chugging along the status quo has been working for us, but I thought I’d take stock of things this January and maybe formally set a few goals for myself in this area, too. So here you have it,Read More ...

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