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Why We Chose a Chinese Over Spanish Immersion School

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When it came time to decide on a public school for our 4-year-old daughter last spring, it ultimately came down to a choice between two very different language immersion programs: Spanish or Chinese. We’ve done a pretty good job at weaving our cultura into our daily lives — Texican, on my side, and Nicaraguan on my husband’s side – but our daughter is still far from fluent in Spanish. While I do want her to eventually become fluent in Spanish,Read More ...

What Happens Inside a Dual-Language Middle School Classroom?

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  Last week, I gave Spanglishbaby readers the opportunity to take a special peek into a kindergarten classroom at a dual-language school. I received many great emails from parent to teachers – THANK YOU for all your questions and comments. I also got quite a few requests asking me about dual-language in the upper grades (not just 4th or 5th grade, but beyond). I am excited to be able to share with all of you great insights as well asRead More ...

A Special Peek Into a Dual-Language Kinder Classroom

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I have always believed that it takes a ‘special’ kind of heart to be a kindergarten teacher – sugar maybe? As an upper elementary educator, I often take for granted that children come to me already knowing how to hold a pencil or writing words with spaces between them. This week, I had the rare opportunity to visit a kindergarten classroom at my school and I was fascinated with what I saw…I just had to share the wonders that takeRead More ...

A Tip for Taking Spanish Beyond the Dual Language Classroom

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A few weeks ago I received an email from a ‘Spanglish mami’ asking me a great question I thought I would address on a specific post. The question had to do with Spanish ‘outside’ school hours – specifically playgroups designed to help children continue developing their Spanish-speaking skills. She was wondering if I knew of any particular playgroups she could reach out to. At the time I not only thought it was a great question, but it also sparked myRead More ...

A “Real” Peek Into My Dual Language Classroom

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You are probably wondering what happens inside a dual-language classroom and how similar or different it is from an all-English classroom. In every school that I have had the pleasure of working at, the first few days go in a predictable manner: excited and nervous students walking through the doors of new classrooms, parents worried about what the new school year may bring, and teachers wondering what his/her new class will be like. Teachers prepare for weeks by brainstorming waysRead More ...

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