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4 Tips From La Maestra to Help Bilingual Children ‘Think More’ as They Read

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In a dual-language program (whether 50/50 or 90/10), one of the goals is for children to learn to proficiently read and write in both languages. Coming from an English-only classroom, every year I had some students who had difficulty with fluency and speed (how many words per minute they could read). I knew that if they were spending too much time trying to decode words, there was going to be little or no comprehension. Why? Your brain cannot spend aRead More ...

When Bilingual Kids are Misidentified as Special Ed Students

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“They put me in special ed when I started school. They thought I couldn’t learn, but it was because I didn’t speak English.” During a conversation with a friend, he shared with me his experience 30+ years ago in kindergarten. During the first week of school, my friend was taken out of his regular class and placed in a separate, segregated class for students with special needs. As an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher and a parent ofRead More ...

How to Get Your Child to Want to Write More… in Spanish or any Language

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I am amazed at how many children have a deep love for writing. They are the ones who take their writing journals to recess, lunch, and even home to record their experiences – they want to make sure they ‘capture’ that special moment that will inspire them to write even more. However, we all know that NOT all children have an innate passion for the written word. After years of trying strategy after strategy, I believe I have compiled aRead More ...

Learn to Activate Prior Knowledge to Help Your Child Become Bilingual

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Mom, don’t read to me in Spanish. I don’t understand anything. Read to me ONLY in English! The words came from Emilie’s mouth last winter. My 8-year-old daughter didn’t want to listen to stories en español anymore. As a mother who has been raising Emilie bilingual and taking her to Peru, my native country, every year since she was a baby, I got worried. The first thought that came to my mind was the contradiction I was experiencing. There IRead More ...

Announcing: 31 Days of Reading in Spanish {Book Reviews & Giveaway}

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Let’s face it: it’s harder to get our kids interested in reading when summer is in full swing. Or at least that’s the case in my house where the long, lazy days are filled with outdoor activities and bedtime routines are usually altered. My daughter has been out of school for over a month now, and I’m embarrassed to say that she hasn’t really read too much at all. Now that July has rolled around, we’ve decided to change thatRead More ...

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