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Week in Links for #BilingualKids — Dec. 20

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The Mysteries of Bilingualism II on Psychology Today — Prof. François Grosjean delves into aspects of bilingualism that remain an enigma. In this case, he writes about language choice, code-switching and language interferences — topics that have been researched at the linguistic level, but not at the cognitive and neurolinguistic ones. ¡Aprender español está de moda! on El Sentinel — A look at how more and more people are realizing the importance of learning Spanish as a second language. New Fort Worth program will graduate bilingualRead More ...

Dear Moms: Let’s Not Cut Our Umbilical Culture

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Watching your kids and their cousins: running around freely in a beautiful farm,  playing hide and seek,  milking cows, riding horses, making pretend soup by mixing water and flowers,  looking at the stars at night and more,  are beautiful things for a parent to see. Seeing kids play so happily in the country side, was not only a wonderful thing into itself, but it was also amazing that a couple of the kids there, my kids, live most of theRead More ...

Why Consistency & Repetition Are Key for Bilingual Kids

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Enzo has made incredible progress in English, and just when I wonder if English has replaced Spanish as his first language, Enzo surprises me by saying things like “Mama, en español por favor.” (Mama, in Spanish please.) He was referring to one of his favorite TV shows, Doc McStuffins, which I usually play for him in Spanish. I was, of course, thrilled. It was very different from a meltdown he had one morning when I switched the Doc McStuffins episodeRead More ...

Instead of Banning Spanish, Schools Should Promote the Benefits of Bilingualism

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I came across two very different stories regarding bilingualism in the United States this week. One made me very hopeful about the future of bilingualism, while the other completely deflated those hopes. The first one was about a school in Florida that wants to make sure its Latino students don’t lose their Spanish. Since it’s not a dual-language school, administrators have come up with the brilliant idea of asking parents to sign a pledge to speak to their children inRead More ...

I Am The Mom Who Speaks Spanish

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I volunteer in my boys’ classrooms when I can, and we make a point of going to school events. One of my favorite things to do when it comes to school, though, is just hang out. They’re still young enough to get excited when I have a day off and can come have lunch with them in the cafeteria, and when I pick them up at aftercare on the early side, I like sitting with them and the other kids at the table whileRead More ...

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