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Capture Your Familia’s Stories on The National Day of Listening

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This Friday, November 23rd is the 5th annual National Day of Listening — a relatively new holiday created by StoryCorps. What is it? The National Day of Listening is a day to honor a loved one through listening – and your opportunity to capture the precious stories of your familia for your hijos, nietos and future generations. How does it work? You can have a chat with your mother, your abuelos, a great aunt, sister, tío, your esposo’s step-father, aRead More ...

Week in Links for #BilingualKids — Nov. 17

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“English Only” Laws Divide and Demean by Warren J. Blumenfeld on The Huffington Post — One of my favorite reads this week. Warren, and associate professor at Iowa State University’s School of Education, writes clearly and convincingly about why “English Only” laws should not exist. Can Bilingualism Help With Rescuing Children From Poverty from Science 2.0 — A study has found that children with low socioeconomic backgrounds who are raised bilingual have better cognitive skills than their monolingual peers. AnRead More ...

Becoming Bilingual in an English Dominant Country

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One of the things that really throw people off when they try to speak to Sabrina (my Spanish dominant toddler) is the fact that she really doesn’t understand English. In fact, I have to remind friends and family that she speaks and understand more Spanish than she does English. We have done a pretty good job of speaking to her 100% of the time in Spanish. Sure, Spanish and English flow back and forth between my husband and I (andRead More ...

When Papi is Responsible for Raising a Bilingual Child

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Editor’s note: For a long time now, we’ve been hoping to bring the dad perspective to raising bilingual children. While we were in Miami in September for our Bilingual is Better book launch, we met Ryan Pontier, the author of the guest post below. We were immediately impressed by his commitment to bilingualism — particularly because Spanish is not his native tongue. Ryan, however, hasn’t allowed that to stop him in his journey to raise his baby girl Anna bilingual.Read More ...

4 Trabalenguas Your Bilingual Kids Will Love

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Do you love trabalenguas? I do, but it never really occurred to me that tongue twisters are a great tool to reinforce my kids’ Spanish. I mean, I’ve recited a couple of my favorite here and there, but I hadn’t taken the time to formally introduce Vanessa to them til this weekend. About four weeks ago, my family and I went to San Diego for my stepson’s graduation from the Marines. Although we were only there for a long weekend,Read More ...

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