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Starting Day Care Means Stepping Up Our Language Learning Efforts

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My son Enzo recently started day care. Because I was afraid that full time day care or nursery school would introduce too much English too soon, I decided to go with a part time program. I feel I’ve made the right decision because It’s only been about a month and he already throws around English words in our conversations. I do not act surprised or scold, I simply say, “¿quieres decir _____? ” and insert the word in Spanish. HeRead More ...

Recommendations for Immersion Travel in Peru

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The past couple of summers, my family and I have taken vacations that have enabled us to be immersed in Spanish. Our goals have always been to improve our language skills, to learn about and visit the historical sites throughout the country, and to experience the culture. My previous SpanglishBaby posts about our travel experiences always included information about our activities, our Spanish classes, and the home-stays. In the comments section, there were often requests for further information and moreRead More ...

How I Plan To Help My Children Become Literate in Spanish

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It was back to school for both my children today and while we they had an amazing summer immersed in Spanish, neither is enrolled in a dual language immersion school. This means we have to work hard at home to maintain the Spanish flowing. I’m not really concerned about their speaking skills, as Spanish is the dominant language in our home, but I am concerned about their abilities to read and write in my native tongue. This is particularly trueRead More ...

Our Summer of Spanish

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Even though we’re only half-way through the summer, my children are going back to school on Monday. So, for all intents and purposes, our summer is almost over. And what a summer it has been! Vanessa and Santiago have been immersed in Spanish all.summer.long and it has been an experience like no other. First, as many of you know, we spent a whole month in Puerto Rico with my husband’s side of the family where my children were not only fully immersedRead More ...

Immersion Travel: Summer Camp in Puerto Rico

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It’s been two weeks since we arrived in Puerto Rico and the experience has already been much more than I expected. My kids have been so immersed in Spanish at every level and in so many settings that a couple of days ago Vanessa actually came up to me and out of nowhere asked: “Mami, ¿qué tal si me olvido mi inglés?” I wanted to laugh at her ingenuity, but I just reassured her that this wouldn’t happen. Truth is sheRead More ...

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