If you're raising bilingual kids, cartoons are a fun way to expose them to Spanish. Since I don't let my kids watch a lot of TV, I am very selective about the programming I do give them permission to watch. One big rule I've enforced, especially when they were younger, is that whatever they watch must be in Spanish. Here are five cartoons that are perfect for your little ones to learn more Spanish while having fun.Continue Reading >
One of the biggest frustrations parents raising bilingual kids have is that although they speak Spanish to their children all the time, they usually can't get them to respond in the minority language. Most of the times, it has to do with typical and normal rebellion on the part of children who don't want to be different from the rest, but some times it's not that. Some times it's just that speaking English comes more natural for a child, especially if the exposure he or she is receiving to Spanish is minimal. Such is the case with a dear friend of mine who wrote me an email recently asking me for advice.Continue Reading >
I have yet to meet a kid who doesn't like watching YouTube videos. Mine are no exception. And since videos in Spanish are a great option for those of us raising bilingual kids, I'm always on the lookout for good stuff out there. I hope the six I'm sharing here will be useful to you and fun for your kids!Continue Reading >
Although I've written about some great apps out there to help your kids learn Spanish, today I just want to concentrate on those that are completely free. Seems like every time I check on iTunes there's at least a couple new ones. The thing about apps is that it's so normal for kids to use them that they won't even realize they're actually learning Spanish along the way!Continue Reading >
I try to read to my kids every single day, but I must confess that ever since they got out of school for the summer, I haven't been too consistent. With about six weeks left of summer, I figured it'd be a great idea to go around looking for bilingual or Spanish books about this season to get back into the habit of reading to them again.
Check out the one's I found:Continue Reading >
As the mom of a first-grader who's growing up bilingual but goes to an all-English school, this is something that worries me tremendously. Until last year, when she entered kindergarten, my daughter Vanessa was exposed to Spanish the majority of her waking hours. Even though she attended preschool, it was only a few hours a day three times a week and the rest of the time she was home with her Spanish-speaking nanny and, later on, with her Spanish-speaking parents.
I wasn't too worried about her increased exposure to English (and decreased exposure to Spanish) during kinder because she didn't know how to read or write yet. But now that she does, I feel like I have to work overtime to keep Spanish alive at home.
Last week I wrote about the tools that make it easier to teach your kids Spanish. Today I want to share with you some of the characteristics you need to posses to raise bilingual kids successfully. I'm sure they will come in handy as you embark on this awesome journey!Continue Reading >
Besides patience and commitment--two very important qualities to possess when raising a bilingual child--I like to recommend the following list of tools when teaching your kids Spanish.Continue Reading >
One of the most common questions I get asked when other parents find out I'm raising my kids bilingual is how to go about doing the same thing. The simplest way to answer that question is: speak to your kids in the minority language as often and as early as possible. But the truth is that there are actually certain methods that can be implemented by a family to ensure they're kids grow up speaking more than one language.Continue Reading >
My kids are super excited about all the fun activities we'll be doing on July 4th--especially the fireworks at the end of the day. While I love that they get so excited, I also want to make sure they know what and why we're celebrating. Although it's hard for little kids to comprehend such complicated matters, there are ways to start teaching them important historical concepts. One of them is by reading them books related to the subject matter and since I only speak to my kids in Spanish, these are the ones we've been reading at home this week.Continue Reading >