Did you know that one of the best ways to make sure your bilingual kids don't end up hating Spanish is to try to make it as fun as possible? A great way to do that is by playing good, old board games--like when we were little. You may think your kids won't be interested, but if you start playing them early on and you make it a special event every time, I bet you they'll have a lot of fun! Take a look at my family's favorite bilingual board games.Continue Reading >
I've never been a fan of allowing my children to be online. I feel they're still too little and I'd rather they have fun doing other things. But now that my daughter is 7 years old and she's back in school, I need all the help I can get making sure she continues to be exposed to Spanish as much as possible.
That's why I recently started allowing her to be on my computer, but only if she's using one of the following excellent online resources in Spanish:Continue Reading >
I love books and I've passed on my love of reading to both my kids, especially my daughter. One of the ways I've done this is by making sure that my kids have access to all kinds of books, particularly in Spanish or in both languages, since I'm trying to raise them bilingual.
Here's a list of some of my children's favorite bilingual books. As you'll see, there's something for everyone's interests.Continue Reading >
The one thing I've promised myself this holiday season is to avoid waiting until the last minute to get gifts for everyone on my list. And since several of those on my list speak English and Spanish, including my children, I've already started searching for the perfect gifts for bilingual kids.Continue Reading >
I love reading to my kids. Books have always helped me explain certain concepts and traditions to them and Christmas is no exception. Although we don't own a bunch of bilingual books about the holidays, we do have a couple of really good ones and, through the years, I've found several more at our local library.
Check out my list of recommendations:Continue Reading >
It's hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This is a favorite holiday for Latinos because it brings together all the things we love: spending time with family and good friends while eating delicious food. It's also a great time to teach little ones about the true meaning of el Día de Acción de Gracias. In other words, we can take advantage of this day to teach or kids about gratitude and being thankful for even the smallest things in our lives. One of the easiest ways to do that is by reading them books like the ones below, which happen to be bilingual or in Spanish.Continue Reading >
Ask anyone who has been trying to learn to speak Spanish for a while what's the most difficult part is and you'll undoubtedly hear this: "Rolling my R's!" Am I right? And, believe it or not, this is a problem even for native speakers! My children's first language is Spanish and they still had trouble learning how to roll their R's, that's why I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out what I could do to help them out and today I'm sharing my findings.Continue Reading >
Dia de los Muertos is one of my favorite cultural traditions to celebrate with my children. This year, we're working on making an altar for my dad, their abuelito, who passed away 10 years ago and whom my kids didn't have the fortune to meet. But if an altar is too much for your family, here are 13 awesome Day of the Dead crafts you can work on to celebrate this very special day.Continue Reading >
Raising your children bilingual is one of the greatest decisions you can make as a parent. My parents did it with me and now I'm doing the same with my two kids. My reasons are a bit different than my parents', but in the end, it's all about the advantages of being bilingual, which are countless!
My daughter is 8 and she's finally starting to realize the power of bilingualism on her own--and nothing could make me happier! Check out a few of the advantages kids who grow up bilingual enjoy.Continue Reading >
One way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month is by making Hispanic arts & crafts with your kids. Since I'm not very crafty, but my kids love making stuff with their hands, I'm always looking for easy ones. And nothing could be easier and more fun than making maracas!
We've made maracas in the past, as you'll see in the slideshow below, but I imagined there was probably a bunch of different ways of making these fun instruments that all kids love and I was right! Below, you'll find 10 maraca crafts that range from the super easy to the more elaborate.Continue Reading >