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 >
Summer is a great time to immerse your kids in as much Spanish as possible. For starters, they're no longer in school, which means there's less daily stresses for both them and you. Plus, you'll probably be taking some time off to go on vacation and, even if you're not, summer days are much longer, which means you get to spend a lot more time with them.Continue Reading >
I'm not going to lie, I always get real happy when I find out someone is growing up in a bilingual household. I feel like the more the merrier and I love to see how there seem to be more and more families who are realizing the benefits of bilingualism. It also helps to see how many celebrity kids are growing up bilingual because I think it makes this way of raising kids even more mainstream. So check out our list of celebrity kids that are growing up with more than one language.Continue Reading >
The World Cup 2014 starts tomorrow! Like in many latino households, my kids and I will be watching and cheering for our favorite teams. Fútbol has always been a part of my life and even though my Puerto Rican husband is not a huge fan, I want my kids to enjoy the next few weeks like I used to as a child back in Peru.
I'll never forget the 1986 World Cup, for example, when Argentina won and my family and I took to the streets to celebrate. Although we're not Argentinian, we lived there for a couple of years and have always felt a strong connection to the beautiful country. Plus, when a team from another country from Latin America wins, most Latin Americans rejoice!Continue Reading >
Although I didn't grow up watching Sesame Street, I always knew I wanted to expose my kids to the wonderful, entertaining and educational program. Nothing made me happier than finding out that they were going to add an additional Latino character to their regular cast last fall and Mando has not disappointed.
But I've also been very grateful to see many Latino celebrity guests on Sesame Street, especially the ones that I can play over and over again to help my children with their Spanish. Check out the videos below and be ready to be surprised by some old school ones, including the one with Ricky Martin as a teen!Continue Reading >
My husband and I have been raising our kids bilingual since our first child was born eight years ago. Today, we're lucky enough to be able to say that they're both fully bilingual in English and Spanish. So, whenever people ask for advice on how to do the same with their kids, I like to share the following five key tips with them...Continue Reading >