Last week, actress Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines when it was reported that she urges her children--daughter Apple, who is 9, and son Moses, who is 7--to speak only in Spanish. Paltrow learned Spanish herself when she was a teenager and is trying to make sure both her kids grow up bilingual too because it's obvious she knows the benefits of bilingualism first-hand.
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Although we should be teaching our kids to be grateful all year long, Thanksgiving is a great time to stress the importance of being appreciative of everything we've been blessed with. If you're raising bilingual kids, you can use the following bilingual books to help you explain the meaning of gratitude and why there's always something to be thankful for.Continue Reading >
If you want your kids to speak Spanish, you should be reading to them all the time. Some people think they have to wait for kids to be older, so they can understand what's been read to them, but that's not true. You can start reading to your baby in the womb! The best option for the littlest ones are board books they can drool on and chew. While I'd like to say there's an abundance of bilingual board books out there, such is not the case.Continue Reading >
Children learn through play. There's no question about it! The more fun they're having, the more they will learn without even noticing. If you're just starting out in your bilingualism journey with your kids, here are some great ideas to help them learn basic vocabulary in Spanish through play.Continue Reading >
Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead, as it's called in English, is one of my favorite Latino celebrations. I love the idea of celebrating those who are no longer with us. Dia de Muertos gives me the opportunity to talk to my kids about death in a way that's not super sad or scary and it allows me to teach them even more about my beloved father, who left us way before they were born.Continue Reading >
It seems like every time I turn around, there's a new app created specifically for children learning a second language, which is music to my ears! Not too long ago, I could barely find any of these available and now there seem to be so many that it's hard to decide what's good and what's not.Continue Reading >
Because I'm raising bilingual children, we have a pretty strict rule that Spanish be the only language we speak at home. But ever since my younger son started attending preK full-time, I've noticed that his play vocabulary has expanded tremendously in English and he loves to use this knew knowledge at home with his elder sister. Nothing wrong with that, except that I need to constantly--and gently--remind him that we only speak Spanish at home.Continue Reading >
There is no question that raising bilingual children is better than raising them monolingual. While the language combination you choose doesn't really matter to get the benefits associated with bilingualism, today I'm making a strong case for it to be English and Spanish. Let me tell you why.Continue Reading >
Many Latina moms were not raised bilingual themselves, but they want to try to pass on the language of their ancestors to their kids. Although raising their kids bilingual is undeniably harder, it's definitely doable... you just have to arm yourself with a lot of resources to make the journey easier and fun for your kids.
One way to do that is to get them a few audio books so that even if you can't read to them in Spanish, they get the exposure by listening to someone else tell them the story.Continue Reading >
Now that my son is 4 years old, I've realized it's time to redo his room, which I haven't really touched since he was a baby. That's why I've been looking at different decorating ideas and I came upon a lot of options that are perfect for those of us raising bilingual and bicultural children.Continue Reading >