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 >
Although deep down inside I knew we were doing the right thing, I'm not going to lie, some days, I was truly worried about our decision to speak to our firstborn in Spanish only. I guess it was the part of me that wanted to protect my daughter and make sure she'd be okay in her English-only preschool considering she'd been surrounded by Spanish most of her short life.
When her teachers told me she was shy, I knew there was something up because that's not an adjective I'd used to describe my little girl. I questioned whether I should've taught her some basic vocabulary in English to help her navigate her new surroundings. But then, I relaxed, confident that learning English was inevitable and would happen faster than I could even imagine.Continue Reading >
Next Wednesday is one of my favorite children's celebration. Known in Spanish as El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros and observed every April 30 for the last 18 years, the idea behind DÍA is to celebrate children and books. What's not to love about that?
Books are an absolutely excellent way to help your niños become bilingual, so this is the perfect celebration in my home. Every year we do something different and my kids have tons of fun. Here are some ideas you can try with yours:Continue Reading >
Easter is right around the corner and besides making cascarones with my bilingual kids, I also like to take the time to talk to them about what this celebration is all about. One of easiest ways to do this in a fun and understandable way is through children's books in Spanish--especially if you have little ones who are still too young to understand some more difficult concepts.Continue Reading >