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 >
Raising bilingual kids can get expensive. Between language learning classes and bilingual books, you can spend a small fortune. That's why I'm always on the lookout for affordable bilingual products that can help in my journey as I teach my kids Spanish. Check out the following 6 bilingual toys we recommend that will cost you $30 or less.Continue Reading >
Crafts are not my thing, but my kids love them and I've noticed how much fun they have when we do then, so I'm always on the lookout for those that manage to include culture or language. Luckily, there's an ever-growing list of blogs where you can find tons of activities & crafts that will make your kids' bilingual journey a lot more enjoyable.
Here are six of my favorite ones: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 >
When people ask me for advice in exposing their children to Spanish, I always start with the most obvious thing: You need to speak to them in Spanish as much as possible.
Here are 10 fun and simple things you can do to expose your kids to Spanish at home:Continue Reading >
Although it's never too late to learn a second language, it's much easier the younger you are. That's why I always recommend that if you want your children to grow up bilingual, you have to expose them to Spanish as early as possible. An easy and fun way to do this with your baby is through nursery rhymes.Continue Reading >
As a mother of two children I'm raising bilingual, I would love nothing more than to be able to give them the opportunity to go to a dual language immersion school. If you're not familiar with this type of education, let me start by telling you that it's one of the best ways to ensure your children grow up bilingual and biliterate.Continue Reading >
A couple of days ago, I was interviewed by KPCC, the NPR station in Southern California, on the topic of raising bilingual children. One of the questions I was asked was regarding the mistakes parents make when trying to raise children with more than one language. While I don't like to use the word mistakes because I feel like parenting is already hard enough without the added pressures of teaching your kids two languages, the truth is there are some things you should avoid if you'd like to be successful in raising them bilingual.Continue Reading >
Although some may not agree, for me, being bilingual does not mean simply speaking two languages. To be truly bilingual, one has to speak, read and write well in both languages. As a journalist and mother of two children I'm raising bilingual, it's extremely important that they not only speak my native language, but that they're also literate in Spanish.
But how to do this if you live in the United States surrounded by English everywhere? Here are some ideas that might help.Continue Reading >
I don't like my kids being on my iPad or iPhone for hours on end, but I can't deny it makes me real happy to see more and more apps being developed that are perfect for those of us raising bilingual children. Whenever they play with these apps, I feel that at least they're reinforcing their Spanish language skills and not just wasting their time.Continue Reading >