Bilingual Summer Reading Bucket List
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Bilingual Summer Reading Bucket List

Summer has almost arrived! It’s the perfect time for some fun outdoor adventures, family time together, and unlimited learning possibilities! Summer is a wonderful season to let kids explore their interests, learn about a new hobby, or discover something new about a topic they love. And all the fun can start with reading a book! […]

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Raising Our Bilingual Kids Using the Time & Place Strategy
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Raising Our Bilingual Kids Using the Time & Place Strategy

If you joined me with my kids today, you’d hear some catchy Spanish songs like “Veo Veo” or “Chocolalala” that would undoubtedly get stuck in your head. We’d chat together in Spanish as we drew or wrote stories, played in the backyard, and made dinner. You’d definitely listen to some new Spanish books – maybe […]

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How to Raise Bilingual Children: Family Language Plans
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How to Raise Bilingual Children: Family Language Plans

Teaching a child more than one language is an invaluable gift.  There are countless lifetime benefits to being bilingual!  If you are just getting started with bilingual parenting, you should know that there are many valuable strategies – or family language plans – for raising bilingual kids. Where do you start when you have decided […]

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How Grandparents Can Support Bilingual Kids
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How Grandparents Can Support Bilingual Kids

Raising bilingual kids is a long journey – one that requires dedication, time, and lots of support.  Yet bilingualism is truly a gift that impacts a child for a lifetime! Grandparents can be an excellent source of support for parents and grandchildren along the path.  Whether grandparents can help speak both languages or not, they […]

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Earth Day Books for Kids In Spanish & English
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Earth Day Books for Kids In Spanish & English

Twenty favorite science and nature picks to celebrate Earth Day every day Earth Day, Día de la Tierra, is celebrated each year on April 22nd. It is the perfect time to appreciate our home and focus on improving the ways that we care for it. However, we can celebrate our Earth and teach our kids […]

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Twin Cities Spanish Immersion Summer Camps
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Twin Cities Spanish Immersion Summer Camps

Language camps near St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota Looking to enroll your child in a Spanish language immersion camp this summer?  If you live in the Twin Cities, I’ve got you covered!  Take a look to find a variety of language learning options for your child – from summer child care to fun and educational […]

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10 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Reading Motivation
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10 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Reading Motivation

Ideas to improve your child’s daily independent reading time Do your kids need some help staying on track during their daily reading routine?  Perhaps you have new readers who are practicing each day, or your kids have reading homework to do for school.  As a bilingual teacher turned full-time mom of three, I know that […]

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Around the World Cookbook for Elementary Classes
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Around the World Cookbook for Elementary Classes

With a free printable to use for your class cookbook One of my first years teaching, I had a new student join my classroom from Puerto Rico. He was the most amazing, brave first grader! While we were already a diverse group of dual language students from native Spanish and native English homes, he was […]

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Language Learning with Kids in the Kitchen
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Language Learning with Kids in the Kitchen

Today I’m sharing interactive ideas for incorporating language learning around the theme of food and cooking with kids. Whether you’re teaching your child a second language, learning a new language together at home, or want to foster your child’s first language development, there’s so much vocabulary and language learning that can be done through the […]

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Food, Cooking, & Culture: English Children’s Books
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Food, Cooking, & Culture: English Children’s Books

My three kids love helping in the kitchen! And it means so much to me to make memories cooking together – especially when we can use that special time to learn about people from cultures around the world. In our home, we make favorite recipes that have been passed down for generations in our families […]

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