About

Hi, I’m so glad you’re here!  I’m Jenna – believer, mom of three, bilingual educator, and literacy specialist.  I created Bilingual Balance to equip and inspire families raising bilingual kids!

I have experience teaching in bilingual (Spanish and English) programs in three different states, and I have a Master’s degree as an elementary reading specialist.  But my favorite role is mom to my three little ones!

I am a non-native Spanish speaker who fell in love with the language and learning about other cultures, and I’m passionate about encouraging kids and adults to do the same.

As a teacher, I’ve met so many wonderful families who made the choice to raise their kids bilingually and enroll them in a bilingual school.  Learning another language is such a gift!  I searched for and gathered countless resources for improving my own instruction and for families looking to help at home.

When I had my own children, my husband and I knew we wanted to raise them to be bilingual, and to start as early as possible.  So I’ve been speaking in Spanish and English to my children all of their lives, and I love to see their little hearts and minds grow as they learn.

But it’s hard balancing two languages – especially when I’m not a native speaker and most of our family and friends only speak English.  We’ve changed our language strategies (like when and how often we speak each language) a few times over the years.  However, we’ve kept with it and learned so much along the way!

Now as a parent of kids in a bilingual program, I’m meeting so many amazing families who also chose bilingual education.  Like me, they want to see their kids succeed and to support their language learning. Bilingual Balance can be your partner along the journey.

On Bilingual Balance you’ll find…

  1. Language learning posts – topics like bilingual parenting, teaching tips, and maximizing daily routines
  2. Reading posts – fostering a love of reading in your kids and helping them learn how to read in two languages
  3. Spanish resources – recommended books, music, activities, and videos
  4. Printables – free interactive resources and activities ready to print

I so hope that the information, tips, and resources I share will be supportive and encouraging for your family or for your teaching!

Find your balance,

Jenna

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