Category: Language

Creating Community with Kids in a Minority Language
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Creating Community with Kids in a Minority Language

How can you build community around your minority language? Bilingual parenting can feel like a lonely path at times.  I know it has for me, especially as a non-native Spanish speaker trying to teach my children a language that we rarely hear in our small Midwest community. Yet finding opportunities in which my children and I […]

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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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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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Creating a Family Language Plan: Find Your Balance Find the best bilingual balance for you and your kids.
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Creating a Family Language Plan: Find Your Balance

Do you ever feel like parenting is a juggling act? Schedules.  Activities.  Responsibilities.  Caring for ourselves.  Connecting with each child.  Using our minority language.  Raising kind humans. If you’ve ever struggled trying to juggle the many pieces of everyday life, you’re not alone.  I’ve found that parenting, like many things in life, is about finding […]

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Easy Screen-Free Spanish Activities for Kids
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Easy Screen-Free Spanish Activities for Kids

Are your kids getting burned out with all the screen time this school year?  Looking for some simple screen-free activities that your child could do to practice Spanish? Try one of these EASY activities that will make practicing Spanish fun – with no screens allowed!  Most require little to no set-up ahead of time. Get […]

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Top 5 Bilingual Parenting Books
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Top 5 Bilingual Parenting Books

My top five book recommendations for parents If you’re looking for an excellent book to learn more about raising bilingual kids, start with one of these!  Full of research-based advice, inspiration, and practical ideas, these books will get you off to a strong start in your parenting journey.  What’s more, they’ll give you the tools […]

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Why Should I Choose Bilingual Education?
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Why Should I Choose Bilingual Education?

5 compelling benefits to consider PLUS helpful websites parents should know about Choosing a school program is an important decision parents make for their children.  In many communities, parents have options about which school their child attends.  So why would parents choose bilingual education? Bilingual education has so many powerful benefits for children as they […]

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