Tag: Homeschooling

Creating Community with Kids in a Minority Language
Language

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

Do your kids love helping in the kitchen?  Explore the world with your little ones through delicious food books!  These 20+ favorite Spanish children’s books will introduce your kids or students to food and cooking themes from many cultures. Reading books is an excellent way to learn about other cultures.  And if your kids are […]

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The Essential Gift Guide for Bilingual Kids
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The Essential Gift Guide for Bilingual Kids

The holiday season has arrived!  Have you been searching for a fun and educational gift for your bilingual or multilingual child?  I have some wonderful ideas for you that will get your child building, exploring, and imagining – in any language. In our home, we try to keep things simple with a four gift rule […]

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Spanish Back-to-School Books for Kids
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Spanish Back-to-School Books for Kids

The school year is about to start for my kids! This year my oldest is going to second grade, and my older daughter gets to go to kindergarten. The teacher in me loves this back-to-school season: the new school supplies, the excitement, the amazing back-to-school books. Despite the school year looking a bit different for […]

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