Tag: Parenting

Words of Encouragement Bilingual Parents Need to Hear
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Words of Encouragement Bilingual Parents Need to Hear

Encouragement for parents raising bilingual kids to inspire consistency in their language use During my childhood, my grandparents lived in a large white farmhouse in the Iowa countryside. When my family and I would arrive and walk in the door, my grandma and grandpa would greet us with huge smiles and tight hugs. Then I’d […]

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Hola, Verano: Summer Activities for Kids
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Hola, Verano: Summer Activities for Kids

Oh hello, summer! I’m so glad to see you again. Visiting new playgrounds, enjoying watermelon out on a picnic blanket, and laid back time together as a family. Verano is the best time of year to slow down and enjoy the little things with our kids! Yet, if you’re anything like me, you like to […]

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Bilingual Daily Routine & Chore Cards
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Bilingual Daily Routine & Chore Cards

Free printable daily routine and chore cards for kids in ENGLISH & SPANISH If you’re raising kids in a bilingual household, you know how important it is to have resources in both languages! There’s so much learning that goes on in our child’s day. And our simple, everyday moments can be the perfect opportunity for […]

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Daily Routine Conversations in Spanish
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Daily Routine Conversations in Spanish

Plus a free printable to empower your everyday Spanish learning What do eating breakfast, brushing our teeth, or getting dressed have in common? They’re perfect daily routines for practicing Spanish at home! These small moments in our day may seem insignificant when it comes to learning languages. Yet, there is power in what we do […]

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5 Tips to Maximize Language Learning on a Family Trip
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5 Tips to Maximize Language Learning on a Family Trip

Sandals, goggles, and swimsuit? Check! Authentic language learning, cultural immersion, and family fun? Double check! A vacaciĆ³n with the kids is the perfect opportunity to create lasting memories together. It can also be a time for the family to use and expand their minority language! We just returned from our first trip outside of the […]

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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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