My kids LOVE music and one of the fun ways we've made sure to keep Spanish alive in our bilingual home is through songs. I try to expose my kids to all kinds of music genres in Spanish and that's why, right now, some of their favorites include Carlos Vives, Marc Anthony and Shakira. But I've also introduced them to a lot of the songs I used to sing as a child back in Peru and they love them!
The lyrics are short and can be very funny, but they're also an excellent way to help your kids expand their vocabulary in Spanish without even realizing it.Continue Reading >
Although I'm not huge on making New Year's resolutions because it's hard for me to keep them, I do like the idea of having some specific plans to ensure my children's bilingualism--especially because I feel like, lately, I've been slacking off a bit. And also because my son will be starting Kinder in the fall, which means he'll be exposed to even more English and I'm afraid his Spanish will start to suffer.Continue Reading >
Do you celebrate Three Kings Day? In my house, we do! My husband is from Puerto Rico so he makes sure los Reyes Magos visit our kids every January 6. I used to celebrate it as a child back in Peru, but once we moved to the United States, we kind of lost the tradition. Ever since I became a mom, though, I've been happy to embrace it again and my kids love it.
Whether you celebrate it or not, here are some book suggestions to either teach your kids about this great tradition or to just read to them as the day gets closer.Continue Reading >
I love reading to my kids. Books have always helped me explain certain concepts and traditions to them and Christmas is no exception. Although we don't own a bunch of bilingual books about the holidays, we do have a couple of really good ones and, through the years, I've found several more at our local library.
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Kids love to sing or at least mine do. And music is a great way to expose your kids to Spanish. So since Nochebuena is right around the corner, why not teach them a few Christmas carols in Spanish? Known as villancicos, there are some really beautiful options out there. But if you don't know any or you don't remember the ones from your own childhood, check out the list below that includes videos of my kids favorite villancicos:Continue Reading >
The most important thing you can do if you're raising bilingual kids is expose them to as much Spanish as possible as often as possible. The truth is that the more they hear the language, the more they'll pick up new vocabulary and pronunciation. While you may think that's only possible at home or at school, there are a few things you can do in your own neighborhood to expose your children to even more Spanish.Continue Reading >
Last week, actress Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines when it was reported that she urges her children--daughter Apple, who is 9, and son Moses, who is 7--to speak only in Spanish. Paltrow learned Spanish herself when she was a teenager and is trying to make sure both her kids grow up bilingual too because it's obvious she knows the benefits of bilingualism first-hand.
And she's not the only famous parent out there doing so ...Continue Reading >
Although we should be teaching our kids to be grateful all year long, Thanksgiving is a great time to stress the importance of being appreciative of everything we've been blessed with. If you're raising bilingual kids, you can use the following bilingual books to help you explain the meaning of gratitude and why there's always something to be thankful for.Continue Reading >
If you want your kids to speak Spanish, you should be reading to them all the time. Some people think they have to wait for kids to be older, so they can understand what's been read to them, but that's not true. You can start reading to your baby in the womb! The best option for the littlest ones are board books they can drool on and chew. While I'd like to say there's an abundance of bilingual board books out there, such is not the case.Continue Reading >
Children learn through play. There's no question about it! The more fun they're having, the more they will learn without even noticing. If you're just starting out in your bilingualism journey with your kids, here are some great ideas to help them learn basic vocabulary in Spanish through play.Continue Reading >