POSTS WITH TAG: raising bilingual kids

15 Books that are perfect gifts for bilingual kids

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I love books and I've passed on my love of reading to both my kids, especially my daughter. One of the ways I've done this is by making sure that my kids have access to all kinds of books, particularly in Spanish or in both languages, since I'm trying to raise them bilingual. 

Here's a list of some of my children's favorite bilingual books. As you'll see, there's something for everyone's interests.

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10 Best gifts for bilingual kids

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The one thing I've promised myself this holiday season is to avoid waiting until the last minute to get gifts for everyone on my list. And since several of those on my list speak English and Spanish, including my children, I've already started searching for the perfect gifts for bilingual kids.

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'Tis the season for familia

9 Bilingual holiday books to share with your niños

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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. 

Check out my list of recommendations:

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Thanksgiving

5 Bilingual children's books perfect for Thanksgiving

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It's hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This is a favorite holiday for Latinos because it brings together all the things we love: spending time with family and good friends while eating delicious food. It's also a great time to teach little ones about the true meaning of el Día de Acción de Gracias. In other words, we can take advantage of this day to teach or kids about gratitude and being thankful for even the smallest things in our lives. One of the easiest ways to do that is by reading them books like the ones below, which happen to be bilingual or in Spanish. 

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6 Ways to teach your bilingual children to roll their R's

Ask anyone who has been trying to learn to speak Spanish for a while what's the most difficult part is and you'll undoubtedly hear this: "Rolling my R's!" Am I right? And, believe it or not, this is a problem even for native speakers! My children's first language is Spanish and they still had trouble learning how to roll their R's, that's why I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out what I could do to help them out and today I'm sharing my findings.

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13 Dia de los Muertos crafts your kids will love!

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Dia de los Muertos is one of my favorite cultural traditions to celebrate with my children. This year, we're working on making an altar for my dad, their abuelito, who passed away 10 years ago and whom my kids didn't have the fortune to meet. But if an altar is too much for your family, here are 13 awesome Day of the Dead crafts you can work on to celebrate this very special day. 

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6 Surprising ways it's better to grow up bilingual

Raising your children bilingual is one of the greatest decisions you can make as a parent. My parents did it with me and now I'm doing the same with my two kids. My reasons are a bit different than my parents', but in the end, it's all about the advantages of being bilingual, which are countless!

My daughter is 8 and she's finally starting to realize the power of bilingualism on her own--and nothing could make me happier! Check out a few of the advantages kids who grow up bilingual enjoy.

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10 Ways to make maracas with your kids

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One way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month is by making Hispanic arts & crafts with your kids. Since I'm not very crafty, but my kids love making stuff with their hands, I'm always looking for easy ones. And nothing could be easier and more fun than making maracas!

We've made maracas in the past, as you'll see in the slideshow below, but I imagined there was probably a bunch of different ways of making these fun instruments that all kids love and I was right! Below, you'll find 10 maraca crafts that range from the super easy to the more elaborate. 

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8 Mistakes all parents make when raising bilingual kids

It's tough admitting you've made a parenting mistake, but the earlier you accept it, the better off everyone will be--especially when it comes to raising bilingual children. I've learned a lot from my own mistakes as I've attempted to raise my two kids bilingual the past eight years. But I've also learned a lot from all the parents I've been in touch with thanks to SpanglishBaby.com.

Allow me to share the most common mistakes and how to fix them:

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10 Children's books by Latino authors your kids should read!

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I love Hispanic Heritage Month! Although we celebrate our Latino culture and traditions on a daily basis at home, it's always nice when others around us take a moment, in this case a month, to recognize everything Latinos have contributed to this country.

With that in mind, I've put together a list of children books written by Latino authors that my kids have enjoyed and that I think yours will too!

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