Read Related: Could Homeschooling Work For You?I immediately began searching for resources for Latino homeschoolers. Guess what? I couldn’t find any. I was so frustrated! And I felt very alone. I found hundreds of sites dedicated to homeschoolers in general, but no support for Latino families. Through my research and work for my site, LatinBaby Book Club, I had already stumbled across some great resources in Spanish, but they didn’t really fit the book club’s content of Latino children’s literature, so I often just set them aside or bookmarked them for future reference. As my stack of references and resources grew, I could not help but wish that there was one website where I could access all of this material in an organized and informative manner. So, I did something about it.
As a Latina, I also felt the overwhelming desire to raise my children to be bilingual and bicultural. I am a sixth-generation American on my mother’s side. And while I understand Spanish perfectly and can speak it well enough, it has been a terrible struggle to pass it on to my children. I wish that I had started off using the One Parent, One Language (OPOL) method, where each parent speaks only one language (usually their native tongue) to their children from the very beginning. Still, I thought that homeschooling would provide me with an opportunity to teach my children Spanish. And I also wanted to find ways to supplement our curriculum with cultural books, activities, and themes that reflect the richness of our heritage.