[Mamiverse’s Bilingual Plus is an online channel devoted to bringing parents and educators the bilingual learning tools they need in the form of digital picture books, sing-alongs, and free curriculum-based family activities.]
Mamiverse is thrilled to announce the launch of Bilingual Plus, an online channel that brings educators and parents bilingual learning tools in the form of digital picture books, sing-alongs, free curriculum-based family activities, custom content, and social media events.
WHY BILINGUAL PLUS? “Studies have shown that learning a second language at a young age makes it easier to learn new words, increases brain flexibility, and is correlated with higher achievement in school,” says Mamiverse founding CEO Rene Alegria. “Couple the physical and mental health benefits of bilingualism with the fact that knowing more than one language better positions young people for careers in an increasingly global economy, and one would be hard-pressed to find an argument against teaching America’s children a second language,” Alegria concludes.
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WHAT WILL I FIND IN BILINGUAL PLUS? Bilingual Plus features Spanish/English digital picture books from Cinco Puntos Press’ extensive catalog. Bestselling titles such as La Llorona and Dance, Nana, Dance by Joe Hayes, ABeCedarios by Cynthia Weill, as well as titles by the first Latino to win the Pen/Faulkner Award, Benjamin Alire-Saenz, are among those that will make their digital debut through Bilingual Plus.
Musical selections include 50 renditions of bilingual classic sing-alongs by award-winning Latino artist José-Luis Orozco, such as This Land Is Your Land/Esta es mi tierra, Old McDonald/Juancho Pancho and The Hokey Pokey in Spanish. Songs are broken down into four CD, each with the following themes: 1). School, songs associated with academic learning; 2). Fitness, songs that encourage dance and movement; 3). Nutrition, songs about food and health; and 4). Holidays, featuring winter and holiday themed songs.
FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS When you visit Bilingual Plus, you will find free, educator-created learning tools such as easy-to-use downloadable worksheets, word games, vocabulary builders, puzzles and more. And, parents will have access to relevant, meaningful articles and videos about topics such as “Language games to play with your family,” “Ten polite phrases for your little Spanish speaker,” and “Seven challenges you will face when raising a bilingual child.”
“Users can immerse themselves in current, insightful content that fosters family engagement, and enhances the bilingual learning process,” says Mamiverse Editor-in-Chief Lorraine Ladish. “We cover everything from practical tips for parents raising bilingual kids, the life benefits attached to being bilingual, as well as chronicle parents’ personal experiences as they embark on this bilingual journey with their families.”
Join Mamiverse on this new journey as we help raise the next generation of bilingual Spanish/English speakers! Bilingual Plus is your resource—so tell us what tools you need to help foster bilingualism and a love of language and learning in your home or classroom. We look forward to sharing the journey with you!