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8 Books that Will Get Your Kids Speaking Spanish

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April 30 is El día de los niños/El día de los libros also known as Children’s Day/Book Day. This celebration was established by children’s author Pat Mora to help children and their families of all backgrounds and cultures understand…

The Patchwork Garden; Pedacitos de huerto

UPDATED March 26th, 2018 The Patchwork Garden/Pedacitos de huerto Written by Diane de Anda • Illustrated by Oksana Kemarskaya Translated by Gabriela Baeza Ventura Piñata Books • 2013 • 32 pages Paperback ($17.95) ISBN: 9781558857636 Ages:…
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7 Easy Tips for Teaching Your Child Spanish

UPDATED June 17th, 2017 Perhaps you’re fluent in Spanish or know the basics, but your kids are not picking up the language as quickly as you’d hoped. You may think it’s because you live in the United States or that you don’t have…

Sacred Spanish: 13 Ways to Ensure This Generation Speaks Our Tongue

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According to a 2013 Pew Research Report, Spanish is the most spoken non-English language in the U.S. Seventy-five percent of Hispanics in the U.S. speak Spanish, yet many are not raising bilingual children, and the number of Spanish speakers…

15 Ways to Nurture Your Kids’ Spanish During the Summer

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According to a 2013 Pew Research Center report, Spanish is the most widely spoken language at home in the United States, other than English. It is also the most widely spoken language, besides English, by non-Hispanics. However, Pew Research…
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I Love You Mucho: How Bilingual Humor Makes You Smarter

Can bilingual humor really make you smarter? Consider the evidence. Numerous studies have shown that being bilingual can increase brain capacity, plus ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. According to Ellen Bialystok, a psychologist…
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Your Child is a Spanish Language Failure: Is it Your Fault?

Thanks to some hints you have detected, your child does not seem to be too fond of Spanish. The inkling you have on this is based on reality: your child tends to use English more than Spanish. He does not say so in so many words, but you gather…
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Is Your Child Embarrassed by Your Accent?

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Is your child embarrassed by your Spanish, Cuban, Mexican or Puerto Rican accent? Young people do not want to be different. Youngsters wish to belong, especially to the country and to the culture they were born into or have adopted. They are…
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The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases / La chancleta perdida y otros casos secretos

Eight-year old Flaca (Skinny) considers herself a master detective, and in the three cases recounted here, aims to share her skills with young readers—as long as they are willing to first sign her “confidentiality agreement,” included…