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Bugs, Dirt, and Kids

For Christmas, my mom's gift was the book Lasagna Gardening, along with several promised deliveries of manure and mulch. Yes, I know-- my nature and garden-loving mother is amazing. This week was another delivery of mulch, and we all got outside to work on getting our...

Being Brave With Language

I have a terrible habit I've had to work against my whole life: I compare. Constantly. It's a battle to remind myself not to do this. I do it with everything: how much I get done, how clean my house is, how our children behave. And it spills over into Spanish: how...

Día del amor y la amistad: A Spanish Round-Up

Inside: Spanish activities for Valentine's Day in Spanish.   Who needs ideas and activities for Valentine's Day in Spanish? I've collected some amazing resources perfect for tying the celebration into your classroom. Valentine's day goes by several names-- El día de...

Terms of Endearment in Spanish-Speaking Countries

Inside: Terms of endearment in Spanish, explained and examples. You can't be in a Spanish-speaking place long before you realize that greetings, good-byes, and addressing people takes on a whole new level. You never leave a party without saying good-bye to everyone...

Why Your Bilingual Child Needs Poetry

Inside: Why poetry is beneficial to bilingual kids. When my son was two, it became obvious his English was more advanced than his Spanish. This wasn't shocking (we live in the U.S.), but I wanted to figure out how to maximize our minority language. I began to watch...

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