SPANGLISH LIVING POSTS
Inside: Recommendations on books for bilingual families and raising bilingual kids. I often start posts on bilingual parenting by describing the beginning: a new mom. Staring into my new baby's eyes, hoping I wasn't crazy to think I could raise him in Spanish. All...read more
Inside: Bilingual books in Spanish and English, for kids. No Spanglish home is complete without a stash of bilingual books for kids in Spanish and English. Thankfully, there are more and more available now! I often walk in the door exhausted after a day of teaching,...read more
Inside: Joyful bilingual parenting, as part of the “A to Z of Raising Multilingual Children” series, from the Piri-Piri Lexicon. Good teachers know this about their students: they won't remember most of what you say. They will always remember how you made them feel....read more
Two years ago I was very pregnant with my second baby, living in my parent's basement. We only planned to stay a few months, to "get back on our feet." Two years later, there we were still. It had been yet another year of constant car repairs, a failed business...read more
Inside: Bilingual preschool at home. This post was written as part of a Multicultural Kid Blogs Round-up for A Day in School Around the World. Welcome to our bilingual preschool at home in the U.S.! We woke up to a cloudy, cool day. This is a rarity for North...read more
Inside: Tips for learning Spanish with a native speaker. I've had several questions lately about children trying to practice Spanish with a native speaker (usually a family member). Families realize they have a great asset in the native speaker, but aren't sure...read more
Last night I was curled up on the couch with Janio (3), reading before bedtime. He brought some of his favorite books, one of them a book in English with little farm stories. I usually translate the stories into Spanish as I read aloud. It makes it less relaxing for...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Being a bi-cultural family can have its fair share of challenges. Think disagreements in parenting (should the baby wear socks in the summer?) and traditions (how big does this 1st birthday part need to be?). It might mean never feeling home, or always missing the...read more
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