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Nature in the Early Years

"It would be well if we all persons in authority, parents and all who act for parents, could make up our minds that there is no sort of knowledge to be got in these early years so valuable to children as that which they get for themselves of the world they live in....

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This post is part of the Multicultural Kid Blogs Hispanic Heritage Blog Hop-- see below for more details about that and our GIVEAWAY! The Alto Mayo region of Peru is one of the most beautiful places I've seen. It's where my husband is from and where we met: the "high...

Peruvian Tallarines Verdes Recipe

Inside: Recipe for Peruvian Tallarines Verdes I love Peruvian Food. It's probably one of the things we miss the most about Peru, in fact! The dish Tallarines Verdes involves yet another delicious Peruvian blender sauce, and resembles pesto. I grew in the southern...

Speed Conversating

The beginning of the school year is exhausting. I always forget what late August and early September feel like: drowning. The adrenaline is certainly going, but keeping my head above water is pretty much the goal. Add to that a pregnancy and a sick toddler who is not...

The Rewards of Raising Bilingual Toddlers

For a long time, speaking to my baby son in Spanish felt odd. Talking to a baby is basically a monologue, except for a few coos and gurgles here and there. I knew that my son was soaking in every little word, and that all our little rhymes and descriptions and...

Bilingual Baby Signing

Inside: Bilingual babies sing language.   We have been using baby sign language with our first son, since he was about ten months old. I meant to start earlier, and teach more signs than I did, but even the 5 or 6 signs we've mastered have been incredibly helpful. And...

How We Met: A Bicultural Story

Marrying a Peruvian guy from the jungle was not something I'd ever imagined. And marrying a bookish American girl was not something my husband had ever pictured, either. When we met, I didn't speak Spanish and he didn't speak English. So, how exactly did we end up...

Why Bilingual Families Need Books

When I was pregnant with our first, I would confidently pat my expanding belly and share with friends our plans to speak Spanish at home. We were right to make this plan: our little ones simply wouldn't get enough Spanish time only speaking with Papá, a native...

5 Reasons We’re Raising Bilingual Kids

Inside: Why we're raising bilingual kids. We never expected to be here, raising a family bilingually. My husband didn’t speak English until after we got married, and I didn’t speak Spanish until after I met him. And yet here we are, a mix of cultures and languages,...

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