Category: Bilingualism

Cooking with Languages Encouraging Language Learning Through Cooking

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The struggle of raising a bilingual tween (pre-teen) is real!   He’s at the age where he feels that Spanish kiddie cartoons are lame, and reading in Spanish is boring.  So, I’ve compromised with him when it comes to reading in Spanish (I read one page, he reads another). Luckily, there is one activity that we can all agree is fun to do in Spanish and it’s cooking! Yes, cooking with kids in the minority language is always a hit!

 

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Spanish Resources for Kids

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Thanks to technology and the worldwide web we have at our fingertips tons of resources on raising a bilingual child.  For instance, in my case I am raising my child to be bilingual in Spanish.  When I started our language learning adventure I scoured the web for resources, and many of the links listed here are blogs that I follow and admire.  With that being said,  I’m truly excited to share with you my favorite links on Spanish resources for kids.

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Montessori Inspired Language Learning Resource for Toddlers

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If you’ve been following me for a while you will know how hard it was for me to find reliable resources on raising a bilingual child.  I spent hours on the web looking for ideas on how to teach my toddler Spanish.   Oh! How I wish back then I had the Montessori Inspiration at Home  Language series e-book!  Teaching my toddler Spanish would have been so much easier!

 

What I love about this e-book is that it is inspired on the Montessori method of an education that  is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. This wonderful resource created by an amazing group of women: Vanessa from Mama’s Happy Hive,  Isabel from Uno Zwei Tutu,  Amruta from Mumma Diaries,  and Yuliya from Welcome to Mommyhood will give you all the tools to help your budding linguist learn Spanish!

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How the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Movie Makes Spanish Cool

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My child is a huge fan of the book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He’s read all of the books, and seen the movies.  So when he saw the preview of the new movie release “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” he was counting down the days.   With three friends of his in tow we headed to the movies.  We weren’t disappointed! Lots of laughs to be had, especially for the adults, too!

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Spanish Chapter Books for Kids

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My child is constantly challenging himself when it comes to reading. He’s above his reading level in English, and his newest reading obsession are chapter books. First it was Henry and Mudge, and now it’s the Magic Tree House series.
As a mother raising a bilingual and biliterate child I need to continue to peak his interest in venturing into reading Spanish chapter books.  He loves pictures books!

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Childrens Target Language Book Swap

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For the past few years I’ve been hosting book swaps for my son and his friends.  It’s an inexpensive way for us to find new books to add to our home library. Nevertheless, the books are in the community language. 

So how can we add more books in my son’s target language? 


I reached out to a blogger friend Diana from LadydeeLG .  We sent them a French/English Dr. Seuss bilingual book with a short note from little one; and she and her son sent us a children’s book in Spanish with a sweet note. 

This is a great way to get kid’s excited about getting snail mail,  and it encourages long-distance friendships.  This is also a  fun way on sharing, sending and receiving children’s book in our children’s target language. 

Take a look at your friends and family living in another state or country and swap books with them. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know! 

Please note that this is not to be confused with a children’s book exchange type of chain/pyramid that I’ve seen circulating on social media.  
Happy book swapping! 

Categories: Bilingualism