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Two Great Sites to Get Kids Excited About Spanish

Two Great Sites to Get Kids Excited About Spanish

With the school year already under way in some parts of the country, it’s time to develop or sharpen your child’s bilingual skills. Using technology, be it apps or interactive websites, is appealing to kids and a great way to get them excited about learning. Here are two digital learning platforms to help you get [...]

Meet Mando: Sesame Street’s New Hispanic Character

Meet Mando: Sesame Street’s New Hispanic Character

This fall, Sesame Street kicks off its 44th season with a nod to the Latino community as the show introduces its newest Hispanic character. Armando—or “Mando” as he is nicknamed— took the stage at the PBS annual meeting this past Tuesday, and within the blink of an eye was singing in English and Spanish listing [...]

Pocoyo Playset Apps Boost School Readiness in Hispanic Preschoolers

Pocoyo Playset Apps Boost School Readiness in Hispanic Preschoolers

Tomorrow, the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) launches its Pocoyo® PlaySet™ online and mobile apps, to help Hispanic preschoolers build their skills in English, reading and math. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, with the goal of closing [...]

Mommy Maestra: Apps For Reading In Spanish

Mommy Maestra: Apps For Reading In Spanish

A week or two ago, a Facebook follower asked me about apps that teach children learning to read in Spanish. This question is becoming more and more common, so I decided to do a little research and compile a list of apps. Below are all the ones I’ve found so far. I’ll try to update [...]

Why Julián Castro & Many Other Latinos Don’t Speak Spanish

Why Julián Castro & Many Other Latinos Don’t Speak Spanish

Regardless of political affiliation, I would find it very hard to believe that any Latino out there didn’t think San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro‘s keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention was inspiring. Castro spoke so passionately and lovingly about his abuelita, his upbringing and all the hurdles his family has overcome that I’m sure many Latinos identified with him [...]

Dreaming in Spanish & Speaking in English

Dreaming in Spanish & Speaking in English

The words tumbled out fast, no halting. No searching my brain for the right word. No Spanglish. Just rapido, rapido, pan, pan, pan, palabras, palabras, palabras. In my dream I was in full-on Spanish conversation with a Colombian co-worker. It was vivid. Yet now, a few weeks later I cannot recall what I was saying to [...]

I’m Latina, and I Don’t Speak Spanish

I’m Latina, and I Don’t Speak Spanish

I hate when it happens. When my mother-in-law comes over and she is in a heated discussion with my husband and I wonder if she’s talking about me. When I shop at the local Mexican market and I need two pounds of queso fresco. When I’m introduced to a sweet, elderly brown woman who doesn’t [...]

I Wish I’d Learned Spanish #BilingualPlus

I Wish I’d Learned Spanish #BilingualPlus

“Agua,” my mother said to me as she held out a glass. She refused to release it from her grip until I relented, but I walked away with a dry mouth rather than say the word “water” in Spanish. I was about 5 years old and quickly learned the comeback that was my only sure [...]

Teaching English, Latina Style

Teaching English, Latina Style

My tenth-grade students sat in the darkness, their eyes fixed on the grainy black and white photograph magnified on a screen in front of the classroom.They considered the four figures frozen in time: a man with an insouciant grin, a woman with a pearly smile, a curly-haired girl wiping her nose, another staring defiantly into [...]

A Child’s Education Begins at Home

A Child’s Education Begins at Home

I didn’t mean to become Mommy Maestra. I sort of fell into it when my husband and I found ourselves in a bit of an educational dilemma.We’d recently moved to rural North Carolina from Texas after my husband accepted a new job. With two young children, ages 5 and 3, we were faced with the [...]