Teaching Languages

Music: The Secret to Raising a Bilingual Child

What do I mean by “Actively Bilingual?” I mean that when raising a bilingual child, they do not only understands a family’s target language (in this post, Spanish), but also speak it back to you.  It’s perfectly normal for children to be passively fluent in a second language, especially when it is not the dominant …

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3 Tips for Learning a Foreign Language

I didn’t start learning a foreign language until high school. Two years of a foreign language were strongly advised for all students in college, yet few language learning opportunities existed. The only options available were Spanish or French. In fact, the same is true of my alma mater today.  We live in a multicultural world. …

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Tips to Advocate for a Foreign Language Program in Your Child’s Elementary School

This coming academic year will be my 20th year teaching Kindergarten through Fourth Grade in the elementary Spanish program I established in our school. I continue to be eternally grateful to the parents who initiated and advocated for putting a foreign language program in place, who continue to support me and the program, and for …

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Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop May 2016

Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #39 – May 2016

Welcome to the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop! The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place where bloggers can share multicultural activities, crafts, recipes, and musings for our creative kids. We can’t wait to see what you share this time! Created by Frances of Discovering the World through My Son’s Eyes, the blog hop …

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The Language Journey: Teaching and Learning Language Without Force

As the last of 5 children I had more or less given up on teaching language to my youngest daughter, born in 2013 (we call her Zbear). After years of attempting to pass on my husband’s native language (Arabic), and my 2nd language (French), I figured I would let the chips fall where they may. The …

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