Typical Guatemalan toys at the Central Market

Como Criar Hijos Bilingües y Biculturales

El primer paso para criar niños bilingües es reconocer el valor de tu cultura y tu idioma y tomar una decisión consiente de que invertirás tiempo y energía en mantener vivas tus tradiciones, creencias y lenguaje en tu hogar. Habla español en casa. Los idiomas se aprenden mejor de forma natural. No importa que tu … Read more

Spread the Word About the Benefits of Bilingualism

Why is this still big news? As I am reading yet another article on how bilingualism is beneficial for everyone I wondered why this is still treated like big news.  There are so many people all over the world who are bilingual and multilingual and we are all living with the benefits that come from … Read more

Spanish Toolkit for Learning Disabilities

I was very excited to learn that The National Center for Learning Disabilities is launching a first of it’s kind Spanish online kit.  This is only the first in a series of steps that include an informational campaign that will reach out to education and community leaders and an advertising campaign to reach families through … Read more

The Importance of Reading and Conversation

Your child learns language in a natural way through conversations.  Here are some ideas to improve communication in any language. Listen to your child. Let your child know that his stories and conversation are interesting to you.  Make comments and ask questions that encourage him to explain and talk about what he is doing. When … Read more

Common Myths About Learning Two Languages at an Early Age

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT LEARNING TWO LANGUAGES AT AN EARLY AGE If I mix English and my native language my child will get confused.  Children can differentiate between two different languages from an early age. It is part of the development of a dual language learner to learn some words in one language and other words … Read more

Halloween and El Dia de los Muertos blending traditions

Halloween & El Día de los Muertos: Blending Traditions

I just love October and love Halloween.  It’s such a fun time of the year. I have always liked dressing up and now that I have children I enjoy it even more. Being bicultural and bilingual gives us the opportunity to blend traditions and I have to say Halloween and El Día de Los Muertos really … Read more

How I Became Latina

Don’t worry this is not a ramble about identity it’s just the story of how I realized I was Latina by moving to the United States. You could say that being born in a Latin American country makes me a Latina from birth, but I don’t completely agree. I was born Guatemalan, that’s what it says on my birth … Read more

Easy Ways To Promote Diversity in the Classroom

These are all easy things you can do in the classroom to promote and support diversity. I recently wrote an article where I included 10 ways to promote diversity in the classroom and I’ve been getting a lot of emails for more ideas. Promoting diversity and multiculturalism in the classroom is good for everyone.  Here … Read more