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

promoting diversity

10 Ways for Promoting Diversity in the Classroom

WHAT YOU CAN DO IN THE CLASSROOM: 1. Play dress-up. Dressing up lets children literally step into someone else’s shoes. Provide a variety of traditional costumes from all over the world. 2. “Accept linguistic/cultural hybridity (e.g. combined use of the native language and English for instruction, allowing code-switching) as a viable and authentic way of … Read more

Having a Multicultural & Multilingual Classroom is Good for Everyone

The population of English Language Learners is growing faster than ever in recent years as one out of every six school-age children use a language other than English at home (Diaz-Rico & Weed, 2006).  Our classrooms are changing; racial, cultural and linguistic diversity is increasing and with it the importance of encouraging tolerance, self-esteem and fostering … Read more