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August 25th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Ideas to Expose Your Bilingual Children to Spanish

If you’re raising bilingual children, exposing them to Spanish doesn’t have to be something you only do at home. As I mentioned in this post, I am a big supporter of playgroups. The benefits are tremendous not only for your children, but also for yourself. My children and I have belonged to the same Spanish-speaking playgroup for the last three years and the exposure they’ve gotten to Spanish there has been invaluable. Plus, besides being super fun, playgroups allow children to bond with others who are just like them: bilingual.

I am also a huge fan of dual language immersion programs. I know for a fact that they work because I am a product of such a program, which means I was already bilingual by the time I moved to this country as a teenager. Unfortunately, my daughter, who as you know started kinder a few weeks ago, is not going to one of these schools because we don’t really have a lot of options where we live. I would’ve given anything for her to attend a dual language immersion school because I really want her to be not only fluent, but also literate when it comes to Spanish. I can only hope that they become more popular so more children – including mine – can take advantage of such privileged education.

If you don’t have this option either, you should check into heritage language schools. These usually take place once a month on the weekends. Basically they are language schools that attract parents who want their children to maintain their culture and heritage by exposing them to more than just their native tongue. They are extremely popular and beneficial, not to mention fun for the children. I haven’t found one in Spanish where we live, but my daughter attends a French one once a month on Saturdays, since French is her third language. I also know of a couple of Chinese ones in my area. Check around, I’m sure you have them in your city too!

Finally, you can always hire a private tutor. If you’re worried about the cost – one-on-one instruction is always more expensive than in a group setting – one way to offset that is to get together a small group of children around the same age whose parents are also interested in raising them bilingual.

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Roxana A. Soto is the Editorial Director of SpanglishBaby and she also writes for Moms Clean Air ForcePulso VerdeNew Futuro and Fox News Latino




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  1. this post is gonna work out for my niece :)

    peter kenneth

    26 Dec 12 at 1:02 am

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