Raising Bilingual Kids – Read Conmigo

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Read Conmigo and Latina Bloggers Connect.

I was raised in an English speaking home. And yet, somehow I am bilingual.

I don’t know what the magic formula was for me, nor do I know it for my kids. Or I’d be doing a better job of it.

Isa and Gabi know a few words. And they try to pick up more as we try to teach them.

Ema and Sara know more than they do. For some reason, Ema and Sara soak up languages. They think speaking in Spanish is fun!

Here’s how we keep it going –

Abuela and Tata

Abuela and Tata

1. Visits from their Abuela and Tata. When my in-laws visit, or we visit them, it’s all Spanish all the time. And they think it’s cool to show off what they know from the second they walk in the door.

2. We talk to them in Spanish as much as we can but since we predominantly speak English, we aren’t always successful. But luckily in this case, they are little parrots and repeat everything.

3. The twins  spend time on the iPad and watching TV and the great thing is, their favorite shows and apps are done in Spanish too! Ema loves to watch Elmo’s World and Henry Huggle Monster in Spanish on Netflix. And they practice what they learn. They’ve even learned a little French this way too.

4. Travel to Mexico if we can. Be where the language is spoken. I took Isa and Gabi when they were little and it was amazing how quickly they picked up new words.

5. Finally, we try to read to them in Spanish. Our collection of books could use a little supplementing. They are hard on their books. This is where the library helps out a lot. But in reality, there really needs to be more bilingual books for kids their age. Thankfully, I learned about the Read Conmigo bilingual literacy program that provides FREE BILINGUAL CHILDREN’S BOOKS in English & Spanish as well as online resources for children in Preschool to 5th grade.

As a registered member, you can:
• Download the Read Conmigo book collection to any tablet or smartphone!
• Receive a new book every 4 months for FREE!
• Access to the App* “Learn with Me” that reads our alphabet book to your child,
in both languages! (on Google Play and iTunes)

twin sisters
Read Conmigo, sponsored by Infinity Auto Insurance, is a parent-focused bilingual literacy campaign that encourages Hispanic parents to read to their children at home through the distribution of free English-Spanish children’s books.

Are you an aspiring author? I am! Here’s a way to get your words out for children’s literature and win!

Read Conmigo, is kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month by introducing the “Preserving our Culture through Bilingual Literacy” contest for budding Latino children’s book authors based in the Southern California area.

The contest will run through October 31, 2014. So get writing!

Participants in the “Preserving our Culture through Bilingual Literacy” contest will compete for an opportunity to have their children’s story published. The story must feature one of several Read Conmigo characters and the winning author(s) will receive $1000 in prize money. Winner(s) will be notified by November 14th.

One of 6 Characters to Choose From

One of 6 Characters to Choose From

All manuscripts must be submitted by October 31, 2014 and meet the following criteria:
•Author Profile – Must be from Southern California 18 years old or over, of Latino origin; no prior published work or writing experience necessary
•Target Reader – All submissions should be suitable for reading levels Pre-K through 5th Grade
•Language – Story must be submitted in both English and Spanish
•Characters- Story must include one or more of the Read Conmigo characters
•Word count: Minimum is 400 words; maximum length is 1500 words
To submit a manuscript and for complete rules and contest details visit www.ReadConmigo.org.

I plan on entering. Wouldn’t be awesome to win!


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