Wednesday, January 6, 2010


I've just picked up 7 steps to raising a bilingual child. Like $15 at barnes and noble. You can get it here for cheaper

This book really put all my "He's going to be confussseddd" fears at ease. The main thing it stressed was to have a plan. More specifically, a "Bilingual Action Plan." I'm still working on mine but I do have the following ideas.

Doing the calender everyday in spanish only. Today we made a calender in spanish out of paper and poster board and it came out rather ugly. I think I'm going to sew/ embroider one up when I get a moment.

It talked about having a specific time of day that was to spoken in the foreign language. We are going to make mealtimes spanish only.

Watching one 10-15 minute show each day in Spanish.

Completing his Ingenio spanish puzzles during quiet time before bed.

Half of his books will be spanish and the other half english.

Thats more than a good start I think. The book also talked about what level of fluency you want your child to have. Basic conversational, Fluent in conversation, or fluent plus able to read and write. I'm going for the full monty.

We can do this!

I'm learning spanish too because I too want to be fluent. Taking the next level of spanish this summer. Very excited!


  1. I definitely agree with everything in this book. We really work on speaking Spanish at certain times of the days. We do bath time ALL in Spanish. The kids don't speak to me in Spanish but they repeat everything. It is very interesting. If you can keep Cartoons to only Spanish and never introduce English cartoons, he will never want anything different! I learned this the hard way.
    I am excited to follow your journey!

  2. Heather, I could not find an e-mail address to send you my response so here it is!
    The pin cushion that I use for pin punching is the top of a box. The top of the box is cushioned and then wrapped in fabric. I place it the other way on the shelf with the pin for punching and the traced pictures.

    I've also seen those small rug samples you can find for a few dollars at home depot. You can just cut them in smaller squares.

  3. Hi, I have an award for you on my blog. Have a nice day!

  4. Good luck to you! It is wonderful gift to give your children!

  5. Look forward to hearing more of your spanish teaching adventures!