Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 every year, “celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America (from Hispanic Heritage Month. gov). While it’s important to continue learning about cultures throughout the year, Hispanic Heritage Month offers a chance to highlight Latin American cultures; communities often offer museum exhibits, folkloric dancing, children’s activities and even parades during this time.
Today I’m sharing the biographies of 5 famous Latinos, plus resources to learn about their contributions to US society: an astronaut, a teacher, an author, an athlete, and a scientist. After their bios, check out our FABULOUS giveaway for Hispanic Heritage Month!!! So many cool prizes for you and your little ones!
Being able to read in another languages is not just an advantage during travel abroad, it’s so much more! Being biliterate gives my children the opportunity to fully participate in Latin culture by mastering the nuances of the language and appreciating children’s literature, movies, the arts in their original form (not through translations!). For bilingual families, reading and writing means they can write emails and letters to their cousins and grandparents- actively maintaining relationships (and their language skills) when school life is full of English.
One way to foster bi-literacy is to to surround our kids with a print rich environment, with abundant displays of printed materials: classroom labels on everything, a variety of newspapers, magazines, and books, countless creative ways to practice writing, etc. Whether you are a parent or teacher looking to expose your kids to another language, or you’d like to reinforce bilingual literacy: these 5 tips will establish a print rich environment in both languages. Continue reading
Author Spotlight: Ifeoma Onyefulu
I would love to introduce you to an extraordinary children’s book author and photographer Ifeoma Onyefulu. She grew up in a traditional Nigerian village, and now shares stories and customs of contemporary, everyday village life in her wonderful children’s books! Continue reading
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by Anna Watt
A while ago I came across a fun article about a great first day of school tradition in Germany and their sugar cones [Zuckertüte]. It was different from what we have in Russia, but still a definite celebration. As I met many people from different countries around the world I was surprised to find out that first, the tradition to celebrate the first day of school is not part of the norm in a lot of countries, and second, when and how the first day of school goes in different countries is different and interesting.
So I decided to share with you the information I gathered from my friends and also from the students from the International English Center at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA. Continue reading
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