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My Reasons for Raising Bilingual Boys

27 Jul

If you have read my Story of Qué, you know that I did not grow up speaking Spanish and I’m still not proficient today. Even though I have studied Spanish in college, have studied abroad in Spain and have taken adult learning Spanish classes, nothing has motivated me to learn more than wanting my children to know Spanish.

When I was growing up, if my parents didn’t want us to know what they were discussing, they would switch to Spanish. Ugh! (My parents didn’t teach us Spanish because when they used it in school, they were shamed or punished.) Admittedly, I use the little Spanish I know and communicate with my husband when I don’t want my son to know what I am saying.  It’s not very fair or nice, yo sé, pero here’s what I have learned: my son didn’t want to learn UNTIL he heard me speak Spanish at home … consistently. Entonces hablo Español en la casa con frecuencia.

Two friends of mine have their children in a local Dual Language Program through their school. I asked them why did they choose to enroll their children in this program. Here are their answers:

“Our decision to enroll our children in a Spanish dual program is very much based on wanting them to have deep roots in their Hispanic heritage coupled with the advantages that being bilingual will present in their future,” says Michelle Hernandez with Family Love in my City.

Colleen Pence from San Antonio Mom Blogs shares, “As our daughter grows into adulthood, speaking a second language will make her more marketable in whatever career or path she chooses. She is very proud of her Spanish speaking abilities and, as parents (and non-Spanish speakers), it’s exciting to watch her language development grow.”

It’s encouraging to have friends who also are not fluent in Spanish but share the desire for our children to learn Spanish. For all the reasons above and all the reasons in the infographic below, we want our boys to learn Spanish. There’s also something in the learning process that makes me want them to learn. Parents, do you remember the feeling you had when you heard your child’s first words? Well, I get to experience that doubly as our son learns Spanish. My heart smiles when I hear him use a Spanish phrase without being prompted like “Mami, te amo muchisimo!”

The school my son would attend does not have a dual language program. So it is up to my husband (who thankfully is bilingual) and I to create the environment for our boys to learn. There is another reason I want them to learn Spanish. For our family, it will be another experience we will get to create together. My husband is greatly involved too mostly because he says I sound like Peggy Hill from King of the Hill and he hopes that my boys won’t sound like that!

Next week, I will share the resources I use to teach my boys Spanish.

For now, enjoy this infographic from Spanglishbaby.com

Funny Father’s Day Ecards

16 Jun

Happy Father’s Day for all the dads out there! And all the people that lovingly fill the role as dad.

Here are some ecards from http://www.someecards.com

I found this one and would send this to my dad if he had email … or Facebook … or was online at. all.

I love this website because you can say exactly what you want to! This is exactly what my boys would say to my husband on Father’s Day.

And finally, to my wonderful husband who supports me in all my ventures.

Have a wonderful Father’s Day!

 

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Play in the Street!

3 Oct

Today I took my almost 2 year-old a.k.a. CaptAmerica to San Antonio’s first Síclovía.  My husband has been on bed rest due to hurting his back.  I have been in the house with him and my two preschoolers for the past 2 full days.  Can you say ‘Cabin Fever’?  And thank you God for the gorgeous weather!

Here’s a description from Síclovía’s website:  Síclovía will turn San Antonio’s streets into safe, fun places for walking, bicycling, jogging and enjoying outdoor activities, and it’s free!  By making a stretch of Broadway temporarily car-free, Siclovia opens the road to people from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, 2011. During the event, the streets will belong to pedestrians, bicyclists, and recreationalists. Siclovia is a partnership between the City of San Antonio and the YMCA to create, a safe, fun place to walk, bike, jog, and other exciting outdoor activities.

I expected we might be in the minority without a bicycle.  But no!  The event was diverse and amazing … it showed me how wonderful it was to see a community enjoy a part of their city in a way that we don’t normally do.  There were big bikes and little bikes, there were walkers and runners, adults and children, modern and classic, roller blades and skateboards … all right in the middle of the street. Even Beauty Queens …
CaptAmerica and I strolled our way down to the first stop and Zumba’d and tried some yummy fruit and yogurt from one of the vendors.  As we headed down to the next stop, I just enjoyed watching people of different walks of life and different parts of our city riding side by side.  More than once I overheard others say, “wow, imagine if this was every week or every month!”
The next stop or Reclovía, we joined the folks in BodyCombat! Well, I did my best and CaptAmerica kinda danced around me.  People were excited and really getting in to the workout. (which was no walk in the park)  This was a great way to show anyone how much fun a good workout can be!
Playing in the street was fun and it was great to be a part of the first Síclovía in San Antonio.. These are the steps to making San Antonio a happier and healthier place.  Playing in the street … I think it brought the kid out in all of us.
Even though I had an urge to walk on the sidewalk, I am looking forward to next year and a complete, healthy family to enjoy the whole day!
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