Happy Easter! Celebrating Easter in your casita! ¡Felices Pascuas! ¡Celebrando Pascuas en tu casita!By Irma Vazquez, Educator in Residence at Encantos

As a mother of three children and a bilingual teacher, I know how amazing this time of the year is for familias. Easter for many means spending time together in reflection and eating special meals. It can also inspire shared activities between children and parents. In my home, the Easter bunny brings us baskets full […]

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Grit and Growth Mindset in Children & Emerging BilingualsBy JS Garcia Director of Curriculum and Learning Design at Encantos

As parents and caregivers of young children, we often focus so much on academics, on whether we are doing enough as role models, as parents and now for many, as homeschooling support. Fostering 21st-century character strengths such as grit and a growth mindset can be pivotal in the continued motivation for children and emerging bilinguals […]

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Four Tips to Make Days at Home Fun (and Educational) With Your PreschoolerBy Nuria Santamaría Wolfe

Did you, like many other parents, suddenly find yourself at home with the kids for the next few weeks and don’t know what you’ll do to keep them learning (and entertained) while preschools remain closed? Take a deep breath and get ready to do a little bit of planning. With a bit of preparation you and your kids will get through this - learning and having fun, one day at a time.

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How do we teach and maintain multiple languages in the home?By Valerie Barbosa

It is never too early to start reading to your kids in your native language. By hearing language sounds and pronunciations over and over again, children’s brains, already in the process of rapidly forming, absorb so much more than imaginable. Read to your children every day, let them touch the books, use your finger to show them each word and its meaning, and make these moments a special time full of love and learning. 

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How to Ensure Bilingualism: Find a Bilingual Best FriendBy Sarah Farzam

It is no surprise that the future is bilingual. And today’s parents have so much pressure on how to set up their children to excel in their adult lives. Relentlessly at the top of that how-to list is the goal many mamas and papas have which is to ensure their baby becomes bilingual, even if they aren’t. With benefits like increased cognitive development, opportunities to compete in the global job market, and enhanced social-emotional understanding, how do we accomplish this at such a young age? 

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Learning with Canticos: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play with Little Chickies/Los PollitosBy Nuria Santamaría Wolfe

Here are some tips to help you make the most of the first title in the Canticos bilingual book series:  Little Chickies/Los Pollitos - the quintessential classic Spanish nursery rhyme that tells the story of three little chicks and their mother hen. The story serves as a metaphor for the demanding nature of babies and the unconditional love and care given to them by their parents.

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Why Playing Hide & Seek Can Help Get Your Kid Ready For SchoolBy Nuria Santamaría Wolfe

While it is clear to see that playing hide-and-seek has some valuable physical benefits for children, other benefits of playing this popular childhood game may not be in plain sight. This classic game has extraordinary benefits for the brain. Here are just a few ways playing this game with your child can help.

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