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I love Languages4kidz program

Read why Bilingual Blogger and Speaker Gianny Liranzo @madres conectadas loves our program and what it has taught her children. “Today I want to share with you this BIG SALE that has The bilingual author and educator Graciela Castellanos creator of a wonderful series of books for children in Spanish and English and to teach both languages. My oldest son has already read all the Language4kidz books in Spanish and the first whole book my other 5 year old read was from the series as well (we even published a photo of that achievement). What I like are so many

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Get ready for the new school year

Get ready for the new school year We are at the beginning of a new school year and parents and children are busy shopping for school supplies and clothing and teachers are getting ready to welcome their new group of children. Teachers are busy planning activities for the first days of school. These activities will be geared at helping students get to know each another, exploring the classroom and the materials around, coming up as a group with classroom rules, establishing routines and taking notes of the strengths and needs of each child. There are many ways of providing activities

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Teaching kids with songs

Teaching with songs is an amazing tool for helping young children acquire a new language. Singing with children can be a fun and valuable experience. When you sing with young children, you can adjust the speed and volume to fit their abilities. You don’t need to sound like a professional singer. As long as you are enthusiastic, young children will enjoy it, and want to sing along. Young learners pick up vocabulary, grammatical structures, and the rhythm of the language simply by doing what we all love to do…singing songs. Languages4kidz uses familiar songs and melodies, finger plays and nursery

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The importance of teaching a second language to little ones

Teaching a second or a third language to children during their first years of life has become a trend. Today, all the research conducted regarding foreign language learning makes emphasis on all the benefits it brings to children and their future in a globalized world. We have come to realize how young babies can discriminate between sounds with ease. We know they can learn two languages simultaneously, through play, songs, stories and appropriate activities in a fun and natural way as long as they are regularly interacting with speakers of both languages. We know about the benefits that learning a

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Summer is here!

Summer is a great time for kids to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities. They love to go to the beach and play with the sand. Here is the trailer of a beautiful picture book about a child at the beach. What he sees, what he hears, what he smells, what he tastes and what he feels. Get a copy for your kids at: Amazon

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Earth Day!!!

April 22nd is Earth Day!!! A day to celebrate our beautiful planet. Anything to help our environment is a perfect thing to do on Earth Day and every day. There are lots of easy and fun ways to celebrate Earth Day that can actually make a difference all year long. Learn about how you can make a difference and remember that leading by example will help others remember that caring about the earth is important every day of the year. Here are some ways you and your children can contribute to heal our planet and we’d love to hear your

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Get your kids outside and let them play!

Kids these days are spending most of their time inside the school and inside the house and are losing precious moments that will last a lifetime. Let’s encourage them to play outside and get in contact with nature. Get them to experience the joy and pleasure in activities such as, rolling in the grass, splashing into puddles, getting their toes into the sand, collecting rocks, leaves or pine cones, playing with the hose, looking for bugs, smelling the flowers, or enjoying a beautiful sunny day running and playing with their friends. Now that Spring is here, let the children go

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Spring will soon be here!

Spring is a great time to invite children to explore nature. Let them experience planting seeds, watching how a caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly or take a walk in the park to see, hear and smell the birds, the flowers, and the green grass. Talk to them about  cute young animals that make their appearance at this time of year. There is a variety of themes and picture books that can help you get organized for Spring. We hope you will find something that inspires you in our teaching resources! Here is an example of a beautiful poem in

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Why is having fun so important when learning a new language?

Learning is easier if it is fun and to make it fun we need to provide children with a playful environment. The more fun the environment, the more a child will want to stay with it. We know children learn in a variety of ways but we all recognize that play is an important vehicle in the process. Children learn a second language in a natural way, through play, songs, rhymes, movement, exploration, creativity, games, story books and fun activities in an environment that is playful. When exposing children to a new language use the language at all times paired

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A week of special celebrations

It’s a week of special celebrations for families from different parts of the world. Take note of the special days we are about to celebrate! Monday the 8th is Chinese New Year Day Chinese people celebrate the New Year. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey in their calendar. They believe what they do on the first day of the lunar year affects their luck in that year. Families reunite and do a lot of preparations for Chinese New Year. Some either visit their relatives or friends, or wait for their relatives’ or friends’ visits. These visits bring kids many

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Times of Multicultural Holiday Celebrations

Let’s celebrate or multicultural traditions… We are almost at the end of November and we can see people everywhere getting ready to celebrate the Holidays. There is a magic flare that surrounds our homes and brings joy to many in different parts of the world. Everyone seems focused on family traditions and “fiestas”. Next week many of us will celebrate “Thanksgiving Day.” In the International Schools I used to work for, we celebrated Thanksgiving with a fabulous lunch with parents and children together at the table. We all held hands before the meal and each child had the opportunity to

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Celebracion del Dia Internacional / International Day celebration

Celebrating International Day was one of my favorite traditions at the schools I used to work for. It was a special day where students celebrated their different cultures by introducing food, customs, music, dance and many other elements from their culture or country of origin. Below are a few photos of this celebration in schools I have worked for. As a former IB/PYP educator I firmly support the IB Learner’s Profile: “-We work together, take risks and inquire into our own and other cultures. -We think about, and gain knowledge about, the world around us. -We find ways to communicate

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Recipes in Spanish with poems and photos

One of our books for kids review. Thanks to Spanish Playground for its great review of our book “Recetas graciosas y saludables”. Recetas graciosas y saludables by Graciela Castellanos has simple recipes in Spanish. Best of all, these recipes are extension activities for short poems. The poems and recipes in Spanish have…” Read more here

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Singing in class

I am one of those bilingual teachers that love singing. It brightens my day and brings joy to the children and parents around me. Here is a video of some songs I demonstrated to teachers while in a training session in China. Through songs, little ones can explore new thematic units in context, learn and practice new vocabulary, internalize grammar structures, – and singing along to a tune is a great way for them to get used to the language and practice pronunciation. I used to teach at the pre-primary and elementary levels and of course some songs were a

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Funny and healthy recipes

Watch the trailer of our new story in Spanish! Funny and healthy recipes for the little ones. A children’s book that will amuse them and help them to increase and practice their vocabulary. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcUI4epiUX5w-jL9Kt2USQw  

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Happy father’s day!

Happy Father’s Day to all!!! Feliz día del Padre para todos!!! Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and male figures make to the lives of children. Although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June. Among these countries are: Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Argentina, Canada, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Mexico, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, and Venezuela. There are many ways you can celebrate, but the best of all is by giving him a big hug and a kiss with the

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Let’s celebrate!

Today we celebrate the European Day of Languages. Our planet has over 7 billion people who speak between 6 000 and 7 000 different languages. A few languages are spoken by hundreds of millions of speakers, such as English or Chinese, but most are spoken by only a few thousand, or just a handful of speakers. Check out the following website for info and activities for celebrating the languages we speak around the world: EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES

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Welcome Spring!

A creative idea and a song for SPRING! Spring song: Do you see a sign of spring, (point at your eyes) A sign of spring, a sign of spring? Do you see a sign of spring? Tell us what you see. I can see the sun that shines, (open and shut fingers) The sun that shines, the sun that shines, I can see the sun that shines, All around town. Do you smell a sign of spring, (point at your nose) A sign of spring, a sign of spring? Do you smell a sign of spring? Tell us what you

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Happy St. Patricks day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by the Irish, as well as many other Americans with the wearing of green, songs, dances, parties, and parades. People wear something green and if not they are pinched. There are many symbols to this holiday, although children tend to associate the color green, shamrock and leprechauns with this celebration. The Irish love folktales about imaginary fairies. The most famous of these “wee folk” are leprechauns, who are shoemakers for all the other fairies. A leprechaun looks like a tiny old man. They are tricky and mischievous. Legend says if you catch one, he is

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TESOL Convention

This past weekend I attended the 37th Annual TESOL convention in Madrid. It was a long and intense weekend filled with great presentations, workshops, a publishers’ exhibition, and opportunities to share and talk with other teachers from different places. I found myself taking notes on the latest trends in teaching English to very young learners and completely engaged with the ideas presented. My head was getting filled with ideas and my spirit soaring with motivation. As someone once said a good teacher is a constant learner – so regardless of the years one has been teaching, Professional Development should always

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Salon del Libro Infantil de Madrid

Last January 4th I participated in the Salón del Libro Infantil y Juvenil de Madrid. This was a marvelous event that congregated authors of children’s Books from many different parts of the world. I enjoyed reading to the little ones some of my books and singing some of the songs related to the themes in the books. The children and their parents enjoyed this activity and I had a wonderful time!

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At he Book Fair!

This has been a wonderful week! I signed my books and carried out an activity for children at the Pabellon Infantil. Thanks to everyone for attending. You can find the Wise Foxes Collection at the Book Fair    

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Earth Day!!!

April 22nd is Earth Day!!! A day to celebrate our beautiful planet. Anything to help our environment is a perfect thing to do on Earth

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Singing in class

I am one of those bilingual teachers that love singing. It brightens my day and brings joy to the children and parents around me. Here

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Happy father’s day!

Happy Father’s Day to all!!! Feliz día del Padre para todos!!! Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and male figures

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Let’s celebrate!

Today we celebrate the European Day of Languages. Our planet has over 7 billion people who speak between 6 000 and 7 000 different languages.

Read More »

TESOL Convention

This past weekend I attended the 37th Annual TESOL convention in Madrid. It was a long and intense weekend filled with great presentations, workshops, a

Read More »

At he Book Fair!

This has been a wonderful week! I signed my books and carried out an activity for children at the Pabellon Infantil. Thanks to everyone for

Read More »