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Brainpop Español @brainpop_official has been a game changer in my household. Aside from our immediate family speaking to Fernandito in Spanish, he is now fully immersed in the English language. His school is in English, he plays in English and he watches programs in English. . BrainPOP being one of them. I subscribed to BrainPOP as a teacher. I pay a $10.95 monthly subscription for the educational videos and quizzes that BrainPOP offers. My class loves BrainPOP! I have no problem paying out of my pocket for this service because the videos are educational. So over the summer, when I needed to get ready, I never cancelled my subscription, I would put these videos on for Fernando. I began with Solar System videos, then videos on insects, math videos, etc. These videos range in length from 2-8 minutes. He loved them! He loves Moby and Tim! The only problem being that this information Fernandito was absorbing was in English. . . So I don’t know how I missed it, but I recently realized that BrainPOP has an Español version! I was ECSTATIC! BrainPOP provides free movies of the week so I tested it out to see if Fernandito would enjoy it and he loved it, too! He loves watching the videos in English first and then watching the same video in Spanish. And because they’re short in length, he’s not spending a ton on screen time. It is an additional $9.45 a month for the Spanish version. You don’t have to purchase both subscriptions. BrainPOP is available to everyone, not just teachers in the classroom. . . These are videos on science, math, social studies, health, etc.! I have the computer versions because I project the videos to my classroom, but there is also a BrainPOP app subscription service available. It’s $6.99 a month for English version and $5.99 for the Spanish one. The apps also include the videos. . I am so grateful to BrainPOP for creating their content en Español. I love how much Fernandito is learning and I’m right there by his side, learning, too. I love BrainPOP. I have always loved it as an educator. I am not sponsored by BrainPOP at all. I can’t stress enough how educational and fun the videos are and now in Spanish?? Take my money.

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Rogue recommendation! I recently started listening to the @latinousa podcast and when this episode popped up yesterday, I listened to it immediately. Although it’s short (28 mins), it provided amazing insight into what it was like growing up speaking predominantly English, and now wanting to teach your children Spanish. It talks about the struggles and the commitment it takes to raise bilingual children. How as an adult, it’s never too late to immerse yourself in the language. I am still learning to unapologetically speak Español. I feel like my Spanish is far from perfect. But if I want Fernandito to keep speaking it, I have to lead by example. I cannot stress enough how amazing this episode was. Give it a listen and tell me what you think! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #latinxpodcast #bilingualism #SoyBilingüe #educaciónbilingüe #latinablogger #latinablog

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We are recommending the “Sushi Monster” app that is not really in any language because no words are spoken. I can appreciate this because most of the math apps I have found are in English only. Fernandito is completely obsessed with this app and it has helped renew his love of numbers, which for a moment, I thought he had moved on from. He is so obsessed that he told me that he told his preschool teacher about it and that she got the app. LOL. And because there is no language, I am able to enforce more Español since he is using so much English now that he’s in preschool. . . There is an addition section with 7 levels of addition and a multiplication section with 5 levels. The goal is to feed the Sushi Monster that has a target number, for example the number 12. This monster is then served around six plates of sushi with different numbers on them and the goal is to pick the sushi plates/numbers that will make 12 and feed them to the monster. The levels get more challenging as you move up. This app is FREE, ad free, and was created by the reputable and educational company Houghton Mifflin. . . Has your little played Sushi Monster? Do you know of any math apps in Spanish? We would love to hear your responses! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #appsenespañol #bilingualism #SoyBilingüe #educaciónbilingüe #latinablogger #latinablog

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And we’re back with our recommendations! We are recommending La Gallina Pintadita’s Mini Series that can be found on YouTube. These mini, 12 minute long, episodes have cute story lines, songs, and a huevo sorpresa which is Fernandito’s favorite. It’s a hidden egg surprise clip that starts with clues such as beginning letter sounds and colors! It’s educational and it’s all in español! Fernandito has been watching La Gallina Pintadita since he was a baby, and the mini series have enough content to provide that education and entertainment for him. Have you heard of La Gallina Pintadita? Let us know what you think! We also love to hear about new shows in Spanish if you have any suggestions! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #musicaparaniños #latinablogger #weallgrow #educaciónbilingüe #latinablogger #madre #lagallinapintadita

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Our recommendation of the week is @123conandres ’ Canta las Letras album. They were kind enough to send it to us a couple of months ago! We didn’t get a chance to listen to it until my summer vacation began. Fernandito typically likes to listen to Daddy Yankee in the car and who can blame him? So now whenever I want him to listen to educational music, I’ll put it on as background music while we’re playing. Well, I have been playing Canta las Letras almost every single day. It is an AMAZING album. It’s entirely in Spanish and begins with the alphabet. Then each song (which is about a minute or two long) is dedicated to a letter of the alphabet, but the best part is that 123 Andres created an additional song if the letter has two different sounds. For example there are two songs dedicated to the letter C – “Cabeza, Codo, Corazón” and “Cinco Cerditos”. I mean, that’s pretty awesome. I also love “La H No Suena” because man, that is the truth and a tough one to explain! The songs are catchy, melodic, and simple to understand for any beginning Spanish speaker. I highly recommend Canta las Letras by @123conandres . It’s going to be one of those albums that I’ll play later on in life and it’ll take me back to this summer. Please let me know if you’ve heard it! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #musicaparaniños #latinablogger #weallgrow #educaciónbilingüe #latinablogger #madre #123conandres #123andres

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🔵Recommendation of the week!🔵 I don’t know if your little is like mine, but when I told my fifth grade students how odd I found it that Fernandito liked unboxing/unpackaging Shopkins videos on YouTube, they informed me that their little brother/sister loved these type of videos, too. And while Fernandito still loves Shopkins, his latest craze are the Avengers. Our routine this summer consists of waking up, me desperately needing coffee, handing Fernandito the iPad, and I shower and get ready for our day. He will ask me to type in, “Avengers Tsum Tsums” and he’ll start watching his unboxing videos. Because YouTube offers similar videos when one is done watching, I heard Fernandito watching one of these unboxing toy videos in Spanish. He is not a fan of me looking over his shoulder so I had to go back to his history and that’s when I found our recommendation of the week: @kidsplacetown . This channel provides toy reviews by a mom in Spanish! She is a mom to two little boys and her “about” section states that her channel is for a kid and parent audience. It’s similar to the videos Fernandito watches in English which is what he liked. And I, of course, like that it’s in Spanish and by a mom! I’m recommending this YouTube channel because of the effects of Fernandito watching YouTube videos in English. Fernandito speaks full sentences in English in his School Skills class that I had no idea he had. This Spanish channel will help me improve my Spanish skills (which I’m always trying to do) while continuing to expose Fernandito to our target language. Do you know of any other similar channels in Spanish? Let us know what you think! . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #latinablogger #SoyBilingüe #weallgrow #educaciónbilingüe #yoohooalrescate #programasparaniños

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Our recommendation for the week goes out to @contodopress ‘s “¡Sé Audaz, Sé Valiente! – Be Bold! Be Brave! – 11 Latinas who made U.S. History”. I saw this book on the @alegriamagazine mobile book store on my second day at the @weallgrowlatina summit. I couldn’t stop thinking about it so I went back on Day 3 of the summit and bought it. I recently read it to Fernandito and I absolutely loved the book. Honestly? All I could think was, “It’s about damn time.” It’s about time Fernandito has a book about strong, powerful, women who look like his mom, his grandmas, his tías, his teachers, his primita. The book has rhyming sentences, which truth be told, was challenging for me to read smoothly en español, but I did it. And meanwhile, as I was reading it, Fernandito was having my husband Google image search these women because I had told him they were real people and he wanted to see it for himself. It was pretty amazing. Thank you @contodopress for creating this amazing book. Do you have any similar bilingual children’s book recommendations? . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #latinablogger #weallgrow #librosparaniños

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Going rogue with this recommendation. This recommendation is for the adult trying to improve their Spanish alongside their little and/or the adult just trying to improve their Spanish in general! I am recommending @thesalvagedsawhorse ‘s Afirmaciones Positivas cards. I met Jennifer, the creator, at the @weallgrowlatina summit recently. I was visiting the vendors and zoned in on her Afirmaciones Positivas. I loved that they were in Spanish. And while I would have a way smoother time with her English Affirmations, I knew that I had to buy the Spanish ones. And I love them. They’re powerful and the artwork is beautiful. Reading a card puts a positive spin on my day while practicing and improving my Spanish! I am thankful for these cards. How do you step out of your English comfort zone? . . . . . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #latinablogger #SoyBilingüe #weallgrow #educaciónbilingüe #afirmacionespositivas

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Summer means this mama is on break which also means TV time. 😬. So we try to really make sure that most of what Fernandito watches is 1. Educational and 2. En español . My husband told me today, “Hey, you should recommend ¡YooHoo al rescate! Fernie has watched all 26 episodes!!” LOL. So here I am recommending it! YooHoo and his animal friends travel the world helping animals in need. For example a rhino in Indonesia kept bumping into his friends so YooHoo and his posse traveled to Indonesia to help. I really like that the show names the animal and that they visit their habitat. Have you and your littles watched this? Let us know! . . . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #latinablogger #SoyBilingüe #weallgrow #educaciónbilingüe #yoohooalrescate #programasparaniños

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Our recommendation goes to Netflix’s Puffin Rock – Roca Frailecillo! We’ve been watching this show for awhile and it came recommended by @refranescotidianos in a previous recommendation. The show is about a little puffin, Oona, and her little brother, Bernie (which totally sounds like Fernie in Spanish and makes me do double tales like crazy lol), and their aventuras on their land. They meet so many other creatures which I love because Fernandito and I start learning their names in Spanish and I start looking up their English counterpart. Fernandito enjoys when I do this because he gets to see what the animal looks like in real life. It’s a great learning opportunity for us both. The show has cangrejos – crabs and their caparazones – shells, erizos – hedgehogs, musarañas – pygmies , focas – seals, y más! Definitely one of our favorites. Do your littles watch this show? Any recommendations? Thank you!! . . . . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #latinablogger #madrehood #spanish #bilingual #bilingualism #SoyBilingüe #weallgrow #español #sehablaespañol #educaciónbilingüe #latinablogger #latinablog #programaseducativos #programasparaniños #puffinrock #rocafrailecillo

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🔴GIVEAWAY CLOSED!🔴 Congrats @jenny.guadiana and @_brendah21_ ! Raising Español reached 1000 followers!! I am so grateful to everyone that has decided to follow our journey. It has helped keep us accountable and your suggestions, DMs, comments, and likes are so greatly appreciated! I am especially thankful for the wonderful friendships we have made through IG! . . As a token of our thanks, we want to giveaway 2 copies of our favorite world atlas en español: Atlas de Aventuras Para Niños. This book is only available through Scholastic’s Club Leo. Since this specific atlas isn’t easily accessible I figured it would be the perfect giveaway! (Shipping within the US only) . . To win: * Follow me! * Tag a friend * Additional entries per tag (one tag per comment please, unlimited comments allowed!) * Contest ends this Thursday, 5/23/19 at 6:00 p.m. (PST) . . Winners will be chosen randomly on Thursday evening! Muchísimas gracias! . . . . . #raisingespanol #latinablogger #madrehood #spanish #bilingual #bilingualism #SoyBilingüe #weallgrow #español #sehablaespañol #educaciónbilingüe #latinablogger #latinablog #madre #clubleo #librosparaniños

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Our recommendation goes out to @mymamalingua ’s Bilingual Animal Flash Cards. I’ve mentioned before that Fernandito is not a fan of reading on his own, but I decided to bring out these flash cards that I bought over a year ago, bribe Fernandito with some Skittles (keeping it real, here), and had him read the cards en español to try to get some reading practice in. I’m grateful for the simplicity of these cards. The sentences are short and the phonetic animal pronunciation can be found at the top of the card. And bonus! On the other side, you can find the same sentence in English! These cards can be found through the link on @mymamalingua ‘s profile. 🔴@mymamalingua just reached out to me to offer 10% off on these cards and off anything else you purchase from her store. Use code: raisingespanol10 . Gracias @mymamalingua !🔴 Do you have this set of cards or something similar? I’d love to find more flash cards for Fernandito. He seems to be a fan of them. . . . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #latinablogger #madrehood #spanish #bilingual #bilingualism #SoyBilingüe #weallgrow #español #sehablaespañol #educaciónbilingüe #latinablogger #latinablog #mymamalingua #dimeloenespañol

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Today we are recommending @scholasticbookclubs Cuentos clásicos. I bought these a couple of years ago through their Club Leo Book Order. It came with 15 books for $30. It’s still available to purchase 🔴In order to order these books, a parent account must be created through @scholasticbookclubs and the books would get shipped to your child’s teacher IF they order through Scholastic. My suggestion would be to either ask your child’s teacher if they order books through @scholasticbookclubs or find a local friend or relative who can order them for you or scholastic also has a link under their FAQ’s where you can find a local teacher and/or volunteer near you who has orders shipped to them.🔴I ordered these because I wanted the classic stories that I grew up with, but en español for Fernandito. A couple of favorites are not pictured because we’ve read them so much they’re all over the house somewhere. They are: Sopa de Piedra, El Hombrecito de Jengibre, El Zapatero y los Duendes, and Ricitos de Oro. They’re translated decently, short, and small for little hands. I’m glad we got the set so we have them readily available at home. Are your littles a fan of the classics? Let me know what you think! . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #latinablogger #madrehood #spanish #bilingual #bilingualism #SoyBilingüe #weallgrow #español #sehablaespañol #elsistemasolar #educaciónbilingüe #latinablogger #latinablog #librosenespañol #librosrecomendados #librosparaniños

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Today we are recommending the “I Spy” Beginning Reader books! Fernandito is OBSESSED with these books. While they are in English, we use them predominantly in español. We read the first page in English then we translate it. And so on and so forth. But we are using Spanish while we look for the items. Fernandito is constantly telling us, “Busca Mami! Busca Papi! Busca! Busca!” All. Day. Long. I like that it forces me to look words up on Google translate like “springs” – “ballestas”, “tack” – “tachuela”, “whisk” – “batidora”, and more! Fernando is learning how to sight word read in English because of these books. He is not a fan of reading, not to be confused with being read to. He enjoys being read to. And while I wish they were in Spanish, I am grateful that he’s learning. Are you a fan of the “I Spy” books? Have you seen them or anything similar in Spanish? Please let us know! . . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #latinablogger #madrehood #spanish #bilingual #bilingualism #SoyBilingüe #weallgrow #español #sehablaespañol #elsistemasolar #educaciónbilingüe #latinablogger #latinablog #librosenespañol #librosrecomendados #librosparaniños

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Based on Fernandito’s newfound love of the English language, I decided to do a 2 in 1 recommendation post! Our first recommendation is Fernandito’s favorite show in English, Numberblocks! We watch Numberblocks on YouTube and I cannot recommend this show enough. It has taught Fernandito how to add with ease. Each character is made up of unifix cubes and they are continuously breaking apart and/or coming together to create new characters/numbers. For example, the character 9 (nine unifix cubes) sneezes a lot and one unifix cube pops out and all of a sudden the characters are 8 and 1. It’s a really cute and super educational program. . . In order to supplement in some español with this show, we use addition and subtraction flash cards which is our second recommendation! We got these at our local second hand store. Fernandito really enjoys flashcards. We don’t pressure him into saying them. He actually is not a fan of subtraction/resta so once we see he’s getting frustrated, we ask him if he wants to stop or take a break. These flash cards have really helped us maintain our Spanish at home. We introduced them in Spanish which helped ensure that we continue saying them in español. We say, “Que es 6 más 8?” Or “7 quita 3 es?”. I’m sure there are better ways of reading these flashcards, but that’s how we say them here at home. What’s your favorite educational program for kiddos? English or Spanish! We would love to know! . . . . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #latinablogger #madrehood #spanish #bilingual #bilingualism #SoyBilingüe #weallgrow #español #sehablaespañol #educaciónbilingüe #latinablogger #latinablog #programaseducativos #programasparaniños

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Our recommendation of the week goes to Vera y el reino arcoíris. Fernandito loves loves loves this cartoon. Lately, he has been exposed to more books, shows, and songs in English so I am grateful that he truly enjoys watching this show en español. Vera, the main character, lives in this magical kingdom with all things colorful and cute. She helps solve the kingdom’s problems by asking for wishes from el árbol de deseos. These happy-face-deseos come out of the tree and help Vera solve the problem. Fernandito is currently watching this show on repeat. Has your little seen Vera? Let me know what you think! . . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #latinablogger #madrehood #spanish #bilingual #bilingualism #SoyBilingüe #weallgrow #español #sehablaespañol #educaciónbilingüe #latinablogger #latinablog #programaseducativos #programasparaniños #verayelreinoarcoiris #trueandtherainbowkingdom

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Our recommendation of the week goes out to Mo Willems’ libros de Elefante y Cerdita. I just received this set this week from @scholasticbookclubs Club Leo book order and Fernandito had me read every single book back to back. He loved them! I feel like they’re translated well, simple, so they’re easy to read for me and will be easy to read for Fernandito whenever he’s ready, and the topics are cute. In the books, Elefante y Cerdita run into a problem whether it’s a bird making a nest on their head or they want play outside, but it’s raining. Then they come up with a solution together. I saw that the hardcover version of these books are also available on Amazon. My local library doesn’t have these, but I don’t regret the purchase at all. I’m actually considering getting a couple more that Amazon has that didn’t come in this set. Have you read these before? Let us know what you think! 😊. . . . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #latinablogger #madrehood #spanish #bilingual #bilingualism #SoyBilingüe #weallgrow #español #sehablaespañol #elsistemasolar #educaciónbilingüe #latinablogger #latinablog #librosenespañol #librosrecomendados #librosparaniños #mowillems #mowillemsenespañol

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Our recommendation of the week goes to 123 Andrés’ @123conandres “Arriba Abajo” album. Andrés and Christina sing this children’s album (and all their other albums) in both English and Spanish, however, I have only downloaded the songs en español because I want Fernandito exposed to more resources in Spanish. I usually have “Arriba, Abajo” playing in the background while Fernandito is playing, painting, or doing a math activity. The songs are melodic and are beautifully sung. 123 Andrés also has some upbeat songs. One of my favorites is “Diez Pajaritos” which counts from 10 to 0 by 2’s in Spanish! Fernandito’s favorite is “El Danzón y el Cha Cha Chá”. He has perfected his ordinal numbers (primero, segundo, etc.) because of this song. Gracias 123 Andrés for providing fun, educational, bilingual, and catchy music! What’s your favorite @123conandres song? . . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #musicaparaniños #cancionesparaniños #latinablogger #madrehood #spanish #bilingual #bilingualism #SoyBilingüe #weallgrow #español #sehablaespañol #educaciónbilingüe #latinablogger #latinablog #madre #123conandres #123andres

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Our recommendation of the week goes to Netflix’s: El autobús mágico vuelve a despegar. I grew up watching the Magic School Bus on PBS, and I thought this was the same one and it was now on Netflix. However, once I paid closer attention, I realized that it was newer and slightly different. The new Ms. Frizzle looks younger and is actually the original’s younger sister in the show. The intro song is also slightly different, as are the characters, but they still resemble the originals. Anyway, Fernando really enjoys watching this show. Again, I’m so grateful for Netflix’s language feature because it allows us to watch all these shows en español. Since this show seems to be for a slightly older audience, I noticed that the Spanish they speak is pretty fast. I know I have mentioned before that Fernandito’s cartoons have helped me improve my Spanish and it’s because they are meant for a younger audience and speak fewer words. This is not the case for El autobús mágico. I can still understand everything, but I need to be on my A-game. Fernandito seems to have no trouble following along, though. I love that it’s a science based show so Fernandito is exposed to some Spanish science vocabulary. Have you seen this reboot? Let us know! . . . . . . . . . #raisingespanol #latinablogger #madrehood #spanish #bilingual #bilingualism #SoyBilingüe #weallgrow #español #sehablaespañol #educaciónbilingüe #latinablogger #latinablog #programaseducativos #programasparaniños #elautobusmagicovuelveadespegar

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