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For years immigrants were told that the only way for their children to embrace American culture was to leave behind their heritage language and speak only English. But what if this advice was based solely on political motives and not the wellbeing of children? What if the truth was that all children in America, regardless of their cultural background, would actually benefit from learning two languages? The answer to this question has sparked a new Latino parenting revolution, ...
For years immigrants were told that the only way for their children to embrace American culture was to leave behind their heritage language and speak only English. But what if this advice was based solely on political motives and not the wellbeing of children? What if the truth was that all children in America, regardless of their cultural background, would actually benefit from learning two languages? The answer to this question has sparked a new Latino parenting revolution, which is changing the face of America.
Roxana and Ana, founders of the wildly successful parenting blog SpanglishBaby, are part of a growing movement of Latino parents who are proudly reclaiming their language and cultural heritage for themselves and their children. Laugh and cry with them as they stumble through the ups and downs of raising bilingual, bicultural children in America and discover themselves in the process. This inspiring parenting memoir includes practical tips and resources to help parents from all backgrounds give their children the benefits of bilingualism. Bilingual Is Better debunks old stereotypes while shedding new light on hot topics like bilingual education, cultural heritage and what it really means to be Latino. A perfect blend of hilarious anecdotes and solid research, this book is a fun, engaging read which is sure to spark conversation and positive change.
Roxana A. Soto and Ana L. Flores co-founded the popular parenting blog SpanglishBaby, which was recently named a Must Read Mom’s Blog by Parenting magazine. Both authors are well known, award-winning bilingual journalists.
CHAPTER 3 – RAISING A SPANGLISHBABY, by Ana L. Flores
Most Common Methods of Raising a Bilingual Child
Minority Language at Home (mL@H)
Roxana Speaks Out about the Joys and Pitfalls of ML@H (box)
One Parent One Language (OPOL)
Tima & Place (T&P)
Help for Non-native Speakers
Which Method is Best?
Three strategies parents raising bilingual babies can use as soon as their child is born--or even in the womb!
The Bilingual Rebellion Stage
Simple tips to use for when your child refuses to respond in Spanish
CHAPTER 4 – BILINGUAL EDUCATION, by Ana L. Flores
A Brief History of Bilingual Education in the United States
Where Are We Now?
The status of bilingualism in the world vs. the U.S. (box)
All Children in America Should Learn Spanish
Four Reasons Why Children in the U.S. Should Speak Spanish
A Bright New Future for Bilingual Education
Dual Language Immersion
Roxana Speaks Out about the Lack of Dual Immersion Options in her Area (box)
Our Journey Towards Dual Language Immersion
Why aren’t dual language immersion programs an option at every school?
Parents can make a difference
CHAPTER 5 – BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: IDENTITY VS. ASSIMILATION, by Roxana A. Soto
The Art of Meshing Two Cultures
On Becoming American (Or Not)
Ana Speaks Out about her Husband's Struggle with Becoming a U.S. Citizen (box)
Miami to Denver: The Definition of Culture Shock
The Truth About Spanish, English and Spanglish (box)
On Having an Accent
CHAPTER 6 – RAISING BICULTURAL CHILDREN IN THE U.S., by Roxana A. Soto
Raising a Bicultural Child
My Bicultural Upbringing
The Culture of Food
La Familia First
On Baby Names
There’s No Place Like Home
A home away from home
The good, the bad and the ugly
Ana Speaks Out about Her Daughter's Preschool Immersion Experience in El Salvador (box)
My Rocky Summer Camp Experience (box)
Discovering a New Culture by Traveling Abroad
Susan's Family Study Abroad Experience in Peru (box)
Four Reasons Why Traveling is So Important When Raising Bilingual and Bicultural Children (box)
Bonus Tips for Bilingual families
Traveling Internationally with Small Children (box
Different Methods of bilingual Education (box)
Other Ways to Keep Our Latino Culture Alive (box)