Monday, January 22, 2007

Babysitters? Will it make or break the bilingual link?

I have been really concerned lately about my daughter and how she mixes the languages. She spends so much time with the sitter and I'm afraid that she's going to loose her Spanish. While I speak primarily Spanish with her, she doesn't always speak only Spanish with me. After a week where she has to be with the sitter 3-4 days, I have to consistently speak Spanish to her or she would revert to English with me. Last night I put on a video that was in Spanish. I was hoping that it would help. Will the English speaking babysitter break the bilingual link? Any suggestions? Dorinda

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Keepin' it fresh

Hi everybody!
Just wanted to talk about how cool it is to have a bilingual child. During my first marriage, I raised 3 beautiful daughters. Unfortunately, I didn't speak Spanish at that time; hence, they are not bilingual. This time around I am basically a fluent Spanish speaker....hope for all you over 30 who want to learn a second language... I wanted to share a cool thing that is happening with my 2 1/2 yr old.

My daughter goes to a monolingual babysitter. She speaks English. All day long my daughter doesn't speak a lick of Spanish. The minute I walk in the door she lights up and starts rattling stuff off in Spanish. It is sooo wonderful. I just hope we can maintain that.

If anyone else has a cool experience with their BC (Bilingual Child), PLEASE feel free to share. It will be an encouragement to others. Until the next time ~Dorinda~