How can we best prepare our bilingual child for the world outside the cocoon of our supportive home life? That’s the question that both Stephen Krashen and D Garcia answer for us this week on BilingualWe. Whether our kids exhibit shyness in the Heritage Language in the classroom or on the playground, there are a myriad of tips and tricks we can use to stick to our guns with the minority language, and to advocate for them at school.
About D Garcia:
I am a parent of a 5 year bilingual child who is an English learner. I am a Director of Multilingual Education/Dual Language in Waukesha where I have had the opportunity to grow our Dual Language 2-way program fro 4K-10th grade across multiple sites. I have traveled extensively in South America and lived in Central America. I am married to a bilingual teacher and native of Colombia. Originally from Waukesha, I currently live with my family in Milwaukee. I am a contributing writer at the Center For Teaching for Biliteracy
Note: D Garcia is a powerhouse of knowledge about bilingualism and biculturalism. Take notes on this episode, as she rapid-fires so much information, it’s double the information we usually provide!
Here’s what we chat about:
- D shares with us why she is so adamant about Minority Language at Home -and the racial stereotypes that accompany it
- We talk about Stephen Krashen and how bilingual programs help our children
- D shares her top strategies for keeping Spanish at home
- Ask the expert! You can ask D any questions you have about bilingualism at home in our Facebook Group
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