This week’s BilingualWe episode centers around screen time for bilingual kids, and the connection between passive and active learning through the use of technology as defined by the American Association of Pediatrics. Is high quality technology beneficial for young children and if so, how can we as parents maximize those benefits for our children? (For more information about determining high quality digital content for bilingual kids, including a rubric from WIDAA, check out this episode!) We chat with Keli Allen Garcia, bilingual parent, preschool teacher and content creator for Learn Safari.
Here’s what we chat about:
- Keli shares the bilingual model she grew up with, and the one that she now uses with her kids
- Why Keli is anti-screen time before two- and anti-guilt
- Signs your child will exhibit after a meaningful screen-time session
- How parents can model screen time use with their kids
- Connecting watching television with our kids and pre-reading skills
- Review of Top 3 Active Learning Apps in Spanish for Multicultural Kid Blogs by Christa
- Guest post by Keli Allen Garcia: Myths About Raising Bilingual Kids
Keli Garcia Allen is the Lead Content Creator for Learn Safari and a preschool teacher at a bilingual (Spanish and English) school. She is a graduate from the University of Florida, where she received a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Latin American Studies. After graduation, she became a certified teacher and taught high school and elementary school Spanish. She is a wife and a mother of 2 beautiful girls, who have inspired her in this journey of teaching and exploring language.