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Hola a todos/ hello everyone!!
I want to share with you my story: I live in Florida (USA), I was raised bilingual (English/Spanish) and so I am raising my two little boys bilingual as well. Both my husband and I speak Spanish at home. Because I wanted to find more ways to expose my kids to the Spanish language, and also wanted to help monolingual parents give their children the gift of a second language, I decided to start a Spanish learning bilingual playgroup called: "We are Little Amigos". The playgroup has been getting a wonderful response from both parents and children. Most of the songs a sing during sessions I've written myself, so I decided to record a music CD which I am so proud of!!! (most of the songs are in a bilingual format). For more information about my playgroup, visit: http://www.wearelittleamigos.com If you are interested in starting your own Spanish learning playgroup, I am happy to share tips and resources to help you do so. Thank you for letting me share my story! Maribel Suardy *give the gift of a second language*
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I'm in the Ft. Worth area and have a group called mi amigos. The structured playgroup idea is a great idea. We struggled with accomplishing our goal of learning spanish -- so planning the playgroups out and using music, etc. is a great idea. Basically our group shares info on spanish language aquistion. I need to do a web site, right now we have a yahoo group. Who did your web site? It is so cute. Our group formed a balet floklorio class for kiddos and it is taught in Spanish...so another way to get the language from native speakers. I'm also looking into getting a Spanish in Motion class together (learn Spanish through dance http://www.movementeducators.com/spanishinfo.htm
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Thank you for sharing your story. I am currently a high school Spanish teacher. I am interested in starting a playgroup and/or giving private lessons to spend more time with my son Diego (2 years) and son-to-be (six more weeks). I would love any advice you could give on how to start a program (where to have it, how to advertise, how much to charge, etc.) We are, of course, raising our son bilingually and have been very successful so far. I appreciate the help!!
I am also in the Ft. Worth area (Grand Prairie). I would like more information on your playgroup.
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Hola Tami y Adriana!!
Sorry for the late reply, I don't check this site very often. I would love to chat with you and share tips. Please accept my invitation to join my brand new "on-line playgroup" I've formed with the purpose of connecting with other parents and educators interested in EARLY LANGUAGE LEARNING. I'll be happy to answer any of your questions. go to: http://www.raisingthem.com/index.php?cmp_id=6 and you can do an "on-line group" search, under "We are Little Amigos" to find my group. Or, contact me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org Hope to hear from you very soon! Gracias- Maribel Suardy http://www.wearelittleamigos.com
PS- Adriana, FELICIDADES on your new addition, salud para los dos!