In California and New Mexico the number of preschool-age Hispanic children is growing so fast, they outnumber their non-Hispanic counterparts.
When supported in becoming bilingual, these children acquire a ‘brain flexibility’ that comes from shifting from language 1 to language 2 and back again and again.
That’s why I translated my book, “Make Time for Reading” into Spanish, with the help of Rosa Benavides a former Massachusetts, elementary school teacher. My bottom line message to parents is this: teach your children about letters, sounds and books before they begin school. Children learn more … inside of their most important relationships.
Hispanic children will grow up to become workers and voters. I’d like to do my part in helping them build a strong foundation for reading in both Spanish and English.