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I keep learning about raising a bilingual kid and let me share with you some of the things I have done to have a 80% bilingual kid.

Some kids don’t realize how important is to speak another language (and some parents don’t realize how important is it, either),  but as parents in a very modern world and in the 21st century it is VERY important to speak two, three even four languages.

Through my blogpost I like to inspire parents to help their kids in any way possible to be bilingual. I know it won’t be easy but in the long run it is one of the best things we are giving our kids.

I also did some research to find out about bilingual kids been smafter.         Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age. This view of bilingualism is remarkably different from the understanding of bilingualism through much of the 20th century.             (source from the New York Times)

I have also read an article on science line that explains the advantages of been bilingual even if you learn a second language when you are older. So we are never late to learn huh?! Also some people learn faster than others when it comes to study other languages.

imgresI have a six year old and a two year old. My six year old had problems in the beginning  learning Spanish and even though I still have to correct him he speaks a very clear and clean Spanish (even with my Peruvian accent LOL) although most of the times I  still have to correct him especially when he doesn’t know a word he tends to say it in english. (no spanglish in this house:) even those special games we play we manage to say it (see video)

My daughter on the other side seems to speak more English than Spanish so I don’t know how much energy I will have to teach her, because it is exhausting, trust me. Trying to make them understand how important it is to learn my language, my background, my heritage and the importance of been bilingual; so only the time will give me the answer I am looking for. I know I will try my best but this little girl is very stubborn, so hopefully she will learn Spanish no matter what;)

The great gift of all this  bilingual thing, or speaking other languages is, that the kid learns to be more social, appreciates and respects other cultures and enjoys the beauty of been bilingual.

I can share my secret now…I wish one day I speak French fluently or Italian:) and even better if it is both;)

till next time…

Evelyn Brooks


It was my son’s last day of school. He is now four years old. One more year and he will be off to kindergarten. I decided to write this blog post because after hearing those kids singing God Bless America – My home sweet home. It brought tears in my eyes. Making me realize how much time has passed, what have I learned after all those years?; with my son being in pre-school and indeed reafirming that this is MY HOME SWEET HOME.


Even though I will always miss my family and friends in Peru after a few weeks there I miss my home in the States, my house, my bed, my car, etc, etc…and once more this is one of the reasons why I write this blog TWO WORLDS ONE CHICA. So many could understand how I feel as an immigrant that will always belong to two worlds. Hoping one day my kids will read my blog and learn about all the things mommy and daddy went through.

Let me share with you a little bit of what I have learned…

Tyler’s pre-school was recommended to me by a neighbor. To be honest I didn’t have time to look around for preschools. I wonder how many mompreneurs have the time to look around for pre-schools? I enrolled him and started to pray so it was a good place for him and for us to be part of. My son Tyler goes to All God’s Children in Alexandria VA

From the beginning I knew this isn’t Lima-Peru. So I would have to learn how things work around here in many areas. I will need a few posts to tell you ALL about JUST PRESCHOOL.

Tyler with Ms. Laura on his 1st day of school at All God's Children

Tyler with Ms. Laura on his 1st day of school at All God’s Children

Whenever we travel to Peru, I also try to enroll my son to pre-school, for many different reasons but most importantly because I want him to be around other kids to play & learn while practicing his Spanish.

This is what I have seen in Lima, for example:

– Before the end of classes, teachers take 30min to clean the kid, wash their hands, brush their hair, even put cologne.

– Teachers or assistants carry their backpacks to their classrooms, poor little kid he could fall off if he/she does it herself

– Teachers write everyday in a notepad what the kid has done

– Most of the teachers and assistants greet the kids everyday with a kiss and a hug as they walk into the pre-school

– I love that Tyler wears a uniform so I did not have to think or fight with him every morning about what to wear to school;)

Tyler with his teacher in Lima - Peru

Tyler with his teacher in Lima – Peru

Lunch time

Let me tell you my experience in the States so far…

– Kids have to carry their own backpack and lunch box. Teaching the kid to  to be self-sufficient and to carrying its own belongings. I can still remember Tyler’s teacher telling me: Oh…Tyler can carry his own backpack. Sometimes I forget to do it, but it is true he can do it.

– Here they teach them to dress themselves, put their own jackets, put their backpacks.

– They teach them to be independent. When my mom sees Tyler put in on his shoes she says: Poor him, he doesn’t have anybody to help him!!!

and many other things…most important also Tyler has made great friends:) as well as practicing & learning his English.


Tyler's art work:)

Tyler’s art work:)

I think one of the things I miss the most is the warmness of our culture. The hugs and kisses for us is so natural. In Brasil they even give three kisses…so I think is a latin…thing or shall we say our flavor;)

I respect every culture and every country I have lived in. My best advice is just adapt and respect so you can be happy wherever you live.

I must also say one of the things I feel proud of; is that I did not listen to those people who told me. Do not teach Tyler Spanish until he is 3 years old. Right now he is fluent in both Spanish & English. He still has to practice both but we are very happy with his accomplishments.

I truly love the pre-school where Tyler’s goes to. I would not feel well if I would see him un-happy. Now we will spend part of his summer break in Peru;)

Hope this blogpost helps you while raising a bilingual family.


Evelyn Brooks