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This page is designed to connect you with a few resources that we personally use to raise our own bilingual kids. Important note: The links on this page are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase through these links, it helps us earn a bit of money too–all at no extra cost to you. By purchasing through these links, you are helping to keep Language Preschools up and running, so thank you!
Don’t forget: One of the best resources for raising bilingual kids is your local language immersion preschool. Language immersion preschools can be found in every state in the United States. If there’s not one near you yet, just wait. They’re growing in popularity, so you might see one near you soon.
Book Resources for Bilingual Kids
|Epic! has been called “The Netflix of Kids’ Books.” It is a digital library of more than 25,000 children’s books, many of which are in Spanish and French too! We love that Epic! is affordable for families (only $7.99 per month) and FREE for teachers and librarians. This tool can be accessed via the website, as well as on iOS and Android devices. If you don’t like it, you can cancel anytime.|
Audio Resources for Bilingual Kids
|The Echo Dot Kids Edition is a smart speaker with a personal assistant…for the kids! How’s it different from the regular Echo Dot, you ask? The Echo Dot Kids Edition comes with a two-year warranty, but that’s not all. With the purchase of the kids’ version, you get a one-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited, which has family-friendly features and parental controls. The parents controls are what we think most parents will appreciate about this version of the Echo Dot. You can limit your kids’ usage of the device to specific hours, as well as set restrictions on certain activities and songs that your kids can use with the device. Parents also receive access to a digital Parent Dashboard to review how your children are interacting with the Echo Dot. With an increasing number of “skills” being added to the platform, we’re excited to see how this type of technology continues to evolve for language learning!|
Subscription Resources for Bilingual Kids
|Little Passports isn’t specific to language learning, but it is all about geography and perfectly accompanies any language learning curriculum. The Early Explorers Subscription is best for 3- to 5-year-olds. The first month’s kit includes an orange suitcase, wall-sized world map, 20-page activity booklet, luggage tag, stickers and photo. Subsequent kits’ themes feature music, animals, food, art, natural wonders, world discoveries, and more. This is a fabulous kit for preschool-aged children, whether in language immersion programs, traditional preschool classrooms, homeschool, or other!|
|Little Global Citizens is a subscription box designed for children from age 3 to 8 years old. A new country is featured each month, and the box includes parent and kid guides for that country, cultural crafts and supplies, cultural activities, a great book (or two!), toy or collectible item and dinner party theme night guide. Sibling add-on packages are available so that nobody feels left out–and there’s more fun for everyone!|
|TalkBox.Mom has two primary product offerings for parents raising bilingual kids: language phrasebooks for parents and monthly subscription boxes called “TalkBoxes.” Both product lines come with audio so you can hear the words and phrases pronounced by native speakers. Each TalkBox has a different theme and is worth 15 to 30 hours of private instruction (a $600 value!). Choose from monthly, bimonthly and quarterly TalkBox subscriptions. There are 18 boxes in all…so lots to learn and love.|
Parent Resources for Language Learning
Interested in learning a language alongside your child—or perhaps just want to brush up on a native language that’s grown a bit rusty? We know of some resources you’ll appreciate.
|italki connects language learners and teachers around the world in real time through Skype or another virtual meeting software. We’ve written previously how, with close parental supervision, italki is a great resource for children learning another language. The service is mostly used by adults. We’ve seen some incredible results from the platform ourselves. italki offers dozens of languages, even many of the lesser-known ones. Plus, it’s incredibly affordable!|
|Pimsleur is our favorite audio language learning resource for adults. It is best used when you’re alone and can speak aloud, so it’s perfect for the stay-at-home parent or the working parent who commutes to and from the office. Pimsleur’s lessons consistently build upon each other. Throughout the curriculum, you’re tested with verbal exercises, mimicking a real-life dialogue situation, as if you were speaking directly with a native speaker. Pimsleur is among the most well-known and highest rated language softwares—and for good reason!|
Do you have a resource to recommend or do you want to collaborate on a resource? Send us an email at Kaci@LanguagePreschools.com. We’d love to hear from you!