Paula, Professor Pocket and Raising a bilingual baby

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It’s never to early to learn a second language February 20, 2009

Filed under: Bilingual,Personal — Paula G, Professor Pocket and My Pregnancy @ 2:23 am
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Now that I have a baby I am living up to the expectation I set for myself even before I had children, which is to raise my little ones bilingually. As a business owner of a bilingual childrens’ company there is no excuse for me, my child must be bilingual! Joe and I made a pact when we found out I was pregnant, I speak Spanish and he speaks in English to the baby. So far so good. I am enjoying singing, reading and talking to Leo in Spanish so much, plus it really is great practice for me and my rusty Spanish. He loves all of the Spanish nursery rhymes that I remember from my childhood, and I have found some classic books in Spanish to share with him as well. Not only that, he is already at 2 1/2 months a huge Professor Pocket fan! He loves the songs and music, and as soon as I can get it on film I will post him listening to his favorite song. Buenas Noches Luna…

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A Parents’ Choice Award…woohoo!! October 3, 2008

Filed under: Bilingual — Paula G, Professor Pocket and My Pregnancy @ 6:11 pm
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I have to once again congratulate Professor Pocket and celebrate a little on our own behalf 🙂

Our second release, Our Hawaiian Hula Adventure, has won a Parents’ Choice Approved Award in the category of Audio/Storytelling. This is a huge honor for a small company like ours, as Parent’s Choice is very exclusive in the choices they make. Here is a little about the organization from their website www.parentschoice.com

“The Foundation’s purpose is to search out and recommend products that help kids grow – imaginatively, physically, morally and mentally—fairly priced products that are fun, safe and socially sound.

Parents’ Choice reviews books, toys, music, television, software, videogames, websites, and magazines for children and families of all achievements and backgrounds.

If you’re looking for a list of “Hot Toys,” you won’t find them here. Parents’ Choice recommends toys with staying power, books with honesty and integrity of characters, illustration of elegance and imagination, music that families can sing together, storytelling that teaches us lessons from lands and cultures close and far away, magazines that do not mask editorial content in advertising, television that teaches with civility and not chaos, and software and videogames that encourage sharpening skills not leveling landscapes.”

As a small business out there trying to establish ourselves in the bilingual children’s market, this certainly gives us a huge boost of encouragement! Congratulations to us!

 

The importance of bilingual education… September 22, 2008

Filed under: Bilingual,Uncategorized — Paula G, Professor Pocket and My Pregnancy @ 10:19 pm
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So, first and foremost,  this post is in no way a political statement, I am staying neutral on my blog about that. But, I found this article online and thought it was interesting and worth sharing.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-rush-holt/why-foreign-language-educ_b_127588.html

With our company Professor Pocket, Nathalie and I are focusing on getting children interested in learning a second language at an early age when they are most likely to absorb the new language.  In addition to capturing kids’ attention, we are also trying to get parents to understand how critical it is for their children to be bilingual or even multi-lingual on a larger scale and in a bigger picture. I think this article captures that.  It goes beyond all the cognitive benefits of learning a second language (ie. children who are exposed to multiple languages often show superior problem solving and math skills, increased overall school performance, and better cross-cultural understanding) and extends to benefits that will affect your child for the rest of his/her life.

The US is so far behind in bilingual education and quite frankly it’s an embarrassment given that we are considered a leader in our global community. I think I have mentioned this before but in my travels through Europe and even South America, most people you meet will at a minimum speak their native language as well as English. Language education is not and should not be considered an extra curricular activity, it should be part of the core curriculum in our schools.

There is no denying that our worlds are shrinking and everything has become globalized. Future careers and jobs for our children will most likely require multiple language skills given the increased global economic environment we are seeing. I am happy to see conversations on the topic starting not only in the education sector but also in the political sector. So for all you parents out there who understand the importance… Professor Pocket is giving you a leg up and helping your children start the learning process early on and in a way that they will find fun and engaging!