Bilingual Book: Simon Goes to School
We’re super excited to announce our first MamaLingua book: Simon Goes to School!
We hadn’t seen a book that tells the story of what it’s like to enter a dual language or Spanish immersion program, so we wrote one! “Simon Goes to School” was written to help both parents and young children think about the challenges and benefits of a dual language school – and learn a little Spanish along the way!
Simon is going to a new school—una escuela—for kids to learn Spanish and English —español e inglés. Simon’s worried about how he’ll feel, until he discovers that learning a second language means making new friends!
The text introduces Spanish words within English text, so that parents new to Spanish can be part of the language learning process, too. The book teaches us that we can value additional languages as a superpower, and that knowing more than one language offers a way to connect and make new friends.
MamaLingua co-founder and trilingual mom Aileen Passariello-McAleer is passionate about dual language education.Through her travels, she's seen that while the United States is advanced in many ways, we fall behind when it comes to language learning. While we’re a country of immigrants, we have the largest population of monolinguals. In fact, only 15-20 percent of Americans consider themselves bilingual, compared to 56 percent of Europeans. Because English is dominant, most immigrants fail to pass down their native language.
Aileen’s excited about dual language learning because it creates a space where languages are valued equally – and where everyone shares the same superpower. We hope you'll enjoy joining Simon on his journey to his new school!
Have you read this book? What did you think? Make sure to comment below.
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