Thursday, October 7, 2010

Giveaway: Easy Translator by Ingenio Toys

One of the most important skills for educational success is literacy. And developing our children's literacy skills must begin at birth. We all know that parents should read a wide variety of literature to their children on a regular basis. And many professionals think that for a child to be literate in a second language, they must first become literate in their first language. Doing so allows them to decipher and apply many of the rules they learned in their native language to the second.

Literacy is something with which I am somewhat obsessed, and I have commented on this quite a bit over on the LBBC. I am especially concerned about the literacy rate among our Latino children. If you are reading this blog, then already the battle is half over because that probably means that you are invested in your child's educational success. And parental involvement is SO IMPORTANT! Or if you are a teacher, you obviously care enough about your students to research the internet for ideas.

Perhaps like me, you are one of the growing number of families who are opting to raise bilingual children. If so, you many know that there are numerous methods in use by families all over the world in order to accomplish this challenging feat, and fortunately for us, we now have many wonderful online resources such as Spanglish Baby, Multilingual Living, and many others, which support us by describing these methods.

One thing that many parents struggle to find, though, is quality bilingual toys. Especially ones that promote literacy. While nothing can replace the effective instruction of one-on-one interaction with a parent or teacher, manipulatives and games that promote bilingual literacy can be valuable tools for reinforcing concepts and vocabulary.

Through the LBBC I have had the pleasure of working with Ingenio Toys, which is what I consider to be one of the best bilingual toy companies in the country. It is obvious that they put a lot of thought into their products and that they are committed to creating quality toys that are educational and affordable.

Ingenio already has a great line of bilingual toys, including the My First Notebook, the Smart Projector, puzzles, cards, and games that develop spelling and math skills. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, they have just launched three new products:  The Puerto Rico Map Learning Puzzle, the Mexico Map Learning Puzzle, and the Easy Translator (Spanish).


I am super pleased to announce that Ingenio is offering one of its Easy Translators to a Mommy Maestra reader. The Easy Translator comes with 15 double-sided cards, each with a unique learning theme. It is designed for both Spanish learners and English learners. You can read more about it here. To enter for your chance to win, simply visit their site and let us know what you think of their line of bilingual toys.

For an additional entry, you can also:

• Join our Facebook page (be sure to leave a separate comment letting us know that you did!)

The deadline to enter is October 14th at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be chosen using and will be notified via email. (So PLEASE be sure to provide a valid email address with your entry.)

¡Buena suerte!

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