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5 Benefits of Bilingualism

5 Benefits of Bilingualism

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Have you pondered teaching your child a new language, but you just aren’t sure how to get started or if it’s worth the investment? Here are five benefits of bilingualism that might just help you make up your mind. Reading Studies...
I am the child of immigrant parents who wholeheartedly believed in the American dream. My parents came here for opportunities for themselves and their children and were embraced. Unfortunately, things feel different to me now. I find myself devastated...
Last week, I missed my oldest son’s first piano recital because my youngest son wouldn’t go into the auditorium. It wasn’t the first time I missed out on something important or had to leave a special event because he...
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We had no doubts we wanted our kids to go to St. Agatha Catholic School. A few blocks away from our house, we used to walk by it regularly before kids and dream about how one day we would...

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