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In my home, we like to celebrate diversity, and we use several outlets to expose our kids to varying languages. Some are language DVD sets, including full-immersion programs, and others teach language in a more conventional way.
Another thing we do to help our children learn foreign language basics is watch multi-cultural children's programming, like "Maya & Miguel". Sophie and Xander absolutely adore following Maya and Miguel in their adventures, and they also love picking up new phrases and words in Spanish!
“For more than a decade, young viewers, particularly English language learners, have strongly connected with Maya & Miguel, and we’re delighted to introduce even more kids and families to the spirited sibling stars and their engaging escapades with the upcoming launch on iTunes,” said Deborah A. Forte, President, Scholastic Media and executive producer and creator of the show. “Maya & Miguel was a groundbreaking success when it first premiered in 2004 and the show, with its emphasis on the importance of multiculturalism, friendship and family, remains just as relevant with today’s children and parents.”
As the Hispanic population in the U.S. continues to increase – Census Bureau data released in June estimates the numbers have grown to 54 million as of July 1, 2013 – it is more important than ever that all children see themselves and their cultures represented in the media. The long-running Maya & Miguel TV series, airing on PBS KIDS (check local listings), chronicles the exuberant exploits of the dynamic duo, Maya and Miguel, along with their relatives and friends, set against the backdrop of a culturally-rich neighborhood. Showcasing a positive portrayal of Latino family life, language and cultures, the series aims to promote the value of a diverse society while supporting English language learning.
In addition to iTunes, episodes of Maya & Miguel are available for digital download in the LeapFrog App Center.
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