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5 tips for raising bilingual kids, with Habbi Habbi

5 tips for raising bilingual kids, for heritage and non-native families

👋 H&AL here! As moms and founders of Habbi Habbi, we get a lot of questions about raising bilingual kids. We thought it would be helpful to distill our research and personal experience into a few simple, tactical ways to support language learning at home. Whether you are a heritage family, already going to immersion school, or a non-native family just getting started, we hope this helps!

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(Free) Bilingual Printables

We are so happy to supplement our Habbi Habbi Wand & Bilingual Books - with a library of over 50+ printables for you to print out and enjoy. They are free for all our email subscribers. We hope you enjoy! 

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Tips on using Habbi Habbi

How to make the most out of your Habbi Habbi set

What age is appropriate to start learning a second language and/or to start with Habbi Habbi? Here, we chat with Grace, speech therapy expert and bilingual mom on her bilingual family, language learning approach, how she uses Habbi Habbi, and how she would advise different age groups and family types to use it too. 

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World travel for kids

One of our many inspirations for learning new languages? World travel, culture, community. Who doesn't love flipping through a passport? They're filled with beautiful stamps, visas and memories of global adventures. With our Passport Printables, kids can recreate this magic at home. Learn the names of 40 major cities in another language, as they cut, paste and decorate their very own passport... and dream of where they want to go!

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Chinese Family Tree

How to say family member names in Chinese

Can’t keep track of all the different family member names in Mandarin? Neither can we! So we made this family tree activity + flashcard set of 45 different family names. Print them out, draw in your family members, and arrange them into your own tree. Please note - you may call your family member a different name; for example - 外婆 wài pó (Maternal Grandma) can also be called 婆婆 (pó po) 姥姥 (lǎo lao) 阿妈 (a ma); instead of writing out all options, we chose the one we found most commonly recognized.

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Korean Children’s Books for Beginners

In this post: We share favorite Korean children’s books - from baby board books and early vocabulary books - to books introducing early conversation and early story books. We include both monolingual Korean books, along with bilingual Korean and English children's books. Finally, we list sites where you can buy (or borrow!) Korean books for kids. 

Favorite Spanish cartoons and movies for kids to support bilingual learning

In this post: Looking for entertaining yet thoughtful Spanish media for your kids? Here, we share 3 principles we use when selecting content, along with lists of suggested Spanish kids shows, movies, and cartoons - organized across language ability and streaming platform (e.g. Netflix, Youtube, PBS Kids, Disney Plus, and more). 

Body Parts in French | Vocabulary, games, songs & more

In this post: Learning the names for body parts in French is an important milestone of language development and one of the first sets of words toddlers acquire. In this post, we share a list of useful body parts in French - along with some ideas and resources to integrate it into your daily life through songs, games, and everyday activities.

6 Favorite Youtube Channels for Kids to Learn Chinese: Beginner & Intermediate Options

In this post: Helen shares free, entertaining, and enriching Youtube channels for kids to learn Chinese. While there are so many different Chinese youtube channels you can choose from, she lists 6 channels here that my family loves (as context, her boys are 3 years old and 5 months old).

Looking for a Bilingual, Spanish-speaking Nanny?
5 Ways to Increase Immersion at Home

Looking for a Spanish-speaking nanny? Have a bilingual nanny but curious to understand how to best support him/her? Here, we discuss a few tips on how to create an enriching language learning environment at home - that doesn't end with just "finding" a bilingual caregiver but "thoughtfully partnering" with him/her.

Bilingual Printable Flashcards: In My Home Vocabulary (45 cards)

Interested in building an immersive, bilingual home? We talk a lot about the importance of consistent exposure (our whole Wand & Book series is predicated on maximizing bilingual exposure through play). So we thought bilingual printable flashcards would be useful for our community - they can be printed, cut and pasted around the house, reminding kids of their target language vocabulary as they go through the day. 

Stephanie Liu Hjelmeseth: On teaching her child Chinese, culture in her hapa family, and more

Stephanie Liu Hjelmeseth (previously @honeynsilk) talks family in this heart to heart - and why she is teaching her son Mandarin Chinese. We talk about her journey with her non-Asian (half White, half Black) husband, Kyle - and how she thinks about raising her son - the role of heritage, culture, and the Chinese language.

How to make: Chinese Flower Paper Lanterns

A beautiful DIY paper lantern craft for kids, using pressed flowers found in nature. This activity combines nature-based foraging, hands-on learning, and language acquisition - and is a perfect opportunity to practice Mandarin while creating a beautiful flower lantern. Included in this post: Supplies & materials, directions & tutorial, vocabulary list, sample phrases, and notes on cultural connection and tips for parents. 

5 tips for raising bilingual kids, for heritage and non-native families

As moms and founders of Habbi Habbi, we get a lot of questions about raising bilingual kids and what we have learned from our work in the bilingual education space. Whether it's raising bilingual kids in Chinese, Spanish, French, Korean, Hindi, or other - some principles are consistent, and we thought it would be helpful to distill our research into a few simple, tactical tips. 

Korean food for kids: How I use food to teach language and culture

By Katie | Korean food is my great connector! For my mixed family, Korean food has been a way for me to connect with my heritage. And now for my kids, I use Korean to introduce culture and language to my kids. Here, I share how Korean food helps both me and my kids learn language and culture. I also share some favorite recipes and food-related play too!

My bilingual toddler's Spanish vocabulary is better than mine. What next?

Starting our bilingual parenting journey, I was less than confident about how successful we would be - even though my partner and I are Spanish-speaking parents. I always considered my Spanish vocabulary conversational at best. What would happen when my bilingual toddler's vocabulary surpassed mine?

Chinese Family Tree: Sorting through family member names with 45 free printable cards

Chinese family trees can be so complicated. How do you address different family members in Chinese? This free bilingual printable activity helps you sort through the names - in this fun, free Chinese family tree exercise. 45 free, printable cards available - for you to build your own!

Back to school tips - from bilingual speech therapy expert and mom

It's back to school for our bilingual learners (or start of school for some little ones) - and we have gotten so many questions about how best to support their continued bilingual learning! Here, we speak with bilingual speech therapy expert, mom, and friend - Grace - about your top back to school questions. 

5 ways for kids to practice Spanish for non-native families

Are you also a non-native family, interested in bilingual exposure for your kids? We are. And that means we have to be very deliberate about how we support our sons' bilingual learning - especially over the summer, when they are not in their immersion school. So here, I am sharing a few travel-friendly, easy habits ...

My kids want to speak English now that they’re in school. 5 things we’re trying to keep up their Chinese.

Back to school or maybe even just starting school? For families trying to raise bilingual kids, one key question is "How do I maintain bilingual learning" (knowing that kids will naturally starting speaking English)? Here, we share 5 tips we are trying in our own household that seem to be working (so far!) We hope it's helpful food for thought. 

5 easy, practical ways to build bilingual environment at home

Interested in raising bilingual kids but not sure where to start? Feel like there are so many challenges in starting a bilingual journey? We are so inspired by Eveline - mom who speaks 6 languages - her genuine love for language and easygoing perspectives on learning. Here, she offers a few surprisingly simple ways to get started.

Getting past 'Jook-sing': How to teach kids Cantonese in a mixed-race home

Teaching kids Cantonese is already an achievement - but trying to teach them as a non-native speaker in a mixed-race family is another level. We loved our chat here with Charing - mom of 2 - about how she overcame the mental hurdle, success factors, resources, and how her bilingual journey is going today.

Learn through play: A Chinese x Montessori food activity

Our family is interested both in raising bilingual kids in Chinese and English - and in Montessori principles. As a non-native speakers of Chinese, we are always looking for fun, play-based ways to incorporate Chinese into our lives. Here, we share a fun, food-based activity ...

How to make the most out of your Habbi Habbi set: Tips from a speech therapy mom

What age is appropriate to start learning a second language? To start with Habbi Habbi? Here, we chat with Grace, speech therapy expert and bilingual mom on her bilingual family, language learning approach, how she uses Habbi Habbi and how she would advise different age groups and family types to use it too!

The ultimate reading pen for kids: Habbi Habbi Reading Wand makes learning a second language easy

We get so many questions about our Reading Wand ®, so we have collected answers to common ones here - including what is a Reading Pen, who should use it, and ultimately what makes the Habbi Habbi Reading Wand so unique. We have designed it to be very simple, beautiful, easy to use - and also very powerful. We call it the “Ultimate” Reading Pen for kids because it is multilingual, so easy to use, very high quality, and opens an expansive suite of bilingual books and more. 

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