Abbasubi January Newsletter

Happy New Year!  The newsletters are coming fast and furious right?  Well, the very last minute December newsletter is followed by the very early January newsletter because I wanted to let you know about an event that we're going to be a part of and it gives me a chance to give you lots of links to bilingual programs in Brooklyn!

World Brooklyn: Tips for Raising a Bilingual Child
We're very excited to be a part of a very special event this Sunday in Fort Greene called World Brooklyn: Tips for Raising a Bilingual Child.  There's going to be A LOT going on and whether you're interested in Spanish (probably most of you), French or Mandarin, there are will be a panel discussion, free demos in Spanish, French and Mandarin, info about Brooklyn programs, a supervised arts and craft project for the kids and books for sale.  It really will be an event for the whole family! 

Fati and I are going to have a little table to meet families and let them know about El Baile del Sombrero.  We'll have some Que Puedo Dibujar drawing sheets, El Gato Fermin and Conejito Teo coloring sheets and neat stickers.  Stop by and say hello!

The event is $15 which is really just to cover the rental cost of the space.  To reserve your spot and sign up for a demo class, go to  If you're interested, it's a good idea for you to register in advance as we expect demand to exceed capacity, and I think the demos will fill quickly.  Down below, I'll give you links and descriptions for some of the programs that will be represented.

Here's the info from the website:
World Brooklyn: Tips for Raising a Bilingual Child
Sunday, January 10
2.30-5.00 PM
The Coop School
87 Irving Place (Clinton Hill)
Cost: $15 per family

Advance registration encouraged as space is limited

Enjoy an afternoon of class demos, a school expo and a Mandarin, Spanish and French children’s book fair.

3-4 PM      Bilingual education panel and book fair
4-5 PM      Free Mandarin, Spanish and French demos for your kids to enjoy

Panel topics include:
* How do you define bilingualism?
* If I introduce a second language, will my child experience speech delays?
* At what point should a parent introduce a second language - how
much, how often?
* Bilingual, full immersion, once a week programs?
* What are the merits of raising a child bi-lingual if both parents
only speak English?

Meet representatives from:
·    Hands on World
·    El Pequeno Artista
·    International School of Brooklyn
·    Lango Foreign Languages for Kids
·    Language and Laughter Studio
·    Musica Para Mi
·    The Laurel Project

Kids welcome!

Free babysitting and cultural art activities provided by Lango from 2.30-4.00 PM during panel and expo.

World Brooklyn is the first of a series of events informing parents about their options in bilingual education. Lango Brooklyn will bring vendors and bilingual experts straight to parents to learn more about Brooklyn resources for raising children bilingually.

Testimonials and Comments
If you are a fan of El Baile del Sombrero, let us know!  Please write us a little something about your family's experience with El Baile del Sombrero in English, Spanish or both!  Write to  It's also a great help if you put comments on ITunes, Amazon or CD Baby about El Baile del Sombrero.  Thanks so much!

Things for you!
One of the great things about the World Brooklyn program is it brings together most of the established bilingual education programs in Brooklyn.  Here's links and descriptions for the ones that are definitely going to be at the event.   

·    Hands on World: An International Language and Art Center located in Carroll Gardens.
·    El Pequeno Artista: A Bilingual Arts Center for Children that has started a Montessorit-based immersion Pre-School in the South Slope
·    International School of Brooklyn: A School with French and Spanish immersion programs as well as playgroups, afterschool classes and special events in Prospect Heights but moving to Carroll Gardens for next Fall.
·    Lango Foreign Languages for Kids: Offers classes and playgroups for kids from tots to age 7 in Spanish, French and Mandarin in many locations in Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan.
·    Language and Laughter Studio: A Multicultural Center for Children and Adults in Boerum Hill offers programs for children and adults in French, Spanish and Mandarin.
·    Musica Para Mi is New York City's original music-in-Spanish program for children 5 months to 3 years with locations all over Brooklyn and Manhattan.
·    The Laurel Project is an educational project geared towards American families with children adopted from China which uses the arts to encourage Chinese culture and language.  The Laurel Project has locations on the Upper West Side and in Park Slope and also offers private classes.

Hope you find this interesting surfing!

Fati & Charles




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