Monday, August 19, 2013

A New School Year- A Chance For A New Beginning

Today across the Untied States, most kids are heading back to school.  Tomorrow hubby and I will be taking our youngest to Phoenix to start his freshman year at Grand Canyon UniversitySo. Having raised three children , I am now ready to be an empty nester.  The two older children graduated from college already.  I  can't help but think about the many hours spent reading to my children at an early age.  To set children up for success, they need to be read to, as early as possible.  This help  them develop a love affair with reading.  Research has shown that a child who can't read by 3rd grade will not complete high school.

I think children should be exposed to a variety of reading materials .  This is why I have written several books on different topics.  I also believe children, should be given the opportunity to learn a foreign langauge as early as kindergarten.  So, again, this is why my children's books are written in English, French, and Spanish with all three texts on each page. I wrote the books from the perspective of a parent in search for quality books in a foreign language that will not cost too much.  One book with three languages for one low price.



This new school year, you have a chance for a new beginning by enrolling your child in either French or Spanish.  Many public schools are now offering dual language instruction.  When my kids were young, this was not available.  If you have school aged children, I encourage you to check into getting your kids in a dual language school. Imagine , the possiblities, being that our world is becoming more , and more global.

Let's turn this new school year into a chance for a new beginning!

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Would you like to challenge your child academically?  Are you interested in helping your child learn how to learn?  Exposing your child to a foreign language early on will set him/her for later academic success in other disciplines.  I have written all of my children’s picture books to make it easier for parents to introduce a foreign language to their young children.  Feel free to read some of the articles I have written on the subject of foreign language acquisition:HERE  and HERE

If you decide to purchase my trilingual book : MARIE AND HER FRIEND THE SEA TURTLE

Here’s some activities that will help make reading the book more meaningful.

Did you know something mysterious happens as you read?
As you read this story written in English/French/Spanish you will encounter
many knew words.  Do the pre and post reading activities, these will help you understand and
learn some new French and Spanish words.

ACTIVITY ONE:   FINE ARTS TIE IN :   RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ART AND TEXT IN PICTURE BOOKS/ PRE- READING-   Before reading the story look over the pictures on the following pages and see if you can guess what is going on.
Page 2- What is the girl doing?
Page 6- What is the girl staring at?
Page12- Why do you think the girl is pushing the turtle?
Page16- Can you guess why the girl is so surprised?
Page 20- What are the adults talking about?
Page 22- Why is the girl crying?
Page 26- Why do you suppose the girl is now smiling and happy?
Page 28- What are the adults doing with the turtle?
Now go back and read the story, compare your answers to what really happened in the story.

ACTIVITY TWO :   LANGUAGE ARTS TIE IN : IDENTIFYING WORDS  AND COMPARING MEANING OF  WORDS/ POST READING-   After you  are done reading the story, see if you can find the English meaning for the following Spanish words.
Muchacha, nombre,  mañana, tareas, isla, sol, brillar, Nuevo, tortuga, descubrimiento, mar, enorme, suavemente, noche, estómago, brazos, guisado, ojos, diamantes.   Now compare the Spanish meaning to the French.

  1. What is the name of the first black republic?
  2. What year did that country become independent?
  3. Who is Toussaint L’Ouverture?
  4.  Where is Hispaniola located?
  5. Can you name the two countries that make up Hispanoila?
  6. Which part of Hispanoila speaks French and Creole?
  7.  Which part of Hispaniola speaks Spanish?
  8. What is the weather like? Is it hot or cold?

Here's a free coloring page of the cover of  Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


My wish would be to end all the hunger in my native land of Haiti. I t breaks my heart that millions of dollars has been donated, yet the Haitian people are still poverty stricken.  Why are people still living in shacks?  My wish would be to built safe homes for the poor , schools for every school aged child  and to return Haiti's tourism back to a lucrative state.  I do not understand why  there is not an international intervention and outcry to what is happening in Haiti.  It is truly  a tragedy.  In the meantime, all that I can do is to continue to donate my book proceeds to help provide food and shelter for the needy.  After the 2010 earthquake, I wrote the poem below.  I want to thank Ramona for hosting Friendship Friday.  Check out her link here 
 Feel free to stop by and leave a comment.


My Haiti was once a beautiful place
now all is left is a people devastated
with more hunger and despair
I will pray for you, I will share my abundance with you
know that I love you, know that I will keep you in my heart always, know that the world will come to your aid
The world over heard your cries my beautiful Haiti, your despair will turn into hope, your tears will be wiped 
do not give up, after the many deluges, the time has come for many colorful rainbows!