Making Others Happy is the Best Gift to Yourself


I wanted to share an experience I had with my daughter this past Easter weekend. We are a therapy team with Therapy Dogs International. My 12 year old daughter, our Standard Poodle and myself went to visit our usual Senior Living home nearby.

On this special weekend we decided to bring with us a basket with chocolate eggs to hand out. It doesn’t matter if you are 8 or 82 years old, everyone loves a chocolate treat.

In one room we visited, an elderly person was losing their eye site. Her caregiving and family in the room suggested we put our dog on the bed with her because she loves dogs. At first a little apprehensive, our dog jumped on the bed and shortly thereafter rested her had on the person’s lap. Right away I could tell it gave her much joy and her entire body seemed to relax.

In that moment, nothing could have made me feel better. There I was with my daughter, loving dog and an elderly person who was thrilled with having us there.

In this challenging time of adolescence, I found this a great way to connect with my daughter as well as teach her early on about the benefits of giving back.

Multilingual and Famous


Sometimes you come across something that is simply just fun to watch.  I wanted to share this YouTube video of various celebrities speaking a multitude of different languages.

Congress advised on Language Study


After attending CABE (California Association of Bilingual Education) recently I read an excellent article in the Language Magazine that was a part of our attendee material. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences delivered a national strategy to help more Americans speak more languages at an earlier age.

It was broken down into five recommendations. The best part (more…)

CABE 2017


If you are attending the annual CABE (California Association of Bilingual Education) conference, please join us at our workshop on Friday, March 31st  – Anaheim Marriott – Grand Ballroom J from 10:30-11:45am.

The theme is newcomers…….Our goal is to assess their entry point and provide a tiered individualized learning environment catering to the specific needs of each newcomer.  Additionally our American School Culture module is a big part of a newcomers success.  Learning cultural norms guides students’ acculturation to U.S. schools and eventual participation in civic life and the global economy. 

We aspire to ease this transition not only for newcomer students, but for the teachers and administrators who support them and face this challenge daily.

Springtime in Paris


Paris in the spring is a beautiful sight with flowering trees and contrasting skies. For more on the French language and culture click here