Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hurricane Ike - We're Making Progress...Really!

Drier air arrives on Wednesday...some relief for those still waiting for power. Lows will be in the upper 50s to low 60s and highs will be in the mid to upper 80s through the weekend.

Speaking of relief, Centerpoint now has returned power to 73% of the customers (1.64 million). Hang in there other 27%.

Disturbed area in the vicinity of Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico really hasn't budged. Puerto Rico and extreme eastern Dominican Republic have had heavy rain (really catastrophic in Puerto Rico). Still should move north...whether it threatens U.S. remains to be seen.

Today's word is progress or in Spanish, progreso--pronounced pro-gray-sew. Yes, indeed, we are making slow (frustratingly slow for many) but steady progreso.

Research shows that learning other languages is very beneficial...Here's another excerpt from research:

Effect of Spanish immersion on children's native English vocabulary were studied. ...30 5th and 6th grade immersion students and 30 English monolinguals did 60 consecutive Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) items....Findings support the idea that Spanish immersion has English-language benefits and that positive transfer (cross linguistic influence) occurs from Spanish as foreign language to native english receptive vocabulary.

This is from Cunningham, T.H., & Graham, C.R. (2000). Increasing native english vocabulary recognition through Spanish immersion: cognate transfer from foreign to first language. Journal of Educational Psychology, 92(1), 37-49. from PsycINFO database.

Our children's DVD, Let's Learn Spanish with Frank & Paco Volume 1 has been recognized as a Top 10 Educational Product for 2008 by Dr. Toy. Don't forget to tell your friends and family to check out my award winning DVD, Let's Learn Spanish with Frank & Paco from http://www.frankandpaco.com, Ventura's Educational Supply, Dolo Publications, Carlex Inc., The Curious Mind Store, amazon.com, bestbuy.com, and barnesandnoble.com. THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT EVERYONE!

Sarah's teacher who lives in Quail Valley got her power back...yay!!!

Gordy and I took a walk along the Oyster Creek Trail...wow, what a mess. But the bunny rabbits didn't seem to care one little bit!

Be safe everyone!
Cecilia Sinclair
Wonder Weather Woman

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