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When my granddaughter was two years old, she used to call us. She wanted to sing “Los Pollitos” to me. You can find this children’s classic in most of the collections of songs that we are recommending.
It is perfect for hand gestures. These gestures are ideal for language learning because they imprint the sense of the words as the child recites.
The text is: (translation follows)
Los pollitos dicen pío, pío, pío
La gallina busca el maíz y el trigo;
Pío, pío, pío
The chicken looks for corn and wheat;
peep, peep, peep
Las Vocales y las Sílabas
Right off the bat here is something you kids will like and which will actually teach them the Spanish vowels. Since the vowels in Spanish are regular, very young kids will be able to play this spelling word game.
This is a song of John H. Crosby of hevanet.com that teaches and re-enforces las vocales y las sílabas to teach children Spanish. It is sung to the tune of “If You’re Happy and you Know it Clap your Hands”:
Las vocales en español sí sé.
To do syllables: (whatever consonant you want to use)
La ‘m’ con la ‘a’ dice ‘ma’
With older kids you can teach them the Latinamerican school rhyme:
Some First Recitations
A long time, universal, traditional favorite is “Pinpón”
Pinpón es un muñeco,
Pinpón dame la mano,
Translation: Pinpón is a doll,
Pinpón give me your hand,
Kids like this one because it is easy to follow. The repetition helps them learn the relation between noun and adjective as well as the vowels in Spanish.
The same verse is repeated by using all of the vowels in turn. It begins by the parent singing, “La mar estaba serena; serena estaba la mar”. (The sea was calm; calm was the sea.) Then either the parent or one of several children taking turns shouts out, “¡con A!”, meaning, “Let’s sing it with all “a” sounds”! And you sing, “La mar astaba sarana; sarana astaba la mar.”
“¡con e”! “Le mer estebe serene; serene estebe le mer”.
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