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Fun New Album for Little Language Learners

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

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I am very excited to share a new video by  123 Andrés! Cosquillas is a fun, upbeat song from 123 Andrés’s new album Arriba Abajo.  This song has a fun, upbeat, cumbia rhythm and style, with great vocals and clear singing. Perfect for kids learning Spanish, and it is on sale right now at Amazon, iTunes, and Bandcamp.

123 Andrés is a Latin Grammy nominated artist and entertainer.  His music is an interactive celebration of Latin culture for kids and families.  the range of rhythms and musical styles on his new album Arriba Abajo will inspire movement and motor skills as well!  Exactly what I use to teach our little ones Spanish! I love the interactive nature of the songs and awesome beats and vocals!  As a bilingual educator, these songs are exactly what I am looking for when adding interactive lessons to my classes.  His songs focus on educational themes, but with fun rhythms and lyrics.  I can see why Billboard magazine has hailed him ” A rockstar for little language learners”.  It is definitely a great combination to make language learning fun for kids!

123 Andrés presents live concerts for children and families, and facilitates professional development seminars for educators, library professionals, and cultural arts institutions.  He has some great concerts planned for the summer, so be sure to visit www.123andres.com for the latest details, and maybe you can catch him live!

Be sure to Like 123 Andrés on Facebook!  I would highly recommend adding Arriba Abajo to your music collection , as it is a bilingual learning treasure!  I received a copy to review and I could not be more impressed!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Hot New Music!

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Hot New Bilingual and Spanish Music for Kids!

 

I have always been a huge proponent of incorporating music into the Bilingual Fun language learning experience. Singing and listening to music is a great way to absorb and retain the language. So, I am always on the lookout for fun, new music to engage my students and for my own enjoyment!   Guess what? I am so excited to share these new albums with you and I have 3 CDs to giveaway for FREE! 3 lucky winners will each receive 1 CD ( chosen randomly). These will be great additions to your music library and your kids will LOVE them! To win, please visit each of their sites and check them out. Let me know what you think on the Bilingual Fun Facebook comments and I will choose 3 winners by October 4, 2015.

 

¡Come Bien! Eat Right! By Jose Luis OrozcoCome bien

Music, composer and editor Jose Luis Orozco is one of my favorites! I absolutely love his new album ¡Come Bien! Eat Right! This is his sixteenth, and first through Smithsonian Folkways, which is a delightful and engaging bilingual album that offers a fun- filled approach to health eating. I love Orozco’s music, because they are wonderful teaching songs, easy to sing, great for pronunciation and listening comprehension, and always fun and catchy to listen to! The kids love them too! On his new album, Orozco teamed up with friend and Mexican-American music icon the Grammy winning Quetzal Flores. I am looking forward to incorporating these songs into our Spanish classes this fall!

 

ADELANTE by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

Lucky Diaz

Wow! This collection of bilingual songs for all ages by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band will get you up dancing and singing in no time! The Latin Grammy Award winning family band has incredible songs on this new collection. I absolutely love the “Taco Song” and “Guacamole Boy” with their fun, refreshing rhythms, style, and lyrics! The songs have easy alternations between English and Spanish, and are broadly educational, as well as super fun to dance to. I love teaching with movement and music, and ADELANTE is quickly becoming a class favorite with my students of all ages!

 

PUT OUR HEADS TOGETHER by Hot Peas and Butter

Hot Peas

Hot Peas and Butter, s NYC based multicultural family music band, is known for their Latin-influenced, catchy songs for kids.   Put Our Heads Together is the 7th studio album from this impressive band. They come together with Dan Zanes for the single Amistad, which is a fun, bilingual song about friends. Colores is another fantastic song on this album and a great addition for kids learning and practicing color vocabulary. I love the sound and rhythms on this album, as Hot Peas and Butter use a range of hip-hop, world pop, reggeaton, and dance hall to create catchy rhythms for kids and their parents to share together. I was thrilled to be introduced to Hot Peas and Butter, and my students were too!

 

This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Facebook. I received free samples of all albums for my personal review, and all opinions are my own.

Bilingual eBook Series for Kids!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Spanish Missy

I always love finding great resources for teaching Spanish to children, therefore I was very excited to have the chance to read some of the new bilingual stories from Spanish Missy!

 

Spanish Missy is a fun eBook series designed to teach your kids language the natural way. Currently Spanish Missy has 4 published bilingual books available as an e-series. (C-Colors; D- Days of the week; N- Numbers; V- Veggies). These are in English/Spanish and allow a child that is learning English or Spanish as a second language to be exposed to the language. These books have cute illustrations and storylines, in a bilingual format, along with interactive questions to help reinforce the learning!

 

These would be a great asset for families and teachers that are helping their children to learn Spanish or English as a second language! Go over and visit Spanish Missy’s website and sign up to receive a FREE copy of an eBook for your family!

Mister G ABC Fiesta- Fun Bilingual Music!

Monday, October 21st, 2013

 

 

 

A celebration of music and reading is presented in Mister G’s latest release ” ABC  Fiesta”,  which is filled with a blend of Latin rhythms, funky acoustic guitar, that makes you want to dance and sing!   Music and songs are some of the best ways to expose and reinforce the Spanish language to kids, and this latest CD by Mister G is fun, upbeat, and educational.   I love that there are voices of bilingual children featured, as well as several playful interludes illustrating how certain Spanish words are used in different ways throughout Latin America.   Not only are the songs great for enhancing listening and fluency, but also to spark conversation about culture and language!  One of my favorite songs is ABC Fiesta, which is a celebration of  letters, words, and reading in both Spanish and English.  My kids love to dance and sing along to Cocodrilo, as well as the interactive Frota Tu Panza, which is a great lesson for body parts!

Mister G, is a Parents’ Choice Gold Award winning artist, whose music has been featured in People Magazine, on national television,  and is currently on the Latin Grammy ballot as a contender for Best Chidren’s Album of 2012 for his previous album Chocolala.    He has extensive  experience from being awarded a songwriting scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, earning a Master’s degree in elementary education, and a critically acclaimed career performing for adults, and now is inspired to create children’s music.  We are so happy he did!   As a bilingual educator and parent, I am always looking for fresh, upbeat music that kids and parents will love, to help foster the Spanish language development.  ABC Fiesta is a perfect combination both for enjoyment and to be used as a teaching tool!

I hope you have a chance to check Mister G out live, as he has a multi city tour going on right now.  Check out www.mistergsongs.com for dates and locations.  A few of the upcoming concerts include:

Oct 27      Academy of Music Theater     Northampton, MA

Nov. 9     Schuba’s Tavern                        Chicago, IL

Nov. 10   Musical Merry Go Round        St. Louis, MO

Mister G will be playing concerts through December 15.  Check out his site for a date and location nearest you!  If you would like to hear some samples of the newest songs, you may listen here.  Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY!

When we find great bilingual music, we love to share it with you!  Now is your chance to win a copy of Mister G ABC Fiesta for your family or classroom!  Simply leave a comment here on the Bilingual Fun blog stating why you would love to have your own copy!  We will chose a winner on  10/28.

Gracias! 🙂

 

* The opinions expressed in this review are those of Bilingual Fun.

Spanish Music for Children: Win a copy for your family!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Putumayo Kids Presents: Latin Dreamland

On April 23rd, Putumayo Kids adds to their best selling collection of lullaby recordings with a new release, Latin Dreamland. The 10 calming melodies from around Latin America will ease the journey of little ones into la tierra de los sueños (dreamland).

On Latin Dreamland, artists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, and Peru perform traditional and new material. Additionally, the colorfully packaged CD includes a 16 page booklet of information about the artists and songs.

After listening to this lovely CD for several nights at bedtime, I asked my son which was his favorite and he chose “El Eco” por Las Incas, while my daughter loves the traditional “Cielito Lindo” por Marta Gómez. This is a beautiful CD to add to your Spanish language music collection for any family or teacher raising bilingual children. The sweet, calming melodies are easy to understand and excellent for listening comprehension of the Spanish language.

Of course we want to share our great find with our amigos de Bilingual Fun!

For a chance to win, leave a comment below telling us why you would love a copy of Latin Dreamland.

Also, please take a moment to like Putumayo Kids on Facebook or follow Putumayo on Twitter.

Deadline: May 1, 2013

 

Disclaimer: I was sent the above mentioned product to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

 

Bilingual Music for Kids!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Mister G Presents Tasty New Bilingual Songs:


Chocolalala

 

I love the title of this fun Cd!  Chocolalala is bilingual Cd filled with a wide range of musical styels from bossa nova to ska, funk to folk, rap to pop. Kids will love the 11 songs on this Cd which are easy to sing along with in Spanish and English.

 

Inspired by Mister G’s concert tours throughout Latin America, this new album has captivating Latin rhythms and melodies, that parents and children alike will enjoy.  Catchy and educational, the songs teach about counting, colors and nature, and celebrate the joys of eating chocolate, dancing and riding on the school bus with friends.

 

As a teacher, I love finding bilingual Cds that I can use in my classroom and introduce to my students. Chocolalala hits the mark!    Bailamos is a great song to teach and reinforce geography as it sings about different cities and counties.  My kids love Chocolalala, as it names many different foods, and is an excellent song to practice pronunciation and fluency.

 

This wonderful bilingual Cd, produced and engineered by Mister G, also features world class musicians, the voices of bilingual families, and performances by Miser G’s former elementary school students.

Be sure to visit www.mistergsongs.com and check out a local concert if you are in the area.

 

We have 2 copies of Chocolalala to giveaway!  In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month,  leave a comment here or on Facebook and tell us why you want your children to be bilingual.  We will choose 2 winners from those who leave comments.

 

 

Qué Cosas Dice Mi Abuela!

Monday, May 21st, 2012

 

I love this book by Ana Galán distributed by Scholastic en español!  The whimsical illustrations go along perfectly with the descriptions and character expressions.  The dichos and descriptions are entirely in Spanish, yet children can use the illustrations as picture clues if they are uncertain of some word meanings.  Everyone’s Grandma or Abuela has their own sayings that they often repeat and this cute book has some fantastic sayings/ reminders for good manners  Although I do not have a Spanish speaking Abuela, I do have a fabulous Suegra who is full of dichos y refranes.  I enjoyed reading the sayings in this book because it also reminded me of the time I spent working in a Casa Hogar in Mexico.  The nuns were always telling the girls…. ” Bien vestidos, bien recibos”    or ‘ De mal o buen aspecto, todos merecen respeto”.   My favorite that we use in our home thanks to my children’s Abuelita is ‘ En boca cerrada no entran moscas”!    These familiar sayings are a great tool for teaching good manners and Spanish speaking children will get a kick out of hearing dichos that their grandparents have told them.  This is a great book for bilingual children and as a teaching tool for kids that are learning Spanish.

 

Bilingual Fun Chosen for Top 100 Language Lovers Blog Contest

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Bilingual Fun is so honored to have been nominated and then chosen for the Top 100 Language Lovers Blog Contest 2012! There are 4 categories and Bilingual Fun is included in the Language Learning Category. We would be so honored if our readers and amigos would take a second to vote for us. It is fantastic that Lexophiles has created this contest and is bringing awareness of the importance and benefits of language learning!

Please click on the link below to vote.  Mil gracias!

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Fun Spanish for Kids

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012


Here is another fun learning resource for your bilingual children!
We enjoyed listening to Fun Spanish for Kids!  Beth Manners has created language learning products that entertain children through upbeat songs, sounds effects, and basic Spanish stories.  My bilingual preschool class loved listening to the Three Bears, as a reinforcement to our ” Familia” theme.  Fun Spanish for Kids makes learning fun, and will be requested over and over again by your kids!

Fun Spanish for kids will teach your child over 100 Spanish words and phrases. Fun Spanish conjugates verbs and has an important review section. It has a system of short segments to hold the interest of the young child. 

Developed with the help of parents, Spanish teachers and
young children, this child-tested audio really teaches and is fun. 
Created especially for 2 – 6 year olds – the best age to learn languages

To learn more about Beth Manners and her language learning products in both Spanish and French, please visit Fun French and Spanish.

Win a CD from Sing with Señor

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Teach Spanish to Children with Music from Sing with Señor

Sing with Señor teaches the basics of the Spanish language through simple lyrics and infectious melodies.  As a bilingual teacher and mom, I am always looking for ‘teachable songs’ that will reinforce our lessons.  The Sing with Señor songs are  fun and easy to sing along. The songs consist of relevant themes that enhance pronunciation, fluency, and reinforce the basics of the language.  My kids really enjoyed listening to the CD and I know this will quickly become one of our favorites!

We have 2 copies to giveaway to our readers!  This will be a great addition to your bilingual resources!

1. Like Sing with Senor on Facebook

2. Leave us a comment on why you would like to win a copy of this great CD!

Check out their latest video Los Números:

 

 

 

About Sing with SeñorSing with Señor is an idea born years ago while Felipe Canete was teaching
Spanish to middle school students in Seattle, WA. Having realized that a lot of the songs used to teach Spanish were traditional music from different countries in South America, he wanted to introduce art into his teaching and one day, inspired by his students, started to play the
guitar and wrote an original song for the students. They loved singing the song and then asked to make more. It was clear that the students were learning while expressing themselves through songs that they could sing and through simple lyrics that they could follow. He started to write songs that would fit the curriculum but at the same time would be fun and catchy to sing.

About the founders

Felipe Canete

Felipe has a degree in business and works as a professional actor and
musician teaching theater and Spanish in different schools in Seattle. He is also a member of a Seattle world band called
Luc and the Lovingtons. He started to develop his artistic career when, as a
child, he participated as a singer and dancer in different local festivals in Chile.

Soleil Kelley

Soleil is a musician and producer from the Methow Valley, WA. He is a
talented, versatile, multi-instrumentalist that wishes he had catchy songs to
learn Spanish with as a kid. When he’s not performing with Luc and the
Lovingtons, Soleil is a full time musician, crafting his own music and
producing the music of Seattle’s
local talent.
Visit Sing with Senor to learn more about using music to teach children Spanish!

 

 

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