Another Great Story for Cinco de Mayo!

“Ruben’s Jungle/La Selva de Ruben” by Carlos Harrison This very sweet story is great for any day, but if you’re looking for an accessible, developmentally appropriate book for young children to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, this is a fun one. It’s written in English, with the Spanish version underneath the English words on each page. […]

Looking for a great story for Cinco de Mayo?

Perros! Perros! Dogs! Dogs! by Ginger Foglesong Guy Here’s a story I’d absolutely love even if it didn’t teach several Spanish words in a natural, almost imperceptable, developmentally appropriate way – but it does. If you’re looking for a plot, you’re not going to find one, but most young children aren’t too picky about that. […]

Looking for Great Spanish Songs?

Cinco de Mayo is coming up and I hope you’re all planning on celebrating! Of course, it’s great to share Spanish songs all year round, but you may be searching for easy, age- appropriate Spanish songs for your preschool class to celebrate the holiday. One of my favorite sources for early-childhood Spanish music is the […]

A Tune for Tuesday: “Meow Hou Hou”

“Meow Hou Hou” from the CD “Salsa for Kittens and Puppies” by Baby Loves Salsa available on iTunes I still remember when I first heard this delightful song – I was so excited! It’s not every day that I  come across a song that not only is easy for young children to sing (basically all […]

A Tune for Tuesday: “Cumbamba”

“Cumbamba” by Jose Conde on “Jazz Playground” CD by Putumayo I first discovered the music of Jose Conde on the unbelievably fabulous CD with the absolutely fabulous name of “Salsa for Kittens and Puppies.” (I’m sure I’ll be writing more about that later!) Conde is a Cuban-American composer and musician and this piece is just […]

A Tune for Tuesday: Mexican Hat Dance

Mexican Hat Dance from the CD “All-Time Favorite Dances” by Kimbo Educational The Mexican Hat Dance is an “all-time favorite dance” for a reason – it’s very catchy and has a  strong beat that’s fun for everybody to dance to, especially young children. The usual way the dance is performed, though, with feet kicking out […]

A Tune for Tuesday: “Un Pulpito” by Charlotte Diamond

“Un Pulpito” by Charlotte Diamond available on iTunes “Un Pulpito” is Charlotte Diamond’s Spanish version of her wonderful song “Slippery Fish.” I think it’s even more fun than the English version! In “Un Pulpito,” children use their hands to act the parts of a sardine, an octopus (pulpito), a tuna fish, a shark, and a whale. The […]