Tuesday, February 19, 2013

children singing 'Diez deditos' / 10 Little Fingers

Count your fingers while you sing with your child!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

bate bate chocolate

Cultural background: Chocolate (and vanilla by the way) are native to Central/South America and were consumed, and worshipped, by the Maya and Aztecs. Europeans acquired a taste for these flavors after the Spaniards occupied what is now Mexico. It started as a luxury item for the wealthy and eventually, well, we know what happened. Chocolate in Mexico is traditionally consumed as a liquid, not as a bar, and is often spicy-- think "HOT" chocolate! Cacao (chocolate powder without sugar) is also used in mexican cooking such as mole sauces. "Bate bate chocolate" means to stir up the chocolate. And, have you ever seen a cacao pod? Check it out:

Monday, January 14, 2013

La luna y el sol

See song lyrics below embedded videw:

La luna es muy pequena
The moon is very little
El sol es muy mayor
The sun is much bigger
La luna tiene frío
The moon makes you cold
Y el sol le da calor
The sun gives warmth
A saltar, a saltar, 
Jump, jump
con la luna y con el sol,
with the moon and with the sun

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Globos / colors

This is very cute, here is the vocab with translations:

de lindos colores - of lovely colors
me gusta mirarlos - I like to watch them
Ya van a bailar/mover - Get ready to dance/move
a mover - movin' it!
a parar - (to) stop
Vamos a bailar - Let's dance

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Children singing "La luna es muy pequeña"

Kids-a-Lot 4s and 5s:

Grupito de Framingham:

Village Nursery:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hanukkah - ocho candelitas

Children adore this Hanukkah song! Spain and Latin America tend to be Roman Catholic, but there is a significant Jewish population in many Spanish-speaking countries. The version below is sung in Ladino, quite close to Spanish but influenced by Hebrew and spoken by Jewish peoples living in Europe. Sing the refrain of the lovely song with your little ones, in Ladino or in Spanish!  (In class we sing it in Spanish)

Spanish version:

Hanuka linda está aquí
ocho candelas para mi
Hanuka linda está aquí
ocho candelas para mi

Una candelita, dos candelitas
tres candelitas, cuatro candelitas
cinco candelitas, seis candelitas
siete candelitas, ocho candelas para mi.

Muchas fiestas voy a hacer
con alegrías y placer...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Los tres cerditos / The three little pigs

We read this story in many pío pío classes. A fun way to watch this with your child is to repeat and act out some key phrases.

Yo voy a construir mi casa como ves.
I'm going to build my house as you can see.

 Trabajar es importante
 To work is important

¿Quién teme al lobo feroz?
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?

¿Quién es?
 - Who is it?

Soplaré, soplaré, ¡y tu casa derribaré!
I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house down!