One of the oldest and best ways to teach kids languages, updated for the
Grownups have been using simple songs to teach young children the
rudiments of languages since long before people danced sur le pont
d'Avignon. Now the Let's Sing and Learn series, CD Editions brings that
tried-and-true method up-to-date for today's modern kid. Each book/CD set
contains collection of 20 original songs that combine catchy melodies with
simple, cleverly-disguised lessoning vocabulary and expression.
Written by accomplished songwriter-linguists, the songs cover a variety
of subjects, including greetings, colors, counting, the alphabet, the days
of the month, relationships, and more. And most importantly, the songs are
easy to learn and fun to sing, making them the perfect medium for
introducing children, ages three to six, to the words, accents, and rhythms
of other languages.
Each book/CD set includes:
- 20 original tunes covering an array of everyday subjects
- A CD recording of the songs that provides a model of proper
pronunciation and rhythm
- Simple musical scores that parents and teachers can use to accompany
- English translations for each song and suggested actions
From the Back Cover
Make learning Spanish fun for kids through music
All little kids adore music, so why not tap into this natural affinity to
get young kids hooked on foreign language learning? That's precisely what
the unique Let's Sing and Learn in Spanish does.
Whether you're an educator, parent, babysitter, or caregiver, you'll be
amazed at how quickly kids, even the shiest in the bunch, catch on to
Spanish when music is the medium!
- Reading level: Ages 9-12
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill; Book and CD edition (June 27, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071421459
- ISBN-13: 978-0071421454
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review:
This is a fantastic addition to the classroom and at home. 97% of the songs are
fun and easy to learn. My children love the songs.
We use the CD to wake the kids in the morning and one of them hums and sings the
Spanish songs on the way to breakfast. I'm not sure if they will wind up
learning Spanish but the book and CD have sparked an interest that we hope to
Call me a purist but if you're going to learn to speak a language it should be
from a native speaker. Although, the songs are cute they are sung by children
with an english accent. I want my child to hear a native speaker.
This may be ok if you already know Spanish...but if you know VERY little or
none...you'll be singing a lame song and not even know what you're singing...I
thought it would sing in Spanish and English to help you "LEARN" Spanish but
Nope. My Boys hated it!!! Try something else!!!
Listen closely to what others are writing - this is ssssooo basic and poorly
recorded that it really is of no help. If you have the book it may be a bit
I actually got this for myself to help me with my own pronuciation and you can
hardly hear what the young voices are saying. Sorry I got it but my 4 month old
niece likes it.
I agree with the post by the Latin American mom. I am a native English speaker,
but even I can recognize that these songs are really dumb! Plus, the quatlity of
the CD recording is terrible. If you are a Spanish teacher who is really at a
loss for material you may be able to use a few of the songs, but I'm positive
there's better out there. I am a Spanish minor and a Spanish-teacher-to-be, and
I'm trying to find songs to use in the classroom. I would really prefer real
spanish nursery rhymes. I'm sorry I wasted my money on this.
Ok, I'm a native Spanish speaker, and this was not worth my money. First, the
lyrics are too basic, and the music is boring. Second, they are not
Latinamerican common children songs. As a young mom, I don't remember most of
the lyrics of children songs from my childhood. I thought this would have some
of the common songs, so that I could teach my children Spanish songs from when I
was growing up. I tried to play this CD with my children as soon as I got it in
the mail, but my 4 year old daughter told me, "mami, that music is boring." What
do you say to that? I put it in a shelf, and I have not played it again.
This is a great way to reinforce pronunciation and add to vocabulary learned
from another curriculum. My students and children always like DOING something
(role playing, matching, coloring, flashcard games), so this product lacks that,
but the songs are pretty good, and really helps to add to their learning time,
when we don't have a table handy to actually read or write and draw.
Most of the songs are catchy and fun for class time - I don't know if my own
children would listen to it over and over, but a good classroom tool for us,
every once in a while. I do feel that without other instruction, the students
often learn the song an the lyric, but don't necessarily have a clue as to what
they're saying without having experienced the lessons in another context. (i.e.
Singng the alphabet song doesn't mean you know your letters)
As an addition, I think it's worth the money - sounds good, no problems with
garbled voices, and nice that a pamphlet accompanies it with translations and
Author of Flip Flop Spanish: Ages 3-5: Level 1 & Flip Flop Spanish: Ages 3-5:
After my son's preschool teacher said he like Spanish better than all the other
activities, I wanted to help him continue to learn. I got this book/cd and Beth
Manner's 2 cd's Fun Spanish for Kids and Magic Spanish for kids. I agree with
the June, 1999 reader. This cd would be good for children or adults who already
know spanish or who can read really well. There is no english translation on the
cd. Only in the book. If you are looking for a fun cd to play in the car or
during play time get Beth Manner's Cd's.
I just love the CD to sing along with my baby. The quality of the CD is very
good, the words are clearly spoken and repeated, and the melodies are fun and
playful. I also liked having the book to follow along and make sure I have
understood the words. I highly recommend this book/CD for those who want to make
it fun for their baby to begin to learn the melody and words of a new language.
I have used this book and cassette of Spanish songs in elementary classrooms to
supplement our learning of Spanish. I have also recommended it to the teachers I
work with during in-service sessions. The songs reinforce the material covered
in the classroom: days of the week, parts of the body,colors, saying your name,
sounds of the vowels and much more. The tunes are catchy and easy to learn. You
find yourself humming them all day long which of course means you're menatlly
"practicing" Spanish too! I appreciate this book so much I have recommended it
in the reading list of my own book, "Say It in Spanish! Language and Activities
for the Elementary Classroom."
I PURCHASED THIS BOOK/CASSETTE IN THE HOPES THAT MY SON WOULD LEARN SPANISH (OR
A BIT OF SPANISH AT LEAST) WHILE HAVING FUN SINGING THE MUSIC. HE NOW KNOWS THE
WORDS TO ALL OF THE SONGS IN SPANISH, BUT HE HAS NOT A CLUE TO WHAT HE IS
SINGING. IT IS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. THERE IS NO INSTRUCTION OR TRANSLATION. I
WOULD ONLY RECOMMEND IT TO SOMEONE WHO WAS LOOKING FOR A SPANISH CHILDRENS
CASSETTE, NOT TO ONE WHO IS LOOKING TO LEARN SOME OF THE LANGUAGE.
I purchased the book and cassette set when I was trying to teach myself spanish.
I was 16 at the time, and though the songs on the tape are definitely geared
toward younger kids, the music is very catchy, and 7 years later I can still
sing those songs. (To be honest, when I had Spanish tests in High School, I
could sing the songs in my head and remember what I needed to know!) In addition
to sentence structure, the set teaches a vocabulary including colors, animals,
verbs, numbers, clothing, and more. I *strongly* recommend this book and
cassette to anyone learning, refreshing, or teaching spanish. I found it to be
an invaluable tool.