Favorite Music for Spanish Class


I remember ten years ago it was so difficult to find good music to teach Spanish to children, especially at the elementary level. I am so glad that talented teachers have created new music to enrich our classes. Here is a list of my favorite singers in random order:












11. Sonrisas 




14. This space is reserved for Shakira and Pitt Bull when they write their first song collection for teaching Spanish to kids!


Happy singing!

Parachute Time in Spanish Class


Here are some fun activities to try in Spanish class:


• Have the children move around the room while saying marcha (march)¬ and have them stop by saying para (stop). Do the same with the other actions: salta (jump), arriba (put hands up), abajo (put hands down), adentro (go inside the circle), afuera (go outside the circle).

• Use a parachute for active play or a sheet, and have the children do the previous actions. Place an object in the middle of the parachute/fabric, preferable an object related to the themes explore before (numbers, colors, animals, etc) to link the lessons.

Use this song while playing with the parachute!

Marcha, marcha, marcha,
Marcha, marcha, marcha 1-2-3.
Arriba, abajo, arriba, abajo
Arriba, abajo 1-2-3.
Adentro, afuera, dentro, afuera,
Adentro, afuera 1-2-3.
Salta, salta , salta,
Salta, salta, salta 1-2-3.


March, march, march,
March, march, march 1-2-3.
Up, down, up, down,
Up, down, 1-2-3.
Inside, outside, inside, outside,
Jump, jump, jump,
Jump, jump, jump 1-2-3.



Visit 1-2-3 Spanish Together on iTunes for more fun songs in Spanish!



Have fun!
Carolina
Fun For Spanish Teachers

A Chant That Teaches Greetings and Introductions in Spanish

Chants are a great way to provide space for repetition and also put sentences that sometimes could be boring to practice into a rhythm and context. Plus, chants help memory! 

I learned from Mama World that this song is called “Ambó Ató,” and it  is based on a traditional song that has its origins in France and later was translated and sung in many Spanish speaking countries.

The rhythm of this song is very catchy and can easily be used to involve everyone in class.  Just create new sentences and replace the main sentences in the song and get ready to have your class singing.
This is an example of how the song can be used:


Have fun singing in Spanish!
Carolina

A Song to Welcome The Fall: “Hojas, Hojas”

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Fall will be here soon! What a great opportunity to play with colors in Spanish. Here are some idea to use this song:

Imitate the sound of the wind and the freshness of the fall to introduce this activity.
Use pictures of different seasons and ask the class “¿es verano?”, “¿es primavera?”.
Give time for answers and go through every season until you get to “otoño”.
Introduce the word “hojas” and then sing the song while throwing plastic fall leaves in the circle. Have children explore different colors and help by naming them.

Have fun singing in Spanish!
Carolina


ABC en Español

ABC en Español is a website created by Lauren Peacock,  a Spanish teacher  who writes her own songs and makes her own videos that go along with her songs. She has a great collection of resources for teachers to use with their students. To learn more about her teaching resources, visit www.abcenespanol.net.

Las Frutas
Rosa La Foca
Las Calabazas
El Gusano TuTu
Have fun singing in Spanish!
Carolina

El Conejito Blanco – Song & Flashcards

During one of my extended trips to Latin America with my daughter, we created this video while playing together at home. Later it inspired one of the songs on the music CD “Jump into Spanish.”
This is the video that we created while spending a summer in the highlands of Guatemala:



The song has been recorded by a Colombian band and is now available on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon  for $0.99.

I have also created a set of flashcards and coloring pages that go along with the song.
Have fun teaching,
Carolina
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