Thursday, February 27, 2014

¡1, 2, 3 con Andrés! a Review // Kids Songs for Learning Spanish

**Although I received a complimentary copy of the following CD, I did not receive any compensation for this post and all opinions are my own honest opinions.  I only share products that I love and that I think will be helpful for my readers.**

I love finding new resources for teaching my children Spanish. I love finding new ways to integrate Spanish into our daily lives. I am here to tell you about our latest favorite: ¡1, 2, 3 con Andrés! The morning I received this CD in the mail I popped it into the CD player in our van because we had some driving to do that day. I fell in love from song one! I love it for so many reasons and on so many levels.

First, the music reflects how we do Spanish around here--mixed with English.  This makes it feel very approachable and inviting.  Sometimes my boys get overwhelmed or bored (from lack of comprehension) with things that are purely in Spanish.  Mixing the two makes it feel familiar and engaging.

Second, each song uses a differnt style of Latin music so kids can hear the rythms and beats from all over the Spanish-speaking world.  On the back of the CD case, each song lists what style it is sung in.  This makes it easy for me to use as an educational tool in teaching my boys about Spanish music and culture.  I can easily know what style, which makes it easy for me to research and learn more about it.

Third, each song is sung slowly enough for non-native speakers to understand and sing along. When we were in the van I heard my two-year-old from his carseat singing, "OOOOhhhhh-waaahhhh meeeee-GOOOO!" (Hola Amigo, track one) And later he asked, "Mommy, why is he singing 'salta'?" The music is so fun and kid-friendly that kids learn new Spanish words without even realizing it. The best way to learn Spanish is through music, story, and play and ¡1, 2, 3 con Andrés! accomplishes that in an effortless way.  The CD comes with an insert that contains all of the lyrics written out, which again is great for non-native speakers to either read along and sing, or to reference for unknown words.  Even the insert is fun with lively illustrations and lyrics that read like a children's book.

Lastly, the song topics are introduce diversity and cultural themes. The song Hola Amigo for instance sings about how we can all be friends no matter what language we speak; in Nuestra Fiesta everyone is invited to the party no matter where they are from; If I Had a Mariachi introduces kids to Spanish intruments; and the song My Friend Manuel teaches a few Spanish phrases and points out the we all laugh in the same language.

I hope you get the chance to check out this great compilation of Latin grooves and tunes.  Discover more about Andrés and his music at  Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter. ¡1, 2, 3 con Andrés! is set to release April 2014! Until then enjoy his music online and his first music video on YouTube.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Un día en la vida // A Day In the Life Linky

Un día en la vida is Spanish for "A Day in the Life."  Something I have grown to love so much about blogging is meeting people from around the world.  I love learning about languages and cultures.  I love seeing how people and families live around the world.  That got me thinking.  Wouldn't it be great to have a place we all meet up and share our day-to-day lives?  Let's share what the streets look like in Spain.  What the food looks like in Morocco.  What houses look like in Malawi.  What kind of transportation they use in Chicago or Paris.  Below you will see photos from a day in my life in Missouri.  Share your own post of photos in the linky below, and let's travel the world!  For more info see below.

                This is an invitation to join me in meeting people around the world! Each week we will take pictures of the simple moments of an entire day and give them the hashtag #undíaenlavida (a day in the life).  I’ll be posting my pictures on Wednesdays on Instagram, but you can choose any day and join in on Twitter or Facebook as well! If you are a blogger, at the end of your day gather all the photos in one post and link it up on Wednesdays at to share with others!

                I cannot wait to see what kinds of things are happening around the world—what do other people do on a normal day? What do they eat? What’s the weather like? Where do they go? How does their home look?  How do they pass the time? What is the local landscape like?  

                If you would like to participate follow these instructions:

·        Choose a day each week and take pictures throughout the enitre day. Post them to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.  Tag them with the hashtag #undíaenlavida.
·         Put all your pictures in a post and link it up at
·         If you link up, be sure to visit others’ websites and see what they have been up to that day as well!
·         Grab the “Un día en la vida” button below and put it in your blog post . . . be sure to link back to

·         Have fun exploring the world through the eyes of individual people everywhere!

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