By Dr. Jean Feldman on Ole! Ole! Ole! Dr. Jean en Español
- "Hola amigo" This is my standard opening song. Great for preschool and kindergarten children.
- "Tu ti ta" Super silly!
- "Pajarito" on Canto y Cuento. Kids sing, jump, fly, eat, drink and sleep like a bird.
- "Ruedas del camión" on Diez Deditos. "Wheels on the Bus" in Spanish. Even though this song is all in Spanish, bilingual groups can follow along easily, as kids who don't understand Spanish will still recognize the song. Good idea to quickly go over the motions before starting the song.
- "El chocolate" on De Colores. Traditional rhyme from Latin America. Great for phonological awareness! I like to spell CHO-CO-LA-TE out on the feltboard before singing the chant.
- "La araña pequeñita" on De Colores. "Itsy Bitsy Spider" in Spanish. This is a nice one for toddlers too.
These songs are a bit of a mouthful, as they are all bilingual. However, they are great fun! These songs would probably work very well in a tandem style bilingual storytime, with one presenter singing along in each language. Or, if you are not bilingual, sing along in English and let the CD do the Spanish. This is a very low pressure way to add español to your storytime!
- "Follow the leader/Sigue al líder" Gallop like a horse, waddle like a duck, hop like a frog, and fly like a bird. Great for farm themes or to get those kids up and moving! Works best for preschool and school age kids.
- "Groovin' and Movin'/Ritmo y movimiento" Who are los chicos más animados?
What music do you find works well in bilingual storytime? Do you also use any of these songs?