A few days ago we were visiting some family in LA, one of them is a great bilingual teacher who I always look forward to seeing because I learn so much from her. Well this time I left her house with a bunch of CD’s with children’s music in Spanish that she very generously gave us and we listened to them all the way home.
My oldest son showed some resistance to the Spanish songs at the beginning (he wanted just English) but we persisted saying to him that he would like the songs once he learned the lyrics. So since I have just Spanish music in the car. This morning I was glad to hear my son singing a couple of the songs and he actually asked me to stop the music so he could sing them a capela! One of the discs is Cri Cri el Grillito Cantor (literally, Cri Cri, the little singing Cricket) and I can’t help feeling all the emotion of my childhood when I hear those songs. I remember my kindergarten with “la marcha de las letras,” (The March of the Letters) the song they always played as we filed into our classrooms. And I remember my mom playing the LP while I read the companion book with the lyrics and stories over and over again. At that time I’m sure I enjoyed the songs for their simplicity and melodies, but now as a mom, I can also hear the beauty of their interpretations. My son and I play in the car trying to identify every musical instrument in the orchestra, and he is getting really good at it! Do you remember any of these songs, too? Here is a video published by hugoco79 on youtube with “Caminito de la Escuela,” what do you think?