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Educational Spanish music: 4 reasons to motivate children to learn

From “Itsy Bitsy Spider” to “Old MacDonald had a Farm”, these classic rhymes and songs have helped children with language skills, vocabulary, memorization, and syllable formation. Children can capture the essence of reading by using music to learn. What a fun way to learn concepts by just singing your favorite tunes. That’s what many experts consider educational music or music learning to be.

In educational music or music learning, early learners are not just learning about music, but they are learning about words and how to read them. In using very simple and standard methods, young learners can grasp the notion of reading by singing fun classic rhymes.

According to leading experts in the field, educational music is

“a genre of music in which songs, lyrics, or other musical elements are used as a method of teaching and/or learning. It has been shown in research to promote learning.”

Have you noticed popular television shows always have at least one song? Or that in 50% of the lessons of early child education curriculum consists of music and lyric learning.

Music can help children even at a young age understand concepts.

For instance, it might be easy for an adult to read about brushing your teeth, but it’s more fun for a young learner to understand about brushing your teeth with a song. In this way, children begin to comprehend about routine and the importance of taking care of your teeth. In a similar way, other concepts can be applied as well such as the basics of learning to read.

Bilingual educational music is even more important in learning another language.

Sure, students can read over and over again about verb conjugation and sentence formation. But wouldn’t it be more fun to learn Spanish with a song or fun lyrics. Wouldn’t it be more fun to learn to say casa, masa, pasa or voy, hoy, soy in a fun rhyme or song? Of course, any young learner would love to sing along “Yo Tenía Diez Perritos” and learn about counting to ten in Spanish.

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Poems are fun lyrics waiting for children to sing.

Poems are sometimes just as necessary as stories in learning a language. Also, they are full of similes, comparisons, alliterations, and rhymes. It’s a perfect combination to learn Spanish words. Even with the right melody, some poems can turn into songs.

Whether early young learners are singing to their favorite songs in English, Spanish, or any other language, music can also help them express their feelings and emotions. Through educational music, they can listen and learn about cooperating, sharing, and communicating.

Rhyming and lyrics help children with self-expression.

In expressing their feelings, young learners can learn how to communicate their wants and needs in a more effective way. By listening to motivational fun songs from popular children songwriters and singers, children can begin to notice more about how they feel and improve their behavior by telling others how they feel. Hence, educational music can motivate children to improve language skills, reading, comprehension, and behavior.

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7 fun Spanish nursery rhymes and lyrics for preschoolers

Why do children love nursery rhymes and fun lyrics that they can easily remember to sing to? Perhaps, one reason is that they are fun to memorize. But one of the main reasons is that it is fun to say silly rhymes. Many of the nursery rhymes have silly saying and stories. And these fun rhymes are what motivate children to read and learn word patterns.

In fact, many of these rhymes and lyrics are performed with fun music, instruments, finger puppets and flannel boards. No matter how the rhymes and lyrics are presented, what matters are the reading skills that children can learn from them. And it’s fun to learn them in English and Spanish.

Here, seven very simple, fun rhymes and lyrics are compiled. Practice these in various ways to encourage children to keep on reading and learning.

Related: Free Spanish Nursery Rhymes Workbook

Five little speckled frogs

Five little speckled frogs

sat on a speckled log

eating the most delicious bugs. Yum, yum!

One jumped into the pool

where it was nice and cool

Now there are four speckled frogs.

Four little speckled frogs

sat on a speckled log

eating the most delicious bugs. Yum, yum!

One jumped into the pool

where it was nice and cool

Now there are three speckled frogs.

Three little speckled frogs

sat on a speckled log

eating the most delicious bugs. Yum, yum!

One jumped into the pool

where it was nice and cool

Now there are two speckled frogs.

Two little speckled frogs

sat on a speckled log

eating the most delicious bugs. Yum, yum!

One jumped into the pool

where it was nice and cool

Now there is one speckled frog.

One little speckled frog

sat on a speckled log

eating the most delicious bugs. Yum, yum!

One jumped into the pool

where it was nice and cool

Now there are no more speckled frogs.

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(En Español)

Cinco pequeñas ranitas con lunares

Cinco pequeñas ranitas con lunares

sentadas en un tronco de lunares

comiendo los más deliciosos bichitos. Yum, yum!

Uno saltó al agua

donde estaba lindo y refrescante

Ahora sólo hay cuatro ranitas con lunares.

Cuatro pequeñas ranitas con lunares. [Repetir los versos 2-5]

Ahora sólo hay tres ranitas con lunares.

Tres pequeñas ranitas con lunares. [Repetir los versos 2-5]

Ahora sólo hay dos ranitas con lunares.

Dos pequeñas ranitas con lunares. [Repetir los versos 2-5]

Ahora sólo hay una ranita con lunares.

Una pequeña ranita con lunares.

sentada en un tronco de lunares

comiendo los más deliciosos bichitos. Yum, yum!

Uno saltó al agua

donde estaba lindo y refrescante

Ahora no hay más ranitas con lunares.

Related: Bilingual Writing Practice

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty, Dumpty sat on a wall

Humpty, Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again!

(En Español)

Humpty Dumpty sentado en una pared

Humpty Dumpty tuvo una gran caída

Ninguno de los caballos del rey ni los caballeros

Pudieron poner a Humpty junto de nuevo

 

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet

sat on a tuffet

eating her curds and whey.

Along came a spider

who sat down beside her

and frightened

Miss Muffet away

(En Español)

Pequeña Señorita Muffet

sentada en un reposapiés

comiendo su merienda de crema.

Vino una araña

que se sentó al lado de ella

y asustó a

la Señorita Muffet

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Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory, dickory dock

The mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one.

The mouse ran down.

Hickory dickory dock

(En Español)

Hickory, dickory se quedó

El ratón al reloj se subió.

El reloj marcó la hora.

El ratón del reloj bajó.

Hickory, dickory se quedó

 

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill

went up the hill

to fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down

and broke his crown

and Jill came tumbling after.

(En Español)

Juan y Juanita

fueron hacia la colina

para buscar un balde de agua.

Juan se cayó

y se lastimó su cabecita

y Juanita se revolcó detrás de él.

 

There was an old woman

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.

She had so many children she didn’t know what to do.

She gave them some broth without any bread.

She kissed them all gently and sent them to bed.

(En Español)

Había una viejecita que vivía en un zapato.

Ella tenía tantos niños que no sabía que hacer.

Ella les dió un poco de caldo sin pan.

Ella los besó tiernamente y los mandó a la cama.

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Hey, Diddle, Diddle

Hey, diddle, diddle

The cat and the fiddle.

The cow jumped over the moon.

The little dog laughed

to see such a sport.

And the dish ran away with the spoon.

(En Español)

Oye, Diddle, Diddle

El gato y su violín.

La vaca salta la luna.

El perrito se ríe

al ver tal evento.

Y el plato se escapa con la cuchara.

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Benefits of learning a foreign language

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Why is it important to learn a foreign language? Does the idea of learning another language may be daunting and scary? It might be for some. If readers are committed to learning a foreign language, then they might be surprised to learn about its benefits. Although not clearly defined, a foreign language is a tongue besides the native tongue or language learned.

Improvement of communication skills

Whether you decide to learn a second language for business or to just to pass another class for credits, you unknowingly improve your language skills in grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. There are differences between the native and the foreign language. Many of the details in sentence order, words in context and manipulation are associated with the logistics of learning a foreign language.

Although experts believe that learning another language can enhance intelligence, studies are still unclear. However, educational experts do agree that the earlier a person studies a foreign language, the better in mastering semantics at a later age.

Ability to learn another culture or heritage in foreign language

It’s very exciting to learn about how Spain, Central America, and Latin America celebrate different holidays or traditions. The different dialects between these places are delightful to learn, especially when one specific word can represent so many meanings. For instance, taco is a Mexican dish but it is a heel in a shoe for Latin American countries. It’s quite the pun.

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Enhancement of memory and critical thinking skills

Studies conducted on bilingual children have found an increase in memory and problem-solving manipulation. This could suggest that learning a foreign language in a structured based program can improve these learning basics.

Other experts may argue that an immersion program for children or beginners is more appropriate. An immersion program entails the understanding of daily tasks or specific subjects like science or social studies without the use of a structured based curriculum. Grammar, vocabulary, and spelling develop later.

Knowledge about various literary Latin authors in foreign language

Many foreign authors contributed to the literary culture and helped shaped Spanish. This is an important aspect of learning a foreign language. In fact, many famous literary authors use common words and dialects of the modern language.

Whether a poet or novelist, they have helped shaped modern-day language, which led to the official academy of the languages. These academies like the Real Academia Española (RAE) have the precedent authority of the Spanish language in the World.

So, next time, you read the Don Quixote de la Mancha, or a Pablo Neruda novel, a Federico García Lorca poem, you’re sure to know that these famous writers provided the foundation to the Spanish language. Now, you didn’t think to learn a foreign language could have so many benefits?

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