Ivan just loves listening to songs sung in other languages, particularly Spanish. He seems to enjoy the different qualities in the sounds and melodic twists and turns of other languages.
I believe that listening to other languages is very valuable for kids, even if they don’t know what’s being said. Simply being exposed to the sounds and rhythms can open their minds to different ways of being and different cultures.
But what I like about Lisa Monet’s Tingaleyo is that she sings in both Spanish and English so kids can hear the foreign words as well as the meaning in their own language.
In this way the music becomes an avenue to a lesson without pushing academics or study. It’s fun! Let’s listen and sing along and before you know it we may be able to pick up the meanings in the foreign words!
Ivan loves the title song, Tingaleyo/Tinga Layo, probably because he’s heard Raffi sing it, though Raffi’s version skips the Spanish verses; My favorite has to be De Colores. It’s just such a beautiful and relaxing song.