Bringing Up Bebé / Baby to Sing Buenos Días / Good Morning

Ahhhhhh….the tears shed this month as preschool graduations across our country reduce grown men to tears, find moms shuffling in their purses for more tissues and preschool staff sniffling back their emotions as well….these little ones are capable of a lot, and the more we give them, the more they seem to take in.

My First Songs in Spanish CD

Such is the case with our Boca Beth Greeting Song/Canción de saludar.  I remember first introducing this song back in the early 2000’s to a local preschool where I was known as ‘Ms. Music.’   Once a month I would visit the school and spend half a day there visiting each age group’s room.  10 minutes with the infants, 20 with the ones and early twos, 30 minutes with the threes and so on!  It was there in those rooms that the Boca Beth Program was hatched!  Really!  I piggybacked songs (that’s taking a melody that is familiar to the children and writing new words to introduce a new concept or just for the fun of it!) and each visit would leave the teachers with the words in case the children wanted to practice them.

With this particular tune ‘Looking Out the Window” I saw the opportunity to introduce to children how to say “Buenos días, Buenas tardes and Buenas noches.”  It was amazing to me how quickly the children soaked in the new words in the new language (not to mention the Latino children in the building who all of a sudden swelled with pride that their native language was being used in songs that were being sung by all).

When I returned for my next visit (remember – thirty days in between visits) the children were not only able to sing the song back word for word, but in a conversation they could tell me which phrase represented its English counterpart!  I had provided them the point of reference they needed (English) alongside the new language (Spanish) in order to make the language acquisition take place.  My theory was working right in front of my eyes (and ears)!  Sure, I read the latest research and case studies on bilingual education vs. immersion vs. dual-immersion, but there is nothing better than the real live thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, without further delay, here are the words to our Boca Beth “Greeting Song / Canción de saludar”

“Canción de Saludar/Greeting Song” (Song #6 on Boca Beth’s ‘My First Songs in Spanish/Mis primeras canciones en ingles’ music CD)
(sung to the tune of the song “Looking Out The Window”)
Buenos dias mamá,
Good morning mommy!
Buenos dias mamá,
I love you very much!

Good morning daddy,
¡Buenos dias papá!
Good morning daddy,
¡Te quiero mucho!

Buenas tardes mamá,
Good afternoon mommy!
Buenas tardes mamá,
I love you very much!

Good afternoon daddy,
¡Buenas tardes papá!
Good afternoon daddy,
¡Te quiero mucho!

Buenas noches mamá,
Good night mommy!
Buenas noches mamá,
I love you very much!

Good night daddy,
¡Buenas noches papá!
Good night daddy,
¡Te quiero mucho!

 

Suggested activities to go along with this fun song of greetings:

1)  Use sock puppets or BOCA puppets dressed up as a Mommy and a Daddy. Go around the circle of children, interacting with them and the mommy puppet during the mommy chorus and the daddy puppet during the daddy chorus. Before the song begins instruct the children to hug themselves when the song sings “I love you very much/Te quiero mucho.” Relate this to their own relationship with their family members – the hugs, the words of endearment.

2)  Use our 44-page Boca Beth coloring/activity book – particularly page ten (10) with the mommy and the daddy.  Many teachers laminate the page already colored and use it as ‘our new words of the week.’  There are other family members in this cool coloring book so use it and make it fun.

3)  There are some cool books (bilingual ones) that provide the beginning reading portion of any successful language fun.  Such one is ¡Buenos dias!  ¡Buenas noches! by Teresa Imperato that goes right along with the cool greeting song and is perfect for ages birth – four.  Available on amazon.com for only $5.93 used.

Good Morning, Good Night Bilingual

So, go on!  Take the leap!  You know the tune to this children’s classic song (‘Looking Out the Window’), get the words right here in my blog and start helping that child of yours get a jump start for this very global society in which we live.  (Or if anything, you will have some quality bonding time!)

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!   ***By the way, I don’t want you to think I am making a mistake each time I do not capitalize the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, word in any Spanish title or greeting.  A new amiga of mine, Teresa, informed me after years and years of presenting our movie titles and CD titles in all capitals for the first letter of almost each word (as we do in English) that the correct punctuation is only the first word in the title, the salutation, etc. gets a capital.  Can I tell you, I bet I learned that in school along the way, but it is a rule of punctuation that many do not follow based on English protocol.  Then there are the companies that present the full title in all capital letters which, as a teacher, drives me crazy!***

Boca Beth

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