Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:59 pmdonutmom wrote:We just started ECC and are about to "visit" our first foreign country next week--Mexico. My kids love to listen to the Wee Sing tape--couldn't restrain them to the one song a week; they just like music!
Anyhow, I was looking at the library for some CDs of Mexican music of which I found several. I have limited Spanish skills remaining from high school class, but all the CDs I found have love songs on them (based on titles that translate "Night of Love", "Prisoner of your Arms"). Did anyone get music from the library that didn't include such songs?
We listened to mariachi music, the Mexican hat dance, and learned the words to De Colores (there's a sweet story about that song). That was enough for us. You can find them by googling...I know what you mean by the kiddies picking up things. We're in week 20 and little 2YO is still shouting Ole' from the hat dance music.
Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:28 pm
We've really enjoyed "The Music of....." series. For example, "The Music of Mexico", etc. The label is Compendia. For example, if you did a search on Amazon.com for, "The Music of Mexico" you can find it and listen to samples off of it (the singer on this particular one is Jose Cortego and his Mariachi Ensemble). This label has a whole series of folk music and our library had some of the countries that we studied in the adult music section. We've really enjoyed the couple we were able to use with our studies!
Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:19 pm
For Mexico, anything by Cri-Cri (from the sound a cricket makes) is safe. He is an old-time famous children song singer/writer. You can find on YouTube a video animation of one his songs (he's singing).
From there are also links to other animations featuring his songs. The one I linked to is called La Muneca Fea- The Ugly Doll. It is really sweet. A doll is left in the attic because she is old and torn up and starts crying. the mice hear her and tell her that, silly doll, don't cry- you may be left in the attic but are still loved: by the broom and dustpan, a feather duster, spider, old suitcase, and the mice themselves.
Guiainfantil on Youtube has a bunch of traditional animated children's songs as well.
Anyway, hope this helps.