Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Kid Friendly Spanish CD Review and Tips for Second Language Success! {Giveaway}

One thing I've learned in the classroom is that children love learning through music.  Music inspires them to move, has catchy tunes and is repetitive.  It is a great teaching tool for younger children.  Today we're sharing a NEW Kids Friendly Spanish CD from Whistlefritz.  I couldn't wait to add this to my playlist and share it with my son.  

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¡Viva La Música!

New Kid-Friendly Spanish CD! 

¡Sabor! Spanish Learning Songs

Let’s You Host the
Ultimate Family Musical Fiesta

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Available September 9, 2014 on CD from Whistlefritz
Just In Time For National Hispanic Heritage Month

What did we think?  Our feet were tapping, hands were clapping and middles were moving.  This CD is catchy and doesn't take long to have your body wiggling to the tunes.  The CD teaches through familiar children favorites such as En El Rancho De MacDonald "Old MacDonald had a Farm". Our favorites from the playlist are Uno, Dos Y, Tres (One, Two and Three) and En El Racho De MacDonald (Old Macdonald) . My son loved Old MacDonald it did not take him long to figure out he was singing EIEIO and learning new words.  We give this new CD from Whistefritz a thumbs up

 I think the CD  is a great way to incorporate Hispanic Heritage into your preschool classroom or at home with your preschool children.  I used it with my son who is five years old and he really liked dancing and singing along with me.  I can't wait to use it  in the classroom come fall.    If you don't know a word of Spanish do not worry. The CD includes lyrics in English so you'll be able to translate .  

You can visit the Whistlefritz website for a preview of some of the CD's tracks. 

"Learning a second language in early childhood offers a lifetime of benefits for a child. Research shows that learning a second language at an early age has positive effects on a child's intellectual growth and cognitive development.  It sharpens a child's overall literacy sills and helps the child develop a greater sensitivity to language, a better ear for listening, and a stronger appreciation for other cultures. " by Whistelfrtiz.   Here are six tips to ensure that second language learning is a success for kids.  

6 TIPS For Ensuring Second Language Success for Kids

  1. Expose children to a second language early when the brain is most receptive to language development. 
  2. Skip the Translation!  
  3. Teach Children a second language using "immersion." 
  4. Expose children to a second language as spoken by native speakers.
  5. Repetition is the key to language learning! 
  6. Offer an immersion program that is compelling and kid friendly. 


Learn more about the CD and WhistleFritz: 

WashingtonDC (June 16, 2014) – Get ready to shake your caderas and sing and learn español with ¡Sabor! Spanish Learning Songs, a fantastic new collection of Spanish language songs from Whistlefritz, producers of the award-winning Spanish immersion CDs Cha, Cha, Cha and ¡A Bailar! (Let’s Dance).

This eagerly-awaited follow-up CD – arriving September 9, 2014 just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 -  Oct. 15) -- is a lively, interactive (emphasis on the word active!) playlist of 15 original songs and family favorites performed in Spanish by internationally beloved singer-songwriter Jorge Anaya and keyboardist Didier Prossaird¡Sabor! introduces children to Spanish vocabulary for words and phrases that children use everyday.  The CD is a fun-filled fusion of musical styles – from cumbia and calypso to salsa and merengue – that gets the whole family moving, dancing and having a blast!
“Nothing brings a family together quite like music. And to be learning Spanish at the same time … what could be better?” says Anaya.  “Great rhythms and upbeat songs create an energy that’s contagious and gets kids on their feet every time.  In the Spanish-speaking world when people hear great music they yell ‘Sabor!  So, get ready to dance, learn Spanish and shout ‘Sabor!’”

Recommended for children of all ages, ¡Sabor! retails for $14.99 and is available on iTunes.  Each CD comes with a translation guide.  Whistlefritz CDs for kids have won top honors from such prestigious children’s media organizations as Parents' Choice Foundation; KIDS FIRST!, Mom's Choice Awards, The National Parenting Center, NAPPA, Mr. Dad and Dr. Toy's 10 Best Educational Products and 100 Best Children's Products.

Also available are Spanish for Kids and French for Kids CDs and DVDs. For more information and to purchase, visit

About Whistlefritz:
            Founded in 2006, Whistlefritz was borne out of a mom’s passion to teach her children Spanish.  Motivated by research showing that early childhood was the best time to learn a language, Whistlefritz's founder Heidi Stock set out on a mission to assemble high-quality teaching materials for her children.  Not finding what she wanted, she created a line of engaging, playful, live-action Spanish immersion programs for her own children and kids everywhere. Whistlefritz is a trusted name in language learning entertainment, working with schools and parents across the United States and internationally to do one thing:  create entertaining and educational programs to inspire children to want to learn a new language. For more information and to order Whistlefritz products, please visit
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