I am always singing to my baby, whether we’re changing a diaper or getting ready to go to bed. I wish I knew more little rhymes and songs in Spanish, so I’m working on collecting more. If you are a non-native Spanish speaker like me, you will have to put in some extra work to learn songs instead of relying on what your mother sang to you. If you are trying to expose your kids to a language you partially know or don’t know, songs can help you and be a good place to start. Choose simple, repetitive songs, and preferably ones that don’t use English. I sing the “Buenos Días” song with classes and Janio (if it’s afternoon or night, we sing buenas tardes or buenas noches) The original version said “¿Cómo estás?” but then used usted, which was problematic. Spanish Playground had the great idea of singing it something like this, to the tune of Are You Sleeping?:
Buenos días, buenos días.
¿Cómo estás? ¿Cómo estás?
Muy bien, gracias, muy bien, gracias.
¿Y tú, qué tal? ¿Y tú, qué tal?
If you don’t speak Spanish, you could use this song on YouTube:
Do I refuse to sing in English, ever? No. It’s one of those times when I realize I just won’t be one of those moms who strictly uses one language with her kids. I try to always speak in Spanish because it’s the minority language here, and so we sing songs like “Jesus Loves Me” in Spanish. But we have family lullabies I want to sing in English, and certain songs that simply don’t translate. The more songs we have and love in Spanish, though, the more natural it becomes to use them every day!