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Months of the year in Spanish
Do you know that feeling of wanting something different for your class?  Sometimes I know that I need a high-interest activity, something that will break the routine, engage the children, and at the same time provide real content in Spanish. The songs by Victor Hugo Santos are a resource that I turn to again and again when I feel that need for something fun, yet substantial. Kids love to sing these songs, and there is one that fits perfectly with almost any lesson or topic.

Victor Hugo Santos is a music teacher, composer and performer of children’s songs in Spanish.  He is originally from Mexico City, where he studied music at the National Institute of Fine Arts. Since 1995 he has worked as a music specialist at several schools in the San Francisco Bay area in addition to being active in many non-profit orgranizations.

The original songs on Mr. Santos’ CDs are the songs he teaches his classes. They are often interactive, combining engaging melodies and rhythms with movement. These are educational songs, focusing on concepts that are taught in grades K-5. However, they are first and foremost music; the educational content and the music combine naturally.

Spanish songs for children

For my classes, I have probably used the songs from Canciones para Niños the most. One of my favorites is a song to teach the months of the year in Spanish.  My students love the rhythm, especially the sí, sí, sí, sí.   This is a video of Victor Hugo Santos singing the song with the students at River Glen school in San Jose.  The Spanish words and an English translation follow the video.

Los meses del año

Y ahora vamos a cantar ¡sí, sí, sí, sí! / And now we are going to sing –yes, yes, yes, yes!

los doce meses del año. / the twelve months of the year.

Y ahora vamos a cantar – síííí / And now we are going to sing – yeeeeessss

los doce meses del año. / the twelve months of the year.

Enero, febrero, marzo, abril / January, February, March, April

mayo, junio, julio, agosto, / May, June, July, August,

septiembre, octubre, noviembre, diciembre / September, October, November

Los doce meses del año son. / They are the twelve months of the year.

Los doce meses del año son. / They are the twelve months of the year.

¡sí, sí, sí, sí! / Yes, yes, yes, yes!

Canciones para Niños also has several songs that teach position words (prepositions and adjectives) in Spanish. Mano derecha (right hand) teaches right, left, up and down.  This is a video of the song, but first there is wonderful exchange between Mr. Santos and the children as they begin the music program.  What lucky children to have this teacher! You will hear this introduction:

Mr. Santos -Buenas noches / Good evening

Children -Buenas noches Maestro Santos / Good evening Maestro Santos

Mr. Santos -Ahora sí escuché. ¿Comieron bien? / That time I heard you. Did you eat well?

Children-¡Síííííííííí!

Mr. Santos -¿Durmieron bien? / Did you sleep well?

Children-¡Síííííííííí!

Mr. Santos – ¿Se portaron bien? / Did you behave well?

Children-¡Síííííííííí!

Mr. Santos-¿Van a cantar bonito? / Are you going to sing pretty?

Children-¡Síííííííííí!

Singing:

Muy buenas noches – Muy buenas noches / Good evening

Vamos a cantar. – Vamos a cantar. / We are going to sing.

Vamos a reir.– Vamos a reir. / We are going to laugh.

Y vamos a cantar muy bonito. – Y vamos a cantar muy bonito. / And we are going sing very pretty.

Mano Derecha (Right Hand) follows the introduction, with a short version of Arriba Abajo (Up Down), which is also on Canciones para Niños .
The Spanish words and an English translation follow the video.

Mano derecha

Mano derecha para arriba. / Right hand up.

Mano derecha para abajo. / Right hand down.

Mano izquierda para arriba. / Left hand up.

Mano izquierda para abajo. /Left hand down.

Dos manitas para arriba. /  Two hands up

y moviendo los deditos / Moving your fingers

deditos, deditos,deditos, deditos. / fingers, fingers, fingers, fingers

Un, dos, un dos tres! / One, two, three!

Aaaaaaaarriba, abajo / Up, down

A un lado, a otro lado / To one side, to the other side

Arriba, abajo / Up, down

Izquierda, derecha / Left, right

¡Olé!/ Olé!

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