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Learning in Two Languages CD Review by Christine Hindle

Hap Palmer
Hap Palmer Music

This CD is a delightful tool for learning some basic Spanish vocabulary. There are 10 songs, and each is presented first in English and then in Spanish. Following those 20 tracts on the CD, there are music-only tracts for 9 of the 10 songs. Lyrics for the songs (as well as activities to go with the songs) can be found on Hap Palmer's website. For instance, the activity for my favorite song, "Walter the Waltzing Worm / Gustavo el gusano bailarin," is to give you child a piece of rope or string and have him make the "worm" dance with the music as you play the song. What fun! Of course, all the normal things are covered in the songs, such as counting, colors, animals, clothing, days of the week, food, etc., Another favorite song at our house is "Percival the Parrot / Lorenzo el loro." All the songs have pleasant tunes and use, as the website describes, "real instruments including piano, bass, drums, guitar, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, flute, piccolo, violin, viola, cello, marimba, bongos, congas, tambourine, and maracas." This CD will be played over and over by our little one who loves to listen to music, loves to dance, and loves to learn Spanish words.

I recommend this to anyone teaching Spanish at home. What a great supplement to your curriculum this will make! This CD sells for $13.95.

Product review by Christine Hindle, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, June 2010