Christine Koh

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I'm Christine Koh, a music and brain neuroscientist turned multimedia creative. I'm the founder + editor of Boston Mamas, co-author of Minimalist Parenting, co-host of the Edit Your Life podcast, and creative director at Women Online. Drop me a line; I'd love to chat about how we can work together!

Learning Spanish With Sing-A-Lingo

singalingo.jpgToday, Jennifer shares kudos for locally based Sing-A-Lingo. Read on to learn more about this musically oriented Spanish learning program, as well as to learn how to be one of two winners to receive Sing-A-Lingo CDs:

We tried out Sing-A-Lingo's En Mi Casa CD, Buenas Noches, Amigos Singable Book, and Lyric & Vocabulary To-Go Cards and I would recommend this program both as a great introductory program, and as a supplemental program for kids who are looking to enhance beginning skills. My four kids range from beginning Spanish speakers to more advanced, and they all enjoy Sing-A-Lingo. The materials are targeted toward the pre-school and early elementary-aged set, but kids slightly older might enjoy independently reading through the books and cards as well.
One premise behind this program is that children learn best while engaged in activities that they naturally enjoy -- in this case, singing. Basic Spanish lyrics are paired with simple, catchy tunes that kids will love. The CD features an appealing mix of Sing-A-Lingo originals and familiar classics such as "Itsy, Bitsy Spider" and "Mr. Sun." Kids will be able to sing along right away, and immediately feel a sense of accomplishment when they "understand" what they are singing. The CD includes lyrics and English translation -- great for parents or reading children who might want to follow along.

The Lyric & Vocabulary To-Go Cards are a laminated set of instructional cards comprised of song lyrics and translations, practical vocabulary, and activity suggestions. These durable, wipe-clean cards are perfect for travel. My kids thumb through the cards not only as an accompaniment to the CD, but also just to pass the time while riding in the car.

My favorite thing about this program is that it focuses so explicitly on useful, practical Spanish. Following the theory that language is best learned organically and through immersion, the Sing-A-Lingo songs focus on the specific activities and events that make up a child's daily experience. For example, Buenas Noches, Amigos is a "singable book" that takes kids through the entire bedtime routine using repetition and familiarity to comfortably introduce the comprehensive vocabulary that surrounds getting ready for bed. Getting dressed, common social interactions, weather, and mealtime are all covered similarly, and the program encourages parents to use the songs, books, and cards during these situations as they occur throughout the day.

Taken together, the Sing-A-Lingo materials provide a solid, basic instruction in beginning Spanish. Just as important, they help to make the process of learning a new language fun and accessible.

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
Congrats to winners Laura and Korey!
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Now, want to be one of two winners to receive Sing-A-Lingo's En Mi Casa CD? Here's how:

Rules:

  • Hop on over and check out the Sing-A-Lingo retail partners page, e-mail contests@bostonmamas.com with "Sing-A-Lingo" in the subject, and name another a store where you can purchase Sing-A-Lingo materials.

  • US & Canada entrants welcome.

  • Entry period closes at midnight EST, Friday, October 8, 2010.

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    *Two lucky winners (drawn randomly via Random.org) will receive the Sing-A-Lingo En Mi Casa CD ($14.99 value). The winners will be notified directly via e-mail, then listed back at this post using first name only.


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