Rhymes, not reason

December 11, 2008 § 3 Comments

Reading anything is enjoyable to bilingual baby but especially reading books that have a meter to it. She loves to dance around so it makes sense that she’d enjoy rhythm and rhyme in what she reads.

Some books we’ve got have horrible meter but others are great. We also sing a lot of songs and are at the point where she knows some of the words so we’ll leave out the words she knows (and wait) so she can sing along.

She now asks for: juntos, which means together. This is a song a family friend wrote a long time ago. We used to sing it as kids in Colombia. It goes like this:

Si estamos juntos, juntos, juntos.

Si estamos juntos me siento feliz.

Tus amigos son mis amigos.

Mis amigos son tus amigos.

Si estamos juntos me siento feliz.

(I wait for her to say “juntos”, “amigos” and “feliz”.)

In English:

The more we get together, together, together.

The more we get together the happier we’ll be.

For you friends are my friends

and my friends are your friends.

The more we get together the happier we’ll be.

§ 3 Responses to Rhymes, not reason

  • QueenHoneyB says:

    What a cute song πŸ™‚ Svara also often prefers the books that have a rhyme or rhythm and is starting to sing along. Her current favorite song is Old McDonald and I pause for her to put in the animal and animal sounds.

  • Nancy says:

    we know a (very?) similar folk song from Music Together. I agree, some books are horrible sounding when you read them aloud. But we do have some very nice ones. Do you have Breastmilk Makes My Tummy Yummy? Its great and Zibby knows all the rhymes πŸ™‚

  • Leila says:

    I don’t have that book. Sounds like I’d like it.

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