El camino de tu risa

Teacher’s Resource Book: Música amiga: Ped­a­gogía creadora a través de la canción

Book and CD Description

Every one of these vol­umes can be used with any age chil­dren for the appre­ci­a­tion of poetry and music, and the devel­op­ment of con­cepts and values.

This title includes a beautiful poem by José Martí. La rosa Blanca, as well as  poems of some of the best poets in the Span­ish language like Jaime Ferrán, Mirta Aguirre, Silva Valdés and Alma Flor Ada.   I have included four poems leading chil­dren in the reflec­tion of how important it is to take care of our environment Alto bien Alto and inviting all to  dream with metaphors in Estaba una sirena. But the two most important poems for me in this collection are precisely here. Having spent all my life thousands of miles away from my parents (I emigrated alone to the U.S.A.) and adoring my parents, this forced distance was felt deeply everyday of my life, but specially on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. I wrote a poem for my mother that I would recite for her on the phone. But when Suni put music to it, I loved to sing it  for her–most of the time swallowing my own tears and trying to bring love and joy to her day. For father’s song I recalled his own words. Everytime I visited them in Spain (at least once a year), at the moment of saying good-bye, he would embrace me and say…”I put a bunch of kisses in your pocket, use them with love everytime you need them.” The lyrics of this song are precise that.

Suni Paz musi­cal cre­ations draw from her exten­sive knowl­edge of Latin Amer­i­can and Span­ish musi­cal tra­di­tion mak­ing this CD and all CDs in the series a pow­er­ful intro­duc­tion to the His­panic musi­cal heritage.

The twelve poems con­tained in the book and the twelve songs con­tained in the CD are:

La rosa blanca – José Marí
Lo que vamos a ser – Alma Flor Ada
Los loros – Jaime Fer­rán
Aven­tura – Mirta Aguirre
Ronda de faro­las – Folk­lore
Los pol­li­tos Fer­nán — Silva Valdés
Mi amiga, la som­bra — Alma Flor Ada
Hag­amos caminos — Alma Flor Ada
Día de las madres — F. Isabel Cam­poy
Un beso de papá — F. Isabel Cam­poy
Estaba una sirena — F. Isabel Cam­poy
Alto, bien alto — F. Isabel Campoy

Teacher’s Resource Book Description

Música amiga: Ped­a­gogía creadora a través de la can­ción by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada

This hand­book, inspired in the Trans­for­ma­tive Edu­ca­tion process devel­oped by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Cam­poy, explores the use of songs in the class­room and pro­vides spe­cific sug­ges­tions to be applied with Música amiga.

It is divided in two major parts. The first, Apren­der can­tando, explores the uses of songs in top­ics like:

  • Las can­ciones y la cultura
  • Las can­ciones para elim­i­nar la ansiedad y facil­i­tar el aprendizaje
  • Las can­ciones y la cultura
  • Las can­ciones como base para la expre­sión cor­po­ral o dramática
  • Las can­ciones en la adquisi­ción de las habil­i­dades lingüísticas
  • Las can­ciones en la inte­gración entre la escuela y el hogar
  • Las can­ciones y los val­ores transformadores

The sec­ond part offers spe­cific sug­ges­tions for each of the 120 songs con­tained in the Música amiga program.

Author’s Note

This pro­gram com­bines the cre­ativ­ity of three extra­or­di­nary artists and human beings: Alma Flor Ada, Suni Paz and Ulises Wensell.

This program was originally created by Alma Flor Ada and Suni Paz, as “Hagamos caminos”. When we revisited the idea together, I wanted to contribute my own personal  sen­si­tiv­ity, humor, and cre­ativ­ity and I cre­at­ed a num­ber of orig­i­nal poems for Música amiga,  which were also put to music by Suni. The value of fam­ily, the trea­sure of cul­ture, the impor­tance of main­tain­ing our lan­guage, the appre­ci­a­tion for learn­ing and rea­son­ing, and the joy of cel­e­brat­ing life in all its forms are some of the top­ics with which I expanded the contents of this program.

The art in these books was orig­i­nally cre­ated by Ulises Wensell for Hag­amos caminos., When devel­op­ing Música amiga we were delighted to be able to draw from the Hag­amos caminos art to illus­trate this col­lec­tion of poems/songs.

And an extra­or­di­nary com­bi­na­tion of tal­ents have given life and light to these books and CDs that can enrich all and every class­room with the gift of poetry, songs, and art.

Música amiga pro­gram description

There are ten books to this series, each with an accom­pa­ny­ing CD.

Each book includes 12 care­fully selected poems. All 120 poems are pre­sented as songs in the CD col­lec­tion. Some of the poems are from folk­lore, a num­ber of them have been orig­i­nally writ­ten by Alma Flor Ada and by F. Isabel Cam­poy. A few are from other renown poets.

The books have mag­nif­i­cent illus­tra­tions from inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed illus­tra­tor Ulises Wensell.

All of these poems and songs, can be enjoyed by chil­dren from Pre-K to 6th grade. As a mat­ter of fact, many can be enjoyed even by older students.

The first five vol­umes are par­tic­u­larly suited for help­ing develop spe­cific lit­er­acy skills and for the rein­force­ment of spe­cific syl­labic com­bi­na­tions as well as over­all lan­guage devel­op­ment. The last five vol­umes sup­port sus­tained lan­guage devel­op­ment, a deep­ened appre­ci­a­tion for lit­er­a­ture and an ongo­ing love for inde­pen­dent reading.

The titles are:

Themes, Val­ues and Vocabulary

The infor­ma­tion on this page includes not only the list of poems in the books and songs in the CDs but also an indi­ca­tion of the Themes and Val­ues pre­sented in them.

Ini­tial Read­ing in Spanish

For teach­ers or par­ents inter­ested in teach­ing or strength­en­ing ini­tial read­ing skills with songs, there is also a chart to indi­cate the syl­la­bles that are rein­forced through these poems and songs as well as a cor­re­la­tion with the ini­tial read­ing series Hag­amos caminos since many of these poems and songs are included in the Hag­amos caminos books.

Música amiga Guide

The Música amiga Teacher’s Guide offers gen­eral sug­ges­tions for the use of music in the class­room for vocab­u­lary, con­cepts and val­ues devel­op­ment, and spe­cific sug­ges­tions for the use of each song.

Apren­der can­tando, set of 2 cas­settes. These cas­settes explore how songs can facil­i­tate learn­ing in a vari­ety of ways. Recorded in Span­ish by Alma Flor Ada with numer­ous exam­ples of songs per­formed by Suni Paz.

Sig­nif­i­cance of the Use of Songs in the Classroom

The impor­tance of songs in the class­room can­not be overly empha­sized. Songs are a vehi­cle for both teach­ers and stu­dents to develop flu­ency in the lan­guage, improve pro­nun­ci­a­tion and into­na­tion, build vocab­u­lary, and develop their under­stand­ing of His­panic cul­ture. Learn­ing the tra­di­tional folk­lore cher­ished by fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties will strengthen Latino children’s sense of iden­tity; for English-speakers learn­ing Span­ish, songs and folk­lore will deepen their appre­ci­a­tion of the Span­ish language.

The con­tent of the ten Música amiga vol­umes are:

¡Qué rica la ronda! — Música amiga 1
[While every one of these vol­umes can be used for gen­eral pur­poses with any age chil­dren for the joy of poetry and music, this vol­ume is par­tic­u­larly suited for lan­guage and vocab­u­lary devel­op­ment as well as fam­ily and iden­tity values.]

Los ele­fantes — Folk­lore
Sapi­tos – Alma Flor Ada
El barco chiq­ui­tito – Folk­lore
En el puente de San Juan – Folkore
Uno de enero – Folk­lore
La cig­a­rra gui­tar­rista – Alma Flor Ada
La bella hort­e­lana – Folk­lore
En alta mar – Folk­lore
El beso – F Isabel Cam­poy
Llu­via – F Isabel Cam­poy
Mi his­to­ria – F Isabel Cam­poy
Aquí vivi­mos — F Isabel Campoy

Canta la letra — Música amiga 2
[While every­one of these vol­umes can be used for gen­eral pur­poses with any age chil­dren for the appre­ci­a­tion of poetry and music, this vol­ume is par­tic­u­larly suited for phone­mic aware­ness and the prac­tice of the five vow­els as well as fam­ily values.]

Una mosca – Folk­lore
A, a, a, mi abuelita me dará – Alma Flor Ada
Yo te daré – Folk­lore
La i minús­cula – Alma Flor Ada
La mar estaba ser­ena – Folk­lore
Un… en un… — Alma Flor Ada
Las cinco vocales – Folk­lore
Color her­moso – F Isabel Cam­poy
Mi abuelo – F Isabel Cam­poy
¡Qué miedo! – F Isabel Cam­poy
Arre, arre — F Isabel Campoy

Can­ción y ale­gría – Música amiga 3
[This vol­ume con­tains sto­ries in verse by Alma Flor Ada. These sto­ries w intro­duce charm­ing char­ac­ters like La gal­lina Picotina, El loro Ala de Oro and La ratita Roe­queso as well as three charm­ing poems by Isabel Cam­poy. The poems and songs are par­tic­u­larly suited to allow chil­dren with ini­tial read­ing skills to read the lyrics independently.]

Per­rito color de café – Alma Flor Ada
Fa, fe, fi – Alma Flor Ada
El gato del mago — Alma Flor Ada
La gal­lina Picotina – Alma Flor Ada
La ranita – Alma Flor Ada
La bur­rita – Alma Flor Ada
El loro Ala de Oro – Alma Flor Ada
La ratita Roe­queso – Alma Flor Ada
Mi oso de papel – F. Isabel Cam­poy
Mi mapa – F. Isabel Cam­poy
Canta — F. Isabel Campoy

Corre al coro — Música amiga 4
[Every one of these vol­umes can be used with any age chil­dren for the appre­ci­a­tion of poetry and music, and the devel­op­ment of con­cepts and val­ues. All the poems in this vol­ume have been writ­ten by either Alma Flor Ada or Isabel Cam­poy. The CD offers a com­bi­na­tion of diverse music, lyric songs like El hada Hadaluna, lively songs like Jarabe tap­atío and Sube y baja and whim­si­cal invi­ta­tions to reflect like Mi back­pack, La cama de mi mae­stro y Soñar pal­abras.]

El ciem­piés y la cig­a­rra – Alma Flor Ada
El ratón Botón – Alma Flor Ada
El hada Hadaluna – Alma Flor Ada
Los ocho chiv­i­tos – Alma Flor Ada
Jose­fina y sus ami­gos – Alma Flor Ada
Jarabe tap­atío – Alma Flor Ada
Y va de cuento – Alma Flor Ada
Sube y baja – F. Isabel Cam­poy
Mi back­pack – F. Isabel Cam­poy
Bol­sillo de pan­talón – F. Isabel Cam­poy
La cama de mi maes­tra – F. Isabel Cam­poy
Soñar pal­abras — F. Isabel Campoy

Con ton y son — Música amiga 5
[A com­bi­na­tion of well known tradi­cional songs, like Las mañan­i­tas and Tengo una muñeca and songs that empha­size the value of family.]

Las mañan­i­tas – Folk­lore
Del… al… — Alma Flor Ada
Tato, Anita y Titino — Alma Flor Ada
Tengo una muñeca – Folk­lore
La paloma – Folk­lore
Tengo, tengo, tengo – Folk­lore
En una bella ciu­dad – Folk­lore
Origami — Alma Flor Ada
En el kiosko — Alma Flor Ada
¡Ade­lante! – F. Isabel Cam­poy
Mamá – F. Isabel Cam­poy
Mis manos – F. Isabel Campoy

Cara­colí — Música amiga 6
[A com­bi­na­tion of songs from folk­lore, includ­ing the beloved De col­ores, orig­i­nal poems/songs by Alma Flor Ada and mag­nif­i­cent poems/songs by Isabel Cam­poy that stress the impor­tance of lan­guage con­tin­u­a­tion, Hablar como tú, as well as the val­ues of fam­ily and cul­ture, Tú eres muy rico]

De col­ores – Folk­lore
Pri­mav­era — Alma Flor Ada
Salta la tablita – Folk­lore
Cri-crí — Alma Flor Ada
Cabal­lito blanco – Folk­lore
Pim­pón – Folk­lore
Las mar­i­one­tas – Folk­lore
Juanito – Folk­lore
Juega con­migo – F. Isabel Cam­poy
Hablar como tú – F. Isabel Cam­poy
Cara­cola – F. Isabel Cam­poy
Tú eres muy rico – F. Isabel Campoy

Sigue la música — Música amiga 7
[Well known songs from folk­lore like He per­dido el do and Mam­brú, accom­pany some orig­i­nal poems/songs. La Cucara­chita Mar­tina is an excep­tional drama­ti­za­tion by Suni Paz of the well-known tale. Isabel Campoy’s poem/song Familia cel­e­brates the rich­ness of family.]

He per­dido el do – Folk­lore
Antón Pir­ulero – Folk­lore
La Cucara­chita Mar­tina — Alma Flor Ada
Las jirafas geme­las — Alma Flor Ada
Flo­res y cara­coles — Alma Flor Ada
Clotilde — Alma Flor Ada
Mam­brú – Folk­lore
Drag­ones y coco­dri­los — Alma Flor Ada
El reloj de mi bis­abuelo – Folk­lore
La vilanela – Folk­lore
Familia – F. Isabel Cam­poy
La playa – F. Isabel Campoy

Do, re, mi, ¡sí, sí! — Música amiga 8
[There is much joy and humor in this book/CD com­bi­na­tion. The bal­lad of El señor don Gato has enchanted many gen­er­a­tions of chil­dren. Ofi­cios is a poem/song filled with humor that will delight read­ers and lis­ten­ers of any age. La llu­via one of Alma Flor’s favorites. Isabel’s three poems/songs in this title will elicit smiles and invite you to sing along.]

El señor don Gato — Folk­lore
Los días de la sem­ana — Folk­lore
Ofi­cios – Alma Flor Ada
La llu­via – Alma Flor Ada
El ratón y el gato — Folk­lore
A dormir — Folk­lore
Pizpiri­gaña – Folk­lore
La pas­tora – Folk­lore
El trencito – Folk­lore
El lápiz de Guillermo — F. Isabel Cam­poy
Ramón y su perro — F. Isabel Cam­poy
La nube y la bal­lena — F. Isabel Campoy

El camino de tu risa — Música amiga 9
[This title includes the work of some very well respected poets, José Martí, Mirta Aguirre and Jaime Fer­rán. It also includes two of Alma Flor’s best known poems/songs, Mi amiga, la som­bra and the inspir­ing Hag­amos caminos. Isabel con­tributes four poems/songs, one ded­i­cated to moth­ers, Día de las madres, another to fathers, Un beso de papá.]

La rosa blanca – José Marí
Lo que vamos a ser – Alma Flor Ada
Los loros – Jaime Fer­rán
Aven­tura – Mirta Aguirre
Ronda de faro­las – Folk­lore
Los pol­li­tos Fer­nán — Silva Valdés
Mi amiga, la som­bra — Alma Flor Ada
Hag­amos caminos — Alma Flor Ada
Día de las madres — F. Isabel Cam­poy
Un beso de papá — F. Isabel Cam­poy
Estaba una sirena — F. Isabel Cam­poy
Alto, bien alto — F. Isabel Campoy

El son del sol — Música amiga 10
[This title com­pletes the series with poems of some of the best poets in the Span­ish lan­guage, mas­ter­fully turned into songs by Suni Paz. Her ren­di­tions of Fer­nando Luján’s Cig­a­r­ras, of Mirta Aguirre’s Cabal­lito, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Doraba la luna el río and Jaime Fer­rán Las gace­las are evoca­tive and haunt­ingly beau­ti­ful. For Un son para niños antil­lanos by Nicolás Guil­lén and Can­ción de todos los niños del mundo she has cre­ated lively music that invites you to sing along. Four excel­lent poems/songs by Isabel Cam­poy make this a nec­es­sary title in every class­room. Isabel leads chil­dren in the reflec­tion of what it is to think in ¡Qué cosa diver­tida es pen­sar!, she brings the aware­ness of how vast knowl­edge is in La maes­tra tam­poco lo sabe, and she invites all to take respon­si­bil­ity in tak­ing care of life, Cuida la vida. Finally, she offers the most poignant song about the impor­tance of retain­ing our own lan­guage in No te olvides, no, a song that has become a true inspi­ra­tion for bilin­gual educators.

Un son para niños antil­lanos – Nicolás Guil­lén
Cig­a­r­ras – Fer­nando Luján
Doraba la luna el río – Juan Ramón Jiménez
Baile de la caña – David Cheri­cián
Las gace­las – Jaime Fer­rán
Cabal­lito – Mirta Aguirre
Los zap­ati­cos de rosa – José Martí
Can­ción de todos los niños del mundo – Alma Flor Ada
Cuida la vida — F. Isabel Cam­poy
No te olvides, no — F. Isabel Cam­poy
¡Qué cosa diver­tida es pen­sar! — F. Isabel Cam­poy
La maes­tra tam­poco lo sabe — F. Isabel Campoy

Val­ues Book CD Song #

Autoes­ti­mación – Self Esteem

  Mis manos V 12
  Mi amiga, la sombra IX 7
  Ofi­cios VIII 3

Cul­tura – Culture

  Mi his­to­ria I 11
  Jarabe tap­atío IV 6
  De col­ores VI 1

Diver­sity – Diversidad

  Can­ción de todos los niños del mundo X 8
  Aquí vivi­mos I 12

Ecología – Ecology

  Cuida la vida X 9
  Alto, bien alto IX 12
  La llu­via VIII 4

— Study/Work/Professions

  Hag­amos caminos IX 8
  La maes­tra tam­poco lo sabe X 12
  Lo que vamos a ser IX 2
  ¡Qué cosa diver­tida es pensar! X 11

Familia — Family

  Día de las madres IX 9
  El beso de papá IX 10
  Familia VII 11
  Mi abuelo II 10

Gen­erosi­dad / Sol­i­dari­dad
– Gen­eros­ity / Solidarity

  La cig­a­rra guitarrista I 6
  Los zap­ati­cos de rosa X 7
  La rosa blanca IX 1

Idioma – Language

  Hablar como tú VI 10
  No te olvides, no X 10