Born in Cuba, I am a Speech/Language Pathologist with a second Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. I immigrated to the United States with my twin brother at the age of seven where I learned much of my English through the use of music and dance. Currently, I work as a bilingual speech/language pathologist at a special education cooperative in the northwest Chicago suburban area. I diagnose students of Hispanic descent ages three-twenty-one, who are struggling academically. I have taught at the college level and conduct language development and literacy workshops throughout the United States and in Mexico. I encourage the use of music, dance/movement, and sign language to teach language to children age birth through eight years. I have been an advocate of using multiple modalities to help English Language Learners acquire a solid language foundation in their native language so they can successfully transfer these skills to a second language.
Building Early Language and Literacy for Academic-(BELLA) Language products is dedicated to the development of leading edge children’s educational products designed specifically to accelerate the acquisition of a first and second language maintaining a level of sensitivity to the child's linguistic and cultural background. Chakuchukuchá, is part of a multi-faceted, multimedia, and multilingual approach to early childhood learning of language, using music, movement, and American Sign Language (ASL). Our approach promotes the learning of phonological awareness skills as well as language and early literacy. These 16 easy-to-teach, easy-to-learn, Latin music and movement-based bilingual songs are perfect for at home, in the car, or in the classroom. Get the best of both worlds, and watch your child delight in singing and signing to our bilingual beats.
I would not have been able to achieve this CD without the encouragement and support of my family, friends and colleagues. I'd also like to acknowledge Lannie Battistini, producer and Neysa Rodriguez Battistini at Hands in Motion Music Productions and AD Media for helping me "make this happen". Lannie is the creative genius, Grammy-winning composer, arranger, and ghost writer of these adorable Latin rhythms and songs. It was through him that I was able to connect with my featured guest artist, "Remi", best known for his daily children's program in national TV Station in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the last 10 years. He tours yearly throughout all Latin America with his Remi Productions Children's Spectacular. His love for children's education combined with his charismatic personality, have made him one of Latin America's best loved clowns.
So....if you want to learn a second language, why not learn the alphabet while DANCING a Salsa rhythm? Why not learn how to count from one to ten while DANCING to a Bachata? Why not learn the zoo animals to a Bomba, or the farm animals to a Cumbia?