Vecinitos is "a lot of little neighbors, one big city". Vecinitos (Spanish for Little Neighbors) means understanding cultural differences and learning from others to live in harmony. Vecinitos is a Spanish program designed for elementary school children. Our program embraces the richness of the many different Latin cultures living closely together in our city. With our program children and adults will go on a journey where they will learn fun facts about Latin America while learning useful Spanish. Vecinitos is a unique combination of music, storytelling and art to teach foreign languages to young students. Being aware that children thrive in an environment of multisensory stimulation Vecinitos has developed a well-rounded curriculum that engages the five senses.
Vecinitos’ songs were written over an amazing Spanish summer camp I was a part of. Each week we "traveled" to beautiful countries and learned about these exciting places while learning Spanish. While singing to Latin rhythms, each song talks about a different Latin American. In addition to the captivating rhythms and melodies each song has a specific language goal. We start our journey in Nueva York with Mi Casa en Nueva York and then we take El Tren de Nueva York to go to Mexico, The Caribbean, Colombia, Perú, Bolivia and finishing in Argentina with El Gaucho.
Whether it is to enrich a cultural thematic unit or introduce new nouns, adjectives or verbs Vecinitos' will help you enhance your teaching and learning experience. Its catchy tunes will be easy to memorize whether you are a native Spanish speaker or are on your own journey of learning this beautiful language.
Vecinitos was inspired by Andrea’s 5 year-old son. He was born in Brooklyn to a Cuban and Colombian family. He is happily growing up in a rich multicultural environment in the Upper West of Manhattan where his vecinitos are from all over the world
Andrea Enríquez is a singer songwriter and Spanish teacher from Colombia.