Archive for November, 2007

Bilingual Beats Lead to Language, Literacy and Math Fun

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Here is a recent article I had published and felt I should share it here to help you understand why this second language fun stuff REALLY IS VALUABLE!!! Take three minutes and find out why you should begin 2nd language fun daily with your young child!

Never has it been this easy to find materials to bring education into your home as a stay at home mom, a grandparent given the distinct and honorable task of watching your grandchildren or as a homeschooling parent striving to do the best you can do. The internet has provided us the means to seek and download countless varieties of educational materials along with the medium to research other instructional products for purchasing.

As a mom of three children who each possess bilingual skills at varying degrees along with an educator of thousands of children ages 6 months through ten years, I feel the sense of urgency to quicken the pace of the learning. What better way to do that than with music? Research has shown that if you take a concept, add a little music, some rhythm and movement, you will have a sure fire way of introducing and engaging the young child to long term retention of that concept.

Think back to your younger years. Do you still have that one song that sticks in your head no matter how many years go by? That one that taught you your days of the week in French, or how to multiply by two, or simply the catchy ABC song we now share with our own children? This concept of using music to enhance learning situations is nothing new and is one we should embrace as we go back to the basics of early childhood learning experiences.

There is the cry to return to the nursery rhymes of long ago. To drop the Leap Pad and the computer games and simply share your lap with a child who will listen to and real along with those rhyming gems of long ago. A strong connection between learning and rhythm was discovered and built upon years ago, and now we can bring global learning to our children through this same theory.

Take a song, best if it is one you and your child both know the melody of, make up some new words that introduce the new language right next to your native language. This type of made up song is called a Piggyback Song. Need an example? Okay, here is a simple one. Take the tune Mary Had a Little Lamb and sing about shapes by injecting words like these:

A circle is rolling by, rolling by, rolling by,
A circle is rolling by, a circle is a circulo.
A circle is a circulo, a circulo, a circulo,
A circle is a circulo. I know my shapes.

It is so easy to then bring in the words for square, rectangle, triangle, heart and so on. In this example, we did English and Spanish. Use your imagination and use any new target language you would like to introduce right along with the native language of your children.

Learning a second language has never been so easy! A child learning this way, in what is called a bilingual format where his native language is sung right alongside his native language, will actually read sooner than monolingual children who are not receiving this type of musical, bilingual instruction according to Dr. Ellen Bialystok and her team of experts at York University. The study conducted by this team also showed that children receiving instruction in two languages will experience advanced cognitive development and problem solving skills and higher test scores on certain sections of standardized tests.

As a mom and as a teacher that is important to me as I know it is to you. Not only can we prepare our young children for a very global economy, one that will require the command of more than one language in order to excel, we can also provide them a fun and engaging manner in which to gain knowledge in a second language, skills in math and the ability to read early in life.

You cannot carry a tune? You have not even the slightest inclination as to where to start? You have not one creative bone in your body to begin writing your own Piggyback Song that might introduce French to your newborn? No worries amigas, amigos, friends. Remember the internet? Remember those search engines? They will help drive you to a plethora of web sites meant solely for giving you some affordable, sometimes free and most often very practical tools and tips on how to jump start your motivation and creation of these bilingual songs.

Feel the beat! Think creatively! Have fun, and before you know if you and Junior will be on a journey where the only required things in your backpack will be water to quench your thirst after all of your singing and some musical shakers to keep the beat as you sing, dance and play your way to a second language.

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Learning A New Language With Your Senses

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

WOW! I love it when research experts come out with some of this ‘new’ information.

As a mom you will be so astounded! As a teacher you just won’t believe your ears nor your eyes! As a parent you will wonder how you ever got this far with your children prior to hearing the latest from these teams of people who document their findings!

Now – first of all – I think you can detect many notes of sarcasm in those three exclamations above. I am truly kidding around that you will be astounded and surprised. Second of all – don’t get me wrong about my respect for experts and research teams. I read lots and lots of research papers, publications that sport case studies on bilingual education and foreign language acquisition (though I find ‘foreign’ to be a much outdated word) and truly value their findings.

It’s just the ‘latest’ that a company reported on in an e-mail kind of talked down to those of us who are raising children, have raised children or work in the field of early childhood development. Basically it says that children learn best when involving as many of their senses as possible…………………….SHAZAM BATMAN!!!!!!!!!! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!!!!

That is why we show our baby an object, talk or sing to her about it, let him feel it, make swaying motions back & forth while using the new object and sometimes involve smelling the new object and/or allowing Junior to taste it. In honor of this ‘new’ study, these amazing revelations of knowledge, we bring to you our Boca Beth Senses song from our third bilingual music CD for children and Lesson Fun from our Educator’s Club that costs less than 5 cents per day!

Sing Along with Boca Beth / Canta con Boca Beth music CD

Want the fun and FREE language cards to go along with this song and its lesson? Comment back with your e-mail included or simply e-mail me at bocabeth@msn.com and I will e-mail these FREE downloadable cards ASAP to get the bilingual fun going in Spanish and English.

“We Have Senses”
(original song)

We have senses that we use
Tenemos sentidos que usamos
We have senses that we use
Tenemos sentidos que usamos

I see with my eyes
Yo veo con mis ojos
I see with my eyes
Yo veo con mis ojos

I hear with my ears
Yo oigo con mis orejas
I hear with my ears
Yo oigo con mis orejas

I taste with my mouth
Yo pruebo con mi boca
I taste with my mouth
Yo pruebo con mi boca

I smell with my nose
Yo huelo con mi nariz
I smell with my nose
Yo huelo con mi nariz

I touch with my hands
Yo toco con mis manos
I touch with my hands
Yo toco con mis manos

We have senses that we use
Tenemos sentidos que usamos
We have senses that we use
Tenemos sentidos que usamos

Here are the fun curriculum lesson suggestions if you would like them – straight from an Educator’s Club issue:

Senses/Sentidos (song #8 on Sing Along With Boca Beth CD)

If you found a hand mitt/glove with the different body parts from our “My First

Songs in Spanish” CD song called “Where is My . . . ?” you can use that same prop for this

song. Many educational supply catalogs carry a hand mitt with Velcro

attachments of the five senses. Ask the children to gently point to their eyes

for seeing, their ears for hearing, their mouth for tasting, their nose for

smelling and then give them high fives for their hands up for touching. They

love that you incorporate movement and interaction with the “Give me

cinco/Give me five” fun!

Science with the Senses:

Smelly Volcanoes..

A really fun science activity for the five senses is to make smelly volcanoes. Here is what

you will need to get started:

Kool-aid (already in pitchers, mixed up, use different flavors for different colors)

Baking soda

White vinegar

Eye droppers

Clear glass or plastic containers for easy viewing

First add different colored Kool-aid to the dry baking soda that is heaped in a

volcano-looking pile inside different clear containers. This gives colors (sense of

sight) and a pretty good smell (sense of smell). Then add the white vinegar by

eyedroppers, and the children can see the chemical reaction (sense of sight) and hear

the dry compound turn into a liquid and then a gas (sense of hearing). As a child

explores by touching the liquid/bubbles/dry ingredients, the (sense of touch) will be

used. The (sense of taste) is not recommended!

Child Having Fun in a Boca Beth Bilingual T-Shirt Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

God Is My Friend / Dios es mi amigo … Finding the Joy in the Lord as a Bilingual Preschool Age Child

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

This morning’ s sermon from Pastor Willy Rice of Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida was the 4th in a series of messages about keeping your faith and holding on to the true greatness and goodness of God while all else seems to be falling apart around you.

Pastor so inspires me, and I am so thankful that my sister brought me to this church well over a year ago to experience a true relationship with the Lord.  It is because of this newfound love and joy that I wrote the songs for our new Sing Praise for Children/Canta la alabanza para los niños Boca Beth CD and would love to share one of my favorite songs from that CD today.

Sing Praise for Children Boca Beth CD  *****$1 from every sale of this CD is donated to World Mission Outreach Efforts.*****

“Jesus Always Sees You/Jesús te ve siempre”
(sung to the tune of “Yankee Doodle”)

When you smile and share your toys
Jesus always sees you.
Cuando compartes tus juguetes
Jesús te ve siempre.
(chorus) Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,
We sing your praises
(coro) Santo, Santo Señor,
Cantamos tus alabanzas.

When you help around the house
Jesus always sees you.
Cuando ayudas en la casa
Jesús te ve siempre.

(chorus) Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,
We sing your praises.
(coro) Santo, Santo Señor,
Cantamos tus alabanzas.

When you’re kind to someone
Jesus always sees you.
Cuando eres amable
Jesús te ve siempre.

(chorus) Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,
We sing your praises.
(coro) Santo, Santo Señor,
Cantamos tus alabanzas

*** I recall performing this song for the first time and wondering how I could bring the song to life for the more than 300 children in attendance.  I got out a child’s toy and shared it with several children in the audience, I found a play broom and dust pan from the housekeeping area of the preschool and pretended to be cleaning, and I turned to the teachers around the room to be kind to with and presented a flower to them. ***

Bring this song to life for the children in your life today and sing about how Jesus is always watching and smiling as we create our own world of goodness here in Earth and find joy in our lives and in our hearts. 

Hold onto this feeling of joy this Holiday season and beyond!!!  Rejoice in Him!!!

E-mail me at bocabeth@msn.com for a FREE MP3 version of this very upbeat and easy to learn Spanish and English song for young children.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Shopping for That Perfect Baby Gift, Toddler Gift and Preschool Age Child Gift

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

We survived Black Friday! Most of the news reported very positive retail sales! One of my best friends woke up at 3:30 am yesterday morning to be at the door of the store that opened at 4 am! (She is a better woman than I am!)

I have never done this before on my blog and will most likely not do it again (until next year before Black Monday!!!). I am going to spend one post on being totally self serving on one hand and serving you blog readers on the other.

Save gas money! Stay in your Jammies! Sip on your chai tea or coffee! And give the gift that no parent will ever return and every child will want to hear and see and play with again and again and again!

Award Winning Boca Beth Products Make Great Gifts for Children Award Winning Boca Beth Products Make Great Holiday 2007 Gifts for Young Children!

Save 20% off any CD or DVD purchased online at our bright, educational and entertaining web site with coupon code ‘bocarocks’ entered into the discount/coupon box with no spaces and no capital letters needed.

bilingual music CD from Boca Beth”>My First Songs in Spanish bilingual music CD from Boca Beth

I am telling you that these Spanish and English bilingual CDs, DVDs, coloring/activity books and other fun Boca Beth products for children ages birth – ten will be in retail stores next year so this is THE YEAR to save big with FREE Shipping and FREE Gift Wrapping on top of your discount.

Want to give more than just one CD or one DVD? No worry! Our newest item, the Boca Beth Bilingual Backpack is available in six cool kids’ colors with 10% off for YOU using that same ‘bocarocks’ code when buying any of our integrated, teacher-made and classroom-tested language learning sets for children of the infant age, toddler age, preschool age and even early elementary school age!

Boca Beth Bilingual Backpack

Now is the time to get online and do your research!

You will find that our bilingual fun is quickly becoming the most requested product line when it comes to introducing Spanish and English to children ages birth – ten! Preschools love us because we make it fun and we provide tons of FREE preschool lesson fun and activities on our site and on my blog! Moms love us because they have gotten tired of listening to Barney and the Wiggles and other CDs that don’t give such language learning fun at the same time of providing pleasant voices to listen to! And homeschooling families embrace the fact that their children read sooner with the help of Boca Beth bilingual CDs, DVDs, language cards and more not to mention higher standardized test scores once they have been using our program daily!

Don’t take my word for it……Read testimonials from school principals, homeschooling moms, teachers, stay-at-home moms, conference coordinators, children’s event planners and more.

Happy Educating! Happy Holidays! Happy Shopping!

Boca Beth

Boca the puppet and language friend during the holiday shopping fun time

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Child and Boca and Coloring/Activity Book     HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  ¡ FELIZ DÍA DE ACCIÓN DE GRACIAS !

What are we all so very thankful for?!?!?!?!  Boca our Mascot

Our family, our health, our faith, our careers, our energy, our pets, our homes, our country………the list is different for most of us and yet so similar in many ways.

Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving!  Don’t over indulge.  Keep the holiday spirit in mind.  Hug your family members and don’t be the first to let go.  Take a nap, and take care of yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving from Boca Beth

Lesson Fun for You and Your Children – Let's Talk Money

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Remember Nicole Dean that I mentioned last time?  She has a great site devoted to helping you help your child understand the concept of starting a business at a young age.  Check this out for some great activities.  And keeping in line with that theme in the title Nicole shares with us Show Kids the Fun on another web site.  (I just want to know how she keeps all these sites going on top of a family and great affiliate marketing consulting business she helps business owners with?!?!?!?!)

Ahhhh… the beauty of being an entrepreneur.  When many of you are sleeping snug in your beds, people like Nicole and yours truly, Boca Beth, are fanning the flames of our entrepreneurial passions right around 2:30 am and beyond!!!

Have fun this week everyone!  And stay tuned for our great Boca Beth affiliate program – where you can help us promote our Boca Beth bilingual products and make some extra easy and fun money!!!  (Thanks to Nicole’s assistance via her help with the business side of things)

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Looking for Fun Children's Activities for the Week Ahead – Preschool Fun is Here!

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

One of the great parts of sharing an educational and fun program like my Boca Beth Program is the cool people I meet along this journey…

One of the weird things about doing so much of my business online is that face-to-face meetings happen so seldom with some of these cool people, and I know that if and when we do meet it will be like old friends picking up from where they left off five years before…

Such is the case with Nicole Dean who has a great blog herself – click here to be engaged by her terrific writing style and terrific tips for other work at home moms (referred to often as WAHMs!!!).

Nicole manages to keep many web sites going for families to have awesome activities available to them for their children. Check out this one for preschool age children called Just Preschool Themes – www.justpreschoolthemes.com With the children home all week long for Thanksgiving Break in many counties and for three extra days in other counties, I can assure you, hopping on Nicole’s fun face painting site is sure to be another great use of time – go to www.EZFacePainting.com

I’ll be back later today to share some other great tips for your “What Are We Going to Do All Week Long” challenge!

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Boca Beth and BOCA front profile

Happy Thanksgiving – Bring Second Language Fun to Your Dinner Table

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Boca Beth and BOCA front profileI can’t believe it’s that time of the year. The Holidays………….The fun of shopping…………..

Here are some tips on integrating 2nd language fun into your cooking routine and dinner table routine:

  • Using an inexpensive bilingual children’s dictionary (Usborne) or free language cards off our own web site’s resource area, begin to introduce some fruits or vegetables names in both Spanish and English. Not sure of your pronunciation? Both resources provide excellent pronunciation guides! As mealtime begins encourage the children to use por favor (please) and gracias (thank you) and de nada (you’re welcome) at every opportune time for those three manner words. Today’s society needs to go back to the basics with manner words, and experts agree it’s just as easy for a young child to learn two words for the same concept as it is to learn only one. The younger the better it has been proven!
  • Go around the table during mealtime asking the common ¿Cómo estás? question, encouraging each family member to reply with an appropriate response based on their feelings at the moment. (Bien/fine, fabuloso/fabulous, magnífico/magnificent, or simply no bien/not fine) . . . most of these responses are heard often throughout our communities, schools, workplace or tv so that previous language lessons are not needed.
  • Have each family member addressed by their title within the family (mamá or madre if formal, papá or padre if formal, hermana/sister, hermano/brother, bebé/baby, abuela/grandma, abuelo/grandpa, tia/aunt, tio/uncle and so on). Again, with more than 45 million people in our country alone having Spanish as their native language, it’s easy to come across these family member terms and their correct pronunciation. If not, we have many of these words, their meanings and their pronunciation guides on our web site for free at all times.

Happy Educating!

Boca Beth

The Great American Teach-In – Bringing Spanish to Life for Elementary School Children

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Can you say “M-O-T-R-I-N” anyone?!?!?!?!

Can you say “I am NOT 22 anymore?” anyone?!?!?!?!

I did the Great American Teach-In today with Lowry Elementary School in Tampa, Florida. A school where my daughter is a 2nd grader and would not ever dream of inviting her own mom, Boca Beth, to do some Boca Beth fun during this special day of sharing. Instead, Megan (our daughter) asks Daddy to come and speak about his career & his education (which has led him to selling wine…………..hmmmmmmmmmmm……………..let’s all get on the same playing field shall we?!?!?!?!).

It’s all good (isn’t that the most recent cool saying?????!!!!). I visited 8 Kindergarten classes at Lowry during a 2 hour period, singing and dancing and playing with all my heart and soul and physical prowess that my 48-year-old body could muster up! I shared my Spanish and English music with props and visual aids and energy! A mini Boca Beth marathon one of the Kindergarten teachers called it.

And so it was, and so it will be. My own daughter can’t really tolerate the fact that her mommy is Boca Beth yet when I entered the rooms this morning it’s like I am a Rock Star and with all of the Rock Star status I could wrap myself into, I did 28 songs back- to-back-to-back with enthusiasm and passion and love of second language learning for little children. Why? Because this is truly the best age to inspire within these 5-year-olds the love of learning another language and appreciating others’ cultures.

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Sing Praise for Children, for Women of Faith, for the United States

Monday, November 12th, 2007

WHAT AN AMAZING WEEKEND!!!

I am so very thankful for my walk with Him as I experienced my first ever Women of Faith event here in Tampa, Florida this past weekend!  An arena full of 18,000 women singing praise, being thankful and full of worship to our Father and his Son!  WOW!!!

So often it was talked about how very fortunate we are to live in this country.  How very blessed we are to have the freedom to worship the way we wish.  How our children truly have a life free of the pain and disease and suffering other children in countries far from here are born into and often times can never escape.

In honor of the thankfulness I feel so deeply this morning after our weekend, I want to share our Sing Praise for Children / Canta la alabanza para los niños bilingual music CD for children’s title track Sing Praise / Canta la alabanza.

“Sing Praise/Canta La Alabanza”
(tune of “Tisket-A-Tasket)

Sing praise now!
Sing praise now!
¡Canta la alabanza!

God is love and love is God!
¡Dios es amor!

Sing praise now!
Sing praise now!
¡Canta la alabanza!

God is love and love is God!
¡Dios es amor!

repeat 4 times all together/repetir todo 4 veces
** This song is meant to do a hand jive on the breaks – with a friend or solo on the child’s lap!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

 

Boca Beth