Archive for December, 2007

Back to Preschool for Many Children & Teachers – Make Learning Fun!

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

So, you find yourself up and atom! Ready to face the day with 12 two-year-olds! Let me help you bring a smile, some language learning fun and beginning reading skills to each and every child in your care today!

Hope you all had a great Christmas and that you are looking forward to a great New Year in 2008. Now, as you get ready for your day back with young children (be it in your home as a family child care provider, a preschool, a learning center, a faith based school or other), use the following preschool activity ideas, music fun and second language learning suggestions to make your day fun and full of learning.

The following fitness fun song helps children get up & get movin’ for foreign language fun with Boca Beth and her bilingual music. From the CD titled Sing Along with Boca Beth / Canta con Boca Beth:

“Getting Ready for My Day / Preparando” (an original beat by Ken Veenstra of Progressive Media & Music)

I wake up, I wake up every day.
Me levanto, levanto cada día.

I use the bathroom, the bathroom every day.
Uso el baño, el baño cada día.

I wash my hands, my hands every day.
Me lavo mis manos, mis manos cada día.

I comb my hair, my hair every day.
Me peino mi pelo, mi pelo cada día.

I get dressed, I get dressed every day.
Me pongo mi ropa, mi ropa cada día.

I eat my breakfast, my breakfast every day.
Tomo desayuno, desayuno cada día.

I brush my teeth, my teeth every day.
Cepillo mis dientes, dientes cada día.

I start the day with a smile every day.
Comienzo con una sonrisa, sonrisa cada día.

I share my joy, my joy every day.
Comparto mi felicidad, felicidad cada día.

I can do it, do it every day.

Puedo hacerlo, hacerlo cada dia.

A Child Getting Ready for Her Day with Boca Beth Bilingual Music

This song off our Boca Beth fitness fun CD can have some cute movements that allow the children to act out each part of getting ready for their day. The one about “I use the bathroom/Uso el baño” gets lots of laughter from little children, but it works if you are willing to put up with the giggles. Using the bathroom is a real part of each day, and when kept in check, the motions of the entire song work together to assist in the learning of two languages. Suggested movements are listed below by the getting ready action:

• I wake up/Me levanto = arms up overhead like a “Y” with full extension on the first “wake up” words followed by little squats with arms down and repeat through the Spanish.
• I use the bathroom = controlled small squats with hands on knees on the downward motion and hands to hips as you come up to standing. Try to keep the children from making noises or getting too out of hand by first explaining how this is a part of everyone’s day.
• I wash my hands = An exaggerated sliding motion of the hands with the elbows pulled way back on each slide creates a rubbing sound and some good side and arm work.
• I comb my hair = Exaggerated over the head arms one at a time for a pretend combing motion.
• I get dressed = Fun to see how the children act this out on their own – we have found a rowing motion towards the ground with a slight bend at the waist works well (as if pulling on pants or shorts).
• I eat my breakfast = With a pretend fork or spoon in their hands the children alternate one at a time up to their mouth with elbows elevated and out to the side. Nice arm work out.
• I brush my teeth = Small circular motions with their hands and a pretend toothbrush make this one fun and a great reminder.
• I start the day with a smile = The children go to an extended “Y” above their head as their hands brush along their cheeks making their smiles even bigger.
• I share my joy – Giving themselves a big hug for this one and twisting side to side accomplishes some good flexibility movement and gives them a nice hug every time.
• I can do it – Making strong fists and flexing their muscles to show they can do it makes the children feel strong and empowered as they sing the words “I can do it/Puedo hacerlo.”
(Of course, ad-libbing works well on this one if you are up to it!)

A great book to use before or after this song is the following board book which can be found easily on amazon.com:

I Can!/¡Yo puedo! (English and Spanish Foundation Series)

I Can!/¡Yo puedo! (English and Spanish Foundation Series) (Book #11) (Bilingual) (Board Book)

Available on Amazon for $3.17.

It’s important to teach children that there’s nothing they can’t do. This

exciting learning book in English and Spanish gives you a head start. Come

along with a diverse group of children as they demonstrate a wide variety of

fun activities and helpful tasks they can do by themselves. Children will love

the colorful and whimsical illustrations. A complete pronunciation guide is

included in the back of the book for quick and easy reference. This book is a

great tool for helping to instill children with a sense of pride in

accomplishment.

Reading level: Ages 4-8 (20 Pages)

If you want more ideas to use in conjunction with this theme simply leave a comment after this post, and I will send you the complete one month theme for free from our Boca Beth Educator’s Club – it’s a cool and easy-to-use membership that provides you a monthly lesson plan centered around a theme that evolves from one of my Boca Beth bilingual songs.

Introducing Spanish and English to children will never be this easy again!

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Putting the 'Christ' Back in Christmas

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

So often we are told to be politically correct.

Too often we are reminded to choose our words carefully around this time of year.

Thank you Pastor Willy Rice for reminding all of us who heard your sermon this morning, that be you a Jew or be you a Christian, be you a believer or be you a non-believer, the day of Christmas is undeniably a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God.

I thank God that I have the ability to pen these words, to listen to the birds off our lake each morning as I rise to greet my three healthy and (most-often-times!) happy children and begin a new day with Jesus at my side.

May we all be reminded that we soon will celebrate the gift that God gives each of us – his son Jesus Christ and the chance to enjoy a relationship with God through his son.  It is our individual choice to open this gift (as Pastor so eloquently explained this morning) and experience the forgiveness of our sins and a life that is rich with the presence of God.

Enjoying God’s Grace and Love –

Boca Beth 

Piggyback Song Teaches Spanish to Children Using the Beat of "Jingle Bells"

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Writing songs to teach preschoolers a new concept has always been one of my strengths in my life as a teacher!

I love taking melodies that the children and I are familiar with, writing some new words to match the beat and introduce a brand new concept through those new lyrics and familiar tune!

That my dear amigas & amigos is what you call a Piggyback Song in the world of early childhood development and learning with music.

With Christmas close at hand for many of us Christians I feel compelled to share our song titled Here & There / Aquí & allí that comes from our third Boca Beth bilingual music CD called “Sing Along with Boca Beth / Canta con Boca Beth.”

Bilingual Music CD from Boca Beth

“Here & There/Aqui y Alli”
(sung to the tune of “Jingle Bells”)

Aqui, Aqui-Here, Here!
Alli, Alli-There, There!
Aqui, Aqui-Here, Here!
Alli, Alli-There, There!

Aqui means here, Alli means there.

Aqui then Alli means here then there!

(Repeat same one more time!)

Suggested circle time activity fun for preschool age children and classroom fun for early elementary school age children:

This is one of the many songs on our third Boca Beth CD that allows you to incorporate some fitness fun as well as second language learning. The children stand and begin pointing to the ground with knees bending slightly as they do the motion for “Aquí, Here.” The children then point overhead for the motion for “Allí, There.” It can get silly too if you want – asking the children to try to follow your moves left overhead and right overhead. On the break of words where you hear just music we all do a silly dance. And at the end, where the airplane is heard, we make an airplane with our hand and let it fly away.

The children love this one as they try to keep up with ‘Ms. Beth.’ I warn them that I am going to try to trick them and go faster and faster on the moves pointing down and up!

Let’s Dance to Boca Beth bilingual music

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Shopping for a Christmas Gift Made Easy – Guaranteed to Your Home by December 24, 2007

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

So……..we all know it’s true!!!!

There is less than one week until the children begin to unwrap the gifts we have so lovingly shopped for, wrapped with care and set ever-so-gently under the Christmas tree ………… POOF!!!!  Wake up Beth!  That was just a dream……….

Regardless of how you shop, if you have started, are all finished, or whatever I need to let you know that today all the way through tomorrow (Wednesday 12/19/07-Thursday 12/20/07 at 4 pm EST) you CAN shop for cool gifts at my web site for special children ages birth – eight or ten and even that pregnant mommy-to-be that you know!!!!  And look at all the FREE stuff you get:

FREE Priority shipping!

Boca Beth Educational CDs give priority shipping as gift

FREE Gift wrapping (you have to ask us)!

20% off with code ‘bocarocks’ on any Boca Beth bilingual music CD.                    Sing Along with Boca Beth - music in the classroom

20% off with code ‘bocarocks’ on any Boca Beth Spanish and English DVD.

10% off with code ‘bocarocks’ on any language learning set from Boca Beth.

Boca Beth Bilingual Backpack that introduces Spanish

Shop today in the comfort of your jammies, sipping on your chai tea and saving the stress of last minute shopping this weekend plus save money by not driving all over.

Seriously, even though I am the owner of the company, I know teachers, moms, children, babies and even expecting Dads who have exclaimed upon receiving and listening to our Boca Beth bilingual beats, shaking their maracas and going to town as they learn a second language the fun and easy way!  Read these testimonials about how much people love their Boca Beth fun!

Do it today!  Shop now online!  Or call me toll free at 1.877.825.2622!  Use that same code ‘bocarocks’ for a discount – the shipping is FREE all the way around the web site.  No minimum, no maxiumum!  Give the gift of language to someone special this year!

Thank you / Gracias –

Boca Beth

What's Happenin'? ¿Qué pasa? …in the world of bilingual education for young children…

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Here at The Boca Beth Program we continue to strive for the easiest and most effective way to help parents, teachers and care providers bring Spanish and English together in the daily routine of their children.

Our latest addition of music videos takes four of our really popular bilingual songs for children and allows the children and adult see children and myself, Boca Beth, bring the songs to life with cute props, easy to understand lyrics, great visual aides and lots of fun!

BOCA the puppet brings Spanish to life for children

Watch this full length version of my song ¿Qué pasa?/What’s Happenin’? which has been up on YouTube for a month or so! Vote for it if you could please with a nice high star rating, tag it as one of your favorites and then have some fun!!!!!!!

Click here to follow the link to our upbeat bilingual music video for children … introducing Spanish to English-speaking children while also introducing English to Spanish-speaking children. Wow! That is what I call truly bilingual! And if you love what you see, tell others you know that our first music video collection with these four songs is available online at our web site only for $6.99 until they sell out (which is when we then hope to have them on TV…call your friends at PBS and Nick Jr and tell them to call me please!!!!).

“¿ Qué pasa ? What’s Happenin’ ?”
(original)

¿Qué pasa? – What’s happenin?
¿Qué pasa? – What’s happenin?
¿Qué pasa? – What’s happenin?
¿Qué pasa contigo ?

No mucho – Not much
No mucho – Not much
No mucho – not much
No mucho conmigo.

What’s happenin? – ¿ Qué pasa ?
What’s happenin? – ¿ Qué pasa ?
What’s happenin? – ¿ Qué pasa ?
What’s happenin with you?

Not much – no mucho
Not much – no mucho
Not much – no mucho
Not much with me.

 

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Five Little Monkeys Bilingual Song Fun for Children of All Ages

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Let’s wake you all up this morning with some Five Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed!

Or, as they would sing in Spanish, Cinco monitos saltando en la cama!

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (Board Book) by Eileen Christelow 

This is a cute book that could be used along with our theme today!  After reading this cute board book, then bring on the music and movement fun from our Boca Beth Program

 Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (Board Book)

Go right into the Boca Beth song off our third bilingual music CD titled Canta con Boca Beth/Sing with Boca Beth.

“Five Little Monkeys”
(sung to the tune of “Five Little Monkeys”)

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed!
One fell off and bumped his head!
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said!
No more monkeys jumpin on the bed!

¡Cuatro monos saltando en la cama!
¡Uno se cayó y golpeó la cabeza!
¡Mama llamó doctor y el doctor dijo!
¡No más monos saltando en la cama!

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed!
One fell off and bumped his head!
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said!
No more monkeys jumpin on the bed!

¡Dos monos saltando en la cama!
¡Uno se cayó y golpeó la cabeza!
¡Mama llamó doctor y el doctor dijo!
¡No más monos saltando en la cama!

One little monkey jumping on the bed!
He fell off and bumped his head!
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said!
No more monkeys jumpin on the bed!


Suggested circle time activity / classroom activity to bring this song to life for language learning fun! 

This is an awesome song for spontaneous fun. Almost every child loves this children’s classic, and now they can learn it in a second language. Pretend the carpet or the mat you are using is a bed and start jumping like monkeys making the actions and noises of real monkeys. As the song sings about one monkey falling off the bed pretend to fall off the bed, then everyone pretends to call the doctor, then pretend to be the doctor saying “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” Continue doing these fun actions for 4 monitos, 3 monitos, 2 monitos and then 1 monkey left!  The children love shouting out the English part of “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” and after several times of doing this song they will begin to be able to say pieces of the Spanish matching phrase “No más monos saltando en la cama” and after a while they will have the entire thing down to a tee!!! 

BOCA in Hollywood for the Red Carpet of an Awards Show                                  BOCA the Spanish language amigo found in a school bus                                BOCA loves sombrero fun with Spanish and music

Where are YOUR pictures my friends?  We are hoping to show each Friday new clips of BOCA around the country and even around the world.

We decided our contest prize was not enough incentive since many of you may not be able to get your child to Florida or New York or California for our next filming of our Boca Beth music videos for children.  So……………….

Here is the prize for the winning photo of BOCA!  A Boca Beth Beginner Set full of other cool stuff like a signed picture of our BOCA mascot from his California debut early this year and an autographed BOCA BETH t-shirt by Beth Butler (that would be ME!!!) and BOCA the mascot character.  Who knows?  One day we might be on TV or something, and then you’ll be the only one on the block with our autographs from way back when…….

So, get those digital cameras out, take pictures of BOCA at the beach, in the bathtub, on the swing set, at the park, wherever.  Send them to bocabeth@msn.com to enter weekly into the Friday posting, and then once a month we will choose a winner from a random drawing.  (Kind of like put the names into the Sombrero and draw a winner!!!)

Come on!  I know you are busy!  But this is cool!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Hello Friend – Hola amigo – Hola amiga … Helping Young Children Communicate the Basics!

Monday, December 10th, 2007

One of the most basic and important concepts that you and your child should first learn in a new language is being able to greet someone informally and in a friendly manner.

That is why for our Boca Beth Program one of the first songs I wrote and recorded with children ringers singing with me was Hola amigo / Hello Friend from our first CD titled My First Songs in Spanish / Mis primeras conciones en Inglés.

It’s written to the melody of “Frere Jacques” and is so comforting to listen to, so soothing and children worldwide ask for it daily we are told!

Enjoy!!! ¡Disfruta!

My First Songs in Spanish music cd for children, Mis primeras canciones en Inglés

“Hola amigo/Hello Friend” (track #2)
(sung to the melody of “Frere Jacques”)

¡Hola amigo!
Hello friend!

¿Como estás?
How are you?

¡Muy bien, gracias!
Very fine, thank you!

¿Y tú?
And you?

(song repeats one complete time)

¡Hola amiga!
Hello friend!

¿Como estás?
How are you?

¡Muy bien, gracias!
Very fine, thank you!

¿Y tú?
And you?

Suggested Classroom / Circle Time Activity Fun for this song:

Use BOCA the puppet to introduce BOCA (the star of the BOCA BETH Program). Ask the children to say “Hola BOCA” “Hi BOCA” to warm them up. Talk about how BOCA is a boy, he’s a friend of mine, and of Johnny & Maria so he is called an “amigo.” Ask the children to repeat the word amigo and the word friend. Then use a girl puppet (preferably in the bird family like BOCA is) and talk about how JULIA is a girl, she’s a friend of mine, and of Enrique & Susie so she is called an “amiga.” Ask the children to repeat the word amiga and the word friend. Then move into the first song of language time . . .
Sing this song above using the BOCA boy puppet alternating to the girl puppet. We always start each language session with this same song – providing a routine and repetition and success daily with the second language learning. Children thrive on familiarity with routine so bring that comfort into your second language fun time!

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Where Is BOCA?!?!

Friday, December 7th, 2007

So…..you’ve heard of “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?”

Now you can be part of… “Where is BOCA?!?!”

Capture YOUR BOCA puppet in the strangest (but legal and able-to-be-viewed-by-4-year-old-eyes) places and you might win a spot on our next Music Video  Collection DVD Series!

BOCA    Boca Beth and BOCA the puppet  BOCA the puppet and girl coloring  BOCA in his latest music video role

These are photos of BOCA the hand puppet that WE have captured!!!!!

Now we want your photos!!!!!  Throughout the week send us pix of BOCA in action – with your child, with your family child care children, with your preschool class, with your elementary school class.

Each week someone or some group will win!!!!  They will be put into a drawing for a slot in our upcoming Boca Beth Music Video Collection:  Volume 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You will perform and have fun and be part of our Bilingual Boca Beth Fun Production!

Happy Photographing!

Boca Beth

P.S.  (Once you have the picture taken (or pictures) send them to bocabeth@msn.com please!!!) 

Opposites/Opuestos … Teaching Preschool Age Children and Toddlers Arriba/Up and Abajo/Down

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

With all of the highs and lows of the Holiday Season, I sometimes feel like an opposite!

Just the other night I was on the phone with one of my good girl friends (don’t you just LOVE having friends who are females and can relate to you?!?!?!). I was sobbing like a baby over the death of my mom and experiencing our first Christmas without her soon. Yet, just last night I enjoyed a fire in the fireplace (yes! Even in Florida we light fires to warm up by!) with two of my three children and luxuriated in the warmth of our home and our family love.

In honor of all of the roller coaster ride emotions life takes us on, I bring to you some bilingual lesson fun for young children on Opposites/opuestos.

More Boca Beth music CD

 

“OPPOSITES/OPUESTOS”
(sung to the tune of “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe”)

Sing opposites in Spanish & English
Canta en Español e Inglés
Sing with me! It’s easy, you’ll see!
¡Canta conmigo! ¡Es facíl, verás!

Sí es yes, yes is sí.
No es no, no is no.
SI – NO! YES – NO!
Singing opposites!

Repeat chorus

Arriba es up, up is arriba.
Abajo es down, down is abajo.
ARRIBA – ABAJO! UP – DOWN!
Singing opposites!

Repeat chorus

Día es day, day is día.
Noche es night, night is noche.
DIA – NOCHE! DAY – NIGHT!
Singing opposites!

Repeat chorus

Grande es big, big is grande.
Pequeño es small, small is pequeño.
GRANDE – PEQUEÑO! BIG – SMALL!
Singing opposites!

Repeat Chorus

Suggested circle time activities to bring this Boca Beth bilingual song to life for you and the special children in your life!

I ask the children if they have enough energy to help me with my opposite song. (I speak in both languages back and forth as much as possible when asking questions like this. I realize if you only have command of one language that part is impossible, but it’s nice to do if you are bilingual.)

I have them practice the four sets of opposites ahead of time with me. We practice nodding our heads up and down for yes/sí and shaking our heads side to side for no/no. We reach up high with out-stretched arms for up/arriba and squat down low to the floor like frogs for down/abajo. Then we make a sun over our head for day/día and pretend we are sleeping on our folded hands for night/noche. Lastly, and I tell the children that this is the most fun set of opposites of all of them, we use wide arms opened up like for hugging a bear for big/grande and hands so close together it looks as if they are squashing something in between their palms for small/pequeño.

I remind them that it is a sway dance song so let’s “baila juntos/dance together.” We sway dance all the way until a set of opposites. I cue them as to which one is next. The children beg to do it again and again which is why I wrote a song about more opposites on our third CD called Sing Along with Boca Beth.

If you a part of our Boca Beth Educator’s Club you will recognize the following two lesson ideas for opposite fun with young children. If you are not a member, you should check into it for only 5 cents a day you get cool resources monthly!

There is an adorable Board Book – Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish for age range: For infants or children in preschool The Rainbow Fish series / El pez arco iris. Here is their description of the book: This is the latest addition to the Rainbow Fish bilingual board books that teach basic concepts in English and Spanish to very young children. Come and explore Rainbow Fish’s undersea world of opposites from big / grande, to little / pequeño, fast / rápido, to slow / lento, and more! New $4.99; used on amazon.com for less

Science Fun for Opposite Learning:

Lesson Plan for Opposites and Science: Heavy & Light

Age level: Ages 2 & up

Number of students: small to large groups depending upon number of

scales available and adult helpers

General subject area: Science

Materials needed:

Balance scales

A variety of heavy and light objects (examples of light objects: cotton balls,

ping pong balls, pencils, feathers, small Happy Meal toys; examples of

heavy objects: tennis balls, scissors, metal matchbox cars, small board

book, small piece of fruit)

Introduction: We have sung our Boca Beth opposite songs; we have read

some of our fun opposite board books, and are now ready to experiment with

hands on science fun related to opposites!

Stated objectives: Students will be able to orally predict and discuss the

difference between the weight of heavy and light objects.

Procedure:

1. Gather together the materials you have chosen to weigh on the balance

scales.

2. Discuss with the children (prior to weighing them) their predictions on

which items would be the lightest and the heaviest.

3. Ask them to explain their predictions.

4. Using the different objects – one heavy and one light – place them on

opposite sides of the small balance scale, allowing the children the

opportunity to observe heavy and light.

Closure: After clean up of the items the children could be instructed to fold a

piece of paper in half and draw one heavy object and one light object from the

experiment on opposite sides of the paper.

There are even FREE bilingual language cards available on our web site – and if you click here and look for September’s you will find opposites of Happy and Sad to use. All Educator Club members received many more of these cards as part of their membership.

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Ho-Ho-Ho! The Holidays Are Here!

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

So…here we were…84 degrees, dressed in shorts, and at a tree lot ready to cut down our Christmas tree for the first time ever in Dade City, Florida!  Talk about the irony of a situation!  I was almost laughing the entire visit at Elger’s Tree Lot!  Just the name alone got me going!

Anywho….we made it, we have a beautiful tree, and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Here is a cool link to a fun and easy Holiday Wreath activity to do with your preschooler or elementary aged school children.  My amiga Melissa of Storybook Studio offers such amazing things on her site for unique gifts all year round.  Check out the craft fun for free and then support a fellow woman in business today!

Then, sled on over to Enchanted Learning – a site full of year long activity fun for you and your children.  I pay for my annual subscription because I use them quite a bit for our Boca Beth Educator’s Club.  You can just download lots of free stuff any visit you like.  But you might feel the better part of you saying at some point to go ahead and fork out the minimal $20 / year fee.

Happy Holidays!  Ho – Ho – Ho!!!

Boca Beth

 Boca in His Santa Hat