Archive for March, 2008

The Children Taught Me Sign Language and Movements for My Boca Beth Songs!

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Each year (for the past four years now) the first grade team from Plumb Elementary School in Clearwater, Florida has held a multi-cultural night singing my Boca Beth songs for their family members.  This amazing 35 minute event showcases the childre’s voices in Spanish and English and proves to any skeptic that, once put to music, language learning CAN be fun and easy!

I went over to the school to practice with these 6 and 7 year olds who had been hearing my Boca Beth music for only 3 or 4 weeks thus far………………nothing short of spectacular was how I felt!  Their little bodies just burst at the seams with pride in learning a new language.  Not to mention the few Latino children sprinkled in the population of this first grade class who just beamed with pride and were so orgulloso/proud that all of us were singing in THEIR native language right alongside their new found English.

Children sing and dance learning Spanish and English with Boca Beth

Bilingual Beats can do this to children.  And I even witnessed their teachers (all monolingual mind you!) humming along and learning right along with their students!

The children in Ms. Rops class brought to life my Position song off my physical fitness fun CD.  I will be adding those fun suggestions to the FREE resource area of my web site next week.  Then the students in another first grade class taught me sign language for my More Opposites song off this same CD.  I can’t wait to use these new suggestions tomorrow during the SECA Conference in Kentucky with preschool teachers and administrators.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Do You Know Your Shapes in Spanish?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Many of us can remember “¿Dónde está el baño?” (perhaps not with the accent marks in all of the correct places!) but how many of us can remember the five basic shapes in Spanish? 

Many of us realize that if you put the ‘lesson’ to a song, chances are we will remember it for years to come and so will the children we introduce the formas/shapes to today!

Let’s get the bilingual educational fun started right now.  Leave out the word education!  Put in a melody you and the children already know (that’s one of the main ingredients in my Boca Beth Program!).  In this case I wrote my I Know My Shapes / Yo sé mis formas (joe say mees for-mahs) to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb.

Today I will not be providing you the free MP3 download.  I want you to see how easily this can be done acappella (that is, without any music) …..  Get the beat going in your head …… Now see the lyrics below….

Click here to see all of the words/las palabras (lahs pah-lah-brahs) to this fun bilingual song.

A circle is rolling by,
Rolling by, rolling by.
A circle is rolling by,
Circle is círculo.
A circle is círculo,
Círculo, círculo.
A circle is círculo,
I know my shapes!

 

Now, go to my FREE resources on our Boca Beth site and download or simply read the suggested activity that will allow you to bring this bilingual children’s song to life.  (Click here to see the FREE resources!)

Want a cute coloring sheet that introduces even more shapes from my third Boca Beth upbeat and easy-to-understand music CD in Spanish and English?  Click here to print it off for FREE now!

The beauty of our Boca Beth Program is we enunciate when we sing so that you can understand each word, the children receive correct pronunciation in both English and Spanish and you as the parent and teacher will feel super comfortable using our music CDs (click here to view all the different songs and concepts we introduce), our DVDs (click here to view our latest bilingual music video – it is adorable so gather your children around the computer first!), and our other fun bilingual products.

BOCA the language amigo/friend is a hit in our Boca Beth music video                                           Beth Butler, founder of The Boca Beth Program, leads children in bilingual fun

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

How Do You Teach Spanish to Young Children When You Only Speak English? Read About and Win Some Awesome Tools To Help You!

Friday, March 21st, 2008

I hear questions like the title of this morning’s post so often!  Particularly as I travel to places such as Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, California, Chicago and the likes!  It seems that every state in our great nation is feeling the sense of urgency among its population to begin giving their young residents a jump start on learning Spanish as their second language.

But, many moms, many teachers, many child care providers are NOT bilingual.  I am just fortunate that as a native-born Floridian, I had the opportunity to live in Chile and live in Mexico after studying Spanish for more than 7 years in classroom settings.  Immersion was the key to making me a fluent bilingual in conversation, reading, writing and culture appreciation!

Now I provide fellow moms and teachers with the bilingual educational fun tools that will bring Spanish and English together via music and movement CDs, DVDs, books and puppets PLUS suggested activities to make the learning come alive from our Boca Beth fun & easy to use products.  Check them out by clicking here!

My First Songs in Spanish Music CD             I Like Animals / Me gustan los animales DVD from Boca Beth        The Boca Beth Coloring/Activity Book   Boca The Puppet from The Boca Beth Program

Contest Details:

When:   Runs Friday, March 21, 2008 through Monday, March 31, 2008 at 4 pm EST

What:   One winner will be chosen to win their choice of Boca Beth Products ($68 Value) which will include one Boca Beth CD, one Boca Beth DVD, one BOCA puppet, one Boca Beth coloring/activity book, one Boca Beth mini-maraca, a one-year subscription to our Educator’s Club and an easy-to-read How To Guide for bringing the Spanish and English together on a regular basis!  WOW!!!!  All of that to one lucky family/familia.

How:  Visit our Boca Beth web site between today and the end of the contest so that you can select your choice of bilingual music CD (click here to view CDs) and your choice of bilingual DVD (click here to view DVDs).  Then come back to this blog and post your comment on what you would like to win and what one thing makes your family a fantastic candidate to win!  You do not have to write a novel!  Just be sincere and really choose the DVD and CD you feel best suits your children’s age and language level right now!

Have fun and Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth 

And The Winners of the Fun Bilingual Music CD and Book Are….

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Congratulations!  ¡Felicitaciones!

To:

Maestra Gina Gonzalez Pecher  AND Piseco for winning the random giveaway during our St. Patrick’s Week Boca Beth giveaway!

Boca Beth displays the two prizes

These two entries will have sent to them our first Spanish and English music CD titled My First Songs in Spanish / Mis primeras canciones en Inglés that introduces more than 100 words and 40 phrases in an upbeat and truly bilingual format.  They also will be receiving the book titled The Bilingual Edge written by Drs. Kendall King and Alison Mackey, both of whom are moms and are Ph.D.s in linguistics – ensuring that their resource book on how to raise a bilingual child even if you are monolingual is easy to read and practical to use.

Look for our next giveaway to begin this Friday, March 21, 2008!  And thank you to all who left such terrific responses.  It is so wonderful to read about the committment you have made to preparing your children for a very global economy and society.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Chocolate Fun for Your Preschool Monday Morning from Boca Beth

Monday, March 17th, 2008

What child doesn’t love chocolate?

What early childhood educator, care provider and mom doesn’t like to sneak a piece of the decadent, creamy chocolate in every once-in-a-while?

Let’s kick start a great week off with a traditional Latin American children’s song titled Chocolate (and in Spanish it is the exact same spelling, just pronounced differently by saying choe-koe-lah-tay).  This song is from our Sing Praise for Children / Canta la alabanza para los niños CD that was released in 2007!  Click here to check out all seven songs on this limited edition CD!

Click below for the FREE MP3 download of this fun song (you might recognize it from Dora the Explorer’s show!):

Chocolate – a bilingual song from Boca Beth

Here are some extra teaching ideas to use along with this fun bilingual song from our Boca Beth Program (they come from our Educator’s Club that is THE resource of 2008 for any mom, homeschooling family, educator and child care provider!!!)

Circle time activities for this fun bilingual Chocolate Song:

Give each child a stainless steel or plastic mixing bowl with a wooden spoon to act out mixing up chocolate. If the props are not available have them simply act out the motions of mixing things up in a mixing bowl.

Science Fun for Chocolate Lessons:

Children love to taste test just about anything, don’t they? Purchase different types of chocolate (bittersweet, milk, dark, white) and let them first smell the chocolate to see if it has a unique scent. Have them discuss the smells (sweet, bitter, chocolatey (that’s a toddler’s word!). We also discuss the shapes some chocolates come in (chips, suckers, squares, bunny rabbits). Then let them try the different types of chocolate one by one. Record what each child says about the taste on chart paper and display it for everyone to see at the end of this fun chocolate lesson.

Art Time Activities for Chocolate:

Use instant chocolate pudding instead of finger paint. Make up the pudding before hand. Have bowls of the pudding out on art tables (large enough bowls for the children’s hands to fit into). Use light colored butcher paper or construction paper for finger painting time!!!

Have Fun Amigas, Amigos, Friends – and –

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Two Days Left to Win Bilingual Music CD for Your Family and Book on How, Why and When to Begin Bilingual Learning

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

The countdown has begun!

Almost 30 people have commented to win!

Two random winners will be chosen Monday, March 17th, Lucky St. Patrick’s Day!

Prizes are (Total Value $31 plus FREE shipping to your home!):

Boca Beth Bilingual Music CD for Children             AND               The Bilingual Edge - a book to help parents and teachers

Our Boca Beth CD titled My First Songs in Spanish / Mis primeras canciones en Inglés – more than 100 words and 40 phrases are introduced in this easy-to-follow and upbeat bilingual music CD.  Our best seller after more than five years of Boca Beth fun!

A book written by two moms who also are PhDs in linguistics titled The Bilingual Edge – their findings help you, the parent and the teacher, break through all the myths of how to introduce a new language to young children, why you would want to do the introduction sooner than later and some of the best ways to begin the second language journey when you only speak one language!

So….come on amigas and amigos / friends …. comment on the post dated March 7th if you haven’t already telling me why you feel these prizes would be awesome for YOU!  (Look for these two product images about three sections below this post!)  Be convincing, be honest, be real!  You just might be one of our two winners on LUCKY St. Patrick’s Day!

And if not, we will begin a new contest this coming Friday so keep your eyes on the lookout for that one!

In the meantime….

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Check us out Monday for a cool new bilingual lesson idea to jump start your week!)

Boca Beth is Part of The Big Idea's American Dream Team

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

You ever get one of those phone calls that you know might be really important to your future, yet you remain ice calm during the call, hang up and keep moving in a very surreal state for a while, and then . . .  BAM!!!! . . . it hits you?!?!?!?!?!  And you realize what the phone call really can mean to your life?!?!?!?!?!

Yesterday, Monday March 10, 2oo8 I got one of those calls at 6:10 pm from one of the producers for the CNBC TV Show titled The Big Idea. 

The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch  Click here to visit their web site.

They aired my 30 second segment about why I wanted to join Donny’s American Dream Team, and Donny Deutsch chuckled and told me to get on in there!  Well, sir Donny and team, give me the next call!  To be able to take my Boca Beth Bilingual Backpack and get the expertise and advice on getting that to make millions would be terrific not just for our home equity line of credit but also for the millions of families who would benefit from learning Spanish and English together!

Call!  Call!  Call me!  ¡Llámeme!

Boca Beth

Boca Beth in Action

Teach Spanish to Young Children – Preparing Our Youth for Their Future!

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Happy Monday!  ¡Feliz lunes!

Here is a catchy tune to jump start your week….Getting Ready / Preparando off my third bilingual music CD titled Sing Along with Boca Beth / Canta con Boca Beth….hop on over to our site and download the FREE suggested circle time activity ideas.

Getting Ready For My Day / Preparando para mi día  Click the link to the left to download this song for FREE!

Click right here to get to the FREE suggested circle time activity fun ideas.
Boca Beth’s CD Sing Along with Boca Beth / Canta con Boca Beth  Click here to learn more about this Boca Beth bilingual music CD!

Want to buy the entire CD (16 bilingual songs total) for a very cool price and a free mini maraca?  Then call us toll free before the end of the week at 877.825.2622 to receive Sing Along with Boca Beth for only $10, plus the free child sized maraca with BOCA the puppet’s image on it AND FREE shipping!  Total value $20.30, and I am just feeling ready for a great week and giving you the CD and maraca and free shipping for only $10!  Call me soon!  We love meeting our friends/amigas/amigos over the phone!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Remember our contest that is going on for the FREE book titled The Bilingual Edge and our first CD titled My First Songs in Spanish/Mis primeras canciones en Inglés!  Read the blog entry I made right before this one to find out how easily YOU might be able to win!)

Kids Love Learning Spanish! Do You Love Teaching It? Win the Prizes to Get You Started!

Friday, March 7th, 2008

I present a workshop titled The Fun in Bilingual Teaching – Yes, Every Teacher Can Do It!  It could easily read …Yes, Every Mom Can Do It! or  …Yes, Every Child Care Provider Can Do It! or …Yes, Every Dad Can Do It!  or … Yes, Every Common Sense, Upbeat, Let’s-not-do-the-same-old-thing person Can Do It!  Get my drift?

In their book titled The Bilingual Edge by moms and PhDs in linguistics Drs. Kendall King and Alison Mackey state very clearly and very often in their book that you DO NOT have to be a native speaker to bring the gift of a second language to your young child.  They insist based on extensive research that the key is in the interacting with the child in the new language as well as their native language – keeping both alive, woven together throughout the daily routine, and fun!

Book titled The Bilingual Edge

In the spirit of giving during these recessionary times (please, I do not need Buffet to tell me we are in a recession!), I want to give away a copy of the book from these two moms and linguistic gurus along with our first Boca Beth bilingual music CD titled My First Songs in Spanish / Mis primeras canciones en Inglés to two of you wonderful amigas and / or amigos!

Boca Beth’s My First Songs in Spanish bilingual music CD

Here is all you need to do – comment on what age the child or children are that you are teaching Spanish to and what is your biggest challenge in sharing the Spanish language on a daily and regular basis (which experts say is key to successfully developing bilingual children). 

Two winners will be chosen randomly on lucky March 17th!  So come on!  Now is not the time to be shy or put it off until tomorrow.  Comment now!  Early bird might get the book and CD!

Happy Educating!  ¡ Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Teach Me Spanish Mommy! Teach Me Spanish Please!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

I have had so many moms tell me that their children are showing a really high level of interest in learning Spanish.  This might be coming from the shows like Dragon Tales on PBS or Dora & Diego on Nick Jr. or maybe even that little blob of yellow clay named Clay on Disney…wherever it’s coming from it’s awesome!  No longer is it uncool to speak another language.  In fact, now it’s uncool NOT to speak another language (or at least try to).

Here are some simple and fun steps to take to begin the basics.  Whether your child is 4 months, 4 years or 10  . . . this music & movement method works for children of all ages.  For what child doesn’t love learning with music, and are there any of us who don’t recall some simple song  from childhood that taught us a concept (and we STILL can remember ever single line of that song!!!)?

Bilingual Song About Friends from Boca Beth   Click to the left to play the song.

Play the bilingual song above and follow these suggestions:

I always use BOCA the hand puppet to introduce BOCA (the star of the BOCA BETH Program). I ask the children to say “Hola BOCA/ Hi BOCA” to warm them up. I talk about how BOCA is a boy, he’s a friend of mine, Johnny & Maria so he is called an “amigo.” I then ask the children to repeat the word amigo and the word friend. Then I 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, Enrique & Susie so she is called an “amiga.” I ask the children to repeat the word amiga and the word friend.  I move into the Hola amigo/Hello Friend song using the BOCA boy puppet alternating to the girl puppet.

It’s amazing to see how very quickly the children learn the words to this song. It lights up the eyes of the Latino/Latina children in the class who have heard nary a word of their native language. And it makes the Anglo child all puffed up as he repeats the words with confidence, knowing he is now able to say ‘Hola’ to his new friend from Cuba!

We always start each language session with this same song – providing a routine for the children. As educators and parents we know that children thrive on routine and do well with set parameters. The repetition and success brought about by using this song as an introduction song daily with the second language learning is irreplaceable! 

Other ideas to use during this Boca Beth bilingual song are:

Give each child a BOCA or Julia puppet to hold, allowing for all of the children to have the tactile part of the learning experience.

Allow one child to be BOCA and one to be Julia as they interact with their classmates, siblings, friends using gentle touches and nice movements.

Print off the language cards from December 2007 .  Click here for the PDF download.  There are more than 80 FREE bilingual language cards on our free resource area of our Boca Beth web site.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth