Archive for April, 2008

Bilingual Education for Pre-K Fun: From Alabama to Alaska!

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Thanks to the Alabama Pre-K Conference in early April, I have enjoyed much success and shared stories of children enjoying Spanish and English with our Boca Beth bilingual beats across the beautiful state of Alabama!

I love driving through that state (guess after being born and raised in Flat Florida hills look so inviting to me!).  And now to know that behind many walls around Alabama and outside on playgrounds and in parks and driving cars, our Boca Beth bilingual music for children can be heard!

Coincidence of the day is that the winner of the Boca Beth Contest that ended Friday, April 25th lives in Birmingham, Alabama.  Congrats to Candice for her terrific entry (as all of them were – thanks for the insight, suggestions and comment amigas) where hers was selected from a random drawing of e-mail addresses in a sombrero!  (How’s that for Fiesta Flair for Contest Winning!?!?!?!)

We will be mailing to Candice and her family our More Boca Beth/Más Boca Beth Music CD, our  I Like Animals/Me gustan los animales DVD, BOCA the puppet and a child’s t-shirt (though Candice has two children so I might have to slip a freebie in for no arguing sakes!!!)

Children and family child care provider love wearing Boca Beth t-shirts

Congratulations!  ¡Felicitaciones! and to those of you who did not win……there are always more contests on the horizon here at Boca Beth!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Greetings in Spanish and English for Young Children

Friday, April 25th, 2008

We make it easy!

We make it fun!

 Learning Spanish and English as a young child will never be this easy and fun again!

Boca Beth bilingual song Canción de saludar/Greeting Song brings Spanish and English greeting words – Good morning/Buenos días, Good afternoon/Buenas tardes and Good night/Buenas noches – together with music & movement fun for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary school aged children.

Here is the link to get the bilingual language cards – available for FREE on our web site 24/7!

Here are the words to our cool bilingual song that is sung to the beat of “Looking Out the Window.”

Canción de Saludar/Greeting Song” (#6)
(“Looking Out The Window”)
Buenos días mamá,
Good morning mommy!
Buenos días mamá,
I love you very much!

Good morning daddy,
¡Buenos días papá!
Good morning daddy,
¡Te quiero mucho!

Buenas tardes mamá,
Good afternoon mommy!
Buenas tardes mamá,
I love you very much!

Good afternoon daddy,
¡Buenas tardes papá!
Good afternoon daddy,
¡Te quiero mucho!

Buenas noches mamá,
Good night mommy!
Buenas noches mamá,
I love you very much!

Good night daddy,
¡Buenas noches papá!
Good night daddy,
¡Te quiero mucho!

And lastly, the suggested activity to go hand-in-hand with this fun bilingual children’s song from Boca Beth:

Use sock puppets or any other puppets that could be used as a Mommy and a Daddy. Go around the circle of children, interacting with them and the mommy puppet during the mommy chorus and the daddy puppet during the daddy chorus. Have the children hug themselves when the song says “I love you very much/Te quiero mucho.” Relate this to their own relationship with their family members – the hugs, the words of endearment.

My First Songs in Spanish music CD by Boca Beth   All that from this little CD for only $14.99 – more than 100 words and 40 phrases are introduced to children with the Boca Beth fun and easy methodology!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Clean Up Fun For Preschoolers on Earth Day

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Have you ever owned a CD where there was one particular song you just did not care for and you would intentionally skip over that song every time you played the CD?

Well I had one of those CDs and it was my own CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I just could not get my head around nor my arms around the Clean Up Song / Limpia (leem-pee-ah) that I wrote and recorded for our My First Songs in Spanish music CD back in late 2002!  I eventually removed the song from the CD’s line up of songs.

Celebrate Earth Day with Boca Beth

Well my friends, in honor of Earth Day 2008, I want to bring that Clean Up / Limpia song back for just today, for just you!!!! 

(Sung to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Clean, clean, clean up now

Limpia means clean!

Limpia, limpia, limpia, limpia ……..

Limpia means clean!!!!!!

(Repeat again and again and again as you and the children clean up the classroom, clean up the play yard, clean up the house, whatever!!!!!)

And for some easy, quick, Earth Day ideas read below:

  • Turn your play area outside into a wildlife habitat by adding a birdfeeder, planting some native plants with the children this week, and adding a small fountain for water for wildlife.  (Your preschoolers will delight in seeing who comes to visit their bird feeders and fountains.  Use the Boca Beth bilingual language cards FREE on our web site to name some of the visitors in Spanish and English.)
  • Plant a tree or a bush with the children and care for it on a daily basis.  This heightens their awareness of how a small thing can make a big difference if every class or every family were to each plant one thing for the Earth.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – we all learned the 3 Rs of recycling, and if we live it daily with the children in our care, they will learn by example.
  • Make a big deal of turning off all lights as you move from room-to-room or to the outside.  Make certain your CD player is turned off, the class computer, any video game and so on so that the children witness that when something is not being used it should be OFF to save our Earth!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Happy Friday! ¡Feliz viernes! Contest Time for Boca Beth Bilingual CD, DVD & More Fun Stuff for Kids!!!

Friday, April 18th, 2008

We have started the coolest FREE mini-lessons on YouTube! 

If you have not seen one of them I suggest you hop on over TODAY / HOY DÍA and check them out!!

In honor of my Boca Beth bilingual songs making it to the ‘big time’ on YouTube I want to feature a contest to win the More Boca Beth / Más Boca Beth music CD, our I Like Animals / Me gustan los animales DVD, BOCA the puppet, and a child’s Boca Beth t-shirt starting today!

The More Boca Beth bilingual music CD for children              Boca Beth’s bilingual DVD for kids titled I Like Animals      BOCA the hand puppet introduces Spanish and English to kids      What Child Doesn’t Love a Boca Beth T-shirt

Here is how you can win all of those way cool things…………visit one of our YouTube mini lessons by following this link to the one about counting from 1 to 10 in Spanish and English using our Me gusta contar/I Like to Count song for children or by following this link to our lesson about telling time called What Time Is It?/¿Qué hora es? that features the vocabulary words for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Spanish and English.

Once you have viewed your choice of mini-lessons, come back here and comment on your favorite part of the video we posted for FREE and what you would like us to introduce on a future mini-lesson.  It is that simple!!!!  Oh!  And while you are there……………would you please vote for the video and leave a comment if you have time?  Thanks so much – it helps us get noticed by others who are trying to find a fun way to introduce languages to their children.

Deadline to have your comment posted below is Friday, April 25, 2008.  Have fun!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Preschool Fun with Boca Beth Helps YOU Introduce Spanish and English with Music and Movement

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Wow!  It’s our second mini-lesson posted on YouTube for FREE, and I can’t think of any stay-at-home mom, any preschool teacher, any homeschooling family that wouldn’t just love, love, love this new Boca Beth stuff!  Check out how easy we make it to introduce time to little children along with breakfast, lunch and dinner…….learning Spanish and English will never be as easy as clicking right here!

                                     

Below are the lyrics for this fun bilingual song from the Boca Beth Program which is on our second CD titled More Boca Beth / Más Boca Beth available for only $14.99 by clicking here.  This entire CD introduces 150 words and 30 phrases in both languages – Spanish & English – using the methodology that many experts are saying is THE BEST way to introduce a new language to children who are still learning skills in their native language … using a TRUE bilingual format!!!  That is what we do here at Boca Beth!

“What Time Is It?/¿ Qué hora es ?”
(sung to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”)

(chorus)
What time is it?
¿ Qué hora es ?
I need to know!
¡ Tengo que saber !

It is eight o’clock.
Son las ocho.
Time for breakfast!
¡ Hora de desayunar !

Repeat chorus

It is twelve o’clock.
Son las doce.
Time for lunch!
¡ Hora de almorzar !

Repeat chorus

It is six thirty.
Son las seis y media.
Time for dinner!
¡ Hora de cenar !

And now the suggested circle time / classroom activity to go hand-in-hand with this easy-to-follow Boca Beth bilingual song for children:

This is an echo song. I ask the children if they remember what an echo is. I praise the correct answer person and ask them to be my echo in this fun song about telling time in Spanish and English. If the children are old enough to get the concept, they can act out the time of day while singing about it. We hold our arms out in the position of 8 o’clock, then straight above our heads for 12 o’clock, then pointing down towards the ground for 6:30.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Look for our Boca Beth Buzz free e-newsletter later today!  It will have so much cool news from our Boca Beth Program along with a great members-only offer and some FREE lesson ideas never shared before….not signed up for this great monthly resource?  It’s easy/fácil – do it now!)

Celebrate the Week of the Young Child – Teach Them A New Language

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Celebrate Children!  Celebrate Working with Children!!  Celebrate the Week of the Young Child that runs April 13, 2008 – April 19, 2008!!!

Teaching children a second language during their first five years of life is reported to increase their cognitive development, produce early reading skills, create better communicators, and gives them the gift of being a lifetime language learner………WOW!!!

Spread the word my friends!  Share this passion for learning others’ languages!  Let’s stop that ‘English only’ mentality as we raise a generation of Global Children who in turn will become Global Citizens!

Follow this link to watch the first of many FREE Boca Beth mini-lessons on how to introduce Spanish and English to young children via YouTube.  We will be having new ones posted weekly for a while so download away!  Share them with friends, family, and all of the little children in your lives!

Boca Beth teaches numbers in Spanish and English with fun song and story time

This second language learning is something that has been going on for years in countries around the world.  It is about time our country – the United States of America – provides our youth of today the opportunity to be prepared for a global tomorrow!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Tulare County Training of Early Childhood Educators – We Sang! We Danced! We played! in Spanish and English

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

We just returned from conducting trainings  – first in Montgomery, Alabama and second in Visalia, California.  What a rewarding and wonderful time it was as we introduced the concept of fun and easy-to-implement bilingual learning whether you speak two languages (Spanish and English) or whether you speak only one language.

First for the Alabama Pre-K Conference I was met with sonrisas/smiles and open arms from about 280 wonderful Pre-K teachers who sang and danced with me as I showed them in a little over an hour how easily they can bring Spanish and English into their classrooms and family child care homes.  Here is an e-mail from one of the attendees that was sent to me last night………Hola amiga!  We were one of the lucky ones who brought back your first cd.  We love it!  And our children are so proud of themselves.  My assistant is already after me to order your puppet.  Our principal came in our room on Monday while we were singing (canta?) song #2.  This gave us the perfect oportunity to share with him all about bocabeth.  What’s really funny is that we’re noticing other teachers/people in our school stop and listen to us.  We love the it! 
 
tajuana owens -Alabama-Cleburne County- Pleasant Grove Elementary School

Thanks Tajuana / Gracias Tajuana!  It’s nice knowing I made a difference.

Then it was on to Tulare County’s Early Childhood Conference in Visalia, California where I conducted three back-to-back workshops on how to bring Spanish to life with English right alongside it for fun bilingual learning.  We sang, danced and played to many of my Boca Beth songs, including Movin’ & Groovin’ which introduces 20 body parts in Spanish and English to a fun physical fitness song from our Sing Along with Boca Beth / Canta con Boca Beth bilingual music CD.

Sing Along with Boca Beth music CD    This one CD introduces 200 words and 90 phrases in Spanish and English!

It was an amazing trip full of great educator trainings, some amazing sister time (my sister Mary travels with me now to help with our exhibitor’s table and with my make and take trainings!), and lots of awareness of our young children needing to be bilingual for this global economy!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Tulare County Training OF Early Childhood Educators – We Sang! We Danced! We Played!

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

We are back from two amazing trainings!  The first one was in Montgomery, Alabama for their Pre-K Conference, and I truly felt welcome and needed as more than 260 Pre-K teachers sang and danced to our Boca Beth bilingual beats during my one hour and fifteen minute workshop!

How do you get across in a little over one hour what a difference you can make in a young child’s life with just 10-20 minutes a day of bilingual fun products and techniques?  Many of them did not realize just how easily these young ones CAN acquire a 2nd language much less understand the many benefits derived from the bilingual methodology such as early reading skills, advanced cognitive development, and higher standardized test scores.

Here’s an excerpt from an e-mail sent last night from one of these motivated teachers……Hola amiga!  We were one of the lucky ones who brought back your first cd.  We love it!  And our children are so proud of themselves.  My assistant is already after me to order your puppet.  Our principal came in our room on Monday while we were singing (canta?) song #2.  This gave us the perfect oportunity to share with him all about bocabeth.  What’s really funny is that we’re noticing other teachers/people in our school stop and listen to us.  We love the it! 
 
tajuana owens -Alabama-Cleburne County- Pleasant Grove Elementary School
THAT makes me so proud!!!  Thanks/Gracias Tajuana!!!

Boca Beth conducts teacher trainings                              Boca Beth and BOCA the puppet

Then it was on to Visalia, California to conduct three workshops on the topic of how to bring Spanish and English together in the preschool classroom and/or the family child care home with children ages birth – five.  Tulare County had found out about my Boca Beth fun and easy-to-implement bilingual music and movement ideas last year and made sure to get me there for this year’s conference. 

Again I was greeted with sonrisas/smiles and open arms that welcomed the idea of bringing the two languages together in a fun and easy way!  We sang in Spanish and English, we danced to my Movin’ & Groovin’ song like there was no tomorrow, and we played some cool games that allow Latinas and Anglo teachers, child care providers to bring Spanish to life with English right alongside it!

I Love, Love, Love what I do!  Changing the world one song at a time!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Mom Wins Boca Beth Bilingual Products That Make it Fun & Easy to Introduce Spanish to Her Young Child

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

It’s so much fun being a business owner … particularly when you get to make people super happy!  Just the other afternoon our contest ended, and Suzie in California had the winning entry.  Read below what she wrote that compelled us to choose her entry:

I would love this for my daughter. Her father’s side of the family is Mexican and a few of her great-grandparents only speak Spanish. Her daddy and I both want her to grow up bilingual and knowing Spanish, however I know nothing and her dad really hasn’t cared to teach her much. He says he wants to, but he’s always making excuses and to be honest, I don’t think he really cares much. Right now she’s at the stage where she’s asking what everything is and picking up a lot of new words so I think this would be a great time to introduct her to another language! I’d be able to work on this with her while daddy was at work, and hopefully learn a few things myself!

I think the My House DVD would be perfect for us because it’s broken into segments so we could watch a new segment every few days. She’d also be learning words she’d be more likely to use in every day conversation. I think the My First Songs in Spanish CD would also be great for us.

My First Songs in Spanish / Mis primeras canciones en Ingles                          Boca Beth Bilingual Coloring/Activity Book                      BOCA the hand puppet

Congratulations Suzie ……..She has chosen our Mi casa / My House DVD (click here to preview this engaging bilingual DVD for children ages birth – five).  And then as she scoots around town with her young one, they will enjoy learning more than 100 words and 30 phrases from our upbeat and edutaining Spanish and English music CD titled My First Songs in Spanish.  Click here to hear samples of this fun CD!  Suzie’s family also won our puppet and language amigo/friend BOCA along with our 44-page coloring / activity book and a year’s Subscription to our Boca Beth Educator’s Club ….  WOW!!!!!

Winning is fun…. winning is easy…. here at The Boca Beth Program!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth