Archive for October, 2008

Uno, dos, tres / One, two, three – Kids Count in Spanish and English!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Preschoolers counting in Spanish and English?

Boca Beth introduces Spanish and English to babies

Boca Beth introduces Spanish and English to babies

Kids learning a new language before they reach the age of five?

It is possible, and Dr. Ellen Bialystok of York University reports that these children learning two languages at the same time will read sooner than their monolingual peers.

And don’t worry about what your pediatrician or well meaning mother-in-law has said to you in the past.  This bilingual introduction of languages will NOT make your child language delayed.  Not convinced by just hearing it from me, Boca Beth?

Read excerpts from the book titled The Bilingual Edge that is chocked full of research conducted by two PhDs who happen to also be moms raising bilingual children of their own.  Dr.  Mackey and Dr. King specifically state in this terrifically helpful book “…findings revealed that the bilingual children acquired their two languages on the same timetable as the monolingual English children.”

So, do it!  Buy a CD or a DVD or a bilingual book today to jump start you child’s global future.  You CAN make a difference in the first years of life, and you don’t have to be a native speaker of the target language in order to help your child learn.  Read articles I wrote on THAT topic right here.

Daily exposure is the key … have any ideas for what to do daily with language and young children?  Share your ideas in the comment section below and be entered into a drawing for a FREE Boca Beth CD and BOCA puppet.  All ideas need to be submitted by Friday, 10.31.08 at 5 pm to be part of the drawing.

Happy Educating / Sea feliz educando –

Boca Beth

Special Needs Children Dig Our Boca Beth Bilingual Beats

Monday, October 27th, 2008

How blessed am I?  I get to share my passion for teaching young children every day of my life, and I get to do it with music & movement fun.  I feel like one of the luckiest people alive.

This past weekend we flew to Tennessee to allow our daughter a nice long weekend visit with her best friend who just moved there over the summer.  Dennis and I celebrated 9 years of marriage so we took the opportunity to slip away for two nights of wedded fun! 

During that time we visited his brother and wife who have two children – one of whom has Down Syndrome, one of whom is in an accelerated Magnet School.  I have to tell you…I left their home that first night swelling with pride and love for what my Boca Beth music is able to accomplish.  This little girl who verbalizes very few words was singing/saying “Baila” as we did our Movin’ & Groovin’ bilingual song for kids.

She clapped along with me!

She did some of the music video motions with me!                

Music Videos on DVD format from Boca Beth

Music Videos on DVD format from Boca Beth

She smiled!

She loved every moment of my visit!

I left feeling like a Rock Star in that special needs child’s eyes and heart and soul.  Thank you God for the chance to share my gift of connecting with children and making each one feel special.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Preschool Party for Spanish and English Fun!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

How about something new when one of your preschool aged children has a birthday – either at home or in the preschool classroom?

Use our bilingual version of the Happy Birthday song while encouraging the cha-cha-chas!  Want the Boca Beth version for free?  E-mail me at bocabeth@msn.com and I will send you the FREE MP3 version of that cool song (it even asks how old the child is in both languages in our version – again encourage them to hold up how many fingers they are or shout it out if appropriate).  Simply put “Send me Birthday Song” in the subject line.

6-happy-birthday  Click the link to the left now to listen in on the Boca Beth bilingual fun off our second of four bilingual music CDs for children ages birth – ten!  Buy the CD today for a great holiday gift or birthday gift and enjoy free shipping!

Need some more Fiesta Fun Ideas?  Here they are listed below from when I perform at children’s birthday parties (something I have not done in a long while since my fees shot way up!)  No need to hire me, you can pop in one of our CDs or our new music videos can be playing on the TV as the children do the following fun activities!

Fiesta Time with Boca Beth

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·      FOOD

Based on the age of children in attendance Boca Beth recommends the following:

Salsa and chips.

Big Fritos with sour cream, chili & cheese and/or guacamole for dipping.

Make your own taco station complete with meats (chicken or beef), tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, taco sauce and shells.

Flan, dulce de leche ice cream, Tres Leches cake (available in many flaors these days) or galletas/cookies from a local Spanish grocery store.

 

·      CRAFTS

Have the children make their own Mexican ponchos out of large brown grocery bags with paints, sequins, beads, feathers, foam shapes, etc to decorate.

Maracas can easily be made with two paper plates stapled together (adult supervision required), popsicle stick as the handle and rice, pasta or beans as the noise filler – children decorate the outside of the plates prior to assembly.

Having Fun at Boca Beth Birthday Party

Having Fun at Boca Beth Birthday Party

 

·      MUSIC & GAMES

Guessing Cup Game (PreK – elementary) This can be played with three non-see-through cups placed upside down over three individual objects (a blue, a red and a green plastic fruit from the kids’ play kitchen at home for example).  Play the color song from “My First Songs in Spanish” Boca Beth CD first to have fun playing and learning about Spanish words for colors.  Use props from the Dollar Store for interactive fun  that show the seven (7) colors.  This makes the song even more interesting if you can match the color with the animal name and elaborate on it a little more during the music.  Allow the children to hold the props as they say the color word correctly in both Spanish and English without shouting (guide them in saying “Please, don’t shout/Por favor, no grita”). The children begin to get competitive during this song in order to be one of the chosen ones to hold a prop, but if you stick to your rule of no shouting – they will catch on that you mean it and will stop the unnecessary noise.  After the song draw their attention to the cups and have the children sit nicely around the game area so that all children can see the cups as you mix them around for a few seconds quickly asking them to keep their eye on red (or blue or green) – trying to trick the kids.  Then ask for a volunteer to raise their hand to pick where red is.  Play again and again!

 

Where Are Ricardo’s Fruits?  A fun game for children ages 2-8 using a puppet named “Ricardo” who you tell the children loves to eat fruits!  Using plastic fruits from the children’s play kitchen area have a bowl of fruits for this game.  Ask the children to look at the fruit and name the color in Spanish and English.  Have them chant with you “Rojo is red!  Rojo is red!  Rojo is red!”  Then pretend to start Ricardo’s engine like a car and say “Vroom – Vroom … ¡Mira!  Watch!” and have Ricardo pretend to eat the yellow banana or red strawberry or purple grapes and chant “Ricardo eats rojo!  Ricardo eats red!” laughing and being so amazed by it.  Then have a child take the red fruit and hide it so Ricardo cannot see it.  Do this again and again for many fruits so that many children have a chance to hide a fruit from Ricardo.  Then ask at the end of the game “Where is Ricardo’s red strawberry?  ¿Donde está la fresa roja?”  (or if you don’t speak a lot of Spanish just ask where is Ricardo’s rojo?  Just a little reinforcement will work just fine!)  The children love telling on each other as far as who is hiding what where!  A great game for Spanish word repetition and just plain fun!

 

Happy Educating!  and Happy Birthday!

Boca Beth

The Boca Beth LIVE! Concert Was A Grande Good Time For All

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Wow!  It was like planning a wedding or a family reunion, and then the day comes and goes, and you are left saying to yourself, “Was that it really?  Did it all come and go in such a quick moment?”

Beth y Boca Bailan

The Boca Beth LIVE! Community Concert held at the Ramada Celebration Resort in Kissimmee, FL was a big success Friday night.  My sister, mi hermana, Mary, and my husband Dennis really were instrumental in making this such a positive experience for me and for the families touched by our bilingual music and movement fun for families.  Thank you both for all you have done and continue to do to make this dream of mine become a reality!

Thanks to the efforts of The Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County and Kathy and her team of terrific helpers. 

Thanks to Lakeshore Learning Materials for their sponsorship of the event and more particularly Ron Mohl for the introduction (that he had to embellish when BOCA and I did not come out because the chant of “BOCA! BOCA! BOCA!” was never started by the assigned helpers!). 

Thanks to AVI/SPL sound & light crew (Dallas, Alan & Steve) – the stage looked awesome! 

Thanks to the filming crew from Orlando Tech headed by Paul Read and including Alex, Monica, Justin and Yamil.

Thanks to Jan for signing the event for the deaf community!

Thanks fo the parents who allowed their children to participate.  And particularly to Susan of EggMarketing and Public Relations for the slide show on Flickr.  Click here to see the cool pictures of the evening’s bilingual fun for kids and their families.

Thanks for the way too cool kids’ shirts that are in Spanish and English from my new amiga Dana of Whimsical Walney.  The children dressed in these high quality and too cute for words shirts will surely shine in the DVD!

Thank you God for the talents and passion and personality you have given me to connect with young children so easily, so enthusiastically, and so sincerely.  I am humbled to share your love of children through my Boca Beth Program.

So amigas, amigos, friends – keep your eyes on the look out for our new DVD and a tv station near you soon carrying the Boca Beth LIVE! Concert full of bilingual fun edutainment to jump start and continue the 2nd language journey!

Boca el Pajaro y Beth by marketing eggspert.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Presidential Candidates Debate – Fiesta Fun Addresses Their Concerns

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Tonight is the last of the debates between Obama and McCain!

Here is our Boca Beth LLC press release about how our upcoming community concert in Kissimmee, Florida will help address the issue of world class education.  Our music and movement fun does help children learn both Spanish and English.  We make it possible for every monolingual and bilingual and trilingual parent and teacher to give the gift of a second language to the special little children in their lives.

As politicians call for world class education in their campaigns, children’s recording artist Beth Butler – better known as Boca Beth – jump starts the language learning for children of all ages with a community concert Friday, October 17, 2008.  The fiesta of music and movement fun begins at 7 pm at the Ramada …..

 

Read more here

See you in Kissimmee for the concert this Friday!  If not, look for the fun event to be aired on your local public access station by late this year.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Looking for a Fiesta/Party for Your Family in Kissimmee/Orlando/Celebration Area in Florida?

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Check this out!  Our live Boca Beth concert is coming up soon!

BOCA the mascot character will join our concert

BOCA the mascot character will join our concert

The days are drawing nearer to this fun and filmed-for-TV event with Boca Beth, BOCA the mascot character, a special appearance by some of our children singers off our Bilingual Christian music CD, gift bags for the first one hundred children at the concert and so much more!

A FREE BOCA puppet for the first one hundred children

A FREE BOCA puppet for the first one hundred children

Date:  October 17th, 2008

Day:  Friday night

Time:  7 pm

Location:  The Ramada Orlando Celebration with the street address of 6375 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL  34747

Cost:  $2 per person with children 2 & Under FREE!!!

Tickets available online at www.elcosceola.org or that night at the door (cash preferred).

This event is sponsored by the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County and Lakeshore Learning Materials.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

p.s.  (Want your child in this made for TV event?  Call us toll free at 877.825.2622 or e-mail us at BocaBeth@BocaBeth.com with “My Child on TV” in the subject line, and let’s make the fiesta even bigger and better with you there!)

Cool Things Happening At Boca Beth – Bilingual Books, Bilingual Concert and Bilingual Treats!!!

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

This is an exciting time!  So much is going on here in our Boca Beth Program world in spite of the difficult economy…it’s like you can sense change in the air!

First of all:  our board books with stories about BOCA our hand puppet (who is every child’s language amigo/friend) are officially underway!  Check out this first mock up illustration by our new illustrator (we will tell you her name once the contract is signed for the first book!):

New page in Boca Beth bilingual book

New page in Boca Beth bilingual book

Then there are our client gifts that went out just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month!  Instead of sending a Holiday gift out when hundreds of other people send theirs out, Boca Beth sends out annual Gracias Gifts to clients who allow us to share our passion for second language learning in a BIG / GRANDE way each year!  Look what our web master Tammy had to say about her gift (click to the right):  Check this year’s adorable Boca Beth gift out by clicking here.

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And next up is our filmed-for-tv concert coming up two weeks from tonight!  Yikes!  Exciting!  Scary!  Too much fun!  All of those things come to mind as we prepare for this wonderful family concert that we hope to share across public access TV stations nation wide once it is filmed and edited!  The concert is hosted by the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County – check this link out to learn more, buy tickets online or you can buy them the night of the event for $2 (children 2 and under are FREE!!!!).

Want your child or grandkids or family child care children to be part of this Boca Beth concert that is being filmed in Kissimmee?  Call us at 877.825.2622 soon or e-mail me personally at BocaBeth@BocaBeth.com.  It is going to be a fiesta/party! 

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Beth Butler, CEO of The Boca Beth Program

Children Learn Spanish and English Color Words with Boca Beth's Game

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

I love, love, love new technology!  And I love when the tech person helping me (whom I found at a local university and he ROCKS!!!!) is just as excited about new ways to engage our community of families and classrooms hoping to bring Spanish and English together for young children!

So – enjoy this new interactive YouTube post by our Boca Beth Program.  We suggest you play our Veo colores / I See Colors song off our first Boca Beth CD.  (Hear samples of the CD right here!)

Click here to play the cup game now!  or click below

Boca Beth helps reinforce learning colors in Spanish and English with fun cup game

 

video          video          video   This game is so much fun to play and YES!!!!  You play right along with Boca Beth!

Happy Educating / Sea feliz educando –

Beth Butler, CEO of The Boca Beth Program