Archive for June, 2009

Music Monday with Easy to Use Boca Beth Songs

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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¡ Hola !  Back from Texas and ESC 20 Training.  (That’s me, Boca Beth, in front of The Alamo!)  First time to Texas for our Boca Beth Program and Products.  Fun!

Ready for some FREE bilingual (Spanish and English) music?  We add in the new language, right next to the native language (read my article on why this method of introducing a second language to young children is truly the best for their self confidence and long term retention).

Below is a favorite song from our SmartBabyExpo yesterday.  What a blast that was.  Click here to see if there is a Smart Baby Expo heading to your town soon.  It’s a must attend for expecting parents and families of young children (newborn – five). 

 

Here is your FREE MP3 of thousands of families who enjoy our fun and easy to use bilingual songs from our Boca Beth Program!

Here and There / Aquí y allí   

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

concert-with-boca-and-boca-bethBoca Beth and BOCA the mascot character perform hit song Aquí & Allí / Here & There

Fiesta Friday with Boca Beth – Winners Announced and Summer Bilingual Activity Fun

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Off to Georgia (Dalton, Georgia to be exact) in one hour and thought I would take a few minutes, let you know about the winners from our two most recent contests and give you a summer fun activity for kids!

Sara in Seattle won our Where is BOCA? last week!

Courtney won our Music Monday contest with the cool music video DVD from Boca Beth and two t-shirts (one for her, one for her daughter!).

Below you will find our Boca Beth Summer Scavenger Hunt fun (edited for blog length):

 

 

 

 

Kids love a good hunt, and this one is limited only by your

imagination! We have created this month’s Boca Beth Educator’s

Club lesson around Summer Fun that can be used all year round!

Whether you live in Kansas, Florida, New York, South Carolina or

California we will give you and your children the chance to have

some beach fun! Inside with air conditioning, no chance of

sunburn, stingrays and sharks only on TV you will enjoy learning

and laughter as you play our Summer Scavenger Hunt!

Featured Song of the Month: There Are Ten Toys/Diez Juguetes Son

The featured song this month is from the My First Songs in Spanish CD, track number 9 called .There Are Ten Toys/Diez Juguetes Son..

Following are the lyrics for this counting song that is written to the beat of “Ten Little Indians.”

Diez Juguetes Son/There Are Ten Toys

Uno, dos, tres juguetes,

Cuatro, cinco, seis juguetes,

Siete, ocho, nueve juguetes,

¡Diez juguetes son!

One, two, three toys,

Four, five, six toys,

Seven, eight, nine toys,

There are ten toys!

(Repeat entire song one more time)

 

Preparation for the activity: Summer Scavenger Hunt

Before doing the lesson plan associated with the scavenger hunt I

recommend talking about what a scavenger is. Based on the age level of the children you might go into the simple explanation of ‘a person who collects discarded items’ to a more involved one that incorporates the cycle of life for older children with .animals that eat refuse and decaying organic

matter.  Animal Planet shows some incredible footage during some of their

show segments regarding scavengers if age appropriate.  Also recommended is watching a DVD segment on beaches, sea life, water

friends and more. See our ‘Additional Resources’ area in this month’s Boca

Beth Educator’s Club.

Download the sheets of things to find here:  click this link.

 

Lesson Plan: The Indoor Summer Scavenger Hunt

Age Level: Ages 2+

Number of students/children: 2-24 works fine; Children will be divided

into teams . smaller teams are more fun and easier to maintain order with.

Each team can either find different items, some of the same items or all of

the same items (based on the number of children playing).

Materials needed:

• Summer Scavenger Hunt color sheets provided by Boca Beth

• Beach theme decorations around the room . sand, buckets, plastic

sand shovels, beach towels, beach chairs, shells, beach music playing

on CD Player, cooler with drinks for later, goldfish cracker snacks for

later, and more!!!

• Crayons, scissors, notebooks for children’s recording, pencils or felt

tip pens for children’s recording, list of items for each team to collect

• Children’s beach bag for each team to place items in as found

Introduction: We have talked about what the word scavenger means, we

watched some fun beach time on the DVD player, and we sang our song

about counting from BOCA BETH. Now we are going to go on our own

Summer Scavenger Hunt for prizes.

Stated Objectives: Students will be able to use audio, visual, tactile and

kinesthetic skills while working in a team setting to find objects associated

with Summer Fun.

Procedure:

1. Give the children the pictures of the ten summer objects to color.

Based on how many teams you have will determine how many of each

item to copy off and color. Suggested number of items is five per

team for the younger children (2-4) and eight per team for the older

children (5-10). There will be some duplicate items being searched for with larger groups of children. The list will help them to

understand what they are responsible for finding per team.

2. Divide the children into even teams.

3. Give each team a notebook, the felt-tip pen or pencil, children’s beach

bag and a list of summer items to collect.

4. Limit the Summer Scavenger Hunt to one room, one playground, one

Building (depending upon your setting).

5. Assign each item a point value (example: umbrella=2 points, beach

ball=4 points, crab=6 points) being aware as you create the lists that

the point distribution is equal.

6. Stress that each team member must find at least one thing.

7. Set a time limit based on your setting and your group size.

8. Tally the points once the Summer Scavenger Hunt has ended. The

team with the most points wins.

9. Award prizes. Leis, mini beach balls, bright colored bouncy balls,

pixie stix, goldfish cracker bags, whatever you like!

10. Enjoy some summer beats or Boca Beth music on the CD player while

all enjoy some summer drinks and goldfish crackers as a snack!

Closure: Once the Summer Scavenger Hunt is over and snack time is done, have the children help clean up the summer decorations and save for another day anytime during the year! Play the .There Are Ten Toys. song as you clean up and discuss the summer items you found during the Summer Scavenger Hunt.

Additional Resources: There are various DVDs and books out on the

market that can help bring the beach to you and the children you care for

and/or teach. Listed below are some very affordable options and how or

where to find them:

Baby Road Trip BEACH (2003) www.amazon.com $12.73+

Disney.s Sing Along Songs . Beach Party at Walt Disney World

www.amazon.com $8.34+

Spot Goes to the Beach by Eric Hill www.alibris.com; www.amazon.com;

Target, Wal-Mart, Borders $5.95+ (there is a Spanish version of this book!)

Beach Day by Karen Roosa www.amazon.com $7.99+

How Will We Get to the Beach . A Guessing Game Story by Brigitte

Luciani .19+ (this is not a mistake . used copies are available at this price!)

As part of your membership with the Boca Beth Educator.s Club you

receive two additional bilingual language cards monthly. Listed below

are the links to those cards . either using word or a pdf file. Enjoy!

Word Document: www.bocabeth.com/EduClub/0606_EduClub_Cards.doc

PDF File: www.bocabeth.com/EduClub/0606_EduClub_Cards.pdf

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

What's Up Wednesday from our Bilingual Boca Beth Office in Tampa, Florida

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Just back from a cross-country trip feeling these thoughts:  If I were in the hub of culture and video production and hot new trend-setting areas perhaps my Boca Beth Program would be further along than it is right now as far as exposure, celebrity sitings of BOCA the puppet on celeb babies’  hands, or whatever constitutes ‘making it.’

But I am where I am, and I love what I do, and I am passionate about having Boca Beth become the household name associated with bilingual educational fun for families hoping to bring Spanish and English together for their children before grade school age.

Here is what Piera Jolly of JollyMom.com has to say about being our Boca Beth amiga PLUS she is sharing two great giveaway winner opportunities on her site now through July 1st!!!!!  Thank you Piera / Gracias.  Her words … PRICELESS!!!!

I am off to share my Boca Beth passion, music and movement fun and energy this weekend in Dalton, Georgia with an event called El día del las familias/The Day of the Families held at the Northwest Trade & Convention Center.  See you there?!?!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

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Music Monday with Boca Beth's Bilingual Music Fun

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Let’s start this Monday off with a success show from last week’s FREE MP3 version of our I Know the Days of the Week bilingual song from Boca Beth.  It’s Abi, who after only 9 days of owning our My First Songs in Spanish music CD (which is the CD that days of the week song is on) sang this:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l20b-3KEzuQ

Go Abi – it’s your big day!  You’re a big girl (at the age of 24 months!!!!) singing Boca Beth’s cool bilingual song!

This stuff works my friends!  It really can help you raise a bilingual child the fun and easy way!  Go get your CD now!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Fiesta Friday – Play Where is BOCA and WIN!

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Okay…..so we have a fun contest going on through this coming Monday, June 15th. (See post from Music Monday!)

Since I am flying cross country in 10 hours I thought it would be fun to play Where is BOCA?

Where is BOCA?

First person to comment below with the correct answer to that question wins a BOCA puppet with a surprise in the package!  (We were in a state teaching fellow educators how to use our Boca Beth bilingual music and movement fun to introduce Spanish to English speaking children and English to Spanish speaking children!)

Happy Guessing!

Boca Beth

What's Up Wednesday From The Boca Beth Offices in Tampa, Florida

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

We drove to Orlando this past weekend to see the Cirque Show called La Nouba and then to stay at our condo that was free this weekend (hey – if you ever need a cool place to stay in the Orlando area, we own a beautiful, like-home 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo that is 10 minutes from Disney with no tax fee, no resort fee, no valet parking fee!).

On the drive, my huband and I got into a conversation about which product in the Boca Beth bilingual product line would be next in production.  Choices are:

  1. Bilingual books for children featuring BOCA the language amigo/friend.
  2. A CD that features traditonal Latin American songs presented the Boca Beth way featuring English and Spanish within the same song.
  3. Flashcards to go along with each CD – a set of 48 per CD would be sold as an accompanying option with each Boca Beth CD

We would love to hear YOUR thoughts and opinions on which item YOU would like to see next in our bilingual product line up.

Thank you / Gracias for your input and support, and as always, Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Music Monday with Free Bilingual Song Download and Giveaway for Children from Boca Beth

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Enjoy this FREE download of one of our biggest bilingual children’s hits titled  I Know the Days of the Week / Yo sé los días de la semana

Simply click the title of the song above, and have fun introducing Spanish and English to the young children in your life!

Want to win the DVD that has the music video of this song (PLUS 7 other songs on it) PLUS two Boca Beth bilingual t-shirts?!?!?

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Here are the many ways you can enter to win the I Like Animals / Me gustan los animales DVD from Boca Beth PLUS one children’s and one adult Boca Beth t-shirt (the same shirts that were worn during the filming of some of the music videos!):

  • Simply comment below with one animal name you already know in spanish (for example:  perro)
  • Send out a tweet about this fun contest and send me the link to it below in the comment section
  • Blog about it on your own blog and send me back the link to the blog entry

Contest ends Monday, June 15th at 5 pm EST.  Winner chosen via random drawing.

Happy Educating!  ¡ Sea feliz educando !

Boca Beth

Fiesta Friday From Boca Beth – Let it Roll all Weekend!

Friday, June 5th, 2009

We are celebrating at our Boca Beth Offices with this recently delivered & autographed picture of our President’s wife, Michelle Obama.  Her husband’s administration (with Arne Duncan at the helm) calls out loudly for early childhood development focus, and what a great reason to have a PARTY / FIESTA!!!!!!!!!!!!autographed-picture-from-michelle-obama

Mrs. Obama thanked me for sharing my passion for second language learning with her family, particularly Malia and Sasha. 

All of us, as parents, as teachers, as US citizens must place our hope in the fact that there WILL BE a true turning of the tides in our educational system ~~~~ particularly when it comes to raising our children to be global citizens.

Happy Educating !  ¡ Sea feliz educando !

Beth Butler, President of Boca Beth LLC

P.S. (Below is the scanned image of the letter President Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle Obama, sent me!  Way cool!  ¡Qué bueno!)

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What's Up Wednesday – From Boca Beth Land!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

We’ve decided to share some cool behind-the-scenes happenings each Wednesday here on our blog!

Below are some pictures of our fall 2008 concert that we filmed with Orlando Tech (their college project)!  We are in the process of gathering our focus groups comments, suggestions, and hoping to bring this new DVD to market by late Summer 2009!

 

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Live Events are interesting to capture on film and turn into a commercial project I have found out!  Not quite as seamless of a process as I would have liked.  We are contemplating many options with this bilingual children’s project – many of which will allow the Spanish and English fun from our Boca Beth Program to enter homes via cable tv channels across the world along with a DVD option………………Time will tell!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Music Monday with Boca Beth's Fun Bilingual Songs for Children!

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Somewhere in the US is an early childhood teacher walking around with one of my five monkey finger puppets, and that monkey puppet is dressed in pajamas!  I forgot to pick up my props during my National Head Start workshop where I shared with the room full of energized teachers our fun bilingual version of Five Little Monkeys!

Here is our Boca Beth version of this adorable children’s song!  Want the CD for your child that this song is on?  Click here!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

If you see this one little puppet, please call me at 877.825.2622, and I will send you this Boca Beth CD for FREE if you can send the puppet back to me! I will reimburse you for shipping costs – promise!