Archive for September, 2009

Shark Tank, CHANCE and Entrepreneurs … OH MY!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

It was so cool watching fellow mompreneur Leslie Haywood take a deal from Robert on Shark Tank last evening on ABC’s show that puts cool ideas and their inventors in front of investors (called sharks on this ABC hit!) to see if they will ‘bite’ at the deal the entrepreneur has envisioned.

Leslie has been growing Grill Charms since I met her virtually on Mompreneurs.com!  It’s so cool to witness someone you know on national TV making a deal to hopefully catapult her dream into the universe!

What is going to catapult my dream of Boca Beth being shared by millions of families and schools?  I truly feel it’s the in-development-phase show by Ryan Seacrest called CHANCE!  I sent my ‘audition’ DVD in last week and keep praying that the cell phone rings with the good news of “BOCA and Boca Beth are invited to get a CHANCE!”

Watch out Latino and Anglo communities – we are going to bridge you two together with music and movement fun!

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Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Community Conversations with Juan Sepulveda – A Morning of Bilingual Ideas

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Today the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans honored many of us in Tampa with a Community Conversation featuring Juan Sepulveda – a gentleman working with President Obama, Arne Duncan and the entire team of the US Department of Education. 

We were invited to attend and brainstorm, network and exchange ideas on how best to improve the education of Hispanic Americans and the overall education system here in our great country.

Thanks to Leslie Acosta-Martin and Anya Smith for accompanying Señor Sepulveda for today’s Tampa conversation.  Lots of great exchanging of ideas and common interest in the children of the United States of America filled the room.

As promised – here is a free MP3 download of one of our songs that addresses helping the Latino child in our preschools and early elementary schools.  By hearing her native language in this song, the Latina child is more apt to maintain her native tongue, feeling proud along the way, while also learning English right alongside her native language.

Click here for the Boca Beth bilingual song!I Know the Days of the Week / Yo sé los días de la semana

Boca Beth, Barack Obama, Arne Duncan, and teachers, parents, students around this nation need to come together in the interest of our young children and the future of our country to improve the system that is currently failing a majority of our children.

Here is the contest part of this post:  On the way home, I stopped to get something at the mall, and as I headed back to my car, there was a grandma, a very young mom and her 3 or 4 year old son.  They were in a car with no air conditioning next to me – also getting ready to leave the mall.  He looked so sad, mom looked so hot and grandma had already said out loud how she just needed her pillow and a nap.

I rolled down my window and asked the mom if she had a DVD player at home.  She nodded her head yes with a most quizzical look.  And I explained how I owned the company that she had been reading the magnetic signs on my car about, and I gave them our I Like Animals / Me gustan los animales DVD and told her I hope that he loved the Spanish and English fun!

What have YOU done out of the kindness of your heart lately for a complete stranger?  Share your stories below and the best three will win the same DVD that I gave that family today!  Winners chosen by me!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Music Monday Marches in Hispanic Heritage Month One Day Early

Monday, September 14th, 2009

It seems only a few months ago I was celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month around the Tampa Bay Area doing library celebrations, online specials and overall simply embracing the meaning of the entire month-long celebration that begins September 15 and runs through October 15!

Not sure exactly what Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrating?  Or just want to refresh your memory?  Here is a great link to follow for a quick and comprehensive overview.   Click here!

Enjoy this traditional Latin American song titled Chocolate / Chocolate performed by our children singers and me, Boca Beth, in honor of the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.   Chocolate – a bilingual song from Boca Beth from our Boca Beth CD.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

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Where is BOCA? A fun contest from the Boca Beth Program!

Friday, September 11th, 2009

This morning I am off to Iowa to train for a Child Care Resource & Referral Agency.  I love bringing Spanish and English together for fellow teachers – particularly the ones who are English-speaking and know that learning Spanish as a 2nd language is a necessity in our United States!  Yet they struggle with how to fit this bilingual fun into their daily routine – and that’s why they bring me, Boca Beth, in!  See my selection of keynotes and trainings for your next conference!

This summer – our mascot and language amigo BOCA – traveled to many places!  Be one of the first three to guess correctly what city and what famous landmark he is on top of looking out from to win one of our Boca Beth t-shirts (with fun bilingual words on it!), one of our 44-page bilingual coloring/activity books AND a BOCA puppet!

Remember – correct city AND correct famous landmark in this city from which BOCA is looking down from!

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Happy Guessing!  Post your answers below -first three to guess correctly win the BOCA puppet, the bilingual t-shirt from Boca Beth and our Spanish and English coloring/activity book!  ¡Buena suerte!  Good luck!

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Laugh on Labor Day with this Music Monday Post from Boca Beth's Bilingual Song Movin' & Groovin'!!!

Monday, September 7th, 2009

This 3 minute and 23 second energizing bilingual song from our Boca Beth line up introduces 20 body parts in Spanish and English!

Early childhood educators love it!  Parents delight as their children learn and laugh!  Teachers around the world use this daily for exercise fun!  And children are the real winners as they learn a second language, beat children’s obesity AND have fun!  Enjoy!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth