Archive for February, 2010

Be the Teacher for us Today! Win Boca Beth Bilingual CD and Maracas for Sharing Your Idea

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Most of the time it’s me sharing our Boca Beth bilingual fun resources for introducing Spanish and English to young children here at my blog!  As you know I share other company’s cool resources that bridge the two languages together for fun, easy and affordable bilingual learning!

Today – it’s YOUR turn!

Today – you win our More Boca Beth / Más Boca Beth music CD and a pair of our lead-free, toy-tested mini maracas!

Simply share your idea on this blog post – by commenting below – how you have or would suggest teaching/introducing opposites to young children ages 2-8!  How would you bring the two most widely spoken languages in the United States – Spanish and English – together while teaching these opposite words? 

Boca Beth maracasMore Boca Beth music CD

It’s that easy to win!  We will accept your ideas through Sunday at 5 pm EST, February 28, 2010!  We will choose two ideas to share, and both of the writers of those ideas will win a CD and a pair of maracas!  (Plus your ideas will be posted on our blog next week!)

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

This is How We Teach Opposites/Los opuestos at Boca Beth

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The melody I wrote our Opposites/Los opuestos song around is One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.

Here are the words to the song:

Sing opposites in Spanish & English
Canta en Español e Inglés
Sing with me! It’s easy, you’ll see!
¡Canta conmigo! ¡Es fácil, verás!
Sí es yes, yes is sí.
No es no, no is no.
SI – NO! YES – NO!
Singing opposites!
Repeat chorus
Arriba es up, up is arriba.
Abajo es down, down is abajo.
ARRIBA – ABAJO! UP – DOWN!
Singing opposites!
Repeat chorus
Día es day, day is día.
Noche es night, night is noche.
DIA – NOCHE! DAY – NIGHT!
Singing opposites!
Repeat chorus
Grande es big, big is grande.
Pequeño es small, small is pequeño.
GRANDE – PEQUEÑO! BIG – SMALL!
Singing opposites!

Here are the suggested circle time/classroom activities to bring the Boca Beth bilingual song to life:

I ask the children if they have enough energy to help me with my opposite song. (I speak in both languages back and forth as much as possible when asking questions like this. I realize if you only have command of one language that part is impossible, but it’s nice to do if you are bilingual.) I have them practice the four sets of opposites ahead of time with me. We practice shaking our heads for yes/sí and no/no, then we go up/arriba and down/abajo, then we make a sun over our head for day/día and pretend we are sleeping on our folded hands for night/noche and the last is the most fun I tell them with big/grande and small/pequeño. I remind them that it is a sway dance song so let’s “baila juntos/dance together.” We sway dance all the way until a set of opposites. I cue them as to which one is next. 

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Tomorrow we will ask YOU for your ideas on teaching opposites to young children ages 2-8, and the two ideas chosen to share in our blog Spanish Fun for Everyone will provide the writer of the ideas the CD this Boca Beth song is on – More Boca Beth – plus a pair of children’s mini maracas!  Start your creative juices flowing!)

Want Your Child to Learn Spanish, English and American Sign Language?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

If your personal answer is “yes! / ¡sí!” then we have a fun trilingual presentation of our More Opposites/Más opuestos song from our Sing Along with Boca Beth music CD.

Sing Along with Boca Beth CD cover

For the past five years a Pinellas County Public School encouraged their first graders to learn our bilingual songs – encouraging communication in the two most widely spoken languages in this county, Spanish and English!  Then, last year, they added in American Sign Language due to a student in their class who used ASL for communication!

What you will witness in this YouTube video is their sweet, young voices sharing their knowledge of how to sing the opposites in English and Spanish.  Most of the children are Anglo, English-speaking children who have come to embrace the diversity of their community.   Do you?  As an adult are you showing young children that you respect others’ cultures and their languages?  I hope so!  Enjoy!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad7uK0oIhPQ

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

How to Introduce Opposites to Young Children in Two Languages

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Did you realize the experts are agreeing that it’s just as easy to teach a baby or toddler two words (one in the native language, the other in the target language) for one object?

See the ball.  See the pelota.  I know it sounds so elementary, but many people think this type of learning will confuse the child.  Quite the opposite says the research – it wires the young child’s brain to become a lifetime language learner!

Use this methodology to introduce opposites to young children.  After playing our Boca Beth Opposites / Los opuestos song from yesterday’s free download, use these resources to add to the learning fun:

FREE bilingual language cards off our Boca Beth Sample Resource area.  Click here!

This adorable bilingual book from Scholastic Book Company.

Clifford Y Los Opuestos/Clifford's OppositesReally easy to use and affordable opposite language cards on a ring stand to buy from Ingenio are found here at this link.

Another fun book called Los contrarios/Opposites (I know!  I know!  Way too many ways to say the one word from English to Spanish!)  Find the book here with cute teddy bears!

Lastly, allow some true Spanish culture to weave into the lesson with this wonderful resource from Cinco Puntos Press.  Click here to find it!

As always amigas, amigos/friends … Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Music Monday Features Opposites/Los opuestos for Teachers, Homeschooling Families and Children of All Ages

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Hola/Hi amigas, amigos/friends!  (Feels like I skipped a week but I was in Arkansas training and conducting a children’s concert for the Bentonville community so I was MIA for a couple of days!)

Back to the weekly fun of sharing lesson ideas, book resources, and Boca Beth bilingual beats that introduce Spanish and English to young children ages birth – ten! (Yes!  Pregnant moms should be listening to our CDs so that their babies learn in the womb.  Read this recent article on just that subject … learning languages in the womb!)

Enjoy our award-winning song about opposites from our second of four bilingual music CDs.  This one is written to the melody of One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.  Then follow us all week for additional resources to teach opposites/los opuestos to young children in the two most widely spoken languages in the United States – English and Spanish/Inglés y Español.

  Opposites / Los opuestos  (click this link on the left to get the free music download)

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Suggested Christian Preschool Activities to Teach Spanish and English

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Yesterday I shared with you one of our fun Boca Beth bilingual Christian songs from our CD titled Sing Praise for Children / Canta la alabanza para los ninos.

Bilingual Recording Artist Boca Beth CD for Children

Bilingual Recording Artist Boca Beth CD for Children

Go here for the suggested classroom / circle time activities that go hand in hand with all of the songs off this fun CD that retails for only $6.99.

As you may know, we donate $1 for every one of these fun CDs sold towards Mission Efforts around the world. 

For two of you lucky readers I want to send you your own Boca Beth bilingual Christian CD for children.  Here’s how to win one for your family or your church preschool:

Visit my web site at www.BocaBeth.com and tell me (by commenting below) what city and state I am in tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16, 2010 for a teacher training and concert.  First two correct answers win!

Happy Educating / Sea feliz educando

Boca Beth

Helping Haiti with Boca Beth Bilingual Christian Music for Children

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

I knew when we released our bilingual Christian music CD in 2008 that it would be one of the greatest things I had accomplished during my journey as Boca Beth!  With almost 1,000 copies sold or donated to Christians across the world we were thrilled to donate $400+ to the relief efforts assisting the people of Haiti through my home church Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida this week!

Please celebrate life as we embrace the kindness and generosity of walking in the footsteps of Jesus as we share with you one of the many Spanish and English songs for children from our Sing Praise for Children / Canta la alabanza para los niños Boca Beth CD.  (Click the link below for the free music download!)

 Jesus Always Sees You

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Happy Valentine's Day / Feliz día de San Valentín / Feliz día del amor y amistad

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Have you visited our See It!  Say It! section of our Boca Beth web site?  It’s fairly new and gives you audio clips of vocabulary words and phrases in both English (I list the English words in blue) and Spanish (I list the Spanish words in red).  Check it out sometime soon in our Sample Resources area.  In the meantime, I brought some directly to you today for Valentine’s Day coming up!  Read it, See it, Say it, Learn it!!!! 

Audio clip for all words and phrases found here (click link to the right)!  Valentine’s Day Words and Phrases

Happy Valentine’s Day! ¡ Feliz día de San Valentín, Feliz día del amor y amistad !

A hug / Un abrazo

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A kiss / Un beso

A little kiss / Un besito

Friends / Amigos, Amigas

¡ Qué tengan un buen día de San Valentín !  / Have a great Valentine’s Day!

And if you are really feeling the love, enjoy this 7 minute video of Caillou learning about the traditions of Valentine’s Day in Spanish!  (This clip is 100% in Spanish.  Enjoy it!).  This was shared by my amigas at Spanglish Baby

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Classroom Activity for Teaching Seasons in Spanish and English

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Every song from all four of our Boca Beth bilingual music CDs for children has at least one (if not more) suggested activity to bring the song to life in the classroom, the homeschool co-op lesson or simply in the playroom of your home!

For Singing the Seasons / Cantando las estaciones here is what is suggested at the Sample Resource area of our web site:

Using visual aides of the four seasons I choose three children for each season – one to hold the picture of the season, one to hold the English word for that season and one to hold the Spanish word for that season. The picture person stands in the middle and sways his picture back and forth during the chorus of his season. The other two children hold their word up only when it is sung. English up, then down and Spanish goes up. The other children delight in the silliness of trying to keep up with which word is being sung. 

Making these visual aides is easy! 

  • Find four pictures from Clip Art, Google Images, or from the good old fashion magazine, and make a Season Picture out of each one by gluing it to brightly colored card stock paper.   (If it’s age-appropriate, have the children create their own Season Pictures or help with the development of the classroom set.)
  • For the words I suggest typing the name of the seasons on the computer, printing off the words in large letters and gluing them on to the matching color for that season’s picture card stock.  The names of the seasons are spelled as follows in Spanish and English:

Spring / PrimaveraSummer / Verano; Fall / Otoño; Winter / Invierno  (I highlighted them in the suggested color stock per season!  Once a teacher, always a teacher!)  Have fun with this suggested class activity.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Piggyback Songs and Why They Work So Great for Teaching Young Children

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

When you turn to the word piggyback in Webster’s New World College Dictionary (something I keep at my desk 24/7 because I am a stickler for misspells!!!!), you will see these words as part of the definition:  so as to be fixed to, connected with or dependent on something else, to place on or upon in piggyback fashion

Here at Boca Beth, when I write my songs and speak to fellow educators about this method of songwriting, we talk about how the lyrics are piggybacked on to familiar melodies of songs that you and the children are familiar with.  For instance, when I first started out as Ms. Music in local Bay Area preschools, I used the melody from I’m a Little Teapot and would teach the toddlers and preschoolers these words:

I’m a little sunshine muy amarillo,  Watch me shine, I am brillante

Experts agree that this method, using familiar melodies & tunes that the teacher, the parent, and the children are all familiar with helps to increase retention, speed up learning, and – for young ones – make it fun for their learning styles as you add in maracas, dance, rhythm, rhyme, smiles, and new languages/new concepts!

Below are the words for this week’s song from our award-winning Boca Beth Program – piggybacked on to the melody of I’ve Been Working on the Railroad :

“Singing The Seasons / Cantando las estaciones”
(sung to “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”)

The Seasons of the year are fun to learn
When I’m singing along.
The Seasons of the year are fun to learn
When I’m singing along.
Can you sing Primavera?
It is Spring when you sing.
Can you sing Primavera?
Spring is what I sing!
Primavera, Primavera,
Primavera is S-P-R-I-N-G!
Primavera, Primavera,
Primavera is Spring!
The Seasons of the year are fun to learn
When I’m singing along.
The Seasons of the year are fun to learn
When I’m singing along.
Can you sing Verano? 
It is Summer when you sing.
Can you sing Verano?
Summer is what I sing!
Verano, Verano,
Verano is S-U-M-M-E-R!
Verano, Verano,
Verano is Summer!
(Repeat chorus)
Can you sing Otoño?
It is Fall when you sing.
Can you sing Otoño?
Fall is what I sing!
Otoño, Otoño,
Otoño is F-A-L-L!
Otoño, Otoño,
Otoño is Fall!
(Repeat Chorus)
Can you sing Invierno?
It is Winter when you sing.
Can you sing Invierno?
Winter is what I sing!
Invierno, Invierno,
Invierno is W-I-N-T-E-R!
Invierno, Invierno,
Invierno is Winter!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth