Archive for May, 2010

The Ugliest Ball I Have Ever Seen! And You Get a Chance to Win One!

Friday, May 28th, 2010

horriball          horriball-twoDON”T WORRY!!!!  These are not real roaches inside this ball!

No cucarachas running around my desk area today!

I am simply sharing with all of you one of the ugliest things I have ever seen for kids.  It’s called the Horriball, and when you squish it the fake little cockroaches appear through the see-through bubble areas of this disgusting ball!

Now…you might ask!  Then why Boca Beth are you sharing this revolting item with us?  Well, if you know our Sing Praise for Children CD at all you will know that we put two traditional Latin American songs on it (in a bilingual Boca Beth format of course!).

One of the songs on it is La cucaracha / The Cockroach!  I thought these Horriballs would be cool prizes to give away to go hand-in-hand with this song!  Click below to hear the Boca Beth bilingual kids song, the fun translation we provided, then come back and comment below with an answer to this question:  What does the cockroach not have to drink?

La cucaracha / The Cockroach Song

We will take all correct answers, mix them up in a sombrero and send out a sickening Horriball to TWO lucky winners!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Bilingual Resources Using Target, Discount School Supply and Michaels

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

To bring the Boca Beth bilingual Christian CD (pictured below) to life I found fantastic resources at Target, Discount School Supply’s online store and Michaels!

Bilingual Recording Artist Boca Beth CD for Children

Bilingual Recording Artist Boca Beth CD for Children

First I found a bag of little toys at Target for the Jesus Always Sees You song about sharing your toys.  I also found a play broom and dust pan set for this song’s section about helping around the house!  Then I picked up a bag of small chocolates also at Target for the Chocolate Song!  (Spelled the same in Spanish and English!)

At Discount School Supply’s online store I found Jesus Loves Me stickers and also a Felt Board Set for the Creation Story to go along with our My Life With God song as well as a felt set about Jesus.

Then, over at Michaels I bought the felt and board to make a traveling felt board for my upcoming workshops with ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).  YES my friends!  I am going to be presenting with this terrific group in many areas over the next 12 months…God willing!

Here is a link to the suggested activities on my Boca Beth web site that will give you some great ideas to jump start the Spanish and English learning fun with these five Christian songs plus two traditional Latin American songs just for the added fun!

Feel like sharing an idea with us below in the comments section?  First two to provide us a great teaching idea that would match any of these five Boca Beth bilingual Christian songs will have a Boca Beth t-shirt mailed their way!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Vacation Bible School (VBS) Gets Help From Boca Beth

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

It’s time!

It’s almost SummerTime!

For many that means Vacation Bible School is around the corner, and at Boca Beth we have the perfect little CD to help out with the musical part of the day!  Listen in to this fun bilingual Christian song today from our Sing Praise for Children / Canta la alabanza para los niños CD !  (click the line below to play the song)

Jesus Always Sees You

We hope you enjoy using that song during upcoming VBS time!  Stay tuned for a chance to win the Boca Beth Sing Praise CD and activities to go hand in hand with the songs off this Limited Edition Release CD (only 28 remain!).

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Teach Your Child Spanish with Mommy/Mamá and Daddy/Papá Bilingual Song

Friday, May 21st, 2010

mommydaddypuppetsOriginal BOCA puppet prototypes that became BOCA’s mommy/mamá and BOCA’s daddy / papá!  These were made about 7 years ago and have been used in many circle time settings as I shared our Greeting Song / La canción de saludar found on this My First Songs in Spanish Boca Beth CD.

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Here is the suggested circle time activity fun idea to go hand-in-hand with the song:

Greeting Song/Canción de Saludar  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. Remember that hugs release chemicals within the body that help fight off stress, calm emotions and create a sense of well-being!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

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How to Greet Friends in Spanish and English

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Learning Spanish and English as a young child has been proven again and again to be easier than in the later years!

Learning Spanish and English as a young child helps to guarantee native or near-native pronunciation!

Learning Spanish and English as a young child provides that child early reading skills!

My 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

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!

Go on!  Have some fun with this one! 

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

What Do Children Remember? Music! Music! Music!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

I admit it!  I am a soccer mom!  At the soccer field with our daughter three times a week, and now that the Florida heat has set in I can tell you it’s not as appealing as it might sound!

Might I share a quick story with you about what happened at the soccer field this past Wednesday night and how it should resonate with all of us as parents and as our children’s first teachers?  Thanks!

For five years in a row a local elementary school, Plumb Elementary School, in Clearwater, Florida has been hosting a Multicultural Night titled Bringing Spanish to Life with the Boca Beth Music!  The entire first grade class learns some of my bilingual songs, I drive over to the school and practice with them while at the same time give them a Boca Beth motivational short speech, then they enjoy a standing-room-only performance night!

These six and seven year old kids learn so much Spanish in such a short time it’s crazy!  The parents love it!  The teachers are heroines!

Wednesday night we are getting ready to leave the soccer field, and I see a young girl just staring at our vehicle, the magnetic signs on the side that advertise Boca Beth and its bilingual products, and I ask her if she’s having a great day.  She replies she is and informs me that she learned some of her Spanish with ‘that Boca Beth music’ years ago at Plumb Elementary school!

She starts singing the song her class did which was the I Know the Days of the Week/Yo sé los días de la semana song!  She is in 5th grade now and could sing the entire song to me!  Then her sister comes over, tells me she did the show too, and her class did ¿Qué pasa? / What’s Happening? and SHE starts singing her song!  Then – to make me feel even better  – their older brother who is now in middle school announces he and his class learned the I Know My Shapes / Yo sé mis formas and he goes into action with the song!

What do you remember learning to music?  The states?  The capitals?  The planets?  A Math formula?

Comment below with what you learned to music years ago and whether or not you remember every word!

We will choose a random winner to receive a Boca Beth Beach Ball for summer and a Boca Beth bilingual t-shirt this coming Monday, May 17th!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Adding Science Fun to a Lesson with Senses in Spanish and English

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Just when you thought you had run out of fun ideas to incorporate a child’s senses into your SCIENCE and SPANISH fun!

Here is a cool lesson I have used with parental assistance in the preschool and all by myself in the early elementary school:

Science with the Senses:

Smelly Volcanoes..

A really fun science activity for the five senses is to make smelly volcanoes. Here is what

you will need to get started:

 Kool-aid (already in pitchers, mixed up, use different flavors for different colors)

 Baking soda

 White vinegar

 Eye droppers

 Clear glass or plastic containers for easy viewing

First add different colored Kool-aid to the dry baking soda that is heaped in a

volcano-looking pile inside different clear containers. This gives colors (sense of

sight) and a pretty good smell (sense of smell). Then add the white vinegar by

eyedroppers, and the children can see the chemical reaction (sense of sight) and hear

the dry compound turn into a liquid and then a gas (sense of hearing). As a child

explores by touching the liquid/bubbles/dry ingredients, the (sense of touch) will be

used. The (sense of taste) is not recommended!

How do I tie in the bilingual aspect?  I play our Senses Song / Sentidos as the children enjoy this Science Fun Time!  That song is found on our Sing Along with Boca Beth music CD right here!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (I am a big Target shopper and found every ingredient at my local Target store which makes this lesson fun and easy  … just like our Boca Beth bilingual products!  Hey – did you enter this giveaway yet to win our $50 Boca Beth Beginner Backpack?  Hurry – enter today!

 

Learning a Second Language with Your Senses

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Research suggests that it is just as easy for a baby, toddler and preschool age child to learn two words for one item as it is to learn only one word!  That is why when you show your child an object you should talk or sing to her about it, let him feel it, make swaying motions back & forth while using the new object and sometimes involve smelling the new object and/or allowing your child to taste it. 

 

 

The more we allow learning to take place involving the five senses, the longer the staying-power of the learning!

This week I want to share our  Boca Beth Senses song from our third bilingual music CD for children! 

Sing Along with Boca Beth / Canta con Boca Beth music CD

“Senses/Sentidos”
(original song)

We have senses that we use
Tenemos sentidos que usamos
We have senses that we use
Tenemos sentidos que usamos

I see with my eyes
Yo veo con mis ojos
I see with my eyes
Yo veo con mis ojos

I hear with my ears
Yo oigo con mis orejas
I hear with my ears
Yo oigo con mis orejas

I taste with my mouth
Yo pruebo con mi boca
I taste with my mouth
Yo pruebo con mi boca

I smell with my nose
Yo huelo con mi nariz
I smell with my nose
Yo huelo con mi nariz

I touch with my hands
Yo toco con mis manos
I touch with my hands
Yo toco con mis manos

We have senses that we use
Tenemos sentidos que usamos
We have senses that we use
Tenemos sentidos que usamos

Here is the link to the suggested class activity to do with this song (look for song #8).  Here is the link to some of the bilingual language cards that go hand-in-hand with this song (these are for ear and nose – hearing and smelling… there are more in the archives).

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Happy Mother's Day / Feliz día de la madre … a Bilingual Lesson for Mother's Day

Friday, May 7th, 2010

First of all…Happy Mother’s Day to all of my amigas who are moms!  ¡Feliz día de la madre!

Make Sunday special for YOU!  Express your wants and desires on this day so it’s truly a fulfilling day that celebrates YOU as a mom!

family-new

Here I am with my husband and two of my three children!  Being a mom ROCKS!

Here are some Spanish and English words and phrases to use as Mother’s Day approaches:

I love you very much mommy! / ¡Te quiero mucho mamá!

Happy Mother’s Day! / ¡Feliz día de la madre!

E-mail me at BocaBeth@msn.com and I will send you a free download of our I Love My Family / Yo quiero mi familia song off our More Boca Beth music CD for FREE!  Simply put “send me the family song” in your subject line.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Cinco de Mayo Food Fun and Craft Fun for Preschool and Early Elementary School Kids

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

 

 

    • Food Ideas for Cinco de Mayo

       

      Based on the age of children you are having lunch with today, here are some fun food ideas:

       

       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 flavors these days) or galletas/cookies from a local Spanish bakery!  Yummy!

      Craft ideas for Cinco de Mayo:

       Have the children make their own Mexican ponchos out of large brown paper grocery bags.  Have them decorate them with paint, sequins, feathers, beads, foam shapes, streamers, and more!

                     

      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.  Have children decorate the outside of the plates prior to assembly!

       

       

    Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth