Archive for June, 2010

Preschoolers Learn Fruit Names with Art Activities

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Art Time Activities for Fruit Fun:

 

 

Fruit Made From Styrofoam Balls:

 

Invest in some Styrofoam balls of various sizes for this fun

Summer Fruit Fun Project, and invite parents to help as needed.

The children can “produce” their own fruit by using the small balls and paint them purple to become plums. Perhaps they can make apples with the medium-sized balls and paint them red.

(Other thoughts can be gathered from the children as you discuss the concept of round, circle and which fruits fall into that category – based on the group’s age range!)

When the various ‘fruits’ are dry try placing green Popsicle sticks which have been previously painted by the children through the top. These sticks become the stems of the fruit as needed. Get super creative and apply leaves by gluing various shades of green fabric to the top of the fruits by the stems.

 

 

Strawberry Shampoo Painting:

 

Buy some inexpensive strawberry shampoo then mix it with green watercolor paint. After a walk outside if you live near any type of fruit garden, fruit trees, orchards, fields of strawberries or something of the kind or after you read a book about fruits (preferably a bilingual one – see later resources) or maybe after clipping pictures of fruits from the Food Ads in the local paper … encourage the children to paint with this shampoo paint on

red paper (since the green is mixed in).

Wait until it dries! Ay mama… it is a scratch and sniff heaven full of strawberry scent!

Happy EducatingSea feliz educando

Boca Beth

 

Summertime Fruit Fun in Spanish and English for Young Children

Monday, June 28th, 2010

This week I thought it would be fun to bring back some Fruit Fun lesson ideas from my former Boca Beth Educator’s Club!

This song is off of my More Boca Beth / Mas Boca Beth bilingual music CD for children to learn Spanish while they continue learning English too!

Fruit Fun / Fruta divertida

 

 

From BOCA BETH

 

Limes! Oranges! Strawberries! Bananas! Grapes! Kiwi!

 

 

Cherries! Watermelon! Cantaloupe! Plums! Honeydews!

 

Lemons! Pears! Blueberries! Raspberries! Blackberries!

“FRUIT FUN”  off our second bilingual music CD for children titled “More Boca Beth”
(sung to “Farmer in the Dell”)

I see a grape,
I see a grape,
Sing by yourself now!
I see a grape!I see a pear,
I see a pear,
Sing by yourself now!
I see a pear!I see a strawberry,
I see a strawberry,
Sing by yourself now!
I see a strawberry!

 

I see a watermelon,
I see a watermelon,
Sing by yourself now!
I see a watermelon!

I see a banana,
I see a banana,
Sing by yourself now!
I see a banana!

I see an apple,
I see an apple,
Sing by yourself now!
I see an apple!

I see an orange,
I see an orange,
Sing by yourself now!
I see an orange!

Veo una uva,
Veo una uva,
¡Canta solo ahora!
¡ Veo una uva !Veo una pera,
Veo una pera,
¡ Canta sola ahora !
¡ Veo una pera !Veo una fresa,
Veo una fresa,
¡Canta solo ahora!
¡Veo una fresa!

 

Veo una sandía,
Veo una sandía,
¡Canta sola ahora!
¡Veo una sandía!

Veo un plátano,
Veo un plátano,
¡Canta solo ahora!
¡Veo un plátano!

Veo una manzana,
Veo una manzana,
¡Canta sola ahora!
¡Veo una manzana!

Veo una naranja,
Veo una naranja,
¡Canta solo ahora!
¡Veo una naranja!

 

Circle time activities for this fun

bilingual Fruit Song:

 

 

Using a plastic bowl with plastic fruits from my kitchen play

center that match the fruits sung about in this song, I stand up

with the children standing and they sing back to me the “I see a

grape” “Veo una uva.” The ones who do really well singing back

and not shouting back get to hold the fruit they sang about

without grabbing for it.

The children have so much fun keeping the beat, echoing back,

seeing and holding the actual fruits and trying to say a complete

sentence and not just one word in their new language.

 

Notice I never say “The verb is ver and to say “I see” in Spanish

you should say “Veo.” We do not conjugate verbs in the Boca

Beth Program. The children will get it as they repeat, repeat,

repeat acting like sponges with each new word, each new

phrase.

 

 

Coloring book pages, board books on fruits and magazine pictures can also bring this song to life for the children! Then get really brave and introduce all of the real fruits during a Summer Fruit Fiesta!!!

Happy Educating! 

Boca Beth

 

Teachable Moments with the World Cup for Children

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

It’s so great meeting new friends/amigas through the virtual world!

I want to introduce you to a fantastic new site hosted by my amiga Monica.  It’s called Mommy Maestra (remember that a maestra is a teacher of young children who is a female).

In this post you will find many teachable opportunities bringing together The World Cup and bilingual education and young children!

Enjoy – and thank you Monica for all you do for others!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Remember to enter to win a Boca Beth Beginner Set by sending in your photos to BocaBeth@msn.com by this Friday, June 25th!  Read how to enter, what to send and why at this link.  Look for the post with the kids pictures!)

How to Say World Cup in Many Languages! Win a BOCA puppet and More!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Follow this link to find out how to say “World Cup” in more than 30 languages!

We have been enjoying the World Cup in our home since my husband used to coach a team all the way through college, our son referees youth soccer and our daughter plays on a recreational soccer league here in Tampa, Florida!  It’s in our home a lot!

To celebrate The World Cup and all of the youth in the United States loving this sport we are taking photos from you all week long!  Read here how to enter!

  • One of the owners of the photo will win a Boca Beth Beginner Set found at this link and valued at $35
  • The first 10 photo entries will all receive a BOCA puppet mailed to them from our Boca Beth offices in Tampa, FL!

Enter today!  Send us your photos to BocaBeth@msn.com and have a chance to win a World Renowned Language Learning Set from our Boca Beth Program!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Great Father's Day Activity Ideas All in One Place

Friday, June 18th, 2010

I use Google a lot!  Just like I shop at Target a lot!  Just like I enjoy singing with kids a lot!

So here I have gathered together a bunch of links for you all to use with your children as you get ready for Father’s Day this weekend!  (And save the ideas for years and years to come!)  They are not all bilingual – just fun!

http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/holiday_themes/fathersday_art.html

http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/mengifts.html

http://www.rexanne.com/fday-kids.html

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/fathersday/

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Contest fun tomorrow on my Facebook Page.  Go now and follow me on Facebook … or Like me on Facebook as they call it now!  Click this link to join the Boca Beth fun on Facebook!)

Getting Ready for Father's Day the Bilingual Way

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

This week let’s get ready for a fun Father’s Day Celebration! (Feliz día del padre =  fay-lees   DEE-ah   dayl   pah-dray)

One of my favorite web site’s has a wonderful way to make YOUR Papá / YOUR Daddy a terrific card today.  Go here now to OnLineFreeSpanish.com.

Then take a moment and share this I Love My Family / Yo quiero mi familia song off our More Boca Beth / Más Boca Beth bilingual music CD for children found right here on our site.  Remember – in celebration of graduates all over our United States of America you can buy this CD for 30% off with code 2010 today – Friday of this week, June 18, 2010.  ENJOY!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8caPFwBs_M

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Look for fun teaching tips, a cool Father’s Day Contest and more as the week goes along!  In the meantime remember that code 2010 gets you 30% off any Boca Beth bilingual music CD and any of our DVDs for children.)

No Down Time This Summer with Spanish Learning Fun From Boca Beth

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Our new bilingual teaching vignettes are all over the place!  At Daily Motion Kids, at 5Min and more!

Take a peek and help your young child learn even more Spanish with our super fun and easy way provided by The Boca Beth Program!  Simply click any of the three links below – each one is a different lesson with BOCA the puppet or with a bilingual children’s song!  Enjoy.

httpv://www.dailymotion.com/video/xdm1iw_learning-lesson-with-lions-help-kid_music   

httpv://www.dailymotion.com/video/xdm13i_el-dormitorio-the-bedroom-a-child-l_people 

httpv://www.dailymotion.com/video/xdm1rf_five-little-monkeys-done-a-fun-bili_music

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Like what you see?  We would love to hear your thoughts please.  Leave us a comment if you have time.)

What Will Your Child Learn This Summer

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Ahh…the stats on how much learning is lost during the summer months.

I really love summer with my kids until they start saying, “I’m bored.” or “There’s nothing to do.” even though there are at least 20 things within eye sight to do for fun.  You KNOW what I’m talking about!!!

Here’s what we have done at Boca Beth!

We created brand new Boca Beth vignettes – mini teaching lessons – and have uploaded them to some sites for distribution.

Here’s one for FREE!  Questions coming this week about Spanish learning fun!  Be ready to answer and win!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6-Br6Xa-uU

Helpful Tidbits on the Spanish Language from Boca Beth

Friday, June 4th, 2010

I spoke about the differences in how we use capital letters earlier this week – Spanish language vs. English language.

Now let’s talk about just a couple of other nuances when going from English to Spanish:

Sounds of the vowels!  (We have the vowel sound song on this CD – see how to save on it below!)

a = ahhhh, e = long a sound (ay), i = long e sound (eee), o = long o sound (oh), u = ew

Cute video on how to teach vowel sounds to kids:  httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23MwnxmOohc

Rolling Your Rs!    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLsUXDkVKYA

This lesson sums it all up!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (I hope you have subscribed to our e-newsletter over at my web site www.BocaBeth.com!  If you have not, I want to let you know that we are celebrating the high school graduation of our son Matthew along with all other students graduating from preschool, high school and college with a BIG savings deal this weekend on our web site!  Save 30% with code 2010 through midnight June 6, 2010 PLUS all friends who order are entered into a drawing to win our $50 Boca Beth Beginner Backpack!  Go now and shop and save!  Or call toll free 1.877.825.2622!)

Capitalization in Spanish Compared to in English

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

I spend time once a week with a personal language tutor.   There is a cool web site for foreign language tutoring www.MyPLT.com and I have been using their services for me and our 18-year-old for about 6 months.

Yesterday we had a discussion about the use of capital letters in Spanish.  For instance, you do not capitalize the months of the year or the days of the week or even the word for Spanish and English when writing in Spanish.  So you would write Nací en abril.  or Fui a la escuela el lunes.  or Hablo español.   or ¿Quieres aprender inglés?

My tutor Rafa and I agreed on these items, but when it came to titles of books or songs he told me each word gets a capital letter in Spanish (just like in English).  I had been told that only the first word is capitalized in a title of a book or a song in Spanish, the rest of the words in the title are lower case. 

So my song title is:  I Know the Days of the Week / Yo sé los días de la semana   That’s how I was told by a woman who works with Scholastic/Lectorum

Would love to know what you have heard or what you know to be true.  Thanks for commenting below!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth