Archive for September, 2010

Teaching Children About the Weather in Spanish and English

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Here are the words to our bilingual kids song about The Weather/El tiempo off our Sing Along with Boca Beth Music CD:

“The Weather Song / La canción de tiempo”
(sung to the tune of “Eeensy Weensy Spider”)

It’s a sunny day
Es un día soleado
I see the sun
Veo el sol
The sun is yellow
El sol es Amarillo
The sun is bright
El sol es brillante.

It’s a cloudy day
Es un día nublado
There are many clouds 
Hay muchas nubes.
Look at the clouds!
Mira las nubes.
The clouds make it shady
Las nubes dan sombra.

It’s a rainy day
Es un día lluvioso
I see the rain.
Veo la lluvia.
We feel the rain
Sentimos la lluvia.
It feels good
Se siente bien. 

It’s a windy day 
Es un día ventoso
The wind blows fast.
El viento sopla rápido
Look at the leaves
Mira las hojas
I like the wind
Me gusta el viento.

 

Here are the suggested classroom/circle time activities to do with this song to bring the learning to life:

 

Great visual aids for the weather can be found in many teaching stores or online shops. Use the pictures and the words in both languages for this song. Choose one child to hold the picture of sunny, cloudy, rainy and windy. Then have other children hold the words up next to the corresponding picture for each weather word as you sing about it.  Another age-appropriate activity for the 4s and 5s would be to make weather pictures as the song plays, prompting them to draw about the particular verse being sung.  Then use their pictures to create a ‘Weather Bulletin Board’ that is bilingual!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Want to win the CD this Boca Beth bilingual song is on plus a couple of other really cool prizes?  Simply share your teaching idea for a unit on weather and/or the change of seasons and be entered to win a fun Boca Beth Prize Pack!  We will draw the winner’s name this Friday!)

 

Changing Seasons Brings a Weather Lesson for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Early Elementary Students

Monday, September 27th, 2010

I remember being in the classroom around this time of year with my students and thinking “What age appropriate lesson will help them understand the change of seasons?”  Living in Florida we don’t necessarily understand nor do we get to experience the changing of the seasons.  I would always have leaves from our Northern relatives pressed in wax paper, pictures of the fall foliage, and clips of life in other climates readily available for these lessons!

Let’s enjoy together our Weather Song / Canción de tiempo off our Sing Along with Boca Beth music CD this week as the backdrop to our weather lesson fun ideas.  Share an idea with us below, and be entered to win this Boca Beth CD plus two other bilingual treats from me!

The Weather / El tiempo (English and Spanish Foundations Series) (Book #6) (Bilingual) (Board Book) (English and Spanish Edition)

Here’s a cute bilingual book to help with bringing this lesson to life!

And another cute one for kids of a young age!

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Stay tuned as the week goes along for other resources, a fun science experiment designed for the younger crowd, and more!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Remember to share your teaching idea (below in the comment area) regarding a unit on weather or change of seasons and be automatically entered for a chance to win some cool Boca Beth prizes!)

Get the Microphone Out and Let it Rip! Kids Sing a Bilingual Song!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

mic Most children LOVE performing!

So go buy yourself and the children you care for a play microphone and let their little voices shine!

Below are the words for our Boca Beth manner words bilingual song featuring vocabulary in Spanish and English.  The song is from our first of four bilingual music CDs.

Please, Thank You, You’re Welcome /
Por favor, gracias, de nada

(sung to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It)

If you want to say please, say por favor! 
If you want to say please, say por favor! 
If you want to say please 
In Spanish to your friends, 
If you want to say please, say por favor!

¡Si quieres decir por favor, di please!
¡Si quieres decir por favor, di please!
Si quieres decir por favor
En Inglés a tus amigas, 
¡Si quieres decir por favor, di please!

If you want to say thank you, say gracias! 
If you want to say thank you, say gracias! 
If you want to say thank you 
In Spanish to your friends, 
If you want to say thank you, say gracias!

¡Si quieres decir gracias, di thank you!
¡Si quieres deicr gracias, di thank you!
Si quieres decir gracias
En Inglés a tus amigos,
¡Si quieres decir gracias, di thank you!

If you want to say you’re welcome, say de nada! 
If you want to say you’re welcome, say de nada! 
If you want to say you’re welcome 
In Spanish to your friends, 
If you want to say you’re welcome, say de nada!

¡Si quieres decir de nada, di you’re welcome!
¡Si quieres decir de nada, di you’re welcome!
Si quieres decir de nada 
En Inglés a tus amigas,
¡Si quieres decir de nada, di you’re welcome!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Please Use Your Manner Words in English and Spanish

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Please Por favor

Thank you Gracias                                                             

You’re welcomeDe nada

We hear those words again and again and again!  Now you will learn them by seeing them (by the way – almost 70% of the population needs to see something to learn it) plus you will hear them on the audio link below.

Manner Words   (Hear how to say them in English and in Spanish!)

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Make Maracas for Children, Dance to Free Bilingual Music Download, Then Win From Boca Beth!

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Let’s continue this theme of jump starting Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) with this arts & crafts activity for you and the children to enjoy ~ making maracas with toddlers,  preschoolers and early elementary aged children.  Perhaps you can win our Boca Beth Sombrero Set worth $100 pictured below … find out how right here!  Then maybe you’ll have a Boca Beth maraca of your own (plus puppets and CDs and DVDs and more)!

 

BOCA loves sombrero fun with Spanish and music           

Arts & Crafts Create Culture Fun

 

Maracas help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the culture and music of Spanish-speaking countries.  Using old cardboard tubes, jelly jars, plastic soda bottles (anything that you can put a lid on and shake!) makes this project inexpensive and fun!  Find different materials and different sized containers to create a wide range of musical sounds that will allow the children to create their own band!

 

This activity is suitable for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary aged children (with adult supervision).  And what child doesn’t love singing the Happy Birthday/Feliz cumpleaños song with cha-cha-cha’s sprinkled throughout?!?!  Download our Boca Beth version of this children’s favorite song – presented in a fun bilingual format!  (click the link below please)

Bilingual Happy Birthday Song / Feliz cumpleaños bilingüe

 

Materials needed:

*      Containers with tops/lids to hold dried beans or rice in.  (jelly jars, plastic soda bottles, cardboard tubes with paper glued on as ‘lid’)

*      Dried beans, rice, small shell pasta

*      Construction paper or white computer paper

*      Paints, markers, glitter, glue, Spanish/Mexican theme stickers

 

Procedure:

*      Allow each child to choose their own ‘maraca’ container and filler.

*      For soda bottles you can insert a cardboard tube that has been cut and wound tightly to fit into the top of the bottle in order to create a handle.  Secure the top to the handle with quality masking tape.

*      Pour approximately 20 dried beans, grains of rice or pasta shells into the container (amount based on size of container and filler chosen).

*      Secure the lid back onto the container.  If no lid is available, make one with paper and secure tightly with quality masking tape or transparent packing tape.

Wrap paper around the container as desired for decorating purposes.  Some children may simply want to decorate the container with stickers.  Encourage the children to customize their maraca with markers, glitter, stickers and imagination.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Hispanic Heritage Month Begins Tomorrow ~ Lessons for Kids

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

What is Hispanic Heritage Month all about?  Read below for a quick summary:

National Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated for 42 years. Enacted into law on that day in 1968, Public Law 90-498 set aside a week to honor our Spanish-speaking citizens. When the 100th Congress enacted Public Law 100-402, the celebration period increased to 31 days, from September 15 to October 15.

The initiative for National Hispanic Heritage Month is an acknowledgement of the over 45 million Americans of Hispanic origin. The 31 day observation period honors the Independence Day for many Latin American countries including El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras which celebrate September 15 as their Independence Day. September 16th is Mexico’s Independence Day, September 18th for Chile, September 21st for Belize and El Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day) is October 12th.

 

Counting: Language Activity for Hispanic Heritage Month 

The children will make a book/un libro that helps them learn the Spanish words for the numbers one/uno to ten/diez. Reinforcement is the key to all learning so I suggest using our Boca Beth “Me gusta contar / I Like to Count” song. 

Materials needed:

Depending upon the ages of the children you might offer pre-made blank books out of brightly colored construction paper that measures a finished book size of 5” x 7” (a total of six pages stapled or bound together is needed for this activity). If the children are old enough they can participate in the making of the blank book first.  Markers, crayons, magazine pictures or newspaper food ad pictures, age appropriate scissors, glue sticks

Procedure:

Guide the child in making a cute front and back cover for this bilingual number book. “My Book of Numbers/Mi libro de numeros” is one suggestion.  Each page should have the numeral (1), the English word (one), and the Spanish word (uno) for the number you are working on.  Assist the child in finding a picture that depicts the number of a certain item (one banana, two dogs, three pencils and so on*). Glue the picture onto the page that corresponds to that number.  The English-language number words in sequence order are one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten while the Spanish language number words in order are uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, and diez.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

 

*). Glue the picture onto the page that corresponds to that number.  The English-language number words in sequence order are one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten while the Spanish language number words in order are uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, and diez.

Teaching Spanish, Teaching English, and Great Giveaway to Help Make it Fun!

Friday, September 10th, 2010

jessica-in-boca-beth-shirt Win this adorable Boca Beth bilingual t-shirt in red, blue, green or orange plus six of these adorable and lead-free, toy-tested mini maracas in six bright colors (cherry red, royal blue, lime green, yellow, purple and pink!!!) PLUS our first and best-selling Boca Beth bilingual music CD for children titled My First Songs in Spanish / Mis primeras canciones en Inglés.

HOW DO I WIN???? you ask…

Simply comment below with two color words – one in English and the corresponding Spanish one.  For example “red / rojo”  You must comment with a new pair of words – ones that no one else has commented with before.  I suggest going to my web site’s See It! Say It! area for ideas or use www.spanishdict.com for simple translation help.

A random contributor will be chosen Sunday night, 9/12/10, at 5 pm EST to win all of the Boca Beth goodies!  ¡BUENA SUERTE!  GOOD LUCK!

My First Songs in Spanish music CD    Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

A Twist on the Shell Game ~ Kids Learn Through Play

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Remember that game from years back where you placed shells under cups and tried to keep your eye on the cup that had the shell under it?  Here at The Boca Beth Program we take that game and add a little bilingual twist to help reinforce our Spanish and English kids’ song titled Veo colores / I See Colors.  Watch below!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7qyN3GJg-M

So, when you are looking for some other things to do once you have sung our Boca Beth bilingual song for children again and again and again (remember – repetition is the key to learning!!!), use the cup game and some of the books listed below to tie it all together for young children learning a second language.  Simply click the links to find the details of each book!

Los colores / Colors found on Amazon.com

Eric Carles My Very First Bilingual Books – Colors/Colores

Soft touch book for babies on Colores/Colors

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Tomorrow you will find out what our ever-so-cool giveaway is in conjunction with our learning colors the Boca Beth bilingual way!  Stay tuned amigas/amigos/friends!)

Veo colores in English / I See Colors in Spanish ~ A Bilingual Lesson for Children

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

It’s the start of a new school year.  Teaching the basics are part of our daily routine with preschoolers.

Repetition is the key to learning for all!

Let’s review a fun lesson on seven / siete / 7 colors in English and Spanish with our Boca Beth bilingual song titled Veo colores / I See Colors found on our first bilingual CD!

Here’s a fun YouTube mini lesson with children introducing the colors using visual aides from Lakeshore Learning and props from the Dollar Store!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fkpzAO9x1Y

Below are some suggested classroom activities to go hand-in-hand with this children’s bilingual song:

Use visual aides that show the seven (7) colors. I have found really nice ones that have an animal associated with the color at Lakeshore Learning. This makes the song even more interesting if you can match the color with the animal name and elaborate on it a little more during the music. Allow the children to hold the props as they say the color word correctly in both Spanish and English without shouting (guide them in saying “Please, don’t shout/Por favor, no grita”). The children begin to get competitive during this song in order to be one of the chosen ones to hold a prop, but if you stick to your rule of no shouting – they will catch on that you mean it and will stop the unnecessary noise.

  FREE Bilingual Language Cards with colors found here!

Another cute thing to do with this song is to buy some small color links that the children build a small color link as the song progresses. You will only be able to go through to white (no black or brown color links last time I checked!). It’s just another fun way to teach the second language with hands on manipulatives.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Circle Time Activities for Preschoolers, Family Fun and a Bilingual Song

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Below are the suggested circle time activities for our I Love My Family / Yo quiero mi familia bilingual kids song:

Using visual aides of the family members from this song I choose different children to be each family member. (Again, you can find the entire family in educational stores as a visual aid and simply laminate the English on one side, the Spanish on the other side.) Then we sit on our designated area of the semi-circle, and the child holding the “mommy/mamá” walks around the circle showing us their “mommy/mamá” during the chorus about “mommy/mamá” then that child sits down on their spot. The “daddy/papá” walks around and so on.  On the chorus of the song the children are encouraged to hug themselves as we all sing, “I love my mommy” or “I love my brother”

FREE bilingual langauge cards available 24/7 right here at this link!

Another fun idea I heard about from a fellow early childhood professional is to have the children make popsicle stick family members by decorating them with arts & crafts materials or cutting out magazine pictures of various family members from the song and gluing them on.  Then we use our mini class parachute and during each section of the song singing about one particular family member, we place our popsicle stick family members in the middle of the parachute, and we ‘fly’ them into the air!

Here are the lyrics for this fun song that is sung in Spanish and English by children ‘ringers’ who are children brought into the studio to sing on our Boca Beth music CDs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers!

I Love My Family / Yo quiero mi familia
(sung to the melody of “B-I-N-G-O”) 

I have a Mommy, she is great!
She is my mamá. 
Mommy is mamá 
Mommy is mamá 
Mommy is mamá 
I love my Mommy!

I have a brother, he is great!
He is my hermano.
Brother is hermano
Brother is hermano
Brother is hermano 
I love my brother!

I have a Daddy, he is great!
He is my papá. 
Daddy is papá 
Daddy is papá 
Daddy is papá 
I love my Daddy! 

I have a Grandma, she is great!
She is my abuela.
Grandma is Abuela
Grandma is Abuela
Grandma is Abuela
I love my Grandma!

I have a sister, she is great!
She is my hermana. 
Sister is hermana 
Sister is hermana 
Sister is hermana 
I love my sister! 

I have a Grandpa, he is great!
He is my Abuelo.
Grandpa is Abuelo
Grandpa is Abuelo
Grandpa is Abuelo
I love my Grandpa!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth