Archive for October, 2010

Online / On-Demand Training for Early Childhood Educators

Friday, October 29th, 2010

About three years ago I tried starting online training using GoToMeeting.  People in the early childhood field just did not embrace my vision, and I conducted none, nada, zero, zip online trainings!

Below is a video we captured of educators, moms who had me train!  Now you can have  me train your staff of early childhood professionals without flying me into your community:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDCV0UnrFLA

Here it is late 2010, and I really think that online/on-demand training is the answer for organizations who are facing severe budget cuts and conferences whose numbers continue to trend down due to the economy and not due to lack of interest in learning new things.  

Look at how fun my trainings can be, all the while helping YOU learn how to introduce Spanish and English language learning to your young children, be it a homeschooling environment, a preschool classroom or a family’s daily routine.  Boca Beth makes it fun!  Boca Beth makes it easy!  Boca Beth makes it affordable!  Get signed up for our first one hour training course by clicking here.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8d49eMwrck

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Teachers and Trainings and Technology … OH MY!

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I have struggled with this for almost three years.

It’s time for me to come off the road and focus on the Mommy Market for my Boca Beth Program to succeed (and for my family to flourish!).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ6E2OorehQ

See…the teachers love my keynotes, my early childhood trainings!  Listen in on this Spanish maestra (it’s not ALL in Spanish so fear not my Anglo Amigas!):

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DdZW_HMASQ

It’s so hard to say I’m coming off the road, but “I’m coming off the road!!!!”

Tune in for online / on-demand training that already is up at my web site.  Go here now to read about it and enroll for our first one-hour interactive course titled Sing, Dance and Play Teaching English and Spanish All Day!

BOCA BETH Online/On-Demand TrainingEnroll in this affordable training now and receive any two of our four bilingual music CDs as part of the course fee.  An amazing deal!  CEUs are available upon request.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Bilingual Resources for a Happy Birthday and a Fun Fiesta

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Ever used OnLineFreeSpanish.com?  YOU SHOULD!  Their site rocks!  Here is a link to their themed party/fiesta fun.  Enjoy!

bilingual-birthday-book

This wonderful board book can be found on Amazon.com for $4.42 and up used or new.  Go here to find it or look below for other books that present both Spanish and English for children to learn both!

Another cute bilingual book about Lucy the Cat found here.

What child doesn’t love Curious George?  Here is a cute Piñata Party Book with Spanish and English presented. 

And this last suggested bilingual book for a little older of a child (say 6-10) focuses on a child named Baldomero and who he is inviting to his birthday party.  This one is true bilingual presentation – equal amounts of Spanish to equal amounts of English (just like our Boca Beth Program presents the two languages!).  The book is found online at my tienda favorita / favorite store TARGET!  What mom/teacher doesn’t LOVE shopping at TARGET?!?!?!?!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Do you enjoy reading this blog and garnering ideas from it?  Will you share it with others please?  Tell some friends/amigas & amigos about it today … thank you / gracias.)

Birthdays! Parties! ¡Fiestas! Cha-Cha-Chas!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ton2pdneXZU

I love how this generation of young children has added the ‘cha-cha-cha’s to our traditional way of singing Happy Birthday!

This week we will focus on parties / fiestas and celebrating turning any age.  Enjoy this YouTube clip of me, Boca Beth, sharing our bilingual version of Happy Birthday (did you know that in the Spanish language there are at least, AT LEAST, 13 versions, 13 ways to sing Happy Birthday to someone?  WOW!!!!   Go here to see some of the many.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrff-R0iyXo

Tomorrow I will share with you some cool bilingual resources to bring more party into the party!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (We have a bilingual version of Happy Birthday on our More Boca Beth/Más Boca Beth music CD which we will be giving away later this week along with some mini maracas in bright colors!  Stay tuned!)

Preschool Lesson Fun with Animals from the WILD!!!

Friday, October 8th, 2010

It’s so wonderful ending the week with this feature article written about our children’s concert in Florence, South Carolina at Francis Marion University!  What a wonderful group of 400 children!  What a wonderful group of dedicated teachers!  Thank you / gracias to all who helped coordinate and make possible this fantastic children’s event!

READ THE ARTICLE HERE!

Vocabulary from the I See Animals / Veo animales Boca Beth song.  Sing it! Hear it! Say it!

Vocabulary Part One from I See Animals Song

Vocabulary Part Two I See Animals Song

Vocabulary Part Three I See Animals Song

Vocabulary Part Four I See Animals Song

If you would like a chance to win the Sing Along with Boca Beth CD / Canta con Boca Beth CD that this song is on, simply visit the link above where the CD is listed as the 3rd CD on the page, and tell me what other song off that CD you think you might enjoy hearing and learning along with.  Comment below this blog post with your reply please!  Random winner to be chosen later this weekend!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Bilingual Lyrics, Preschool Activities and Fun for Teaching Spanish!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Why reinvent the wheel?!?!  Don’t we say that often as teachers and parents, gleaning ideas from others who have walked before us?  I love learning from fellow women, fellow teachers, fellow moms!  So this week I am sharing with you the words from our bilingual kids’ song titled I See Animals / Veo animales  plus suggested circle time activities to go hand-in-hand with our Boca Beth song!  That’s what makes us different here at Boca Beth.  We really help you bring the music & movement learning to life!

tiger-children-with-hats  Sung to the beat/tune of This Old Man, here are the Spanish/English lyrics:

I see a tiger, Veo un tigre.
He has stripes, El tiene rayas.
He likes to run very, very fast!
El le gusta correr muy rapido!

I see an elephant, Veo un elefante.
He’s so big, El es tan grande.
He has a trunk that’s very long.
El tiene una trompa que es muy larga.

I see a lion, Veo un leon.
He is a king, El es un rey.
The lion roars just like this. (Leave time for roar.)
El leon ruge justo como asi. (Leave time for roar.)

I see a monkey, Veo un mono.
He eats bananas, El come platanos.
The monkey makes a silly noise.
El mono hace un ruido tonto.

 

  

And now the suggested circle time/classroom activity to go along with the song:

There are sometimes some cute animal masks to be found inexpensively at the Dollar Store for the tiger, elephant, lion and monkey in this song. Choose four children to wear the masks and invite them to come inside the circle of children. The other children on the outside of the circle are asked to act out the animal and its actions (running in place for the tiger, swinging a big trunk for the elephant, roaring like a lion or making a silly monkey noise and action. 

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Children Learn Two Languages with Animal Fun!

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I See Animals / Veo animales … a really fun bilingual kids’ song off our Sing Along with Boca Beth / Canta con Boca Beth music CD is written to the melody of This Old Man.  Remember that the latest research is suggesting that using familiar melodies, beats that the children and you know and combining them with new lyrics in the target language PLUS the native language will allow for fun language acquisition and long term retention.

Enjoy this YouTube clip featuring the song and some animal fun!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiGNc7DHdRU

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Integrated Programs Make for Lifetime Learners!

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Let’s wrap up last week’s weather / change of seasons bilingual lesson fun with the Science Experiment I hinted about plus the ideas submitted by others who teach our young children.

                

Science Fun: The Cotton Ball & Water Activity

Age Level: Ages 2+; This activity is so fun and easy (even for the youngest children).

Number of students: 12 is a comfortable number

General Subject Area: Science

Materials needed:

• One cotton ball for every child

• Some flat pans or containers (pre-fill with about a 1/2 inch of cold water before

beginning activity)

• Cold water

Introduction: We felt the weather outside today on our walk, we have seen many rainy

days here in Your city and we sang our fun song about weather from BOCA BETH. Now

we are going to use our pretend clouds and talk about rain.

Stated Objectives: Students will be able to use tactile skills to understand clouds and

rain.

Procedure:

1. Give each child a cotton ball to hold. Tell them to pretend that they are holding a

cloud.

2. Ask them how does the cloud feel: heavy or light, soft or hard.

3. Instruct the children to place the “cloud” (cotton ball) gently over the cold water.

Explain that water has evaporated, has traveled up to the cloud, and it is a lot colder up in

the sky, so the vapor turns into water, and it is filling up the cloud. Ask: Can you see the

“cloud” (cotton ball) filling up with the water.

4. Ask the children to gently pick up the “cloud” (cotton ball) from the pan. Ask: How

does the “cloud” feel now? Is it light or heavy? Is it warm or cold? What is happening

with the water? Hopefully they say that the water is dripping from the “cloud”. Ask

them why? Explanation should be that the cloud cannot hold all that water. It is too

heavy. What do we call when water falls from the clouds because they are too heavy

with water? Praise them for being right when they say “Rain!” Ask what happens to the

water when it rains? Validate for them that it is coming right back into the pan, and the

pan could be a stream, river, ocean or the ground.

Closure: Once the activity is over and the children help clean up the “clouds” and “rain” we will sing the “Eeensy Weensy Spider” song to reinforce what we just learned.

Here is a fun literature/science based lesson idea:

Literature/Science Fun: Spot’s Windy Day by Eric Hill

Age level: 1.5 – 6 years old

Number of students: 8-12 children (Circle/Story time comfortable level)

General Subject Area: Language Arts, Science

Materials Needed: Book Spot’s Windy Day by Eric Hill

Introduction: We have met Spot during many of his adventures, and today he is

enjoying a windy day.

Stated Objectives: Students will listen to and discuss Spot and what he encountered

during his windy day.

Procedure:

1. Read the story and discuss along the way as needed.

2. Discuss friendship, good neighbor and helping each other. Ask how Spot and

Kangaroo help one another in the story. And mention that returning things we

find to their owner is important.

3. Talk about the climate and weather conditions. Ask what helps the kite fly?

Could the kite fly without wind?

4. Talk about shapes & colors – discuss the shape of the kite being the diamond

shape and how the diamond shape is the perfect shape for a kite, it helps it fly.

With older preschoolers ask “What other shape can you see inside the kite?” (4

triangles) Then ask about what colors are Spot’s kite.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Ideas shared this week and that were entered into the random giveaway drawing are as follows:

We don’t have lots of pretty leaves here in my part of Texas either, and although it’s fall, it isn’t really very cool. We’re doing a unit on Fall/Halloween here right now though, and are relying heavily on books to show us things that aren’t readily available here. Three of our favorite books about fall and leaves are “Leaves! Leaves! Leaves!” by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, “Autumn Leaves,” by Ken Robbins, and “Why do Leaves Change Color?” by Betsy Maestro. by Lisa

We are doing a unit on the way weather changes as we can be sunny one moment and storming the next. We are reading different books about the weather and listening to music about weather including listening to different sounds of the weather. We are doing art and cooking ideas with the weather. We made stone soup. by Susan

This song will come in when teaching the children about the weather. I plan on translating the song Mister Sun, to go along with it. I have made a large moon, sun, cloud and rain. For an activity the children can choose what type of weather they want to talk about and draw a picture then use it in circle time. by Pamela

The random winner for the Boca Beth Prize Pack during this week’s lesson fun on weather and changing of the seasons is Susan!  We will be e-mailing you to get your address to ship the CD and other goodies from our Boca Beth Program.  Congratulations!  ¡Felicitaciones!)

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