Archive for January, 2011

Bilingual Resources That Make Your Job Easier as a Monolingual Parent/Teacher

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

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This week’s lesson from my Fiesta Fun online show (find us over at MomTV.com every Tuesday morning at 10 am EST) centers around children learning vocabulary words in Spanish and English around parts of the body.  The replay of the show is available online at this link.

Below are some fun, easy-to-access and practical resources that introduce Spanish-speaking children to English and English-speaking children to Spanish:

See It!  Say It!  ~ Listen in and read the vocabulary words at our free bilingual resource area today!  (click the link to the left and go about three sections down the page to find parts of the body)

My Body / Mi cuerpo (English and Spanish Foundations Series) (Book #8) (Bilingual) (Board Book) (English and Spanish Edition)                                    

Free bilingual language cards ~ Simply click the link to the left, find the cards for ear/oreja and nose/nariz on this page, print them off and laminate them for long term use, then look around for other flashcards you find interesting to use

Bilingual books are always great ~  Use this book (link is to the left) for reinforcing the parts of the body sung about in our Movin’ & Groovin’ song.  Try this one also – both are wonderful and bilingual (meaning they feature Spanish and English on every page)

It’s easy finding resources that bring the bilingual learning to life using the internet!  Try it!  Then share with us in the comments below what other Spanish and English learning tools you found for young children learning parts of the body.  Gracias/Thank you.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

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Learning Spanish and English Vocabulary for Parts of the Body with Music Fun!

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Today’s Fiesta Fun Show is going to be another fun 30 minutes full of ways to bring Spanish and English together via music and movement with me, Boca Beth!

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What . . . you haven’t watched our show yet?  Why not?  Here are 4 reasons to tune in today:

  • It’s commercial-free because it’s online!
  • You can interact with me, the hostess of the show, via the chat feature!
  • Your children can hear their names as I look into my mirror at the end of the show (think Romper Room!)
  • We have a giveaway of Boca Beth product every show, and YOU might be the winner!

Get ready to do Movin’ & Groovin’ with us at the end of the today’s show.  It’s the song I wrote to introduce 20 body part names in Spanish and English.  Found on this Boca Beth bilingual CD for children, you can purchase it any day for a 20% savings using discount code bocarocks online at our store.

Below are the lyrics amigas, amigos / friends.  Later this week, we will share more bilingual resources to bring this song to life. 

See you at 10 am EST over at my channel on MomTV.com.

“Movin’ & Groovin’/Mueve y Baila”
(An original beat by Progressive Media & Music
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Movin’ and groovin’!
I like to move! I like to groove!
Mueve y baila!
Move and groove with me! (chorus)

Close your eyes, Cierra tus ojos.
Pull your ears, Ala tus orejas.
Now say yes with your head.
Ahora di si con tu cabeza.

Open your mouth, Abre tu boca.
Touch your teeth, Toca tus dientes.
Now stick out your tongue.
Ahora saca tu lengua. (chorus)

Raise your eyebrows, Lavanta tus cejas.
Pull your hair, Ala tu pelo.
Now wrinkle up your nose.
Ahora arruga tu nariz.

Shake your shoulders, Sacude tus hombros.
Lift your arms, Levanta tus brazos.
Now clap with your hands.
Ahora aplaude con tus manos. (chorus)

Wiggle your fingers, Mueven tus dedos.
Wiggle your seat, Mueve tu trasero.
Now run with your legs.
Ahora corre con tus piernas.

Touch your tummy, Toca tu bariga.
Shake your hips, Sacuden tus caderas.
Now turn all the way around.
Ahora dese una vuelta. (chorus)

Bend your knees, Dobla tus rodillas.
Touch your feet, Toca tus pies.
Now stand on one foot.
Ahora sobre un pie.

Stretch up high, Estira alto.
Sit down low, Sientate bajo.
Now rest your special body.
Ahora descansa tu cuerpo especial.

 

 

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Movin’ & Groovin’ with Preschool Teachers Learning it during a workshop of mine:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7W0yKHXKFE

Does Going Hollywood (to the Oscars) Guarantee Success?

Monday, January 24th, 2011

boca-in-the-addie-awards-bags BOCA being wheeled into the awards area for celebrity gifting!

I cannot believe it’s been almost 5 years since we sent many, many sets of our Boca Beth bilingual products to Hollywood, California for use in a Celebrity Gifting Suite (often called SWAG BAGS).  Read about it here.

I recall feeling so darn proud that I was invited to be a part of this OSCAR Award Show related event (and NO, I did not pay to have my products as part of this Gifting Suite).  Of course the hope was that my products would end up in the hands of the children of the celebrities while PEOPLE Magazine snapped a photo of the child holding BOCA the puppet!  Never happened!

In the meantime hundreds of preschools and family child care homes in Tennessee lost quality products in their horrible flooding years back, children in Haiti still suffer daily with the aftermath of earthquake and flooding, and little ones in my own state hope daily that Daddy gets his job back or finds a new one as unemployment affects many lives.

The gifting to celebs stopped that year and will never return again to my company.  Biting my nose to spite my face?  Maybe in some people’s eyes, but in God’s eyes I am serving His Kingdom by shipping our Boca Beth bilingual CDs gratis to kids in TN, writing a check to Haiti relief efforts via my church, and conducting a free Boca Beth class for an outreach Mission here in Florida.

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What do you think? Have I made the right choice? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Michael Jackson Sang It … "It's as easy as ABC…"

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Learning your ABCs in Spanish can be fun, it can be easy, it can be free from fear of saying it wrong when you learn them with our Boca Beth Program and fun song called Rappin’ the Spanish Alphabet!  Listen in, laugh and learn below:

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Remember, Michael Jackson told us all years ago, “It’s as easy as ABC, 123….”  Click here to hear Michael on The Ed Sullivan Show singing this song.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Teaching the Spanish Alphabet with Music!

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

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Our online bilingual show for kids of all ages shared lots of fun learning this morning – songs about vowel sounds, food/comida and water/agua plus a very easy-to-follow Spanish Alphabet Song that native Spanish speaker and teacher Anna says this about: 

I have found that BOCA BETH‘s Alphabet song is the first song I have been able to use with my Spanish class. The song is accurate and presents ALL of the letters in the Spanish alphabet. I have never been able to use a recording of a Spanish alphabet song in class before, because the whole Spanish alphabet was not used in the song. I am so excited that I am finally able to use a Spanish Alphabet song in my classroom! I also love the ¿ Cómo te llamas ? song. My kids love it too. There are large quantities of Spanish instruction materials out there, but I am encouraged that the songs I have chosen to use from the Boca Beth Program are helping me to instruct my students in a correct use of the Spanish language. Thanks BOCA BETH!

Anna M. Ortega-Shyne, Spanish Teacher, Florida

Want to hear the song too?  Enjoy it by clicking this link right now:  Rappin the Spanish Alphabet from The Boca Beth Program

Here at The Boca Beth Program I have tried to make it super-easy for any parent, teacher, adult to give their special young children a jump start on learning Spanish before elementary school!  Hope these lessons on the Spanish Alphabet are fun and easy for you to use this week. 

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S.  (A reader asked if we would share a music video featuring one of the songs I sang during our weekly bilingual online preschool show called Fiesta Fun the first of January, and I said “Sí / Yes.”  Enjoy Kiss is a Beso / Beso es un kiss.)

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It's Time to Respond to 2010 Census Stats: Preparing Our Young Children for a Global Economy

Friday, January 14th, 2011

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What time is it?  It’s time to help our young children get a jump start on learning more than just English!

I know, I know!   Some of you cringe when it’s mentioned that our students of the United States should concentrate their efforts on subjects other than English, Math & Science.  How dare I even suggest that learning Spanish as a 2nd language is important as well?!?!

Once the next round of 2010 Census Stats are released some of us will be rudely awakened to the fact that there is no room for the old “English only” mentality.

Watch how fun and easy (and non-politically influenced) it can be to help preschool age children learn a second language with music and movement fun.

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Read this article over at my web site on the top 3 benefits of introducing a 2nd language to little kids … it’s not just about learning Spanish.  It’s about powering their brains, super-charging their lifetime language learning skills, and giving them an academic boost that will carry them througout their life! 

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Helping Young Children Learn Spanish and Math Concepts is FUN! with Boca Beth

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Wow!  Our bilingual TV show Fiesta Fun on MomTV.com is going strong, and it’s FREE to tune every Tuesday morning at 10 am EST!

I can’t think of any stay-at-home mom, any preschool teacher, any homeschooling family that wouldn’t just love, love, love this new Boca Beth stuff!  Check out how easy we make it to introduce time to little children along with breakfast, lunch and dinner via our YouTube video, then tune in weekly for my upbeat, music and movement Fiesta Fun online show.

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Below are the lyrics for this fun bilingual song from the Boca Beth Program which is on our second CD titled More Boca Beth / Más Boca Beth available for only $14.99 by clicking here.  This entire CD introduces 150 words and 30 phrases in both languages – Spanish & English – using the methodology that many experts are saying is THE BEST way to introduce a new language to children who are still learning skills in their native language … using a TRUE bilingual format!!!  That is what we do here at Boca Beth!

“What Time Is It?/¿ Qué hora es ?”
(sung to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”)

(chorus)
What time is it?
¿ Qué hora es ?
I need to know!
¡ Tengo que saber !

It is eight o’clock.
Son las ocho.
Time for breakfast!
¡ Hora de desayunar !

Repeat chorus

It is twelve o’clock.
Son las doce.
Time for lunch!
¡ Hora de almorzar !

Repeat chorus

It is six thirty.
Son las seis y media.
Time for dinner!
¡ Hora de cenar !

And now the suggested circle time / classroom activity to go hand-in-hand with this easy-to-follow Boca Beth bilingual song for children:

This is an echo song. I ask the children if they remember what an echo is. I praise the correct answer person and ask them to be my echo in this fun song about telling time in Spanish and English. If the children are old enough to get the concept, they can act out the time of day while singing about it. We hold our arms out in the position of 8 o’clock, then straight above our heads for 12 o’clock, then pointing down towards the ground for 6:30.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

Toddlers and Preschoolers Learn Shapes / Las formas

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

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Want to introduce formas / shapes in your preschool classroom, in your family childcare home, or simply as the new year begins? 

Join me, Boca Beth, for this short yet edutaining bilingual fun lesson that uses the melody of Mary Had a Little Lamb, our free bilingual shapes language cards, coloring book pages from our 44-page coloring/activity book and the replay of our online TV show over at MomTV.com (look for the most recent replay of January 4, 2011 towards the bottom of my show page).

The song I Know My Shapes / Yo sé mis formas is off our second Boca Beth bilingual music CD for kids titled More Boca Beth / Más Boca Beth    Follow this link to read more about our successful bilingual CD that introduces more than 150 words and 30 phrases in both Spanish and English via music fun! 

 

 

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Follow this link to fine the lyrics for the words from this bilingual kids’ song that introduces circle, square, rectangle, triangle, and oval (go down to the 14th song).

Follow this link to print off FREE bilingual language cards featuring these shapes!  You will find four shapes on this page, then search the other archived cards to retrieve the other shapes.  Later laminate them for extended use in the classroom or home setting with young children. 

Lastly, if you own our coloring/activity book for children, you will find all five shapes from this song on pages 27-30.  Young children learn via repetition, and after hearing the song you can use these simple coloring pages with English and Spanish on each page to help the learning continue!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

New Year Equals New Language Learning Fun from Boca Beth

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

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Ahhhhh…the start of a New Year!  I certainly hope your Holidays were happy and your ringing in of 2011 was full of inspiring resolutions (that you might actually stick to!).

In this New Year I am committing to a weekly online TV show for you and your young children over at MomTV.com   It’s not going to be your typical 30-minute preschool TV series show.  Heck!  It’s not even on TV – it’s streamed live via the internet which makes it cool because YOU can actually interact with ME as the host of the show.

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Each week I hope to deliver the following highlights (not always in this order):

  • Upbeat and interactive bilingual songs from my Boca Beth Program & Product Line
  • Fun facts on why it’s so important to start the 2nd language journey EARLY in a child’s life
  • Lesson plan fun to go along with many of the songs from our weekly children’s bilingual show
  • Hints at where our special monthly live stream will be located (once a month I will host my show – called Fiesta Fun – from a location other than my home office)
  • Random giveaways of our Boca Beth bilingual fun products and other bilingual resources I love

So amigas, amigos / friends it’s going to be a GREAT year of language learning fun for you, for your children, for your students.  Marvel at how quickly young children can acquire a 2nd language when music & movement fun is involved!

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Join me every Tuesday morning at 10 am EST (or watch the replays if you miss the live stream).  Hasta mañana/Until tomorrow……………………………

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth