Archive for February, 2011

Counting Ten Toys the Fun Bilingual Way!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I shared with you the Boca Beth bilingual song about Seasons last time.  It was one of the six songs we shared on my online show called Fiesta Fun over at MomTV.com.

WHAT?!?!?!?!  You haven’t checked out my live show online yet?  Come on!  A mom and her children watched it while grocery shopping this week via her Droid … she tells me it was “one of the best behavior shopping trips in a while!”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYNFV04LBrA

We sang this song during my show using 10 toys on a TV tray in front of me on the set, but it didn’t work so great (so enjoy the YouTube version of this cute bilingual kids’ song above).

Want to find some books to add to the counting in Spanish and English learning fun?  Go here for some great deals now

And here for more.

And here as well!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Learn the Seasons and More in Spanish / las estaciones

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Today’s Fiesta Fun online show for children over at MomTV.com was full of music & movement fun!  Watch the reply here.

Learn more about the Seasons in Spanish at this link.

Play Hangman with this fun site regarding season and months of the year.

Learn the Seasons a different way here.

Enjoy this video of me singing the Seasons with YOU!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SE3YoKHNLQ

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Speaking Two Languages Might Delay the Onset of Alzheimer's

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Just last evening I received a call from one of my best friends (don’t we all need some really good girl friends?!?!?!) telling me that she had received disturbing news from family back home in Alabama.  Their Grandpa is not recognizing anyone in his life, he’s very disoriented and life for him as he has known it changed as they rushed him to the Emergency Room.

I couldn’t help but quickly reflect upon the very recent Associated Press article I had read in my Tampa Tribune about the delay of the onset of symptoms related to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Here is a take on that same report from Dr. Ellen Bialystok shared in The Huffington Post.

I miss my parents and my grandparents and am so thankful that all passed on with great mental clarity and memory that often times made me simply admire them in amazement and wonder! 

It must be frightening to live with this disease called Alzheimer’s, and I am praying that – as Dr. Ellen Bialystok and her team continue to research the boost to the brain that being bilingual provides (this is not the first time she has reported on this as I have been sharing her findings in my keynotes and trainings for at least 5 years!) and others look for a ‘cure’ for Alzheimer’s – my contribution of my Boca Beth Program helps thousands experience the many benefits derived from learning a 2nd language early in life.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Preparing Children with Spanish and English Language Learning

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Let's Eat!/A Comer! (My Family: Mi familia)It’s rewarding finding so many additional bilingual resources to bring the Spanish and English languages together.  Find this book on Amazon.com for less than one dollar used

This book will help a child learn how much they truly can do (just like in the song from our Boca Beth bilingual CD Sing Along with Boca Beth that we are focusing on this week – Getting Ready for the Day – we end the song with the children singing “I can do it!  ¡Puedo hacerlo!”   This is the big book version of the bilingual book link.  ($14.73 new on Amazon.com)  There is a regular size board book available as well for this title.  

Big Book: I Can! / ¡Yo puedo! (English and Spanish Foundations Series) (English-Spanish Foundations)Lastly, check out this great bilingual board book that takes a child through parts of his day with Spanish and English learning fun (available for less than $4 used on Amazon.com).  I love this book because it goes hand-in-hand with my What Time Is It? / ¿Qué hora es? song from another Boca Beth CD.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Online Show Prepares Toddlers & Preschoolers for Their Day and Their Future

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

It was ANOTHER super fun online show this morning over at MomTV.com and my show called Fiesta Fun!  Check out the replays here 24/7.

a-fun-class-with-bocaIt’s so very rewarding having a live show where the moms can interact with me via the chat feature, the children get to move around and learn Spanish with music fun, and the 30 minutes flies by for all of us!

This week’s line-up of music included the following song off our physical fitness CD titled Sing Along with Boca Beth:

Getting Ready / Preparando 

Hop on over to our site and download the FREE suggested circle time activity ideas.

Getting Ready For My Day / Preparando para mi día  Click the link to the left to download this song for FREE!

Click right here to get to the FREE suggested circle time activity fun ideas.
Boca Beth’s CD Sing Along with Boca Beth / Canta con Boca Beth  Love the thought of introducing Spanish and English to your family with our music, but you need to save some money today?  Call us toll free, 1.877.825.2622, and tell me you saw this offer to receive FREE shipping and a $10 price!

Do it!  Call now!  Toll free to 1.877.825.2622 and get this bilingual music CD that will introduce about 200 words and 90 phrases via our music fun!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

 

Feliz día de San Valentin or Happy Valentine's Day or Feliz día de los enamorados

Monday, February 14th, 2011

The list of options of ways to say Happy Valentine’s Day in Spanish goes on and on and on!

 

Feliz Día de los Enamorados (From a Native speaker)

Feliz Dia De San Valentin

Feliz Dia De Los Enamorados

Feliz san valentin

Dia de los enamorados feliz

Feliz dia de los enamorados

Feliz dia de la amistad. = Happy friendship day

Feliz San Valentin

Feliz Dia de San Valentin

“Feliz Dia de Los Enamorados”

Feliz dia del Amor y la Amistad

In Mexico, we usually say: Feliz dia del Amor y la Amistad! some other Latin American counties say: Feliz dia de los enamorados!. I’d recommend you to make your cards as: Feliz Dia de San Valentin! everyone knows that expression as well.

Below are some review words you can read AND hear from my amigo Chris over at Spanish-word-a-day.com.  His site ROCKS!  Check it out.

la amistad  –  friendship

 el beso  – kiss

  enamorado  –  in love

  el novio  –  boyfriend

   romántico  –  romantic
Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth                   

Lions and Tigers and YOU … Oh my!

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

It’s true … we sang about lions and tigers and elephants and monkeys Tuesday morning!  Were you there at Fiesta Fun – my online show for kids and adults to learn Spanish and English via music & movement fun?  Watch the replays of each weekly show at this link.

musicandmovement We also sang about dogs, cats, horses, ducks, cows and birds as young children learned Spanish and English vocabulary words with our Boca Beth bilingual songs. 

Listen in as I conduct a mini lesson on animals from around the neighborhood via my You Tube Channel:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kIlo0zKY2E

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Want to win two of our four award-winning bilingual music CDs?  Enter this giveaway today – hurry!  It ends Friday, February 11, 2011!)

more-boca-beth-revised-front-coverOne of the CDs you might win!

Lesson Fun for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Learn Animal Names in Two Languages

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Learning with music is so much fun! 

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

This week my online show over at MomTV.com focuses on learning the names of animals in Spanish and English plus some of the sounds they make!  Hope you can tune in live or check out the replay at this link.

Stay tuned this  week here at my blog for ways to add to the bilingual educational fun that we provide over at The Boca Beth Program

And don’t forget … you do NOT have to be bilingual to give the gift of a 2nd language to those special young children in your life!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Learning Spanish According to Kristof; Parenting Children According to Chua

Monday, February 7th, 2011

It wasn’t long ago that I read an interesting editorial in the New York Times touting the necessity and practicality of learning Spanish.  In fact, it was only late December 2010 that this wonderful column was penned and shared by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nicolas Kristof.  I encourage you to take a quick read.

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Kristof’s points are all ones I speak about often in my blog, on my web site and during my keynotes and trainings.  The population of the U.S. currently includes more than 48 million people who speak Spanish as their native language.  (see link for stats)  For day-to-day application, for learning a language that is more easily applied to others and for easier acquisition than most other world languages – SPANISH is the clear choice!

Funny, the total opposite side of this coin is YOUR CHILD MUST LEARN MANDARIN (a dialect of the Chinese language).  There is an ever-increasing request for Mandarin classes for young children, products that will introduce Mandarin to little tots, and even school programs that include Mandarin in a dual-immersion setting.  Spanish still remains the most requested language program in the United States based on the points Kristof points out and most of experience daily.

Early last month this controversial essay was published in the Wall Street Journal by Amy Chua.  Although it speaks to the subject of ‘Western’ parenting styles compared to Chinese parenting styles, it leads me to contemplate once again which language should our United States’ students be learning as their 2nd language (knowing that a 3rd can also be learned if parents choose).

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Is Mandarin truly going to be the language of the future for the majority of our U.S. children?  Or will it simply assist those who choose a career which involves dealing with China and/or Chinese people?  Knowing that it takes 4 times more hours and effort to learn Mandarin and its complexities when compared to Spanish (a romance language which easily segues to other romance languages) I have many people tell me the choice is an easy one!

What do you think?  I won’t even ask about your opinion on the Western vs. Eastern parenting essay….that is a personal gut feeling that most of us hold dear to our heart, our soul, our faith, our mind, and I would never ask you to share your feelings on that subject.

My question is simple – Someone walks into the PTA meeting or homeschool co-op meeting and gives you the choice to teach your young child (free of charge for 5 years) Mandarin or Spanish – which would you choose for your child?

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

How to Teach Opposites / los opuestos To Toddlers & Preschoolers with FUN!

Friday, February 4th, 2011

FREE bilingual language cards on opposites at this link!

So many resources that bring Spanish and English together with opposites as the theme.  Let’s get rolling amigos, amigas / friends!

As a classroom teacher for more than 15 years I use Enchanted Learning’s Web Site often.  Spanish opposite worksheets here.

Those of you who have followed my blog and received our Boca Beth Buzz e-newsletter monthly know very well how much I support this FREE online resource site called OnLineFreeSpanish.com

Want something you can buy and hold that will reinforce the vocabulary associated with opposites / los opuestos?  Go here for a cute book from Scholastic with Clifford the Big Red Dog in it.

Try checking out this entire page for more bilingual learning fun selections!

Tune in to this short mini lesson from me, Boca Beth, to help your child learn opposites in Spanish and English via our fun bilingual song.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRRg8w8OZoM

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth