Archive for May, 2011

Rappin' the Spanish Alphabet / El alfabeto español

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

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Our Boca Beth version of Rappin’ the Spanish Alphabet / Rappin’ el alfabeto Español from my More Boca Beth / Más Boca Beth bilingual CD for children.  We released this Spanish/English music CD in October 2003 and revised it in 2006! We listen to you, your comments and suggestions and evolve the company with your help. 

Download the song FOR FREE by clicking this link: Rappin the Spanish Alphabet from The Boca Beth Program 

 

Rappin’ the Spanish Alphabet ~ Lyrics for this song
(original beat – remember that most of our music is set to children’s classic melodies – not this one!!!! It’s a rap song with children singers adding to the bilingual fun!)

Rappin’ the alphabet – echo back
The Spanish alphabet – echo back
Rappin the alphabet – echo back
Alfabeto Español – echo back

Ah, bay, say – echo back
Chay, day, ay – echo back
eFay, hay, ahchay – echo back
Ee, hota, kah – echo back
Lay, llay, may – echo back
Nay, ñay, oh – echo back
Pay, kooh, ray – echo back
Rray, esay, tay – echo back
Ooh, vay – echo back
(goes to only two sounds here)
Wwayooh, xquise – echo back
EeGriega, zaytah – echo back

Rappin the alphabet – echo back
The Spanish alphabet – echo back
Rappin the alphabet – echo back
Alfabeto Español – echo back

Repeat alphabet

Suggested circle time activity to do hand-in-hand with this fun Boca Beth song:

A fun and easy to understand song that brings the ABCs in Spanish to life. The reason this song is not bilingual is because the alphabets in English and Spanish differ quite a bit on certain letters so that there is no direct point of reference that would be easy for a preschool age child nor an elementary school age child to understand.

We free form dance our way through it or if you are feeling “creative” and “brave” you create the dance steps and it becomes a “you do what I do” lesson with lots of smiles and laughs (not to mention the early literacy skills involved as the children recognize sounds of letters in another language – allowing the child to better comprehend his own native language sounds).

There are visual aids to assist with this introduction of ABCs in Spanish that are sold at local learning stores or on web sites like www.lakeshorelearning.com – based on the age of children you are introducing the Spanish ABCs to will determine what you should get. Have a question? Call us at our toll free number of 877.825.2622 anytime to get our input!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

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Sharing Emotions with Young Children the Fun and Bilingual Way!

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkMTea-sxQg

What an adorable kid to help us learn about the Spanish words for various emotions.  ¡Gracias Niko!

Now check this fun lesson out over at my friends’ site OnLineFreeSpanish.com for girls’ !

And this one for the boys!

My amiga Victoria told me about this wonderful feelings/emotions activity idea with a Rintoo Face Pillow.  Thanks for sharing amiga.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

A Guide to Introducing Toddlers and Preschoolers to Feelings / Sentimientos

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Helping young children deal with their feelings in a positive manner is challenging during the toddler and preschool age years.  Whether you are a parent or a teacher you have come across how very real the challenge can be!

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Our song simply titled Feelings / Sentimientos on my first Boca Beth CD  helps kids express happiness, sadness, surprise and fear.  Below are the lyrics to this bilingual kids’ song:

Feelings / Sentimientos”
(sung to “London Bridge” )
Here is the suggested circle time activity idea:

Sitting in circle time we sing this song showing all the different emotions on our faces – we smile for “I am happy/ Yo estoy feliz” / we frown for “I am sad/ Yo estoy triste” / we look surprised for “I am surprised/ Me soprendio” / and we shake like we are frightened for “I am scared/ Tengo miedo.” The true personalities of the “hams” in the class come out with this cute little song and allows children to know it’s normal to have different feelings at different times.

Here’s a link to  a nice bilingual book on just this topic to help children learn with both world languages about their emotions, their feelings.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

I am happy, Yo estoy feliz
Yo estoy feliz, Yo estoy feliz.
I am happy, Yo estoy feliz.
I smile when I’m happy! 

 

I am sad, Yo estoy triste
Yo estoy triste, Yo estoy triste.
I am sad, Yo estoy triste.
I frown when I’m sad.

I am surprised, me sorprendio,
Me sorprendio, me sorprendio,
I am surprised, me sorprendio
I smile when I’m surprised.

I am scared, tengo miedo,
Tengo miedo, tengo miedo.
I am scared, tengo miedo.
I shake when I’m scared.

Repeat first verse of being happy!

Fun Reminder for Fun Bilingual Resources

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

As a teacher for many years I used so much of my hard-earned money on EXTRAS for the children in my classes.

a-fun-class-with-bocaI want to take a few moments today to remind you of all the ways you can connect with my company, enjoy free stuff and possibly win some prizes that bring Spanish and English together for young children ages birth – eight.

FOLLOW THESE LINKS:

My web site has FREE resources available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at this link.

My YouTube channel has more than 50 free bilingual mini lessons to plug in and share with toddlers and preschools hoping to learn a second language.

Becoming a FAN of Boca Beth on Facebook gives you topical updates on my newest products, contests, and happenings.

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I host a weekly online show that is similar to real time children’s TV of long ago ~~~ Think Romper Room, Shari Lewis & Lambchops, Captain Kangaroo and Mister Rogers all rolled into one music & movement packed 30-minute-kids TV show now shown online.  It’s interactive, weekly prizes shared, AND your child has his name shared at the end of the show during Magic Mirror Time! (This picture shows some children gathered around their family child care provider’s computer, and I am on the screen during Magic Mirror time calling out their names!)

Hope to ‘see’ you around my site, my blog, my FB page, and my online show called Fiesta Fun!!!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Seven Simple Steps for Bilingual Bliss

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Most of us know by now that being bilingual is a PLUS in our global economy.

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Read here about 7 simple steps to make the bilingual journey fun (with no 2nd language experience required!).

Catch this short little video showing more than 100 first-graders using two languages with smiles.

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

Enjoy reviewing this easy-to-read handout from one of my workshops on bringing Spanish and English together for young children. 

I hope I continue to provide the latest and easiest to implement tips for you and your family.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Marvel at How Really Young Children Learn a Second Language!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

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The children in this bilingual learning lesson video are 2.5 and 4.5 years old!  Witness how engaged they are with the music and movement learning.  See how we incorporate the visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile modes of learning all within this short bilingual song off my More Boca Beth CD.

Want to bring this Spanish and English learning further once the song ends?  I encourage you to check out this adorable Telly The Teaching Time Clock.  It’s cheaper on this eBay storefront than on Amazon.com right now.

These pocket flash cards assist with the teaching of telling time in both world languages as well.  Only $2.81 for the set of 56 two-sided cards.

See you later this week for more ideas, tips and tools to bring the bilingual learning to life for children ages birth – ten!  Remember to share your teaching idea and/or resource and win a Boca Beth bilingual t-shirt from me!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth


 

Helping Children Tell Time in Spanish and English

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

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

Teaching time can be fun when done with music!

Now add in a little foreign language learning (though I like to call if World Language Learning!), and you have a wonderful jump start on your week’s learning fun.

Over at my online show called Fiesta Fun today, I shared this What Time Is It? song in Spanish (¿Que hora es?) as well, and the children learned more than 15 words in both languages. 

Check out the lyrics here at this link.  It’s the last song on the page.

Here is the link to a cool bilingual book with the same title as my Boca Beth bilingual children’s song.  (It’s not written by me.  It is available used for just under $3.00.)

Later this week we will explore some other cool resources on telling time bilingually.  If you have something to share I welcome you to comment below, and if we print your idea in our newsletter we will send you a Boca Beth bilingual t-shirt!  Get those creative juices flowing, and share with us what you do to bring Spanish and English together to help children learn telling time.  Thank you / gracias.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Preschoolers Learn Spanish and English Words for Colors / los colores

Friday, May 13th, 2011

For my last post this week on the color theme I invite you to check out the lyrics to my Veo colores / I See Colors song here on this page of my web site.  (Look for song #4)

Also, look into the suggested activities to do while singing this song with young children hoping to learn a second language before the age of 10 by following this link to my free teaching resources page on BocaBeth.com.  (Again, look for song #4)

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Not sure if you know that Dr. Jean and I worked on a bilingual music CD for kids recently, and it was released at the start of May 2011!  Here is her Color Box song in English (click the link):

The Color Box song by Dr. Jean

Here is Caja de colores ~ the Spanish version of Dr. Jean’s color song sung by me, Boca Beth:

Caja de colores by Dr. Jean ~ Sung by Boca Beth

Enjoy our bilingual fun music for children to get a jump start on learning the two most widely spoken languages in the United States.  Like the songs?  The CD is available on Dr. Jean’s web site – digital downloads as well.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Teachers love learning the fun way ~ just like kids!  Check this video from one of my early childhood trainings.)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEFxPethb-o

Welcome Song from The Boca Beth Bilingual Children's Program

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

I invite you to enjoy sharing this song with the special young children in your life as you give them a jump start on learning Spanish right alongside English ~ the Boca Beth bilingual way!  This song introduces the days of the week in both languages. (Click the link below to download this song for free!)

I Know the Days of the Week / Yo sé los días de la semana

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (The lyrics for this song and the other 14 on this Boca Beth bilingual children’s CD are found at this link.  Suggested circle time activities to bring this song and many others to life in your classroom, home or homeschooling co-op are found at this link.  The CD that this song is on can be found at this link.  ~~ Remember to use your discount code of bocarocks to enjoy 20% savings today!)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bzs4-z9Qd8

How to Help Young Children Learn Colors / Los colores

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Product DetailsLearning a second language with music fun is one of the easiest ways to make the learning take place without the children even realizing they are learning.   Check out this video below with our Boca Beth bilingual color song introducing 7 / siete / seven colors:

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

How about a few other resources to add to the bilingual learning fun for early childhood years:

These color ‘books’ from Kaplan Learning Company are a bit pricey but look to be of good quality.

How about a free online lesson experience with my pals over at OnLineFreeSpanish.comThey ROCK!

Here is an adorable baby book to use – you can never start too early with 2nd language learning fun!

Even Eric Carle has gotten into the bilingual game with this wonderful board book !Colors/Colores (The World of Eric Carle) (Spanish and English Edition)Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!  ~ Boca Beth