Archive for June, 2011

Lions and Tigers and Bears and Dogs and Cats and Ducks – Preschool Learning Fun!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

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It’s been a journey creating a company that brings Spanish and English language learning together for young children.  I love how we didn’t just create a DVD and put it up for sale, hoping people would buy it.

I literally took my teaching in early elementary school classrooms along with preschool classrooms experiences, my living in Chile and Mexico experiences, and my raising three children experiences and combined them all to make a practical, what-can-I-use-easily-each-day type of approach to my Boca Beth Program and product line.

backpack-small  Now 9 years+ into this entrepreneurial experience, I find myself continuing to share free resources via this blog that will empower parents and teachers to introduce Spanish and English to young children with smiles.

Free suggested circle time activity for our animal songs from this week’s show over at MomTV.com are at this link.  (Song #11)

Free language cards that feature many animals vocabulary words in both world languages are at this link.  (Look towards the bottom of the page.)

And – of course – coloring pages with animals from around your neighborhood are right here.

Plus, we love providing online video learning fun when possible about our bilingual themes:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbmZQgt51hA

Anything else you would like to see from us?  We love suggestions? 

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Animals, Animales ~ Learning in English and Spanish

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

It was a fun bilingual children’s show today with lots of animals / animales learned in both English and Spanish!

0610_bocabeth_cards   0610_bocabeth2_cards                                                                 I invite you to visit MomTV.com to view the replay of our bilingual music and movement fun show here at this link.

We shared audio downloads for you and your children to learn many names of animals in both languages.

Below is a video of learning fun with Boca Beth:

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

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

How to Introduce Your Child to Spanish as a Second Language

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Recently I ‘met’ the Speekee amigos & amigas.  I first found out about Speekee via my relationship with www.SpanglishBaby.comWhat?  You haven’t visited Ana and Roxana’s wonderful community of helping you raise bilingual children (with the emphasis on Spanish and English?)?!?!

I’ll tell you this – you visit SpanglishBaby.com regularly and get involved in their active community of parents and teachers hoping to change the face of our nation’s communication then hook up with Speekee for their free two-week-trial for practical applications you can make to your daily routine for Spanish learning, and you will be well on your way to adding to the Boca Beth language learning fun you already enjoy.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXKz8dWQ2xE

A wonderful resource for our audio/visual daily learning fun is from my friend over at Spanish Word a Day.  Sign up for his FREE daily word lessons that include audio as well as visual.  (Did you realize that almost 70% of people need to see something in order to REALLY learn it?)

It truly is amazing how the internet has opened up many, many doors for learning.  What doors have you found?  Which ones have worked successfully for you and your family in terms of learning Spanish and English at a young age?  Share in the comments below, and you never know what wonderful Boca Beth gift/regalo I might send you as a GRACIAS.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Sprinkle Spanish Fun into Your Summer Routine for FREE

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Most of us have heard the stats on how much learning regresses during the Summer Months.

Let’s jump start our Summer Learning Fun the FREE, musical and easy way!

I invite you to skim this article I published a few years back about bilingual learning fun.

Then print off some of our more than 140 bilingual language cards for kids to learn Spanish and English at this link.  (Remember … there are pages & pages of these free bilingual teaching resources!)

Next go over to my YouTube channel to enjoy more than 50 mini lessons presented with music teaching a foreign language.

How about some www.OnLineFreeSpanish.com fun from my friends / amigas, amigos?  Their language learning fun seems to never end!

Now go to some See It! Say It! lesson time while driving to your Summer Fun Spots.  (Download to a MP3 player or iPod / iPad and keep the learning going & going & going!

Later this week I will share more resources to keep the Spanish and English learning fun going all summer.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Summer Learning Made Easy Over at DealsAmongMoms.com

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

animals-eco-dvd-cover Seems like the summer just got better with today’s Daily Deal over at my amiga Morgan’s web site called DealsAmongMoms.com!

Think GROUPON meets mom-owned businesses that offer their products at great savings for you to enjoy with your family!

Most studies show that the learning decreases significantly during the summer break, and I have put together a terrific three-pack of our top-selling Boca Beth bilingual products for this three day deal!

Since I am 51 I am providing a 51% savings on this combo-pack!

It brings the cost of the DVD, the CD and the bilingual book down to $19.59 which is the year I was born.  (Yes ~ it took some calculating to make those numbers work out, but we did it for you and your family!)

So hurry on over to DealsAmongMoms.com RIGHT NOW and stock up for holiday gift-giving, teacher gifts, birthday presents for parties in the months ahead, even baby shower gifts!  You can’t go wrong giving the gift of a second language these days.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth  … check out Morgan talking about Boca Beth fun stuff about 3-4 minutes into this video clip!  Tell your friends por favor / please.

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

How Do YOU Share Your Voice? Check Out iVoices on iVillage with Me!

Friday, June 10th, 2011

It wasn’t long ago that I found out iVillage was looking for 10 new iVoices for its community.

I put in an application, was asked to make a 3 minute promo video, and VOILA!  Next thing I know I am featured in their highlight clip found right here at this link!

With Natalie Morales of the TODAY show, along with Kelly Wallace of iVillage, plus Tamron Hall of MSNBC’s News Nation and Amy Robach of Saturday TODAY helping with the judging process it’s great to know that my passion and my bursting-to-come-out-stand-up-comic-side will possibly be unleashed in a bigger platform than I already enjoy. 

        Image: Amy Robach L-R  Natalie, Tamron, Amy

Many of you who have followed my journey for the 9+ years I have been online know some of the topics on which I am passionate.  Having had either first-hand experience with or close proximity to (via family & friends) the following life challenges:  bullying of a middle school child, addictions, coming out of a loved one, English-only mentality, and loss of a child during pregnancy.

Everyone has a journey.  It’s what we choose to make of the journey that sets us apart.

I hope to share my voice as one of the new ten iVoices on iVillage soon.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

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How Many Languages Can Successfully Be Learned Before Age Five?

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

smiley-boy  Reports vary!

  Experts debate!

  Parents say “No way!”

Most findings suggest up to five languages can be successfully learned & processed in a young child’s brain before the age of 5!

My feeling as a mom and as a bilingual program/product line founder is introduce what feels comfortable to both you and your family.

Below is a video showing two children under the age of  five learning both Spanish and English AND having fun:

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

What do YOU think?  Know of anyone in your circle of family or friends who has a child as a walking testimony to the fact that these young children CAN learn more than one language before the age of five?

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Does Online Programming Work for Young Children?

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

After having explored the world of Preschool Series and creating a program that would be fit to pitch to the ‘big guys’ such as Nickelodeon, Disney, PBS I have opted to take my Boca Beth Program and bilingual fun to the online world of sharing.

fiesta-fun-2 Are young children ready, willing and able to learn via a live show that is now streamed from a computer?  Granted, with technology these days, you can stream that show from your computer into and through your TV’s big screen with just a hook-up of cables!  (Now that boggles my mind!)

I guess my question is, are children ready for this type of interactive and real-time learning style?  Where the Host of the show actually calls their name out loud, recognizes the children by name and everyone experiences real time learning?

watchingfiestafunThis is an image of a family child care provider in Florida and her family child care children enjoying one of my weekly bilingual shows for children via MomTV.com.

We sing, dance, and play in Spanish and English for learning fun that seems to FLY by in 30 minutes.

Any thoughts on where this type of programming might go?  Is this the new way of sharing a preschool series that just couldn’t raise the millions of dollars needed to compete in the arena of the big players and simply struck out on their own to share their vision organically?

Would love to hear from you!  Happy Educating / Sea feliz educando Boca Beth

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-OSYzm1Tto

Learn The Spanish Alphabet Using Free Resources

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Listen in and learn how to say the Spanish alphabet … el alfabeto español:

Hear The Spanish Alphabet / El alfabeto Español

Or use this link:

Repeat Letters A – Ñ

Repeat the rest of the Spanish alphabet, then write it.

Hope this helps a lot!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Learning the Spanish Alphabet with Boca Beth

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLIzGGcTN6Q

I really enjoy making videos like this one, and I love sharing my bilingual fun every Tueday morning over at my live show called Fiesta Fun.  Thank you to Maria Bailey of Marketing with Moms who helps me make the replays available 24/7 ~~~ click here to view some bilingual kids’ shows now.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth