Archive for September, 2011

Want to Raise a Bilingual Child? We Help You Make it Fun!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Let’s keep on this theme of colors using my Veo colores / I See Colors song as the basis for this week’s bilingual education fun!

Remember playing the shell game where you place a shell under three cups and mix them up trying to keep your eye on which cup has the shell under it?

Here’s my Boca Beth bilingual cup game that helps reinforce the colors we sing about in our bilingual children’s song:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7qyN3GJg-M

Ready for a few other free resources that will help you introduce the color words to young children in Spanish and English?

This is from our suggested circle time activity ideas area on my Boca Beth web site to help bring the song to life in your home or your classroom:

Use visual aides that show the seven (7) colors. I have found really nice ones that have an animal associated with the color over at www.LakeshoreLearning.com

This makes the song even more interesting if you can match the color with the animal name and elaborate on it a little more during the music. Allow the children to hold the props as they say the color word correctly in both Spanish and English without shouting (guide them in saying “Please, don’t shout/Por favor, no grita”). The children begin to get competitive during this song in order to be one of the chosen ones to hold a prop, but if you stick to your rule of no shouting – they will catch on that you mean it and will stop the unnecessary noise.

Another cute thing to do with this song is to buy some small color links that the children build a small color link as the song progresses. You will only be able to go through to white (no black or brown color links last time I checked!). It’s just another fun way to teach the second language with hands on manipulatives.  Found the color links over at www.DiscountSchoolSupply.com

See the vocabulary words of the colors in English and Spanish – READ them, HEAR them, SAY them!  That will help for long term retention in addition to singing about them!  Follow this link to my Boca Beth FREE audio clips.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

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The Focus is on Education Nation and Early Childhood Development

Monday, September 26th, 2011

This week on NBC’s TODAY show they are ramping up their Education Nation features and spending a significant amount of time each morning focusing on the state of our Nation’s Education System ~ where it’s broken, how Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation has helped to uncover some of the issues, what’s being done to fix our broken public school system and so much more. 

This week I will continue to share my fun bilingual education method of bringing Spanish and English together for young children ages birth – eight via my Boca Beth bilingual kids songs.  Our fun song this week is I See Colors / Veo colores featured in this video below:

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

Want the words to this song (or – as an adult – need to see the words in black and white?)?  Here is the link to the lyrics off my web site (look for the 4th song down).

Colors and Shapes / Los colores y las figuras (English and Spanish Foundations Series) (Book #3) (Bilingual) (Board Book) (English and Spanish Edition)

I use this book often to reinforce the concepts taught in my bilingual song that introduces seven colors in English and Spanish.  It’s available on Amazon.com for $4.01 used (it’s just their shipping that will get you unless you work around it).

Later this week … more bilingual fun stuff for you and your children from me, Boca Beth!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Preschool Resources for Teaching Spanish and English

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

This week we have been focusing on counting in Spanish and English – more bilingual fun from my Boca Beth Program.  (Make sure you read both posts from earlier this week for lots of GREAT ideas on how to introduce both English and Spanish when counting with young children.)

Enjoy this immersion song – meaning only in Spanish – that helps your child practice his/her Spanish numbers forwards and backwards counting style!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ydJr1Is8xI

Did you use some of our ideas this week to help young children learn to count in Spanish and English?

If so, comment below about it or send me an e-mail at BocaBeth@msn.com with a picture of what you did, a video clip of what you did or simply a detailed explanation, and I will send YOU a FREE gift from my Boca Beth Program and bilingual children’s product line.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Uno, dos, tres … One, two three! Bilingual Counting Made Easy with Boca Beth and Friends!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Want a suggested circle time activity to use with preschoolers and early elementary school-aged children for use during counting fun?  Here you are amigas and amigos:

Ask the children if they remember how to count from 1 to 10 in English. Count together using your fingers for visual aides. Then ask if anyone knows how to count from uno a diez (or desde diez) in Spanish and count together again. Have each child take a musical instrument, tell them we will be counting from 1 to 10 in Español e Inglés/Spanish and English, dancing in a circle/circulo and have them follow you, the teacher, around in a dancing circle to sing the song. When it comes time in the song after ten or diez I ask the children to “STOP” “PARA” and make noise/hace ruido until the words begin again. We always have this song as our 2nd one each language session for the same reasons as before.

Would you like some FREE audio clips to hear, read and repeat the numbers in Spanish and English?  Go here to my FREE audio clips section of my web site for helping YOU introduce a second language to your little ones!

Our friends over at OnLineFreeSpanish.com have lots & lots of lesson fun associated with counting in Spanish.  Go to their site – it’s free to use.

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I suggest you make a counting book after listening to our Boca Beth bilingual song for kids titled Me gusta contar/I Like to Count!  It’s easy to do and will help to reinforce the language learning fun!

Go to this link for a bilingual coloring page that shows the numbers one – five or uno-cinco. 

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S.  (Make a bilingual book with your child, snap a photo, e-mail the photo to me at BocaBeth@msn.com, and I will mail you a Boca Beth children’s t-shirt for your efforts!  Hurry!  We want to see YOUR bilingual books!)

Learn to Count in Spanish! Learn to Count in English!

Monday, September 19th, 2011

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdlFk8KPK8I

Why is it that counting is so much fun for almost every child on the planet?!?!?!

Then mix in a new language, and it becomes double the fun!  🙂  🙂

This week we will be using my Boca Beth song titled “Me gusta contar / I Like to Count” as we share resources that bring Spanish and English counting together.

Stay tuned amigas and amigos for some cool Spanish support that is fun for children!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

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This Bilingual Video Will Jump Start Your Child's Spanish Learning TODAY!

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

I just published this video below on YouTube after having filmed it in our studio – Progressive Media & Music – over 2 years ago!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N05bun-NhaE

Guess I have been busy traveling the road as a keynote speaker for way too long.  It’s really nice being home full time now – working only on the e-commerce side of the business (that means I am selling online only now and no longer at live Conference events around the country) and sharing every day with my family.

This Boca Beth bilingual instructional video – along with 18 others – is available on our Teaching Vignette DVD and comes with the Boca Beth bilingual coloring/activity book that is able to be reproduced for early childhood learning of Spanish and English.  Find it right here for only $9.99.  Such a deal!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Great Morning Circle Time Activity for Preschoolers and Early Elementary Students

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

This school year I will be focusing on one Boca Beth bilingual song each week in my blog.  Suggesting circle time activities to bring the song to life, arts & craft ideas at times, food activity that might go hand-in-hand with the bilingual fun learning, literacy suggestions, and sometimes even science and math tie-ins!

Remember to download the FREE bilingual language cards that introduce the word friends / amigas / amigos.  They are found at this link on my web site and more than 140 of them are there for you to copy off in full color, laminate and bring the learning fun to life even more for your family and/or your students.

This week’s song is Hola amigo / Hello Friend off our best-selling Spanish/English music CD for kids!

Here are the lyrics:

Hola amigo/Hello Friend
(sung to the tune of “Frere Jacques”)

¡Hola amigo!
Hello friend!

¿Cómo estás?
How are you?

¡Muy bien, gracias!
Very fine, thank you!

¿Y tú?
And you?

(song repeats one complete time)

¡Hola amiga!
Hello friend!

¿Como estás?
How are you?

¡Muy bien, gracias!
Very fine, thank you!

¿Y tú?
And you?

Here is the suggested circle time activity to use with this song from my company:

Sing this song using the BOCA boy puppet alternating to a girl puppet you can easily pick up at the Dollar Store.  Depending upon the age group of the children you can choose one boy to hold the BOCA puppet and one girl to hold the girl puppet you buy.  I have teachers around the world using this song each morning during drop off time to their classrooms.

When I travel to do ‘toddler time’ or ‘story time’ at a local library I always start each language session with this song.  Teachers who do this are providing a routine and repetition of the new language learning thus allowing for success daily with the second language learning.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

How 9/11 Changed the Entire Course of Direction for My Future

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Ever seen the show Bear in the Big Blue House?  Adorable show, but now it always brings me back to the morning of the terrorist attacks of 9.11.2001

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enwSyQo8d7k

We were watching the show with our then one year old daughter when a colleague of my husband informed him over the phone to turn to a major network channel mentioning that there’s been a tragedy in NYC.

How did that morning change the entire course of direction for my future you might ask.  I recall thinking in my mind, then speaking it aloud later that night to my husband, I know now that I MUST put into action my thought for a bilingual product line.

Never in my younger years did I ever think I would start or own my own business.

I always wanted to be a third grade teacher (thanks Mrs. Cason for enriching my life at such a young age!).

After the attack on the World Trade Center millions recognized that we never know what each day will bring, and that we must live life to its fullest each moment.

I started my Boca Beth Program due to the kick-in-the-rear this tragic event gave me.  It forced me to stop just thinking about putting my ideas into a product line and to begin the production process along with all of the legalities surrounding owning a company.

It’s been a journey – this road of entrepreneurship can be a lonely one some days, then full of real highs on others.  Right now I am truly thinking about throwing in the towel due the nature of music and movies moving heavily towards digital downloads only.

I welcome your opinion, your comment, your words of advice as I contemplate selling only online digital downloads and no more BOCA puppets, no more coloring/activity books, no more Boca Beth Backpacks,  no more musical shakers.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMz8q6xB9lI

Thanks for being along for this part of the ride.  I look forward to your input.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Why Learn a Second Language?

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

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Shall we start with the global economy?

Or perhaps we should discuss the fact that the United States is one of the few countries that does not make it a practice to teach its young children more than the country’s native language?

Then there is the joke that they tell around the world when asked, “What do you call a person who speaks only one language?”   ~~~~ an American they answer with a laugh.  (not so funny to me)

I encourage you to begin the second language journey now with your own children.  It’s never too early.  Watch these little guys learning shapes in Spanish with me, Boca Beth:

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

I Want to Speak Spanish! ¡Yo quiero hablar ingles!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

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Learning two languages before the age of five is what experts are suggesting parents think about with such a global economy at hand and in our children’s future!

This upcoming ‘school year’ I hope to take you on a bilingual journey of Boca Beth proportions!  Singing, dancing, playing are all going to take place as we mold the next generation of children to be bilingual…starting with babies, toddlers and preschoolers!

Let’s start off with my company’s theme song:

La canción tema de Boca Beth/The Boca Beth Theme Song

Yo quiero hablar Español.
I want to speak Spanish.
¡Yo quiero hacerlo ahora!
I want to do it NOW!

Yo quiero hablar Inglés.
I want to speak English.
¡Yo quiero hacerlo ahora!
I want to do it NOW!

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You and your children will find this song on all three of our full-length bilingual children’s music CDs.  Enter code bocarocks and enjoy 20% savings plus FREE shipping all the time on our web site.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth