Archive for October, 2011

Greeting Friends in English – Greeting Amigos in Spanish

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

This week we will have fun with young children learning Spanish and English via our Hello, How Are You? / Hola, ¿Cómo estás? song.

Check out this fun video featuring three English-speaking gals learning Spanish the FUN way – with music:

 

Here are the lyrics to this song:

¿Cómo estás?/How Are You?
(Sung to the melody of “Skip To My Lou”)

¿Hola, cómo estás?
¿Hola, cómo estás?
¿Hola, cómo estás?
¿Cómo estás hoy?

Hello, how are you?
Hello, how are you?
Hello, how are you?
How are you today?

¡Muy bien gracias mi buen amigo!
¡Muy bien gracias mi buen amigo!
¡Muy bien gracias mi buen amigo!
¡Muy bien hoy!

Very fine thank you my good friend!
Very fine thank you my good friend!
Very fine thank you my good friend!
Very fine today!

Here is the suggested circle time activity to do hand-in-hand with this song:

If possible, have each child get a BOCA puppet passed out to them and explain that BOCA loves to do “dos cosas/two things.” He loves to sing/canta and dance/baila. I also explain that BOCA has excellent behavior and that he never bites or hits or touches another puppet friend. Have the children put BOCA on their hands and interact with their friends respecting space and enjoying the fun of puppeteering.

See you later this week for more Boca Beth bilingual fun for kids of all ages – babies, toddlers and preschoolers love our bilingual beats.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S.  (This is the last day to save 40% on any size order over at www.BocaBeth.com using code word TREAT.  Remember – we always offer FREE shipping!  SHOP TODAY and SAVE BIG!)

A Round Up of Bilingual Toys for Children for the Holidays

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Do not deny it!  Let it happen!  The Christmas and Holiday Season is upon us!  I simply want to help!

Allow me to share with you some of the cutest bilingual (Spanish & English) toys for young children I have found either online or in person (Please note! * I have not tried every single toy shared today. * Purchase at your own discretion!)

The Bilingual Talking Cube (above far left picture) is from Chicco and sells on this site for $35 with shipping free on orders over $99.  This site offers many, many children products so you could shop for a few little ones in your life and save the shipping fee once you get above $99.   (I love that shipping is FREE on my web site all the time, any size order!)

The Bilingual Clock Learning Toy (middle picture) shows out of stock right now on this site, but I bet you could find it somewhere else if you really like the idea of teaching time and shapes in both English and Spanish to your little darlin’!  Often times I go to eBay and find brand new items like this that people received duplicate of or are gently used, and you can get a GREAT deal on them.

The Bilingual Talking Videophone for Babies (above far right picture) is available on this web site with a 20% savings on the original price to bring it down to $40.   It says it is for 18 month olds and up, introduces counting to nine (9) and vocabulary words from images on the Videophone plus it has some songs (not sure how many).

                                      

It was so cool to find my company’s Boca Beth Beginner Backpack listed under Google images when searching for ‘bilingual toys.’ (above far left picture)  Available for only $30.00 for three more days using discount code of OP.  (It’s a code from a blog review site, and the code expires this Friday, 10.28.11, at midnight EST!)  This fun CD, DVD, puppet, bilingual coloring book and mini maraca arrive in a reusable kid-friendly backpack and will introduce more than 225 words and 100 phrases in both languages.  Regular price is $49.99.  HURRY – get it for $20 off today!

Next up is the pair of Learn and Groove bilingual maracas (2nd picture from the left)  By Leap Frog and super interactive the reviews say, you can find them for $14.99 in stores and online.  (Remember though you will have shipping fees on this site.)  Your child will learn to count to ten in English and Spanish plus learn six color names.

Last up are two of my favorite Bilingual Dolls from Language Littles (above, the two pictures on the right).  Lizzie is for girls and is found here at on eBay for only $18 + $7 shipping (that’s a steal because I paid $30 for mine about 8 years ago, and I see that the cost is $40 on some sites and in some stores).  Ricky is for boys normally (though you can buy either doll for either gender!).  I could only find the 16″ size on Amazon this morning.  They have mini ones on eBay.  It’s available for $37 plus Amazon’s lovely shipping fees!

There you have it amigos and amigas – a pretty nice start to some bilingual shopping fun.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Counting on Toys / Juguetes for Tots / Niños

Monday, October 24th, 2011

The Christmas Season is upon us.  I see the decorations going up at our local Chick-Fil-A where they provide an annual light display like none you have EVER seen!  (See pictures below)

    

TARGET has their store decorations and retail displays going up, Walmart began lay-away plans, and I feel as if December 25th will be here in a blink of an eye!

Let’s count toys today in English and Spanish for some of those babies, toddlers and preschoolers in your life:

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

Here are the lyrics to this bilingual kids’ song:

Diez juguetes son/There Are Ten Toys
(sung to the beat of “Ten Little Indians”)

Uno, dos, tres juguetes, 
Cuatro, cinco, seis juguetes, 
Siete, ocho, nueve juguetes, 
¡Diez juguetes son!

One, two, three toys, 
Four, five, six toys, 
Seven, eight, nine toys,
There are ten toys!

(repeat entire song one more time)

See you later this week with a bilingual toy round up just in time to jump start your Holiday Shopping!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Early Childhood Lesson Plan: Farm Animal Fun!

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

  

Age Level:  Ages 3+

Number of students:  15-20 with help of extra adult

General Subject Area:  Science / Art

Materials needed:

  • Dried corn on the cob (sold as squirrel feed)
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint
  • See-thru container
  • Water

Introduction:  When talking about animals we always end up talking about the various categories of animals – zoo animals, endangered species, rainforest animals, household pets, farm animals and on and on.  After discussion, book reading, art projects and singing about animals I transition into this Science / Art fun with corn from the farm animals’ habitat.

Stated Objectives:  Students will be able to use fine motor skills when picking the kernels off the cobs.  They will utilize their visual skills in the observation of the growth of the corn cob sprouts.  Children will incorporate their tactile and kinesthetic skills as they enjoy the texture of the kernels remaining on the texture table.

Procedure:

  1. Give each child their own dried corn cob
  2. Allow the children time to pick off all the kernels off their corn cob
  3. Use the kernels in your texture table
  4. Allow the children to paint their corn cobs with large brushes and vibrant paints for a fall art project to decorate the classroom.
  5. Save one of the corn cobs to grow in your Science area by doing the following:  Fill a container (large enough to accommodate the corn cob) with 1 inch of water and allow the cob to soak for approximately 1.5 – 2 weeks (a clear, see-through container allows the greatest observation of growth).  Make sure to keep watering the corn cob.  The cob will soon sprout plants that will grow very tall and can be planted in soil.

Closure:  Once the activity is over with the kernels being picked off and the cobs painted we clean up singing our Boca Beth bilingual Animal Song / La canción de animales and decorate the classroom with our bright and beautiful fall cobs.  We observe the change in the cob in our Science area for weeks and plant the off shoots in a visible place that we can see each day to chart the growth progress.

  

A fun class extension of this animal fun – honing in on animal habitats:

Supply children with 3 bowls filled with grass, hay and water in small groups.  Give children many different types of plastic zoo animals.  Have them work together as teams placing each animals in the “environment” or “habitat” where they think they would most likely find them living.  Depending upon the age group of the children, the conversations of “environment” and “habitat” can take place.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

VERY FUN VIDEO about farm animals – WARNING!  Immersion method used but with GREAT visual clues:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00JiNhb7bN0

Teach Me About Animals Por Favor/Please!

Monday, October 17th, 2011

  I haven’t met a child yet who doesn’t love some kind of animal – some species – some furry little fellow!

This week’s song and lesson fun is from my Boca Beth bilingual music line-up is The Animal Song / La canción de animales.  I wrote this song to the melody/ the beat of The Bear Went Over the Mountain and, although it’s a bit slow moving, it does the trick in introducing both Spanish vocabulary words and English vocabulary words to little kids.

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  Go here for the lyrics for this children’s bilingual song!  (Song #8)

  Go here for the suggested circle time activity fun for this Boca Beth song!

  Over at EnchantedLearning.com you will find this fun book for the children to make with animals from the farm.  I have been a subscriber of EnchantedLearning.com over the years, and it’s worth every penny!  You can print this book off their site for free, but being a member costs very little, and you get so much more!

Tomorrow we will share a fun lesson plan with corn cobs and paint – what fun!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Learn more animals names via this fun video from Clever Little Peas! :

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVu8PheArXA

Babies Hear in Bilingual Manner – Help Your Baby Learn!

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

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I love when major publications with klout report on things that I have been saying for YEARS!

Just yesterday the NYTimes published an article titled Hearing Bilingual:  How Babies Sort Out Language (read the entire article right here).  This article informs us that babies (even in the womb) recognize multiple languages and are able to detect their various phonetic sounds.  Then around the age of 11 months (straight out of my notes from my research 11 years ago) the baby’s brain begins to acquire and recognize languages differently.  

Hey!  Haven’t I been saying just that during my keynotes and early childhood workshops on how to bring Spanish and English together for babies, toddlers and preschoolers for almost 10 years?!?!?!  No worries – I have always been ahead of my time. 

During these same bilingual keynotes and workshops for educators, homeschooling families and parents I have referred to Dr. Ellen Bialystok and her many studies over the years on bilingualism.  The NYTimes even featured her work in a recent article found here.

Here’s what all of this means for you as a parent, as a teacher, as a leader of a preschool center, school or homeschooling co-op:

START EARLY when it comes to introducing a second language to young children.  Watch these little ones and older ones enjoying Kiss is a beso / Beso es un kiss.  Our Boca Beth bilingual song being featured this week. 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS-JbLOrvlw

Want to win the DVD this music video is on?  ***7 other music videos are featured within this same DVD titled I Like Animals / Me gustan los animales from my Boca Beth Program and product line***

Simply read through the NYTimes article from yesterday, and comment below on one fascinating fact you discovered.  I will mail out 5 Boca Beth bilingual DVDs for children to learn Spanish to 5 separate winners based on your comments and how thorough they are.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Sharing Kisses / Besos in Two Languages

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGsvRJ8gP9U

I loved shooting this video in the studio with the children you see helping bring Spanish and English together with music fun.

This week’s bilingual fun will center around this Boca Beth song I wrote called Kiss is a beso / Beso es un Kiss off our first CD that is titled My First Songs in Spanish / Mis primeras canciones en ingles

Suggested circle time activity for this song is as follows:   Use BOCA the puppet to give kisses/besos to the children as you move from child to child giving kisses (then move into “hugs/abrazos” for more learning). Remember that some children do not enjoy being ‘kissed’ on the face so you need to read them well and have BOCA kiss their shoulder or their foot or their shoe or sometimes simply blow the child a beso/a kiss.   Many children don’t get much affection at home and need the contact, the touch, the ‘warm fuzzies’ this song provides.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Stay tuned as we will be giving away the Boca Beth DVD that has this music video (and 7 others on it) later this week right here at my blog!)

Good Morning, Good Afternoon, and Good Night in Spanish

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Ever wanted to learn how to say these three phrases in Spanish and remember them FOREVER?!?!?!

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Join us this week with some fun tips on learning good morning / buenos días, good afternoon / buenas tardes, and good night / buenas noches in both English and Spanish.

Follow this link to the words, the lyrics from my bilingual song for children that teaches all three greetings in both English and Spanish (look for song #6).

Then use this suggested circle time activity fun that goes hand-in-hand with our Boca Beth song called The Greeting Song / La canción de saludar:

Use sock puppets or any other puppets that could be used as a Mommy and a Daddy. Go around the circle of children, interacting with them and the mommy puppet during the mommy chorus and the daddy puppet during the daddy chorus. Have the children hug themselves when the choruse section of this song sings “I love you very much/Te quiero mucho.” Relate this to their own relationship with their family members – the hugs, the words of endearment. 

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Did you realize the many physical benefits associated with hugging?  Using this song from my company (and incorporating the hugs during the chorus) allows children to feel more level during such challenging times, improves their immune system, decreases stress in all, and allows for children to give and get those much-needed HUGS!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Giveaways Help You Raise a Bilingual Baby, Toddler and Child

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

boca-beth-beginner-backpack-300-dpi It’s GIVEAWAY time in Boca Beth Land!

Go to this amiga’s web site NOW and enter to win a $50 Boca Beth Beginner Backpack for your child to learn Spanish and English with my music and movement fun way of doing things.  This giveaway ends 10.8.11!

Then, increase your chances of winning BIG this coming week by going to another friend’s site to enter her giveaway for bilingual fun stuff from my company!  This giveaway ends October 9, 2011 so HURRY!

I love, love, love this time of year!  The humidity of our Florida air is diminished with the arrival of cooler temps plus it means thinking of ways to let people know about my company’s Boca Beth bilingual products as Christmas / Holiday gifts.

A brand new look to our web site is one way of spreading the word.  Want to get in on the review team and earn some FREE Boca Beth product for your own gift-giving?  Comment below on what you like right now about our site and what you feel we should change, and I will be in touch pronto/soon!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Catch this review of our products from AnyLuckyDay.com:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhedR5is_6E&feature=colike

Feeling Hungry? ¿Tienes hambre? Catch This Bilingual Lesson for Kids!

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

I recall writing this song almost 9 years ago while I was sitting at a dock on the water at a local park near my home in Tampa, Florida.  ~~~~~~~ A LOT of my songwriting takes place near the water since I live on a lake and close to the beach!

Tengo hambre/I’m Hungry
(sung to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell”)

Yo tengo hambre, 
Yo tengo hambre, 
Oh my, I’m hungry now! 
¡Yo tengo hambre!

Quiero comida, 
Quiero comida, 
Oh my, I want some food! 
¡Quiero comida!

Yo tengo sed,
Yo tengo sed,
Oh my, I’m thirsty now! 
¡Yo tengo sed!

Quiero agua, 
Quiero agua,
Oh my, I want some water!
¡Quiero agua!

(repeat once more)

Basic principles of life … being hungry and thirsty and how to satisfy them both!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth