Archive for November, 2011

Learning a Second Language with Music ROCKS!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

I love learning things to music!  

I love teaching with music!

 

Later this week I will share our bilingual Hola & Adiós / Hello & Goodbye song via a new video from my company, but in the meantime I thought I would share this one (which then sparks a debate among many!).

From canciones infantiles (songs for the young) comes a very catchy, upbeat song (below in the YouTube video).  The only problem for many children and adults is that this song is sung in Spanish only which makes the language acquisition challenging.

 I know!  I know!  Many schools of thought say presenting the languages in a bilingual format such as the one we use at Boca Beth is like translation for the child, and he will always depend on that as a crutch!

Listen in, then tell me what you think about being able to learn from this.  I am curious to hear your opinion on the topic of the best way to present a new language to a young child.  Using immersion only or using both native and new language side by side…

See you later this week with my new Boca Beth YouTube video that helps little kids learn Spanish and English the fun way!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Singing Hello and Goodbye / Hola and Adiós with a Bilingual Twist

Monday, November 28th, 2011

I recall sitting in a workshop at the age of about 32 when I first discovered that the ABC song most of us learn our ABCs to is written around the melody of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star!  How many of YOU knew that upon reading this from me?!?!

It will not surprise you then that I used that same children’s classic melody to write a song for my bilingual Boca Beth Program.  This week’s song is titled Hola y adiós / Hello and Goodbye off my first Boca Beth CD.  It’s a song I used to end every live event with.  Now I switch between Kiss is a Beso and this one as I bid farewell to my mini-groupies!

Below are the lyrics for this children’s song in Spanish and English:

Hola y adiós / Hello and Goodbye
(Sung to the melody of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”)

Hola, Hola, I say Hi!
Adiós, Adiós I say Bye!

Hola is the word I say
To my best friends every day!
Adiós is the word I say
To tell my friends good-bye each day!

(repeat chorus one more time)

Follow this link to the suggested activity that goes hand-in-hand with this song for children to learn Spanish and English.  Look for song #14 suggestion please!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

 

 

A Bilingual Kids’ Song About Being Thankful – FREE Music Download

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

When I wrote this song in Spanish and English more than 9 years ago I never imagined I would be performing it holding a pretend microphone from Cracker Barrel and making lots of little children smile wide as they have a chance to ‘perform’ in front of their peers, their family, their friends.

          There is something so adorable about young ones having no inhibitions whatsoever when it comes to standing up in front of a crowd and belting out words to a new song!  Here are the words/lyrics to my Boca Beth bilingual song that introduces how to say PLEASE/POR FAVOR, THANK YOU/GRACIAS, and YOU’RE WELCOME/DE NADA.

 

Please, Thank You, You’re Welcome
Por Favor, Gracias, De Nada
(sung to the melody of  If You’re Happy and You Know It)

 

If you want to say please, say por favor! 
If you want to say please, say por favor! 
If you want to say please 
In Spanish to your friends, 
If you want to say please, say por favor!

 

¡Si quieres decir por favor, di please!
¡Si quieres decir por favor, di please!
Si quieres decir por favor
En Inglés a tus amigas, 
¡Si quieres decir por favor, di please!

 

If you want to say thank you, say gracias! 
If you want to say thank you, say gracias! 
If you want to say thank you 
In Spanish to your friends, 
If you want to say thank you, say gracias!

 

¡Si quieres decir gracias, di thank you!
¡Si quieres deicr gracias, di thank you!
Si quieres decir gracias
En Inglés a tus amigos,
¡Si quieres decir gracias, di thank you!

 

If you want to say you’re welcome, say de nada! 
If you want to say you’re welcome, say de nada! 
If you want to say you’re welcome 
In Spanish to your friends, 
If you want to say you’re welcome, say de nada!

 

¡Si quieres decir de nada, di you’re welcome!
¡Si quieres decir de nada, di you’re welcome!
Si quieres decir de nada 
En Inglés a tus amigas,
¡Si quieres decir de nada, di you’re welcome!     (Enjoy this FREE download of this Boca Beth bilingual kids’ song at the link below.)

Song Teaching Bilingual Manner Words

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Enter this last Boca Beth Giveaway of 2011 here at WeeShare!  You might win our $35 Boca Beth Beginner Set for Christmas or Hanukkah gift-giving fun!)

Thankful for Our Children’s Education

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Funny how having someone visiting from out of town can make you appreciate what you have every day at your fingertips!  (Haven’t you ever felt that way before about something in your world?!?!)

       

Today we took our ‘Aunt Cindy’ on a tour not only of the University of Tampa campus where our son is a sophmore but also of our daughter’s magnet middle school named Orange Grove Magnet Middle School of the Arts in Tampa, Florida.  Thanks to the foundation laid for adaptive learning styles in our home and in our children’s academic journey we are able to showcase a diverse learning canvas from which they paint their lives!

I love Orange Grove thanks to its principal Dr. Rudes and his team.  I love UT for its lovely campus and #1 rating in our state!   In both places it’s all about helping the individual child / student excel.

I love my company Boca Beth for the way in which we utilize research and expertise from sites such as this one on applied linguistics.  It’s been our mission from the start of The Boca Beth Program to provide learning for all types of children – those who learn visually, or via auditory methods, or kinesthetically, via tactile learning and beyond. 

Join me this week as I give thanks to those who have helped me build Boca Beth over the past 10 years.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth 

Bilingual Great American Teach In

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Every year I try to get to several classes in the Elementary Level where I taught for many, many years for the Great American Teach In.  (You really should try it next year – go into a local school at any level and offer your time for even 2 hours of sharing your job, your educational journey, your passion in life.)

So yesterday I shared this I Know the Days of the Week song with over 160 students.  They love, love, love that song because as I allow them to share it they get to ‘perform’ in front of their peers.  Each of the 7 students chosen holds a day of the week assigned to them as we sing this catchy bilingual song.

Here are teachers doing it during one of my trainings:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8d49eMwrck

Happy Educating!  ¡Feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Teaching the Days of the Week in Spanish and English: A Preschool Lesson

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

How about some very fun preschool lesson ideas to go hand-in-hand with our bilingual song titled I Know the Days of the Week/Yo sé los días de la semana ?

Pill Box Fun:  Use a 7-day plastic pill box where each compartment has a letter for the day of the week in English (S; M; T; and so on). Not only does this help many visual and tactile learners grasp the days of the week, but it also reinforces their fine motor skills (opening the boxes) along with letter recognition.  At home I suggest to parents to invest in this pill box during this learning period of their child’s life plus it will allow them to track their child’s vitamin intake regularly!  Parents love the at-home suggestion and extension of classroom learning.

Sing Me a Song:  Get your children singing our days of the week song daily.  In one run through, this Boca Beth song covers the days twice.  Repetition is the key to any learning as we all know!  The children will learn the song after hearing it only a few times.  I encourage you to sing it again & again.  Begin asking the children, “Today’s Tuesday, what will tomorrow be?”  or “If yesterday was lunes, what day of the week is today in Spanish?”  It won’t be long before the children won’t have to sing the song in order to answer your questions successfully!

See you one more time this week with additional resources to bring this bilingual song to life!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Would you like our Boca Beth Days of the Week song as a download?  Here you go amigas and amigos! (click on the link)

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

One of My Favorite Bilingual Children’s Songs

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

It feels like only a few years ago that I wrote these lyrics for our Boca Beth bilingual song titled I Know the Days of the Week / Yo sé los días de la semana.

Enjoy helping your child learn Spanish right alongside English with this song I piggybacked onto the melody of The Ten Little Indians way back in 2002!

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

That music video was shot in Orlando, Florida at Adrenaline Films.  Children around the Tampa Bay area had competed in a contest for decorating our adorable puppet BOCA up, and some of the most creative kids won a slot to be in a Boca Beth bilingual music video! 

 

    What fun!  /  ¡Qué divertido!       

 

 

 

 

See you later this week for activity ideas, lyrics and more from my award-winning bilingual program!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Starting My Shopping Early!

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

It was so nice to go out last week and begin my shopping for Christmas at a local mall while many were still at work.  The mall was not crowded, decorated minimally for the Holiday Season, and I even treated myself to a Starbucks! 

  Upon my return home I realized I had not checked out the new shopping site for all kinds of hand-picked gifts for my own family.  So I hopped over to Tea Collection (cute name, right?!?!) to look for children’s clothes for my nieces and nephew still living in Italy!  My colleague had done right by me, knowing how I love to gift people with the unusual & the out-of-the-ordinary gifts!  It’s fun to shop this site, and I did it sipping on my Chai Tea made at home.

Hope your Fall is wonderful and your Christmas and Hanukkah shopping goes splendidly well!

Happy Shopping Everyone!

Boca Beth

 

A Bilingual Lesson for Homeschooling Families, Preschools, and Parents – FREE Teaching Resources

Friday, November 11th, 2011

I promised!  I deliver!

Hope you love this newest addition to our already vast YouTube video line up at the Boca Beth Channel!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c85REm_0Xdo

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S.  (Did you hear about our cool FREE CD deal – good through the end of this month – November 2011?!?!  Read about it here!)

How to Make Teaching Spanish Fun

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

I have this adorable velcro hand glove from Discount School Supply (a great place for moms, teachers, and homeschooling families to shop for discounted teaching resources and the coolest, trendiest stuff around in the field of early childhood FUN) that I use during the song we are focusing on this week ~ Where is My…? / ¿Dónde está mi…?

Later this week I will be sharing this song via a YouTube video using this exact velcro hand glove so you can see what this musical lesson looks like LIVE!  My YouTube Channel is chocked full of mini lessons and bilingual music videos meant to help YOU introduce Spanish right alongside English even if you speak only one language.  Hope you hop over there and have some fun with the kiddos!

More ways to introduce parts of the body to young children can be found via these other resources I have used and/or discovered:     

This bilingual book for children is a BIG BOOK and can be found on Amazon.com for a little over $6 used.  Titled Mi Cuerpo/My Body it’s a great way to add to the bilingual learning fun.  

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Next up is a series of books from Weekly Reader on parts of the body just as we sing about them in our Boca Beth bilingual song.  Find them on Amazon.com for a little over $4 each used.  I have never used them, but I am familiar with the quality of Weekly Reader items so I don’t think you could go wrong here.

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Of course my amigas and amigos over at OnLineFreeSpanish.com have many activities for FREE on body partsI LOVE this site!

See you later this week with that new video from my bag of tricks!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth