Archive for January, 2012

Let’s Count in Spanish! ¡Vamos a contar en ingles!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Counting past ten in Spanish and English is what we will have fun with this week!

See the lyrics from my Boca Beth bilingual children’s song titled Counting teens / Contando numeros at this page of my web site’s free resource area.  Or here they are below to show you both world languages:

“Counting Teens / Contando numeros”

To do the calendar and have some fun

We need to count to 31.

Most of us know 1 through 10
So let’s begin at e-l-e-v-e-n!
Eleven is once – easy to say!
Once, once, eleven!
Twelve is doce – easy to say!
Doce, doce, twelve!
Thirteen is trece – easy to say!
Trece, trece, thirteen!
Fourteen is catorce – a bit more to say!
Catorce, catorce, fourteen!
Fifteen is quince – easy to say!
Quince, quince, fifteen!
Now the numbers get a little longer.
In Spanish we put them together.
You can do this! It’s easy, you’ll see!
Sing along and count with me!
Sixteen is dieciséis.
That’s 16,
Dieciséis!
Seventeen is diecisiete.
That’s 17,
Diecisiete!
Eighteen is dieciocho.
That’s 18,
Dieciocho!
Nineteen is diecinueve.
That’s 19,
Diecinueve!
Twenty is veinte – easy to say!
Veinte, veinte, twenty!

Now listen in and hear how to count to 20 in Spanish:

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

How Can This Disparity Continue? or Why Mitt Romney Thinks $374,327.62 is Not Much Money?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

This has been on my mind for well over a week.  I debated about posting something public about it, but when something weighs heavy on my mind for this long I know I need to ‘vent.’

The Huffington Post (along with MANY media outlets) reported on Mitt Romney’s downplaying of how much he earned in speaking fees in a one-year-time-period.  That amount:  $374,327.62!  The article goes on to report other disturbing disparities between our upper and middle class citizens.

To give you an idea of how many speeches an average-priced speaker such as myself (in the field of early childhood education which I feel is a very important topic for our country’s future) would have to give to reach Mitt Romney’s amount,  that number would be 107 speeches in one year.  

Then you get to a show like Shark Tank (which I used to watch faithfully as an entrepreneur and an American with a dream that the ‘little guys’ can make it big with the help of some of the already established ‘big guys’) where a guy like Mark Cuban arrogantly struts his wealth.  It’s not his success and wealth that continue to irk me, it’s his overall “I am better than any of you” attitude and vibes he sends off.  

When he brought up that the reason the VIP table price at an establishment shot up simply because he was in the house I turned the TV off!  Mark, there are people in our country unable to put food on their table, moms who can’t clothe their babies, teachers who take a bus to work to educate the future generation, and YOU have the audacity to smirk about how much people are willing to pay to sit near you?!?!?!  

When is the madness going to end?  I respect the celebrities that give and give grandly.  The Oprahs, the Ellens … those ladies know how to make their money and find ways to share with other human beings some of their great fortune.  I know, I know!  I am sure Mr. Cuban gives to charities too, but do you really think he does so with such genuine hope for helping humanity at large?

Thanks for listening / Gracias por escucharme ~

Boca Beth

P.S.  (Author disclosure:  BOCA the mascot and I were flown to Los Angeles in October of 2010 to pitch to the Sharks of Shark Tank.  It was a fantastic experience for us both!  We were treated very kindly by the entire staff of ABC/Sony and appreciate the opportunity to be there.  We did NOT get a deal.  I recall Kevin O’Leary shouting “Kill the chicken!” meaning “Kill BOCA!”  I beg to differ!  The negotiations were eye-opening for me as the owner of the Boca Beth company, and most of the Sharks that season were brutally honest but kind!  Now the show is turning NASTY, MEAN-SPIRITED, and not full of hope for the small guy to make it big.  Let’s end this madness and narrow the gap.  It’s everyone’s responsibility to pitch in and help our country grow stronger.)

BOCA (Daymond John) attacks Kevin O’Leary after his “Kill BOCA!” comments!  

 

 

Want to Sing Happy Birthday in Spanish? Listen In and Learn How!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Fun! Fun! Fun!  No matter how old I get I still LOVE Birthday Celebrations!

Especially when little ones are singing along to the Happy Birthday song I wrote in a bilingual format.  Listen in!

Find the words to this Boca Beth song right here on my web site‘s FREE bilingual resource area for teaching Spanish and English at the same time to young children.  (Look for the 6th song down.)

Now check this really fun video out from another group of talented people bringing Spanish and English together the fun way!  With MUSIC!  ¡La música!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Singing Happy Birthday with Cha-Cha-Chas in Spanish with Children!

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

This video sums up the fun ahead for this week!

Share with us how YOU and YOUR family celebrate birthdays – particularly telling us which Birthday Song you all sing – and you stand a GREAT chance of winning a Boca Beth set of maracas!  Lead-free, toy-tested, and super-perfect for little one’s hands … you’re going to love this week’s Boca Beth bilingual learning fun!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

P.S. (Remember to share below how YOU celebrate birthdays – which song do you sing?  Record it and share it with us via e-mail at BocaBeth@msn.com, and we will send you a Boca Beth bilingual t-shirt or beach ball instantly!  Don’t have time?  That’s okay!  Still comment below on what song you sing, what version of happy birthday  ~~~ with cha-cha-chas, with how old are you?, one of the many Spanish versions ~~~ and you are automatically entered to win a set of our adorable Boca Beth mini maracas!)

Art Time Activities for Feelings Fun

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Smile! You are on Candid Camera!  Take a picture of the children in your care after you have asked them to give their best happy, sad, surprised and scared faces.  There are so many things you can do with these pictures:  You can make a small book or make picture frames with cool handmade borders by the children or just simply hang these up for parents to look at.

You can discuss the different feelings.  Read one of the suggested books about feelings in our upcoming suggestions (in 2 days) and try to tie in the bilingual fun part of it with our song and book.

Parents love and adore this.  It can be a really inexpensive activity if you have a digital camera and just print off regular paper.

Music Makes My Feelings Go Round:  This is a fun way to show children how music makes you feel different – that different types of music evoke different feelings.

Set out large butcher paper if possible or at least large blank white pieces of paper along with paint and many paint brushes of various sizes.  (For the young, young crowd finger paints might even be the better choice!    YOU decide!)

Have a pre-set line up of songs set up with different types of music (Boca Beth bilingual fun, classical, rock, instrumental, and so on).  Give the children simple directions to paint on the paper to the speed of the music they hear and the mood they feel while each particular piece of music is playing.

You will most likely notice some slow painting and relaxed movements to classical and some very fast painting and rapid stroke lines during the more upbeat and fast songs.  

Follow this art activity up with a discussion about feelings:  sad, happy, surprised, etc.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

Preschool Learning Fun – Feelings in English / Sentimientos in Spanish

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

 

 

 

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

This week our focus in on helping little ones learn about feelings and hopefully helping them deal with their feelings.  During these very challenging economic times many of the young children around us are faced with many roller-coaster situations.  Let’s make it our challenge this week to speak openly about these situations, the feeling associated with them, and providing guidance on how young children can deal with what they are feeling.

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.

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

How to Help Children Learn About Feelings in English and Spanish

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Let’s explore some fun ways to introduce feelings to young children this week via my bilingual kids’ song from the Boca Beth Program titled Feelings / Sentimientos off my second of four CDs.

Here are the lyrics:

Feelings / Sentimientos
(sung to the tune of the song “London Bridge” )

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 ‘happy!’

Follow this link for the suggested classroom activity to accompany this bilingual song for children.  (Look for the fourth song down on the list and note the difference between the song lyrics of ‘estoy’ and ‘soy.’   When I wrote the song our translator and I thought it would be fine to stay with soy – which is a permanent state of being – because it fit the beat of the song much better with one syllable.   But as time has passed we truly accept that it should be estoy as a temporary state of being and plan on changing it on the next run of this CD.)

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Preschool Lesson for Introducing the Months of the Year in Two Languages

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Visual learning is needed by more than 65% of the human population!

That means that more than 6 out of every 10 people need to see something (not just hear it) in order to learn it!

Catch this bilingual music video with your young child in order to learn both English and Spanish months of the year.

If you love this method of learning I encourage you to shop online at our bilingual e-commerce store and save 40% across the board PLUS enjoy free shipping with discount code FAMILY!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Bilingual Learning Fun as Winter Season is Here

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Funny how in Florida we are AMAZED when there’s ice on the windshield in the morning!  Such was the case this morning when I left to drive my daughter to her carpool spot.  I love it when it turns cold here in Tampa – even if for just a short while – you feel as if there truly ARE four seasons.

That’s what this week’s Boca Beth bilingual lesson fun for toddlers, preschoolers and even early elementary aged school children is all about.  Learning the four seasons of the year in two languages will add to your child’s vocabulary, increase their cognitive development, and – simply put – make them smarter!

I suggest playing my Boca Beth bilingual kids’ song about the months of the year – found on this CD – as you point to each word on this months of the year chart in Spanish.  Find the corresponding English months online and simply print them out and paste the month of the year in English next to its partner in Spanish for the visual learner!

Follow this link for an audio lesson on the months of the year – how to say them in Spanish.  There are also printables on this site.

This link will provide you with another, more kid-friendly way, to introduce the Spanish months of the year.  Have fun!

Of course, my friends over at OnLineFreeSpanish.com have fantastic resources for bilingual learning fun for your children 24/7.  Click here to find their assistance with learning the months of the year in both English and Spanish.

Take note that most people do not capitalize the first letter of the Spanish months of the year.  That is something I was reminded of 20 years after having lived in Chile.  Most Spanish publishers, authors, and experts agree that the days of the week, months of the year, book titles (except the first word), and more are not capitalized in the Spanish language!  (Strange for us English-speaking folks!)

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Let’s Learn the Months of the Year in Spanish and English

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Ready for a jump start on Spanish learning fun for you and your child this New Year?

For those of you who speak mainly English, here is a short speaking lesson on the months of the year in Spanish:

For those of you who speak mainly Spanish, here is a short lesson on the months of the year in English:

Hop on over to my web site to download the lyrics for free to our bilingual kids’ song that helps both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking families learn the months of the year via a catchy song I wrote to the melody of The Wheels on the Bus.  (You might want the lyrics printed off as we enjoy a new YouTube video from me, Boca Beth, later this week that features this language learning song!)

Experts agree that by using a familiar melody to introduce a new concept makes the learning occur more rapidly and the retention proves to be much longer.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth  

P.S.  Happy New Year!  ¡Feliz año nuevo!