Archive for February, 2012

Easy as 1 – 2 – 3! Spanish Fun for You and Me!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Ready for more ideas on how to bring Spanish and English together for that special little child in your life?

Try this fun lesson over at my amiga Claudia’s site OnLineFreeSpanish.com that helps kids learn the numbers in both English and Spanish by connecting the dots!  ¡Qué divertido!  What fun!

Next up try this board book with lots of number learning fun for the younger set!  It’s only 47 cents used on Amazon.com.  REALLY!  ¡La verdad!

Now let’s check out EnchantedLearning.com and their fun way of introducing the numbers 20 – 31 so that you can enjoy doing Calendar Time with children in your homeschool co-op, your elementary school classroom, and your own home.  It’s all about making the learning fun for the young ones, isn’t it?!?!

I want to leave you with this YouTube video featuring number learning fun via a rap-style song!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Teaching Children Counting in Spanish & English

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

We are going to have some great bilingual learning fun with numbers 21-31 this week so that we will be able to do calendar time with our young children or classroom students.

Counting Twenties / Contando numeros

(original song)To get to 30 we add once again.
When you hear “i” it means add!
Counting in Spanish is lots of fun!
We’ll soon be to 31!
Twenty-one is veintiuno.
That’s 21,
Veintiuno.
Twenty-two is veintidós.
That’s 22,
Veintidós.
Twenty-three is veintitrés.
That’s 23,
Veintitrés.
Twenty-four is veinticuatro.
That’s 24,
Veinticuatro.
Twenty-five is veinticinco.
That’s 25,
Veinticinco.
Doesn’t it seem like it will never end?
Vamos – come on! Don’t give in!
You can do it! I know you can!
Vamos – come on! Don’t give in!
Twenty-six is veintiséis.
That’s 26,
Veintiséis.
Twenty-seven is veintisiete.
That’s 27,
Veintisiete.
Twenty-eight is veintiocho.
That’s 28,
Veintiocho.
Twenty-nine is veintinueve.
That’s 29,
Veintinueve.
Now we’re at 30, it’s easy again!
We have counted way past 10!
Counting in Spanish is lots of fun!
We’re almost to 31!
Thirty is treinta – easy to say!
Treinta, treinta, thirty!
Thirty-one is trienta y uno.
That’s 31,
Treinta y uno.
To do the calendar and have some fun
We needed to count to 31!
I’m so proud of you – you stuck with it!
You did it! You did it! You really did it!

    

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Making It FUN To Introduce Spanish to Kids!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

This week we continue to explore ways to make it fun to introduce Spanish to little children.  When I began my Boca Beth Program more than 10 years ago I made it my company’s main mission to bring the fun into language learning.

With the family members as the theme this week it’s pretty cool how many places there are to go to find bilingual learning resources.

Use this early learning lesson on family members over at OnLineFreeSpanish.com – a very cool web site that brings Spanish and English learning together for FREE!

Here is a game from that same wonderful web site relating to family/familia.

This book from me+mi publishing is right on this topic about family/familia with a book titled My family and I / Mi familia y yo.  You can buy it on Amazon.com but it’s kind of pricey so I would try eBay or your local library!

Big Book: My family and I / Mi familia y yo (English and Spanish Foundations Series) (English and Spanish Edition)

For all of my teacher friends, homeschooling parents and adults simply hoping to get a grasp on learning the ins and outs of Spanish vocab words about the family, this video below is a good introduction.  I will warn you that it’s total immersion meaning the gentleman speaks ONLY in Spanish!  Still it’s a good launching pad for trying to explain vocabulary words surrounding the family in Spanish.

I still highly suggest our Boca Beth bilingual music for kids to learn simple vocabulary words in both Spanish and English via my More Boca Beth / Más Boca Beth CD.  Introducing more than 140 words and 30 phrases via the songs on this one CD seems like a no-brainer to me!  Call  me direct at 813.855.5393 today only – February 23rd to buy it for only $7 with FREE shipping!

More on this topic of family/familia later this week!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

Preschool Priority: Second-Language Learning

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

For more than 10 years I have been on the offense about the WHYS of introducing a 2nd language to babies and toddlers!  YES!  I did say “babies and toddlers.”

Thankfully, many studies continue to pour out of the Ivory Research Towers backing up the methodology of my Boca Beth Program and Product Line.

Reading this latest research finding today from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child really adds power to the punch of ‘the earlier the better’ when it comes to introducing babies, toddlers and preschoolers to more than one language.

Thank you / gracias to all who have believed and continue to believe that we can  make a difference in the communication of our future generations one bilingual song at a time.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Preschoolers Learn Family Members

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Let’s have some music and movement fun with that special toddler and preschoolers in your life this week with my Boca Beth bilingual children’s song titled I Love My Family / Quiero mi familia.  It’s on my More Boca Beth / Más Boca Beth music CD for kids to learn Spanish and English in a side-by-side format sometimes referred to a parallel learning or the bilingual method.

Catch this video with some real hams acting it up during this song.

Would you like to see the lyrics in print?  Here they are at this link (look for the 8th song).

Later this week we will explore some other fun and free bilingual resources that help young children learn two of the most widely spoken world languages.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!  ~  Boca Beth

She’s in a Better Place Now – Gracias Whitney

Monday, February 13th, 2012

I recall Whitney Houston singing our country’s National Anthem during the Superbowl here in Tampa in 1991 and being spellbound by her genuine pride in and love for our nation.  (Now, don’t be jealous!  I was NOT at Superbowl XXV, I watched it on TV as most of us did.)  Here’s the tie-in to the Persian Gulf War and Whitney’s performance witnessed on this YouTube video:

Being a Christian, I know that Whitney is in a better place.  She’s a believer!  And although she fought substance abuse addiction and made some personal choices that led her away from the life God intended for her she is still in Heaven today and for eternity!

I hope that all of us feel a sense of peace in knowing that she is with our Lord Jesus Christ and His Father.  Having brought a child through detox twice from drug addiction and having attended countless NA meetings with my child I have come to understand a fraction of what it must be like to be addicted to something that controls you.  It’s an illness that will consume your life if you don’t call in the support of Jesus Christ, your family and clean friends.  And even then, it’s a daily struggle to stay free from your addiction.

Thank you Whitney for trying to beat this all-consuming addiction so that we might delight in the gifts God gave you.  You have blessed and will continue to bless thousands upon thousands of fellow human beings ~ all whom are never free from sin and all of whom are praying (or should be praying) for the grace of God.

With love and true admiration ~  Beth Butler

Ready For Spanish Fun? Get Dancing!

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

There are lots of fun ways to learn Spanish, and we want to share some cool ways to include music and movement FUN in your daily routine to learn Spanish right alongside English the Boca Beth Way!

How about this one from another great language learning company?  (Although I must admit it’s more geared for adults … particularly with the attractive brunette who is a bit … well … you know what I mean!!!)

Now this fun video uses full immersion (speaking only in the new language of Spanish) and truly geared for children.  Although there is no music in this snippet I bet your children will still enjoy the images.  Beware … the intro takes up half of the running time.

I realize that my Boca Beth program and product line is not the only way you will want to keep Spanish in your daily routine.  That’s why I love sharing with you things I find that might appeal to your child’s style of learning.  HAVE FUN!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

Teaching Children Spanish Vocabulary with Music

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Using music to teach young children proves most often to be a win/win/win!

The children have fun!

The retention derived from learning with music is long term!

 

 

Music is a universal language so it assists in teaching many concepts!

 

 

 

This bilingual video below is a bit longer than most of my Boca Beth ones off my YouTube channel; reason being is not only does it showcase my bilingual song for kids to learn English and Spanish vocabulary, but it also features a felt book that reinforces all of the fun learned via my song!  Enjoy!

See you later this week for another round of Boca Beth fun bilingual teaching tips and resources to bring Spanish and English together at a very young age!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Fruta divertida / Fruit Fun for Little Kids Learning Spanish and English!

Monday, February 6th, 2012

That game is a fun way to introduce names of fruits to little children, isn’t it?  Whether the children are trying to learn English, Spanish, or even better yet, BOTH!  Here at The Boca Beth Program we make it fun, we make it easy, we make it affordable!

Catch this shorter video with some fruit learning fun from my friends over at www.OnLineFreeSpanish.com:  

Follow this link for a learning page suited for children who can read and match up names of fruits with their images.

Later this week we will enjoy some other cools ways to help you introduce a second language to your special little one!  Remember – it’s never too early to start.  Time and Newsweek magazines ran feature articles stating that the ‘window of opportunity’ to learn a new language is between birth (yes – birth!) and age five.  

Birth – five is the optimum time to introduce a new language so that your child will become a lifetime language learner with smiles and jump-started brain power!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

How to Teach Young Children to Count in Spanish & English

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

We are focusing in on using our Boca Beth bilingual children’s song titled Counting Teens / Contando numeros this week.  In doing so I suggest you take a quick peek at my suggested activity to go hand-in-hand with this song – the suggestion is short but practical for in the home or in the classroom.  Go here and look for #7!

Use this video to brush up on the numbers 11 – 20 in Spanish.  It’s kind of fun because the gentleman is using a phone to show the numbers!

Use this worksheet to allow your child to count and color the numbers 11 – 20 in English!  (simply follow the link that sentence creates)

Use this video to hear the numbers 11 to 20 in English.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth