Archive for May, 2012

Why Should You Introduce a New Language Early?

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Experts agree, the earlier the better when it comes to introducing a second language to that special young child in your life.  Ages birth through five are the most formative years of a child’s brain – with 90% of the human brain being developed by age 5.

It’s not wonder then that you should be thinking about your child’s early learning.  You see what a sponge your child is…make the most of this window of opportunity without pushing things, and your child will develop at an advanced rate thanks to the many benefits derived from working different areas of the brain. 

Don’t get caught in the trap that many new parents believe ~ that is the “No second language for my child.  I do not want to confuse him and cause language delay by introducing a new language.  There will be plenty of time for her to learn a second and third language later in life.”

Truth be told, there will NOT be plenty of time for easy, fun, and non-threatening language learning later in life.  We all have experienced or witnessed how very difficult it is to acquire a new language once we enter our teen years.  There are scientific reasons as to why it becomes more difficult with age – never impossible, simply a lot more frustrating for most.

Just peek in on these two toddlers (one less than 2 years old, the other little guy just turned 2!!!) learning Spanish right alongside English in a very child-like way:

I strongly urge you to jump on this second language bandwagon today!  Choose the language that fits your family, your community, your heritage, whatever the reason for choosing the 2nd language you choose, and get going!  Make it fun, make it part of your daily routine, and you will be giving your child one of the greatest gifts you could ever give him…the gift of learning a second language.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (If you choose Spanish as your 2nd language I encourage you to visit my web site for the many FREE resources found at this link to jump start the second language journey.  And there are TWO days left on my BOGO deal for May ~~~ that is, buy 1 CD, get 1 free or buy 1 DVD, get 1 free.  Shop here! Shop now!).

Sophia Grace Counts in Spanish on Ellen

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Have you witnessed the wonderful Sophia Grace and Rosie from Essex on The Ellen Show?

My daughter and I watch Ellen quite a bit to enjoy many laughs together daily, and ever since the YouTube sensation of Sophia Grace and Rosie…………….well, things just continue to get more & more interesting!

Well —– this week on The Ellen Show this little darlin’ from England proceeded to count in Spanish – showing that it’s much easier to learn a second and third language before the age of ten.

Get going on your Spanish and English learning fun with our BOGO deal this month of May.

Buy one bilingual CD from Boca Beth and get one FREE!

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No discount code needed.  Just type in the comment box which one you want for FREE!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

Why Does Music Play Such a Big Role in Early Learning?

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Do you use music every day in your home, in your classroom, in your homeschooling co-op?

I spent more than 15 years in preschool and early elementary school classrooms as a teacher.  When I returned from living in Chile as an Exchange Student I received my Education Degree from Stetson, and even then, I recall learning about how music can be woven into your daily routine as a teacher and help children recall various concepts.

Do you recall learning something to music at an early age?  Perhaps you learned the names of the planets to a cute, catchy song?  Or maybe it was the states in order to that very stick-in-your-head song many of us learned in fourth grade?  Whatever the concept, whatever the song, I bet you can STILL sing it word-for-word to this day!

Read this article from Scholastic/Instructor Magazine where I was interviewed about using music to introduce a second language.  You will find many other early childhood experts talking about using music to help teach the young children in our classrooms.

And it is exactly for those reasons, those memories that I chose to use A LOT of music in the creation of my Boca Beth Program and product line that helps young children gain a sound foundation in both Spanish and English.  

Listen in and download for free my company’s bilingual song for children to learn Spanish right alongside English.  ENJOY!

What’s Your Name ? / ¿Cómo te llamas?

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S.  (If you like that free music download and want to enjoy a 50% savings on any of my company’s bilingual music CDs and DVDs then get going today and shop at my site for our May BOGO offer.  Buy one CD, get one free.  Buy one DVD, get one free.  PLUS we always offer free shipping in the U.S.  HURRY – don’t miss out on this chance to teach your child a second language and SAVE!!!!)

Can a Negative Review Hurt a Company?

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

  

Recently on Amazon.com a new customer of my company chose to write a very negative review about the methodology we use here at Boca Beth.  She knew when she bought the My First Songs in Spanish bilingual music CD that the presentation of the songs are side-by-side English and Spanish lyrics.

The reason I know that she was VERY aware of our true bilingual presentation is that she attended a training by an early childhood professional, and she bought the CD right after the training.  Why she chose to publicly criticize me instead of calling me directly or e-mailing me or asking for a refund is a mystery to this day.  

I chose the bilingual method more than 20 years ago when I began teaching our first born son Spanish as his second language.  His Dad (my first husband) enjoyed a mom from Cuba and a father from Spain, so I presented both languages to my sons as much as I could in a side-by-side format.  When I would give them milk I would say, “Here’s your milk/tu leche.”  When we saw a dog I would say, “Perro/dog.”

Every person has a right to their opinion, and I respect this woman’s opinion on immersion as a method for introducing a new language to young children.  I, however, have chosen bilingual and just wish she had had the kindness in her heart to not post a very public negative comment which all of us know is never helpful to any business – big or small.

Bilingual Kids: English-Spanish, Beginners, Reproducible Resource Book

Here are some additional bilingual tools to help your family learn about telling time this week (all coming from other companies who agree with me that the bilingual method works best for the younger children ages birth-ten):

A fun site that gives you both the English and Spanish for telling time vocabulary.

My friends over at OnLineFreeSpanish.com always make learning both languages FUN!

Sara Jordan has been presenting English and Spanish in a side-by-side bilingual format for YEARS.  Here is a reproducible book for the older set (6-10) – enjoy!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (What do YOU think?  Am I crazy thinking that a fellow teacher and fellow female should have picked up the phone and called me or at least penned an e-mail to me instead of  hurting not just me but my reputation with a very negative review?!?!  I would love to hear your thoughts.)

 

Telling Time in Two Languages

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Helping young children learn with this fun clock from Target and my bilingual children’s song that teaches Spanish and English is so rewarding! Enjoy these suggested circle time activities (right from my web site’s free bilingual resource area):

This is an echo song. I ask the children if they remember what an echo is. I praise the correct answer person and ask them to be my echo in this fun song about telling time in Spanish and English. If the children are old enough to get the concept, they can act out the time of day while singing about it. We hold our arms out in the position of 8 o’clock, then straight above our heads for 12 o’clock, then pointing down towards the ground for 6:30.

We will continue to explore some other ways to bring this language learning fun to life as the week rolls along.  For instance, have you seen this adorable board book with the same title as my Boca Beth song:  What Time Is It? / ¿Qué hora es?  Very cool!

What time is it? / ¿Qué hora es? (English and Spanish Foundations Series) (Bilingual) (Dual Language) (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth