Archive for September, 2013

Hispanic Heritage Month Teaching Ideas

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Some great cooking fun to start for celebrating the foods of Spanish speaking countries.  Followed by a bilingual song to work it off from my Boca Beth program – where kids learn Spanish right alongside English the fun way – with music!

Family Fun Is Cooking

Quesadillas are Spanish and Southwest in origin.  The ones we experience in restaurants here in the U.S. are fine but are not true depictions of how the real Mexican quesadillas are made.  Quesadillas in Mexico can be found outside movie theaters, stadiums, special events with the most popular quesadilla being made with potatoes, cheese, chorizo, beans, green peppers (rajas) and other ingredients.

Following is a simple recipe for quesadillas that allows you to easily involve your children in their preparation.  Cooking is a social time in most Latin American countries – make it a social time with your family too!

Quesadillas

 

Ingredients:

3 six-inch flour tortillas

Vegetable cooking oil

2 cups shredded Colby/Jack mixed cheese

½ cup finely chopped tomato

Cilantro

Directions:

Lightly fry each tortilla in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil until crisp and golden, turning once.  Sprinkle with combined cheeses and top with tomato.  Put lid on pan and turn heat to low.  When cheese is melted, fold tortilla in half.  Cut each tortilla into quarters.  Garnish with chopped cilantro.  Serve warm with salsa if desired.

Yield:  3 servings

Fitness Fun with Bilingual Beats

 

We read the statistics on obesity among our young children here in the United States.  We realize the many benefits derived from learning a second language during our early years.

Boca Beth puts the two together for an interactive, upbeat fitness activity that brings Spanish to life just in time for Hispanic Heritage month.  Grab the download of Movin’ and Groovin’ from the CD Sing Along with Boca Beth and get those fingers/dedos wiggling and legs/piernas running!

This activity appeals to kinesthetic, auditory and visual learners as it encourages learning 20 body parts in both Spanish and English while following the prompts of the song.  Use an older child to be the ‘leader,’ and watch the young ones delight in their grasp of a new language.

Twenty fun body part directions are given in Spanish and English – representing a true bilingual format.  This fitness fun song uses a follow-the-leader format. 

 The chorus is acted out with the children rolling their hands then pointing out with the left thumb on one downbeat, then with the right on the next and back and again.  When the group sings ‘move and groove with me’ the leader instructs the children to shake their shoulders and point at themselves on the ‘me’ part (with the leader reminding the children that they are very special/muy especial). 

Request that the children follow the leaders’ directions for what to do as each body part is sung about – one action at a time.  At the end of the song the children are told they will be estrellas/stars in the Boca Beth music video as they throw their hands, outstretched above their heads for the final beat!

Watch a video of children enjoying this song right here:

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Hispanic Heritage Month Begins – Help Children Learn More About It

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

What is Hispanic Heritage Month all about?  Read below for a quick summary:

National Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated for 42 years. Enacted into law on that day in 1968, Public Law 90-498 set aside a week to honor our Spanish-speaking citizens. When the 100th Congress enacted Public Law 100-402, the celebration period increased to 31 days, from September 15 to October 15. 

The initiative for National Hispanic Heritage Month is an acknowledgement of the over 45 million Americans of Hispanic origin. The 31 day observation period honors the Independence Day for many Latin American countries including El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras which celebrate September 15 as their Independence Day. September 16th is Mexico’s Independence Day, September 18th for Chile, September 21st for Belize and El Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day) is October 12th.

 

 

 Counting: Language Activity for Hispanic Heritage Month 

The children will make a book/un libro that helps them learn the Spanish words for the numbers one/uno to ten/diez. Reinforcement is the key to all learning so I suggest using our Boca Beth “Me gusta contar / I Like to Count” song. 

Materials needed:

Depending upon the ages of the children you might offer pre-made blank books out of brightly colored construction paper that measures a finished book size of 5” x 7” (a total of six pages stapled or bound together is needed for this activity). If the children are old enough they can participate in the making of the blank book first.  Markers, crayons, magazine pictures or newspaper food ad pictures, age appropriate scissors, glue sticks

Procedure: 

Guide the child in making a cute front and back cover for this bilingual number book. “My Book of Numbers/Mi libro de numeros” is one suggestion.  Each page should have the numeral (1), the English word (one), and the Spanish word (uno) for the number you are working on.  Assist the child in finding a picture that depicts the number of a certain item (one banana, two dogs, three pencils and so on*). Glue the picture onto the page that corresponds to that number.  The English-language number words in sequence order are one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten while the Spanish language number words in order are uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, and diez.

 

Throughout the month I will be sharing several archived Hispanic Heritage Month teaching ideas from my Boca Beth program.

Friends over at Foreign Language House have a lot of ideas for sharing this Hispanic Heritage information with the pre-k set and the elementary age students as well.  Click here for their insight!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Another Mom’s Words Speak Volumes About Second Language Learning

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Reading what my new amiga Michelle of the fun blog Just Married Mom of 3 has to say about our bilingual learning fun for young children makes me proud to be doing what I am doing!

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Hope YOU win the $50 Boca Beth Beginner Backpack later this month!

Read on at this link and enter to win today!

Happy  Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Here’s a FUN video to watch from an amigo of mine who ran a similar giveaway years ago – he has fun with our puppet BOCA who helps teach little children Spanish AND English:

I Love My Family – In Spanish and English!

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

How about some vocabulary fun in Spanish and English this week that will help the young children in your life learn about their family members?

Bilingual language cards introduce Grandma and Grandpa in Spanish

Bilingual language cards introduce Grandma and Grandpa in Spanish

Follow this link to download FREE bilingual language cards that will introduce grandma and grandpa as abuela and abuelo.   (There are many, many years worth of cards so keep searching!)

 

Now a video with children teaching other children two languages with music and movement fun from my Boca Beth song I Love My Family / Yo quiero mi familia!

 

Happy Educating!       ¡Sea feliz educando!

 

Boca Beth

Win a Set of Bilingual Fun Products from Boca Beth – Easy and Fun Learning for Children!

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Here it is – our post-Labor Day Contest!

Win this Boca Beth Beginner Backpack full of a Boca Beth bilingual DVD that has been shown on The Education Channel for several years, an upbeat and easy-to-follow bilingual music CD from Boca Beth that introduces more than 100 words and 30 phrases in both English and Spanish to young children PLUS our 43-page Spanish/English coloring/activity book that is used often for early literacy skills!

Boca Beth Beginner Backpack

Oh, I forgot to mention that there is also a mini maraca included with this set, and it’s all packed inside of an adorable Boca Beth vinyl backpack just the right size for little kids!

How do you enter to win?  Join me on Facebook and invite three friends to follow me / friend me on Facebook telling me that they are a friend of yours and that they want you to win the Backpack!  

Here is the direct link to my Boca Beth Facebook page.

Boca Beth Backpack

Boca Beth Backpack

Here’s a quick example of what their post on my Facebook page should look like:  “Tina Becker sent me, and I hope she wins the backpack!”

Honestly – it’s that easy to win this $49.99 language learning set (which, by the way is on sale at my web site for only $39.99 with FREE shipping all the time at Boca Beth within the United States).  It will take them 1.5 minutes to join me on Facebook, then they can invite three friends and become eligible to win the Backpack.  Entries must be in by Monday, September 9, 2013!  Buena suerte / good luck!

 

Happy Winning!

Boca Beth