Archive for November, 2013

NOPE Task Force Saving Students’ Lives

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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My new passion in life has become helping our NOPE Hillsborough Task Force share our powerful one hour presentation that shares three consistent messages for middle and high school students:

  1. Be the Hero and Tell Someone …. who can help if you or a family member or friend has a problem with drugs and/or alcohol
  2. One Time Can Kill … small quantities can kill and your first time use may be your last
  3. Make the Call! Dial 911 … if someone you know is exhibiting signs of overdose and/or acting ill after taking drugs and/or consuming alcohol

Follow this link to watch the video of our in-school presentation that took place yesterday at Ben Hill Middle School in Tampa, FL.  You could have heard a pin drop as more than 300 8th grade students, teachers, and administrators experienced our NOPE Presentation that is changing lives when it comes to narcotic overdose deaths.

I thank God for the gift he has given me to feel compassion for others, to have a kind and loving spirit, and to have the ability to speak in public with little fear and lots of passion.

Thanks for listening to what is driving me these days – Beth Butler

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Embracing the World – 90 Transformational Days

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

This journey as a small business owner continues to amaze me, enrich my life, and gift me with new friends along the way.  Such was the case when I attended a Working Women Conference in early September of this year.

I was fortunate enough to meet Angela Ardolino of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine and Parenting with Angela (follow this link).   Catch Angela in action on one of her Parents in Action segments on ABC Action News.

Angela and I sat down for a delicious lunch at Tampa’s Oxford Exchange many days after the conference, and she was thrilled to hear that I had been an Exchange Student during my high school and early college life.   That this experience led to my creation of The Boca Beth program and product line was just icing on the cake as far as Angela is concerned!          

Read the entire article on my exchange program experience right here at this link.  (go to page 10, finishing up on page 12)

I look forward to many moments of sharing with Angela as she is a kindred spirit and loves helping today’s youth as I do.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Second Language Learning Article in Early Childhood Report

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

It’s nice being asked my thoughts and experiences associated with second language learning during the early years of a child’s life.

Just recently this article was published in the Early Childhood Report, sharing quotes and thoughts garnered during my interview.  Click here to learn more about the many benefits associated with learning a second language during the first 5-8 years of life.

 

three fun kids for cd 2  Young children learn rapidly and soak in all of the new learning like sponges…how often have we heard or said that?!?!  Witness two toddlers learning shapes in Spanish and English with my Boca Beth music and movement fun bilingual program (see video below).

 Happy Educating!    ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

What’s a Blonde-Hair, Freckle-Face Gal Doing Sharing Spanish?

Friday, November 8th, 2013

I hear it often …  YOU speak fluent Spanish?!?!  You can read that entire article in Spanish?!?!  You understood what that man just said on the Spanish news station?!?!?!  My answers are consistently, “Sí” to these staring at my blonde hair (okay, okay….L’Oreal now helps me stay blonde!!!), blue eyes, and freckle face!

BocaBeth-068 Boca Beth sports freckles, blonde hair, and blue eyes as she teaches young ones Spanish with her bilingual music CDs, DVDs, and her company’s bilingual coloring/activity book shown below and found at this link on her web site.

Boca Beth bilingual coloring book

So why do I bring this up today?  It’s been this way for me since I lived in Chile in 1976 and in Mexico in 1979.  This morning we had a wonderful tree service company called M&M Tree Service over to our home to assist us with some really tall trees!  The crew (all 4 of them) were Latinos, speaking Spanish the entire time, and when I replied to them in Español I thought the crew leader was going to fall over in disbelief.

By the end of their productive time at our home he was exclaiming to me and anyone who would listen that my Spanish was excellent, my pronunciation perfect, and that I spoke better Spanish than he…now that is a compliment!  

One of my amigas over at SpanglishBaby.com told me just the other day that I am a trailblazer, and I believe (again!) that I will accept this as a compliment…that in spite of me being a native English speaking mom and teacher I have embraced my love of Spanish as my second language and have helped other families for more than 12 years bring the two languages of English and Spanish together in their daily routine in a fun and non-threatening way with my music CDs and DVDs.  

I hope my 12+ years of service have been not only rewarding for me but enriching for thousands.  Now my hope and my prayer is to remain in business as I increase my volunteer work with NOPE Task Force here in Hillsborough County Schools.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

Another Bilingual Giveaway of Boca Beth Bilingual Products

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

It is so rewarding and fun to “meet” fellow moms and teachers virtually, have them review my Boca Beth bilingual music CDs and DVDs, then offer a generous giveaway of those same items via their blogs.  Thank you / gracias to every mom, teacher, Auntie, Grandma who told me “Yes/Sí” to my request to be part of their Christmas / Holiday Gift Guides for 2013!  

Here is a link to the most recent review of teaching children Spanish using my music and movement method where English is placed right alongside Spanish for long term retention and a point of reference for those little ones still learning their native language.  The giveaway is worth $50, and you will have it in time for Christmas gift-giving.

Enter today and start your child’s second language journey fun.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Listen to what some teachers think about our Boca Beth fun program and product line: