As the story goes the kindergarten boy had recently arrived to the United States with his family and was scared to begin a new school in a new place with a new language and new smells and new sounds. He clung to his mom’s leg and pleaded in his native Spanish language not to be left alone with all of these strangers.
Each day the separation from mom was heart-breaking, and his new teacher tried many things to make it easier on this 5-year-old boy. About one week in, the teacher slipped BOCA the puppet on her hand and began circle time with the Boca Beth song Hola Amigo/Hello Friend (click the link to the left to listen to a sampling of this bilingual kids song!), and the rest, as they say, is HISTORY!
I encourage you to use puppets and music during these challenging economic times. Music is a universal language and helps to calm the day for all during troubling times. Puppets are used during therapy sessions with children for obvious reasons – children will often times respond to a puppet instead of an adult facilitating the therapy or counseling session.
In addition to using our song Hola amigo / Hello Friend from our first CD titled My First Songs in Spanish / Mis primeras canciones en Inglés I suggest visiting this site for some awesome first day, first week, first month introduction activities to use in your preschool or early elementary school classroom. You will find the OnLineFreeSpanish.com introduces Spanish and English similar to the way we here at Boca Beth present the two languages – in a true bilingual format.
So – enjoy your summer if you are still in it! If not, and your children are returning to school and/or you are also returning to the classroom as a teacher, I hope you will follow along with my blog as each week we will highlight a different theme. Contribute to the conversations, and you might even win a Boca Beth regalo/gift! You just never know.
Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!