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Singing Happy Birthday with Cha-Cha-Chas in Spanish with Children!

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

This video sums up the fun ahead for this week!

Share with us how YOU and YOUR family celebrate birthdays – particularly telling us which Birthday Song you all sing – and you stand a GREAT chance of winning a Boca Beth set of maracas!  Lead-free, toy-tested, and super-perfect for little one’s hands … you’re going to love this week’s Boca Beth bilingual learning fun!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

P.S. (Remember to share below how YOU celebrate birthdays – which song do you sing?  Record it and share it with us via e-mail at BocaBeth@msn.com, and we will send you a Boca Beth bilingual t-shirt or beach ball instantly!  Don’t have time?  That’s okay!  Still comment below on what song you sing, what version of happy birthday  ~~~ with cha-cha-chas, with how old are you?, one of the many Spanish versions ~~~ and you are automatically entered to win a set of our adorable Boca Beth mini maracas!)

Art Time Activities for Feelings Fun

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Smile! You are on Candid Camera!  Take a picture of the children in your care after you have asked them to give their best happy, sad, surprised and scared faces.  There are so many things you can do with these pictures:  You can make a small book or make picture frames with cool handmade borders by the children or just simply hang these up for parents to look at.

You can discuss the different feelings.  Read one of the suggested books about feelings in our upcoming suggestions (in 2 days) and try to tie in the bilingual fun part of it with our song and book.

Parents love and adore this.  It can be a really inexpensive activity if you have a digital camera and just print off regular paper.

Music Makes My Feelings Go Round:  This is a fun way to show children how music makes you feel different – that different types of music evoke different feelings.

Set out large butcher paper if possible or at least large blank white pieces of paper along with paint and many paint brushes of various sizes.  (For the young, young crowd finger paints might even be the better choice!    YOU decide!)

Have a pre-set line up of songs set up with different types of music (Boca Beth bilingual fun, classical, rock, instrumental, and so on).  Give the children simple directions to paint on the paper to the speed of the music they hear and the mood they feel while each particular piece of music is playing.

You will most likely notice some slow painting and relaxed movements to classical and some very fast painting and rapid stroke lines during the more upbeat and fast songs.  

Follow this art activity up with a discussion about feelings:  sad, happy, surprised, etc.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

Preschool Learning Fun – Feelings in English / Sentimientos in Spanish

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

 

 

 

What an adorable kid to help us learn about the Spanish words for various emotions.  ¡Gracias Niko!

This week our focus in on helping little ones learn about feelings and hopefully helping them deal with their feelings.  During these very challenging economic times many of the young children around us are faced with many roller-coaster situations.  Let’s make it our challenge this week to speak openly about these situations, the feeling associated with them, and providing guidance on how young children can deal with what they are feeling.

Now check this fun lesson out over at my friends’ site OnLineFreeSpanish.com for girls’ !

And this one for the boys!

My amiga Victoria told me about this wonderful feelings/emotions activity idea with a Rintoo Face Pillow.  Thanks for sharing amiga.

Here’s a link to  a nice bilingual book on just this topic to help children learn with both world languages about their emotions, their feelings.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

How to Help Children Learn About Feelings in English and Spanish

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Let’s explore some fun ways to introduce feelings to young children this week via my bilingual kids’ song from the Boca Beth Program titled Feelings / Sentimientos off my second of four CDs.

Here are the lyrics:

Feelings / Sentimientos
(sung to the tune of the song “London Bridge” )

I am happy, Yo estoy feliz
Yo estoy feliz, Yo estoy feliz.
I am happy, Yo estoy feliz.
I smile when I’m happy!
I am sad, Yo estoy triste
Yo estoy triste, Yo estoy triste.
I am sad, Yo estoy triste.
I frown when I’m sad.
I am surprised, me sorprendio,
Me sorprendio, me sorprendio,
I am surprised, me sorprendio
I smile when I’m surprised.
I am scared, tengo miedo,
Tengo miedo, tengo miedo.
I am scared, tengo miedo.
I shake when I’m scared.
Repeat first verse of ‘happy!’

Follow this link for the suggested classroom activity to accompany this bilingual song for children.  (Look for the fourth song down on the list and note the difference between the song lyrics of ‘estoy’ and ‘soy.’   When I wrote the song our translator and I thought it would be fine to stay with soy – which is a permanent state of being – because it fit the beat of the song much better with one syllable.   But as time has passed we truly accept that it should be estoy as a temporary state of being and plan on changing it on the next run of this CD.)

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Preschool Lesson for Introducing the Months of the Year in Two Languages

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Visual learning is needed by more than 65% of the human population!

That means that more than 6 out of every 10 people need to see something (not just hear it) in order to learn it!

Catch this bilingual music video with your young child in order to learn both English and Spanish months of the year.

If you love this method of learning I encourage you to shop online at our bilingual e-commerce store and save 40% across the board PLUS enjoy free shipping with discount code FAMILY!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Bilingual Learning Fun as Winter Season is Here

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Funny how in Florida we are AMAZED when there’s ice on the windshield in the morning!  Such was the case this morning when I left to drive my daughter to her carpool spot.  I love it when it turns cold here in Tampa – even if for just a short while – you feel as if there truly ARE four seasons.

That’s what this week’s Boca Beth bilingual lesson fun for toddlers, preschoolers and even early elementary aged school children is all about.  Learning the four seasons of the year in two languages will add to your child’s vocabulary, increase their cognitive development, and – simply put – make them smarter!

I suggest playing my Boca Beth bilingual kids’ song about the months of the year – found on this CD – as you point to each word on this months of the year chart in Spanish.  Find the corresponding English months online and simply print them out and paste the month of the year in English next to its partner in Spanish for the visual learner!

Follow this link for an audio lesson on the months of the year – how to say them in Spanish.  There are also printables on this site.

This link will provide you with another, more kid-friendly way, to introduce the Spanish months of the year.  Have fun!

Of course, my friends over at OnLineFreeSpanish.com have fantastic resources for bilingual learning fun for your children 24/7.  Click here to find their assistance with learning the months of the year in both English and Spanish.

Take note that most people do not capitalize the first letter of the Spanish months of the year.  That is something I was reminded of 20 years after having lived in Chile.  Most Spanish publishers, authors, and experts agree that the days of the week, months of the year, book titles (except the first word), and more are not capitalized in the Spanish language!  (Strange for us English-speaking folks!)

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Let’s Learn the Months of the Year in Spanish and English

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Ready for a jump start on Spanish learning fun for you and your child this New Year?

For those of you who speak mainly English, here is a short speaking lesson on the months of the year in Spanish:

For those of you who speak mainly Spanish, here is a short lesson on the months of the year in English:

Hop on over to my web site to download the lyrics for free to our bilingual kids’ song that helps both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking families learn the months of the year via a catchy song I wrote to the melody of The Wheels on the Bus.  (You might want the lyrics printed off as we enjoy a new YouTube video from me, Boca Beth, later this week that features this language learning song!)

Experts agree that by using a familiar melody to introduce a new concept makes the learning occur more rapidly and the retention proves to be much longer.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth  

P.S.  Happy New Year!  ¡Feliz año nuevo!

 

 

 

How to Shop in Your PJs and Change a Child’s Life!

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Sooooo…..you’re still deliberating over whether to get little Susie the doll on her list or be a practical relative and get the socks her mother mentioned she REALLY needs!

Let me help you solve the Christmas and Hanukkah shopping dilemma going on right now inside of your head and heart.

                                     SHOP MY COMPANY’S WEB SITE!

     There – I said it!  In this blog I walk a fine line between self-promotion as a small business      owner and education as an educator.

But during this time of gift-giving I feel compelled to say, “Give the gift of lifetime language learning this year.”

Buying one CD from my Boca Beth Program and Product Line-Up will lay a sound foundation of language learning that will follow any young child into their later learning academic life.

Experts say that thousands upon thousands of neural pathway connections are made between birth and five years old in the human brain.  That means that 90% of the human brain is developed by age 5.  Yes!  I said, “AGE 5!!!”

So give the gift that kids will love – they really DO love our Boca Beth Bilingual Beats.  Here’s a testimonial from little Hayden in Virginia who was 5 at the time of stating this:  I really like the songs and everything. It’s cool. I really like the puppet. I’m learning Spanish like uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis. We will have to get together someday BOCA BETH. My mom will have to plan it!

And give the gift that parents delight in their children receiving.  Here’s a testimonial from Patty who is a homeschooling mom in Florida:  We bought the BOCA BETH Beginner Set last year, printed off some of the free language cards and basically did nothing else with Spanish in our home. My older kids weren’t interested in helping the younger one out, and I was swamped with my first year of Homeschooling. Today, I put the DVD on for a break (LOL) and the 4 and 9 year olds watched together. They loved it and played with the puppets. After, the 8-year-old was looking through the cards to see what they learned. Later, in the car, I put in the CD for the 4 year old, and tonight she was singing at least 5 of the words she heard. She loved it! I can’t wait to add more to our collection now. Easiest way to teach the younger one

Discount code = JOLLY saves you 40% on everything on my BocaBeth.com web site (except the musical shakers).

  Free shipping is available every day for standard domestic orders (meaning not priority shipping and only in the United States).

A FREE CD, DVD, BOCA puppet or bilingual coloring/activity book goes with EVERY order through tonight (Sunday, December 18th at midnight) – you just HAVE to tell us in the comment box at check out which item you want shipped free with your order.

It’s all that easy!  Thanks for supporting a Made in the USA product line (80% of my items are made here in the U.S.).

Happy Educating!  Happy Shopping!

Boca Beth

P.S. (We will gift wrap your items too FOR FREE – ask for that also in the comment section at check out!)

 

 

Bilingual Books Help Young Children Learn the Spanish Alphabet

Friday, December 16th, 2011

It’s true!  The Spanish alphabet is different from the English alphabet!  

But it’s not so different that you and your child can’t learn it with my Boca Beth song titled Rappin the Spanish Alphabet (available as a FREE You Tube video from Monday’s blog post or on our More Boca Beth bilingual music CD which is only $9 with the 40% savings code of JOLLY for Christmas / Hanukkah shopping fun!).

I thought I would help you with some additional visual learning today by suggesting some cool books for the Spanish alphabet:

This book titled The Alphabet / El alfabeto is fantastic and is presented in  board book style for toddlers and preschoolers who are learning to read.      Experts agree that children CAN learn their native and a new language in  print by using tools such as this book with someone interacting with the  child during the reading time.

I realize it says it’s out of stock on Amazon, but you can find it other places (and check out the price of only Used at $1.22!!!!)

The Alphabet / El alfabeto (English and Spanish Foundations Series) (Book #1) (Bilingual) (Board Book) (English and Spanish Edition)Next up is this easy-to-use, interactive coloring picture book to help children learn the Spanish language and its alphabet.  It’s in stock and can be purchased for only $1.90 NEW!!!  I have found with Amazon.com that I bundle together a bunch of products and save on shipping from the same vendor so watch who are buying from and try to buy from them all of your items.

Lastly, keeping in step with technology, is a Kindle edition of what seems to be a very cool ABC Bilingual Learning Book.    For only $5 you download this animal themed learning game tool, and witness your child learning the alphabet in both English and Spanish from what they say!

My First Spanish ABC Picture Coloring Book (Dover Children's Bilingual Coloring Book)Alpha's ABC's Games

There you have it amigas and amigos!  A fun literacy-based wrap up to help YOU introduce the Spanish alphabet to your young children (and YOU might learn it right along with them!).

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Holiday Gifts for the Baby, Toddler and Preschooler in Your Life

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

To have another language is to possess a second soul.  ~ Charlemagne

I have kept that quote above my desk space for years and years as I execute running a small business.  Many believe this to be true in some levels of the sense Charlemagne was trying to convey.

  This week I shared a fun Boca Beth e-newsletter (What?!?!  You aren’t subscribed yet to   receive my e-mail communications that are FREE and full of second language learning tips?!?!).  Sign up right here on this web page – about mid-way down the page.

  I want to let all of my blog readers know about the cool FREE bilingual gifts we are offering through this coming Sunday night, December 18, 2011!  With any size order, using the FREE shipping that we always offer at my web site PLUS 40% savings using code JOLLY, you are asked to choose a FREE Boca Beth bilingual music CD for kids to learn Spanish and English or a FREE DVD that introduces both languages via music and movement fun or a FREE BOCA puppet or a FREE bilingual coloring/activity book that has been shown to improve early literacy skills.  Just tell us in the comment box which item you want and its specific name.

Hop on over to my company’s e-commerce store – my web site store – and shop away from the comfort of your home in your PJs!  

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. ( I forgot to mention that we will gift wrap any requested items.  Just mention “Please wrap” in the comment box during the check out process!  How cool is that?!?!  SHOP TODAY online and save the gas and energy!)