Archive for the ‘foreign language for children’ Category

Are We Doing our Young Children a Disservice?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

three fun kids for cd 2

We have all heard it said ~ “Little children are like sponges when it comes to learning.  They just soak it all in!”

It’s so true; yet our country does not capitalize on this wonderful period of learning and help our children prepare for this very global economy into which they have been born.  Not one state has mandated early childhood second language learning; yet in many other countries young children are learning two and three languages before the age of 10 and in many cases before the age of 5.

I am consistently asking this question, “Are we doing our young children a disservice by not teaching them more than English – waiting until middle or high school when experts all agree is much more difficult than when a child is ages birth to five.”

You tell me what you think …. please / por favor.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

Witness two toddlers learning Spanish with me and having a blast:

Cyber Week 50% Off Helps Families Teach Children 2nd Language

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

I have always loved the fact that as the owner of my own business I can make decisions right away about what to do with the direction of my company. 

When Cyber Monday 2013 was approaching I asked only my Executive Director (my husband and best friend!) if he had any thoughts about what special discount I should offer existing and potentially new customers.  He put it so very well, “You wish to move through some extra product every Christmas Season, and there are many people out there looking for an affordable way to help their kids learn Spanish so why not make it 50% off and help all of you?”

So I started a 50% savings yesterday that will last through the entire week (through 12/7/13) with code CYBER (Yes!  I know!  Real original!  But it’s easy for all to remember!)

BocaBethBeginnerBackpack431x400-editedThis Boca Beth Beginner Backpack costs only $20 with code CYBER

SHOP HERE NOW!  Save 50% on all orders and shipping is ALWAYS free in the U.S. – code CYBER for 50% savings.

I encourage you to share this code with friends, your child’s preschool and/or elementary school teacher, your church’s ministry for kids, and family members this Christmas Season.  Let’s improve the communication of our world, let’s give these young children a boost in brain power as they learn Spanish as a second language right alongside English.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

Giveaways for Children to Learn Spanish with Boca Beth Products

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

So many reviews! So many giveaways!  So many ways to win that special language learning fun system from my Boca Beth Language Program.

BocaBethBeginnerBackpack431x400-editedSome of you might win this Boca Beth Beginner Backpack  

I am going to make it SUPER easy for you to find the reviews and read what other parents and teachers say about our bilingual method of introducing Spanish as a second language to young children while keeping English in the picture.  Follow these links to get discount codes and free shipping information.

ThriftyMom613 has some good insight into the bilingual music used in our Boca Beth Program.

Review and Giveaway on the same page for the Grande Bag valued at $49.99 from the Kids Did It.

A review from SearchWithVonnie helps you understand how the products in the Grande Bag work together for easy language learning.

A Hens Nest is running a great $49.99 giveaway as well and her review of our bilingual music CD and DVD fun is very REAL and heartfelt.  Read away and enter to win.

Love the name of this blog: Sweet Silly Sara posted a review of our language learning fun products and is hosting a giveaway for our Boca Beth Beginner Backpack valued at $39.99.  Get the shopping discount codes and shipping is always FREE in the United States for our Boca Beth customers.

GrandeBag-Snew-150x150-edited 2013Others of you might win our Boca Beth Grande Bag ($49.99)

Then I am going to provide you links to EVERY Giveaway still running through the beginning of December.  I will mail the prizes super-fast to each winner so that they end up as Christ mas Gifts for that special child in your life.

ThrifyMom613 is giving you a chance to win the Boca Beth Beginner Backpack.

Follow this link to enter and win the $49.99 Grande Bag from SearchWithVonnie’s blog giveaway fun.

This is a different giveaway for my company – it’s a shared giveaway post with Transformers Construct-Bots and my Boca Beth Grande Bag.  Read about the giveaway here.

Good luck everyone and Happy Educating!

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:

Win a Language Learning Set for Your Child from Boca Beth

Sunday, October 27th, 2013
learning spanish with boca beth

Win this Grande Language Learning Set from Boca Beth

So you say you NEVER win ANYTHING?!?!  Your luck is about to change amiga!  Check this giveaway out over at my new amiga Lisa’s blog and enter today!  (Click the link below please / por favor!)

 

http://www.weidknecht.com/2013/10/the-bilingual-boca-beth-grande-bag.html

 

This just might be your lucky time so hurry up and win this fun and easy way to bring Spanish and English together for your family.  Children will sing, dance, and play as they learn a second language with Boca Beth bilingual songs.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Huffington Post – Benefits of Being Bilingual – FREE Bilingual Music CD/DVD

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

I enjoy reading Huffington Post articles and recently they have been reporting quite a bit on bilingualism.

Check this great article out from September of this year about the flexibility of a bilingual brain.

 

1st song coverThis bilingual music CD from Boca Beth sure would make bilingual learning easier!

Just yesterday the Huffington Post threw this article out there about requiring bilingual education.  Interesting thought….

Over at my web site 10/23-10/25 at midnight you can buy any CD or DVD off my site and receive a FREE More Boca Beth Music CD or FREE I Like Animals DVD.  You choose.  No code needed.  Just buy one CD or one DVD and tell us in the comment box if you want the free CD or DVD.  That easy.

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Benefits of Being Bilingual on The Today Show with Spanglish Baby’s Ana Flores

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

I love, love, love when my amigas get air time on major media outlets such as The Today Show.

Just yesterday Ana Flores of SpanglishBaby.com, who recently co-wrote the book Bilingual is Better with fellow bilingual mom Roxana Soto, was featured on The Today Show talking with Natalie Morales about raising bilingual children.  Listen in – ¡mira!

Click here to enjoy the short clip of this great topic on bilingual learning for young children.

Way to go Ana – Way to go bilingual babies – Way to go mis amigas at SpanglishBaby.com!!!

 

Here are some of the many benefits derived from learning more than one language:

  1. Children learning two languages at the same time most often become early readers.
  2. Children learning more than one language ends up scoring higher on standardized tests’ Math and Verbal sections.
  3. Bilingual children are able to block out outside stimuli and concentrate better.
  4. Children learning more than one language experience advanced cognitive development – a boost in brain power.
  5. Increased problem solving skills and advanced communication skills are enjoyed by most bilingual children.

 

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

Arts and Crafts Fun for Hispanic Heritage Month

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Maracas help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the culture and music of Spanish-speaking countries.  Using old cardboard tubes, jelly jars, plastic soda bottles (anything that you can put a lid on and shake!) makes this project inexpensive and fun!  Find different materials and different sized containers to create a wide range of musical sounds that will allow the children to create their own band!

This activity is suitable for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary aged children (with adult supervision).  And what child doesn’t love singing the Happy Birthday/Feliz cumpleaños song with cha-cha-cha’s sprinkled throughout?!?!  Download our Boca Beth version of this children’s favorite song – presented in a fun bilingual format!  Simply click the link below:

 

Materials needed:

      Containers with tops/lids to hold dried beans or rice in.  (jelly jars, plastic soda bottles, cardboard tubes with paper glued on as ‘lid’)

      Dried beans, rice, small shell pasta

      Construction paper or white computer paper

      Paints, markers, glitter, glue, Spanish/Mexican theme stickers

 

Procedure:

      Allow each child to choose their own ‘maraca’ container and filler.

      For soda bottles you can insert a cardboard tube that has been cut and wound tightly to fit into the top of the bottle in order to create a handle.  Secure the top to the handle with quality masking tape.

      Pour approximately 20 dried beans, grains of rice or pasta shells into the container (amount based on size of container and filler chosen).

      Secure the lid back onto the container.  If no lid is available, make one with paper and secure tightly with quality masking tape or transparent packing tape.

      Wrap paper around the container as desired for decorating purposes.  Some children may simply want to decorate the container with stickers.  Encourage the children to customize their maraca with markers, glitter, stickers and imagination.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth