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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

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

Hispanic Heritage Month in Full Swing

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Every year we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month between September 15th and October 15th.

You may or may not know why the United States decided to pass a law marking this occasion.  I have two great ways for you to find out more about Hispanic Heritage Month.

  1. Follow this link and grab some cool information, ideas for weaving Hispanic Heritage Month into your classroom routine, and enter for a chance to win a $50 Boca Beth Backpack set full of bilingual songs for children and other bilingual education fun! 
  2. E-mail me directly at bocabeth@bocabeth.com and ask for my FREE 7 page fun file for the history of Hispanic Heritage Month and wonderful arts & craft ideas, cooking ideas and more to keep the Spanish learning fun going. 
Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!
Boca Beth

Win $50 of Boca Beth Bilingual Fun Products

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

It’s true!

Boca Beth Beginner Backpack

Not only will you enter for a chance to win this cool Boca Beth Beginner Backpack, you will also find all sorts of wonderful ideas for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

Go here now: http://inspiredbyfamilymag.com/2012/09/18/hispanic-heritage-month-fiesta-crafts-recipes/

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Make Maracas for Children, Dance to Free Bilingual Music Download, Then Win From Boca Beth!

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Let’s continue this theme of jump starting Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) with this arts & crafts activity for you and the children to enjoy ~ making maracas with toddlers,  preschoolers and early elementary aged children.  Perhaps you can win our Boca Beth Sombrero Set worth $100 pictured below … find out how right here!  Then maybe you’ll have a Boca Beth maraca of your own (plus puppets and CDs and DVDs and more)!

 

BOCA loves sombrero fun with Spanish and music           

Arts & Crafts Create Culture Fun

 

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!  (click the link below please)

Bilingual Happy Birthday Song / Feliz cumpleaños bilingüe

 

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

Music Monday Marches in Hispanic Heritage Month One Day Early

Monday, September 14th, 2009

It seems only a few months ago I was celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month around the Tampa Bay Area doing library celebrations, online specials and overall simply embracing the meaning of the entire month-long celebration that begins September 15 and runs through October 15!

Not sure exactly what Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrating?  Or just want to refresh your memory?  Here is a great link to follow for a quick and comprehensive overview.   Click here!

Enjoy this traditional Latin American song titled Chocolate / Chocolate performed by our children singers and me, Boca Beth, in honor of the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.   Chocolate – a bilingual song from Boca Beth from our Boca Beth CD.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

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