Archive for the ‘Preschool activities’ Category

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

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

How Much Fun Can Bilingual Learning Be? ¡MUCHO!

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Learning a second language seems to be front and center with many parents and teachers these days!  

Learning with music just makes it super easy and super fun!  Just watch these little ones singing in Spanish and English with our Boca Beth bilingual songs:

Now read here why you really should start introducing your little guy or girl to more than one language today.

How about these GREAT tips found at this link on continuing bilingual learning fun during the fall (my new amiga Denise over at Lingua Garden shares so many wonderful ideas for bilingual learning).  

Did you know that most early childhood educators agree that birth through five is the best window of opportunity to introduce young children to more than one language?  So use all of these free tips and teaching ideas to jump start your child’s second language learning fun.

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

Another Mom’s Words Speak Volumes About Second Language Learning

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Reading what my new amiga Michelle of the fun blog Just Married Mom of 3 has to say about our bilingual learning fun for young children makes me proud to be doing what I am doing!

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Hope YOU win the $50 Boca Beth Beginner Backpack later this month!

Read on at this link and enter to win today!

Happy  Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Here’s a FUN video to watch from an amigo of mine who ran a similar giveaway years ago – he has fun with our puppet BOCA who helps teach little children Spanish AND English:

I Love My Family – In Spanish and English!

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

How about some vocabulary fun in Spanish and English this week that will help the young children in your life learn about their family members?

Bilingual language cards introduce Grandma and Grandpa in Spanish

Bilingual language cards introduce Grandma and Grandpa in Spanish

Follow this link to download FREE bilingual language cards that will introduce grandma and grandpa as abuela and abuelo.   (There are many, many years worth of cards so keep searching!)

 

Now a video with children teaching other children two languages with music and movement fun from my Boca Beth song I Love My Family / Yo quiero mi familia!

 

Happy Educating!       ¡Sea feliz educando!

 

Boca Beth

Have Some Fun With Our Boca Beth Bilingual Children’s Song for FREE

Friday, August 30th, 2013

WOW!!!!!!!!!

     

Double WOW!!!!!!!!

Have you ever had one of those times when you feel really proud of yourself?  Like you really want to give yourself a pat on the back?!?

I had one of those moments years ago, then many months ago and just recently as I turned on my favorite Tampa Bay Radio Station, The Joy FM,  and  I hear my Boca Beth Happy Birthday / Feliz cumpleaños  rendition!!!!!!!!!!! 

I was so thrilled and so proud and so touched!!!

I had sent the MP3 version to Jayar (one of the radio hosts) many years ago because his daughter was celebrating her birthday, and I thought she and her family would get a kick out of it!  Never did I imagine that proud daddy would play my music on air on my favorite radio station.  Here is that same song for you to download FREE for your family to begin their second language journey.

 

Thank you Jayar.  Gracias Jayar.  It means so much to me to hear this rendition of the Happy Birthday song where children sing with smiles and cha-cha-chas along with me, Boca Beth.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

Here’s the video off my YouTube channel:

 

Learning the Days of the Week in Two Languages is EASY and FUN!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The song I want to focus on this week from my music & movement kids’ program is I Know the Days of the Week / Yo sé los días de la semana.  Watch little Abi sing this bilingual song from my Boca Beth Program below:

Lyrics to this Boca Beth song:

Yo sé los dias de la semana/I Know the Days of the Week
(Sung to the tune of "Ten Little Indians")

Domingo, Domingo,
Sunday, Sunday,

Lunes, Lunes,
Monday, Monday,

Martes, Martes,
Tuesday, Tuesday,

¡Miércoles es Wednesday!

(repeat chorus one more time)

Jueves, Jueves,
Thursday, Thursday,

Viernes, Viernes,
Friday, Friday,

Sábado, Sábado,
Saturday, Saturday,

I know the days of the week!

Here is another bilingual music video where young children learn 
Spanish and English names for the seven days of the week.  Enjoy!

 

 

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

Providing Tutoring for Young Children in Spanish & English

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

It’s almost the end of summer for us Florida-Folks!  Officially only 4 weeks left before the children’s first day of public school.

As much as I don’t like saying that I know that it’s true, and that means I must start marketing my Boca Beth Language Studio.  Read more here at this link about my music and movement fun way of teaching little kids a second language.

 

Joseph, Boca and Boca Beth

I am using Thumbtack to help me start the promotion virtually plus I have done some grass roots marketing by foot and posted flyers at our local Starbucks and Publix Grocery Store in Westchase.  What is Thumbtack you might ask?  It’s an online place that helps you promote your business by giving you leads from those who have found you.  Read more about Thumbtack here.

So, if you know of a family who has a young child, and you know they value the importance of knowing more than one language, please send them the link to my web site section on this new offering from my bilingual children’s company.  Thank you / gracias.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Free Bilingual Song for Children to Learn Spanish

Monday, June 17th, 2013

It warms my heart when moms stop me to tell me what a difference my bilingual Boca Beth songs have made in their child’s language learning.  They searched for a fun way to teach Spanish to their child and found us!

I am celebrating hearing another success story recently from a Tampa family, and I am sharing one of the songs she says made a HUGE difference in capturing her 6 year old son’s attention as his 2 year old sister and 4.5 year old siblings were already loving the Boca Beth Bilingual Fun Stuff.  Follow the link below for the free MP3 download now:

Boca Beth bilingual song called Movin’ & Groovin’ 

 

Enjoy watching other children sing, dance, and play in both languages with this same song in our music video below:

 

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth