Archive for the ‘Preschool activities’ Category

Fruta divertida / Fruit Fun for Little Kids Learning Spanish and English!

Monday, February 6th, 2012

That game is a fun way to introduce names of fruits to little children, isn’t it?  Whether the children are trying to learn English, Spanish, or even better yet, BOTH!  Here at The Boca Beth Program we make it fun, we make it easy, we make it affordable!

Catch this shorter video with some fruit learning fun from my friends over at www.OnLineFreeSpanish.com:  

Follow this link for a learning page suited for children who can read and match up names of fruits with their images.

Later this week we will enjoy some other cools ways to help you introduce a second language to your special little one!  Remember – it’s never too early to start.  Time and Newsweek magazines ran feature articles stating that the ‘window of opportunity’ to learn a new language is between birth (yes – birth!) and age five.  

Birth – five is the optimum time to introduce a new language so that your child will become a lifetime language learner with smiles and jump-started brain power!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

How to Teach Young Children to Count in Spanish & English

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

We are focusing in on using our Boca Beth bilingual children’s song titled Counting Teens / Contando numeros this week.  In doing so I suggest you take a quick peek at my suggested activity to go hand-in-hand with this song – the suggestion is short but practical for in the home or in the classroom.  Go here and look for #7!

Use this video to brush up on the numbers 11 – 20 in Spanish.  It’s kind of fun because the gentleman is using a phone to show the numbers!

Use this worksheet to allow your child to count and color the numbers 11 – 20 in English!  (simply follow the link that sentence creates)

Use this video to hear the numbers 11 to 20 in English.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

 

 

Let’s Count in Spanish! ¡Vamos a contar en ingles!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Counting past ten in Spanish and English is what we will have fun with this week!

See the lyrics from my Boca Beth bilingual children’s song titled Counting teens / Contando numeros at this page of my web site’s free resource area.  Or here they are below to show you both world languages:

“Counting Teens / Contando numeros”

To do the calendar and have some fun

We need to count to 31.

Most of us know 1 through 10
So let’s begin at e-l-e-v-e-n!
Eleven is once – easy to say!
Once, once, eleven!
Twelve is doce – easy to say!
Doce, doce, twelve!
Thirteen is trece – easy to say!
Trece, trece, thirteen!
Fourteen is catorce – a bit more to say!
Catorce, catorce, fourteen!
Fifteen is quince – easy to say!
Quince, quince, fifteen!
Now the numbers get a little longer.
In Spanish we put them together.
You can do this! It’s easy, you’ll see!
Sing along and count with me!
Sixteen is dieciséis.
That’s 16,
Dieciséis!
Seventeen is diecisiete.
That’s 17,
Diecisiete!
Eighteen is dieciocho.
That’s 18,
Dieciocho!
Nineteen is diecinueve.
That’s 19,
Diecinueve!
Twenty is veinte – easy to say!
Veinte, veinte, twenty!

Now listen in and hear how to count to 20 in Spanish:

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

 

Want to Sing Happy Birthday in Spanish? Listen In and Learn How!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Fun! Fun! Fun!  No matter how old I get I still LOVE Birthday Celebrations!

Especially when little ones are singing along to the Happy Birthday song I wrote in a bilingual format.  Listen in!

Find the words to this Boca Beth song right here on my web site‘s FREE bilingual resource area for teaching Spanish and English at the same time to young children.  (Look for the 6th song down.)

Now check this really fun video out from another group of talented people bringing Spanish and English together the fun way!  With MUSIC!  ¡La música!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

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!