Archive for the ‘Preschool lesson plans’ 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

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

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 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

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