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Discovering Languages – Discovering Your Child's Abilities

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Every year we celebrate the Month of Discovering Languages within a professional organization I belong to called ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).  And even though I personally refer to them now as World Languages, the sentiment is consistent throughout!  It’s time our country prepares our young children for the global society and economy they will encounter. 

Not sure where to begin when it comes to introducing Spanish and English to that special young child in your life?  Choose from one of two activities that can assist you TODAY – each one based on the time required to listen or watch or learn from:

Choice one:  One minute and 23 seconds   Scoop your child up onto your lap and click this link to watch an adorable bilingual music video that will have both of you singing and dancing and playing in Spanish and English in a matter of minutes.  Want a little more fun?  Click here for the lyrics to the song so that you can practice them – your adult brain thrives on seeing the words in print.  Your child most often is too young to even be able to read them!

BOCA the bilingual puppet in his music video

Choice two:  5 minutes   Print off the bilingual coloring/activity sheet for FREE today and then print off and cut out these two bilingual language cards that go along with this Boca Beth activity.  You will see how quickly your child acquires the new words in Spanish, retains them and begins to say them with native pronunciation!  Don’t worry that you are not a native speaker!  The most recent research tells all of us that the interaction is much more important to the language learning than the fact that you hail from Spain or Puerto Rico.  Want some proof?  Read these comments on a book written by two moms (who are also PhDs) that is titled The Bilingual Edge.

The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language

Make it easy!   Make it fun!  Make it part of your daily routine!  Then come back and tell me which one you did and how it worked!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Back to the Basics – Spanish and English Lesson Fun for Kids

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

It’s been a journey – this blog world is still such a mystery to many of us.  My original intent with this blog was to provide more for those of you who already know me as Boca Beth – the founder of a program that strives to provide parents and teachers with an easy-to-use and fun method for introducing Spanish and English to their little children.

I wanted to bring you behind the scenes as we grow from a company back in 2002 with an idea, to a company that today features 4 sing along bilingual music CDs, three engaging DVDs, BOCA the hand puppet who is the language amigo/friend of thousands of children worldwide, a coloring/activity book that goes hand-in-hand with our first movie, musical shakers, and then some fun extra things I have thrown in along the ride!  Mouse Pads with BOCA on them, t-shirts for children and adults, language card boxes and BOCA BETH stickers!

I want to give you all what you want, and I need to hear from you!  Would it make sense to lesson fun exchange of ideas on this blog?  I post a lesson idea that has worked for me and the children I reach on a not-so-regular basis, then you comment back to us on what works for you in regards to this theme.  For example/por ejemplo….I blog about the song What Time is it?  / ¿ Qué hora es ? that is on our 2nd Boca Beth CD titled “More Boca Beth / Más Boca Beth.” 

I give you my ideas of having the children act out the hands of the clock as we sing about the three different times of day, I suggest you buy an inexpensive wall clock from Target and put Boca Beth stickers at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 positions (Yes!  I will mail them to you for free…just ask!  bocabeth@msn.com I am serious!  I will mail them to you FREE today amiga/amigo/friend!)

Then you all comment back on what has worked for you when introducing this song.  And so the fun and exchange of great ideas goes.  Then, once in a while, I run contests and keep the flow going………….

What do you think?  I would love to hear from you…….Please post a comment below, and let’s get this party started!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth 

Homeschooling Video Hits Boca Beth's Home Page

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Oh my Gosh! I am so lucky! Have you ever had someone in your life that you just kept saying to yourself, “How did I get along without her?” You know, that one person who really was there for you and made it seem effortless…………

Well, our web master, Tammy Harrison is just that person for me and has been since we lost our web master November 2006. I had known Tammy virtually for a couple of years through HBWM and just happened to mention my dilemma of discontent with our existing web team way back when, and she chimed in that she helped many clients out with just what I had been describing to her!

And the rest as they say is History! She has done an amazing job with our web site at Boca Beth!

So last week when it was suggested that I put a video clip of children speaking Spanish after having used our Boca Beth bilingual CDs and DVDs for children, who do I turn to other than Tammy? She has homeschooled her own children, and they have enjoyed the introduction of Spanish through our bilingual Boca Beth fun for years!

Check out the clip right now! It is so short, cute and fun to watch!

Tell us what you think. Send in clips of your children having fun with Spanish and English from our Boca Beth Program. We might use them on our web site, this blog or our upcoming TV shows on The Education Channel. Send them digitally to bocabeth@msn.com or mail a DVD to us at:

Boca Beth LLC 11624 Branch Mooring Drive Suite 102 Tampa, FL 33635-6275

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

What Do You Know? Our Boca Beth Bilingual Fun Program Lands on TV!

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Can you say excited?!?!?! Can you say thrilled?!?!?!?! Can you say I can’t wait until March (even though January is just getting underway)?!?!?!

Here I am telling my daughter not to wish the next 4.5 months away so that Summer will be here sooner, and now I am doing just what I so wisely advised her not to do …….. aren’t we supposed to practice what we preach? (heh-heh)

I found out last week via e-mail that The Education Channel here in the Tampa Bay Area has decided to air our Boca Beth bilingual fun segments for children. Lucy Griggs has been my contact ever since our programming could not be allowed on Public Access TV here in the city of Tampa because I am a county resident (not in the city limits) and the County Commissioners cut funding for the Public Access TV Station. (Oh, and that makes so much sense to punish the viewing audience by limiting the programming allowed based on where the program creator lives. No wonder our country is in such an educational mess……………)

Regardless, I am thrilled that Lucy and her team have excitedly decided to air not only our Boca Beth DVD I Like Animals/Me gustan los animales in segments (excluding the bonus class that has some really fluctuating audio – not to mention I was about 15 pounds heavier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) but also our Boca Beth Music Video Collection: Volume 1 starting in March 2008! That means on Bright House channel 614, the Explorer Channel on Bright House 620, Verizon 32, and the Explorer Channel on Verizon 34 will showcase our Spanish and English fun for children on Saturday’s!

We have told The Education Channel that by the time the segments begin airing we will have online free games to go along with the segments along with lesson plans for teachers and moms who want to use supplemental bilingual fun for extra learning.

Thank you God! Gracias a Dios.

Happy Educating….Sea feliz educando……

Boca Beth

Back to Preschool for Many Children & Teachers – Make Learning Fun!

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

So, you find yourself up and atom! Ready to face the day with 12 two-year-olds! Let me help you bring a smile, some language learning fun and beginning reading skills to each and every child in your care today!

Hope you all had a great Christmas and that you are looking forward to a great New Year in 2008. Now, as you get ready for your day back with young children (be it in your home as a family child care provider, a preschool, a learning center, a faith based school or other), use the following preschool activity ideas, music fun and second language learning suggestions to make your day fun and full of learning.

The following fitness fun song helps children get up & get movin’ for foreign language fun with Boca Beth and her bilingual music. From the CD titled Sing Along with Boca Beth / Canta con Boca Beth:

“Getting Ready for My Day / Preparando” (an original beat by Ken Veenstra of Progressive Media & Music)

I wake up, I wake up every day.
Me levanto, levanto cada día.

I use the bathroom, the bathroom every day.
Uso el baño, el baño cada día.

I wash my hands, my hands every day.
Me lavo mis manos, mis manos cada día.

I comb my hair, my hair every day.
Me peino mi pelo, mi pelo cada día.

I get dressed, I get dressed every day.
Me pongo mi ropa, mi ropa cada día.

I eat my breakfast, my breakfast every day.
Tomo desayuno, desayuno cada día.

I brush my teeth, my teeth every day.
Cepillo mis dientes, dientes cada día.

I start the day with a smile every day.
Comienzo con una sonrisa, sonrisa cada día.

I share my joy, my joy every day.
Comparto mi felicidad, felicidad cada día.

I can do it, do it every day.

Puedo hacerlo, hacerlo cada dia.

A Child Getting Ready for Her Day with Boca Beth Bilingual Music

This song off our Boca Beth fitness fun CD can have some cute movements that allow the children to act out each part of getting ready for their day. The one about “I use the bathroom/Uso el baño” gets lots of laughter from little children, but it works if you are willing to put up with the giggles. Using the bathroom is a real part of each day, and when kept in check, the motions of the entire song work together to assist in the learning of two languages. Suggested movements are listed below by the getting ready action:

• I wake up/Me levanto = arms up overhead like a “Y” with full extension on the first “wake up” words followed by little squats with arms down and repeat through the Spanish.
• I use the bathroom = controlled small squats with hands on knees on the downward motion and hands to hips as you come up to standing. Try to keep the children from making noises or getting too out of hand by first explaining how this is a part of everyone’s day.
• I wash my hands = An exaggerated sliding motion of the hands with the elbows pulled way back on each slide creates a rubbing sound and some good side and arm work.
• I comb my hair = Exaggerated over the head arms one at a time for a pretend combing motion.
• I get dressed = Fun to see how the children act this out on their own – we have found a rowing motion towards the ground with a slight bend at the waist works well (as if pulling on pants or shorts).
• I eat my breakfast = With a pretend fork or spoon in their hands the children alternate one at a time up to their mouth with elbows elevated and out to the side. Nice arm work out.
• I brush my teeth = Small circular motions with their hands and a pretend toothbrush make this one fun and a great reminder.
• I start the day with a smile = The children go to an extended “Y” above their head as their hands brush along their cheeks making their smiles even bigger.
• I share my joy – Giving themselves a big hug for this one and twisting side to side accomplishes some good flexibility movement and gives them a nice hug every time.
• I can do it – Making strong fists and flexing their muscles to show they can do it makes the children feel strong and empowered as they sing the words “I can do it/Puedo hacerlo.”
(Of course, ad-libbing works well on this one if you are up to it!)

A great book to use before or after this song is the following board book which can be found easily on amazon.com:

I Can!/¡Yo puedo! (English and Spanish Foundation Series)

I Can!/¡Yo puedo! (English and Spanish Foundation Series) (Book #11) (Bilingual) (Board Book)

Available on Amazon for $3.17.

It’s important to teach children that there’s nothing they can’t do. This

exciting learning book in English and Spanish gives you a head start. Come

along with a diverse group of children as they demonstrate a wide variety of

fun activities and helpful tasks they can do by themselves. Children will love

the colorful and whimsical illustrations. A complete pronunciation guide is

included in the back of the book for quick and easy reference. This book is a

great tool for helping to instill children with a sense of pride in

accomplishment.

Reading level: Ages 4-8 (20 Pages)

If you want more ideas to use in conjunction with this theme simply leave a comment after this post, and I will send you the complete one month theme for free from our Boca Beth Educator’s Club – it’s a cool and easy-to-use membership that provides you a monthly lesson plan centered around a theme that evolves from one of my Boca Beth bilingual songs.

Introducing Spanish and English to children will never be this easy again!

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Piggyback Song Teaches Spanish to Children Using the Beat of "Jingle Bells"

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Writing songs to teach preschoolers a new concept has always been one of my strengths in my life as a teacher!

I love taking melodies that the children and I are familiar with, writing some new words to match the beat and introduce a brand new concept through those new lyrics and familiar tune!

That my dear amigas & amigos is what you call a Piggyback Song in the world of early childhood development and learning with music.

With Christmas close at hand for many of us Christians I feel compelled to share our song titled Here & There / Aquí & allí that comes from our third Boca Beth bilingual music CD called “Sing Along with Boca Beth / Canta con Boca Beth.”

Bilingual Music CD from Boca Beth

“Here & There/Aqui y Alli”
(sung to the tune of “Jingle Bells”)

Aqui, Aqui-Here, Here!
Alli, Alli-There, There!
Aqui, Aqui-Here, Here!
Alli, Alli-There, There!

Aqui means here, Alli means there.

Aqui then Alli means here then there!

(Repeat same one more time!)

Suggested circle time activity fun for preschool age children and classroom fun for early elementary school age children:

This is one of the many songs on our third Boca Beth CD that allows you to incorporate some fitness fun as well as second language learning. The children stand and begin pointing to the ground with knees bending slightly as they do the motion for “Aquí, Here.” The children then point overhead for the motion for “Allí, There.” It can get silly too if you want – asking the children to try to follow your moves left overhead and right overhead. On the break of words where you hear just music we all do a silly dance. And at the end, where the airplane is heard, we make an airplane with our hand and let it fly away.

The children love this one as they try to keep up with ‘Ms. Beth.’ I warn them that I am going to try to trick them and go faster and faster on the moves pointing down and up!

Let’s Dance to Boca Beth bilingual music

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

What's Happenin'? ¿Qué pasa? …in the world of bilingual education for young children…

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Here at The Boca Beth Program we continue to strive for the easiest and most effective way to help parents, teachers and care providers bring Spanish and English together in the daily routine of their children.

Our latest addition of music videos takes four of our really popular bilingual songs for children and allows the children and adult see children and myself, Boca Beth, bring the songs to life with cute props, easy to understand lyrics, great visual aides and lots of fun!

BOCA the puppet brings Spanish to life for children

Watch this full length version of my song ¿Qué pasa?/What’s Happenin’? which has been up on YouTube for a month or so! Vote for it if you could please with a nice high star rating, tag it as one of your favorites and then have some fun!!!!!!!

Click here to follow the link to our upbeat bilingual music video for children … introducing Spanish to English-speaking children while also introducing English to Spanish-speaking children. Wow! That is what I call truly bilingual! And if you love what you see, tell others you know that our first music video collection with these four songs is available online at our web site only for $6.99 until they sell out (which is when we then hope to have them on TV…call your friends at PBS and Nick Jr and tell them to call me please!!!!).

“¿ Qué pasa ? What’s Happenin’ ?”
(original)

¿Qué pasa? – What’s happenin?
¿Qué pasa? – What’s happenin?
¿Qué pasa? – What’s happenin?
¿Qué pasa contigo ?

No mucho – Not much
No mucho – Not much
No mucho – not much
No mucho conmigo.

What’s happenin? – ¿ Qué pasa ?
What’s happenin? – ¿ Qué pasa ?
What’s happenin? – ¿ Qué pasa ?
What’s happenin with you?

Not much – no mucho
Not much – no mucho
Not much – no mucho
Not much with me.

 

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Five Little Monkeys Bilingual Song Fun for Children of All Ages

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Let’s wake you all up this morning with some Five Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed!

Or, as they would sing in Spanish, Cinco monitos saltando en la cama!

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (Board Book) by Eileen Christelow 

This is a cute book that could be used along with our theme today!  After reading this cute board book, then bring on the music and movement fun from our Boca Beth Program

 Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (Board Book)

Go right into the Boca Beth song off our third bilingual music CD titled Canta con Boca Beth/Sing with Boca Beth.

“Five Little Monkeys”
(sung to the tune of “Five Little Monkeys”)

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed!
One fell off and bumped his head!
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said!
No more monkeys jumpin on the bed!

¡Cuatro monos saltando en la cama!
¡Uno se cayó y golpeó la cabeza!
¡Mama llamó doctor y el doctor dijo!
¡No más monos saltando en la cama!

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed!
One fell off and bumped his head!
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said!
No more monkeys jumpin on the bed!

¡Dos monos saltando en la cama!
¡Uno se cayó y golpeó la cabeza!
¡Mama llamó doctor y el doctor dijo!
¡No más monos saltando en la cama!

One little monkey jumping on the bed!
He fell off and bumped his head!
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said!
No more monkeys jumpin on the bed!


Suggested circle time activity / classroom activity to bring this song to life for language learning fun! 

This is an awesome song for spontaneous fun. Almost every child loves this children’s classic, and now they can learn it in a second language. Pretend the carpet or the mat you are using is a bed and start jumping like monkeys making the actions and noises of real monkeys. As the song sings about one monkey falling off the bed pretend to fall off the bed, then everyone pretends to call the doctor, then pretend to be the doctor saying “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” Continue doing these fun actions for 4 monitos, 3 monitos, 2 monitos and then 1 monkey left!  The children love shouting out the English part of “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” and after several times of doing this song they will begin to be able to say pieces of the Spanish matching phrase “No más monos saltando en la cama” and after a while they will have the entire thing down to a tee!!! 

BOCA in Hollywood for the Red Carpet of an Awards Show                                  BOCA the Spanish language amigo found in a school bus                                BOCA loves sombrero fun with Spanish and music

Where are YOUR pictures my friends?  We are hoping to show each Friday new clips of BOCA around the country and even around the world.

We decided our contest prize was not enough incentive since many of you may not be able to get your child to Florida or New York or California for our next filming of our Boca Beth music videos for children.  So……………….

Here is the prize for the winning photo of BOCA!  A Boca Beth Beginner Set full of other cool stuff like a signed picture of our BOCA mascot from his California debut early this year and an autographed BOCA BETH t-shirt by Beth Butler (that would be ME!!!) and BOCA the mascot character.  Who knows?  One day we might be on TV or something, and then you’ll be the only one on the block with our autographs from way back when…….

So, get those digital cameras out, take pictures of BOCA at the beach, in the bathtub, on the swing set, at the park, wherever.  Send them to bocabeth@msn.com to enter weekly into the Friday posting, and then once a month we will choose a winner from a random drawing.  (Kind of like put the names into the Sombrero and draw a winner!!!)

Come on!  I know you are busy!  But this is cool!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Hello Friend – Hola amigo – Hola amiga … Helping Young Children Communicate the Basics!

Monday, December 10th, 2007

One of the most basic and important concepts that you and your child should first learn in a new language is being able to greet someone informally and in a friendly manner.

That is why for our Boca Beth Program one of the first songs I wrote and recorded with children ringers singing with me was Hola amigo / Hello Friend from our first CD titled My First Songs in Spanish / Mis primeras conciones en Inglés.

It’s written to the melody of “Frere Jacques” and is so comforting to listen to, so soothing and children worldwide ask for it daily we are told!

Enjoy!!! ¡Disfruta!

My First Songs in Spanish music cd for children, Mis primeras canciones en Inglés

“Hola amigo/Hello Friend” (track #2)
(sung to the melody of “Frere Jacques”)

¡Hola amigo!
Hello friend!

¿Como estás?
How are you?

¡Muy bien, gracias!
Very fine, thank you!

¿Y tú?
And you?

(song repeats one complete time)

¡Hola amiga!
Hello friend!

¿Como estás?
How are you?

¡Muy bien, gracias!
Very fine, thank you!

¿Y tú?
And you?

Suggested Classroom / Circle Time Activity Fun for this song:

Use BOCA the puppet to introduce BOCA (the star of the BOCA BETH Program). Ask the children to say “Hola BOCA” “Hi BOCA” to warm them up. Talk about how BOCA is a boy, he’s a friend of mine, and of Johnny & Maria so he is called an “amigo.” Ask the children to repeat the word amigo and the word friend. Then use a girl puppet (preferably in the bird family like BOCA is) and talk about how JULIA is a girl, she’s a friend of mine, and of Enrique & Susie so she is called an “amiga.” Ask the children to repeat the word amiga and the word friend. Then move into the first song of language time . . .
Sing this song above using the BOCA boy puppet alternating to the girl puppet. We always start each language session with this same song – providing a routine and repetition and success daily with the second language learning. Children thrive on familiarity with routine so bring that comfort into your second language fun time!

Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Where Is BOCA?!?!

Friday, December 7th, 2007

So…..you’ve heard of “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?”

Now you can be part of… “Where is BOCA?!?!”

Capture YOUR BOCA puppet in the strangest (but legal and able-to-be-viewed-by-4-year-old-eyes) places and you might win a spot on our next Music Video  Collection DVD Series!

BOCA    Boca Beth and BOCA the puppet  BOCA the puppet and girl coloring  BOCA in his latest music video role

These are photos of BOCA the hand puppet that WE have captured!!!!!

Now we want your photos!!!!!  Throughout the week send us pix of BOCA in action – with your child, with your family child care children, with your preschool class, with your elementary school class.

Each week someone or some group will win!!!!  They will be put into a drawing for a slot in our upcoming Boca Beth Music Video Collection:  Volume 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You will perform and have fun and be part of our Bilingual Boca Beth Fun Production!

Happy Photographing!

Boca Beth

P.S.  (Once you have the picture taken (or pictures) send them to bocabeth@msn.com please!!!)