Posts Tagged ‘bilingual lesson’

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


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

Bilingual Books Help Young Children Learn the Spanish Alphabet

Friday, December 16th, 2011

It’s true!  The Spanish alphabet is different from the English alphabet!  

But it’s not so different that you and your child can’t learn it with my Boca Beth song titled Rappin the Spanish Alphabet (available as a FREE You Tube video from Monday’s blog post or on our More Boca Beth bilingual music CD which is only $9 with the 40% savings code of JOLLY for Christmas / Hanukkah shopping fun!).

I thought I would help you with some additional visual learning today by suggesting some cool books for the Spanish alphabet:

This book titled The Alphabet / El alfabeto is fantastic and is presented in  board book style for toddlers and preschoolers who are learning to read.      Experts agree that children CAN learn their native and a new language in  print by using tools such as this book with someone interacting with the  child during the reading time.

I realize it says it’s out of stock on Amazon, but you can find it other places (and check out the price of only Used at $1.22!!!!)

The Alphabet / El alfabeto (English and Spanish Foundations Series) (Book #1) (Bilingual) (Board Book) (English and Spanish Edition)Next up is this easy-to-use, interactive coloring picture book to help children learn the Spanish language and its alphabet.  It’s in stock and can be purchased for only $1.90 NEW!!!  I have found with that I bundle together a bunch of products and save on shipping from the same vendor so watch who are buying from and try to buy from them all of your items.

Lastly, keeping in step with technology, is a Kindle edition of what seems to be a very cool ABC Bilingual Learning Book.    For only $5 you download this animal themed learning game tool, and witness your child learning the alphabet in both English and Spanish from what they say!

My First Spanish ABC Picture Coloring Book (Dover Children's Bilingual Coloring Book)Alpha's ABC's Games

There you have it amigas and amigos!  A fun literacy-based wrap up to help YOU introduce the Spanish alphabet to your young children (and YOU might learn it right along with them!).

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Helping Children Tell Time in Spanish and English

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011


Teaching time can be fun when done with music!

Now add in a little foreign language learning (though I like to call if World Language Learning!), and you have a wonderful jump start on your week’s learning fun.

Over at my online show called Fiesta Fun today, I shared this What Time Is It? song in Spanish (¿Que hora es?) as well, and the children learned more than 15 words in both languages. 

Check out the lyrics here at this link.  It’s the last song on the page.

Here is the link to a cool bilingual book with the same title as my Boca Beth bilingual children’s song.  (It’s not written by me.  It is available used for just under $3.00.)

Later this week we will explore some other cool resources on telling time bilingually.  If you have something to share I welcome you to comment below, and if we print your idea in our newsletter we will send you a Boca Beth bilingual t-shirt!  Get those creative juices flowing, and share with us what you do to bring Spanish and English together to help children learn telling time.  Thank you / gracias.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Bilingual Resources for a Happy Birthday and a Fun Fiesta

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Ever used  YOU SHOULD!  Their site rocks!  Here is a link to their themed party/fiesta fun.  Enjoy!


This wonderful board book can be found on for $4.42 and up used or new.  Go here to find it or look below for other books that present both Spanish and English for children to learn both!

Another cute bilingual book about Lucy the Cat found here.

What child doesn’t love Curious George?  Here is a cute Piñata Party Book with Spanish and English presented. 

And this last suggested bilingual book for a little older of a child (say 6-10) focuses on a child named Baldomero and who he is inviting to his birthday party.  This one is true bilingual presentation – equal amounts of Spanish to equal amounts of English (just like our Boca Beth Program presents the two languages!).  The book is found online at my tienda favorita / favorite store TARGET!  What mom/teacher doesn’t LOVE shopping at TARGET?!?!?!?!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

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Children Learn Two Languages with Animal Fun!

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I See Animals / Veo animales … a really fun bilingual kids’ song off our Sing Along with Boca Beth / Canta con Boca Beth music CD is written to the melody of This Old Man.  Remember that the latest research is suggesting that using familiar melodies, beats that the children and you know and combining them with new lyrics in the target language PLUS the native language will allow for fun language acquisition and long term retention.

Enjoy this YouTube clip featuring the song and some animal fun!


Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth