Posts Tagged ‘esl’

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




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

Early Childhood Lesson Plan: Farm Animal Fun!

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011


Age Level:  Ages 3+

Number of students:  15-20 with help of extra adult

General Subject Area:  Science / Art

Materials needed:

  • Dried corn on the cob (sold as squirrel feed)
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint
  • See-thru container
  • Water

Introduction:  When talking about animals we always end up talking about the various categories of animals – zoo animals, endangered species, rainforest animals, household pets, farm animals and on and on.  After discussion, book reading, art projects and singing about animals I transition into this Science / Art fun with corn from the farm animals’ habitat.

Stated Objectives:  Students will be able to use fine motor skills when picking the kernels off the cobs.  They will utilize their visual skills in the observation of the growth of the corn cob sprouts.  Children will incorporate their tactile and kinesthetic skills as they enjoy the texture of the kernels remaining on the texture table.


  1. Give each child their own dried corn cob
  2. Allow the children time to pick off all the kernels off their corn cob
  3. Use the kernels in your texture table
  4. Allow the children to paint their corn cobs with large brushes and vibrant paints for a fall art project to decorate the classroom.
  5. Save one of the corn cobs to grow in your Science area by doing the following:  Fill a container (large enough to accommodate the corn cob) with 1 inch of water and allow the cob to soak for approximately 1.5 – 2 weeks (a clear, see-through container allows the greatest observation of growth).  Make sure to keep watering the corn cob.  The cob will soon sprout plants that will grow very tall and can be planted in soil.

Closure:  Once the activity is over with the kernels being picked off and the cobs painted we clean up singing our Boca Beth bilingual Animal Song / La canción de animales and decorate the classroom with our bright and beautiful fall cobs.  We observe the change in the cob in our Science area for weeks and plant the off shoots in a visible place that we can see each day to chart the growth progress.


A fun class extension of this animal fun – honing in on animal habitats:

Supply children with 3 bowls filled with grass, hay and water in small groups.  Give children many different types of plastic zoo animals.  Have them work together as teams placing each animals in the “environment” or “habitat” where they think they would most likely find them living.  Depending upon the age group of the children, the conversations of “environment” and “habitat” can take place.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

VERY FUN VIDEO about farm animals – WARNING!  Immersion method used but with GREAT visual clues:


Sharing Kisses / Besos in Two Languages

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011


I loved shooting this video in the studio with the children you see helping bring Spanish and English together with music fun.

This week’s bilingual fun will center around this Boca Beth song I wrote called Kiss is a beso / Beso es un Kiss off our first CD that is titled My First Songs in Spanish / Mis primeras canciones en ingles

Suggested circle time activity for this song is as follows:   Use BOCA the puppet to give kisses/besos to the children as you move from child to child giving kisses (then move into “hugs/abrazos” for more learning). Remember that some children do not enjoy being ‘kissed’ on the face so you need to read them well and have BOCA kiss their shoulder or their foot or their shoe or sometimes simply blow the child a beso/a kiss.   Many children don’t get much affection at home and need the contact, the touch, the ‘warm fuzzies’ this song provides.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Stay tuned as we will be giving away the Boca Beth DVD that has this music video (and 7 others on it) later this week right here at my blog!)

Preschool Resources for Teaching Spanish and English

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

This week we have been focusing on counting in Spanish and English – more bilingual fun from my Boca Beth Program.  (Make sure you read both posts from earlier this week for lots of GREAT ideas on how to introduce both English and Spanish when counting with young children.)

Enjoy this immersion song – meaning only in Spanish – that helps your child practice his/her Spanish numbers forwards and backwards counting style!


Did you use some of our ideas this week to help young children learn to count in Spanish and English?

If so, comment below about it or send me an e-mail at with a picture of what you did, a video clip of what you did or simply a detailed explanation, and I will send YOU a FREE gift from my Boca Beth Program and bilingual children’s product line.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

What Will Your Child Learn This Summer

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Ahh…the stats on how much learning is lost during the summer months.

I really love summer with my kids until they start saying, “I’m bored.” or “There’s nothing to do.” even though there are at least 20 things within eye sight to do for fun.  You KNOW what I’m talking about!!!

Here’s what we have done at Boca Beth!

We created brand new Boca Beth vignettes – mini teaching lessons – and have uploaded them to some sites for distribution.

Here’s one for FREE!  Questions coming this week about Spanish learning fun!  Be ready to answer and win!


The Ugliest Ball I Have Ever Seen! And You Get a Chance to Win One!

Friday, May 28th, 2010

horriball          horriball-twoDON”T WORRY!!!!  These are not real roaches inside this ball!

No cucarachas running around my desk area today!

I am simply sharing with all of you one of the ugliest things I have ever seen for kids.  It’s called the Horriball, and when you squish it the fake little cockroaches appear through the see-through bubble areas of this disgusting ball!

Now…you might ask!  Then why Boca Beth are you sharing this revolting item with us?  Well, if you know our Sing Praise for Children CD at all you will know that we put two traditional Latin American songs on it (in a bilingual Boca Beth format of course!).

One of the songs on it is La cucaracha / The Cockroach!  I thought these Horriballs would be cool prizes to give away to go hand-in-hand with this song!  Click below to hear the Boca Beth bilingual kids song, the fun translation we provided, then come back and comment below with an answer to this question:  What does the cockroach not have to drink?

La cucaracha / The Cockroach Song

We will take all correct answers, mix them up in a sombrero and send out a sickening Horriball to TWO lucky winners!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Let's Give Away Some Judy Clocks and a Bilingual Book

Friday, April 30th, 2010


I had filmed a cool mini lesson using these adorable mini sized Judy Clocks from Discount School Supply, and when we went to post it the thing just will NOT work 🙁 🙁 🙁 

So much for my mastery of technology!  Maybe we will reshoot it or something, but in the meantime, I want to run a quick and easy contest for all of you blog readers right now!  Ready?  Here is how easy it is to enter:  READ the suggested circle time activity below from our free resource area on the Boca Beth web site.  Then comment below giving us your definition of what an echo song is – in other words, what makes a song be able to be called an echo song.   Sunday night (May 2, 2010) we will gather all of the entries that are correct, and we will choose one random winner from the batch!

What Time Is It? / ¿Qué hora es? suggested circle time activity: This is an echo song. I ask the children if they remember what an echo is. I praise the correct answer person and ask them to be my echo in this fun song about telling time in Spanish and English. If the children are old enough to get the concept, they can act out the time of day while singing about it. We hold our arms out in the position of 8 o’clock, then straight above our heads for 12 o’clock, then pointing down towards the ground for 6:30.

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

Read Along with Boca Beth: A Bilingual Book Helps Children Learn to Read

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Reading is the #1 predictor of a student’s success in school and in life!

Show me a child who loves to read, and you have shown me a child who loves to learn!

Enjoy this bilingual read-along with me, Beth Butler (aka Boca Beth) as we share a book written by Gladys Rosa-Mendoza.  This book is the exact same title as our song What Time Is It? / ¿Qué hora es?

Gladys and I do not hang out, heck, she probably doesn’t recall meeting me, but I love, love, love her board books for young children!  Enjoy! 


Find the book at this link.  Find the CD at this link (it’s still FREE shipping and FREE bilingual coloring/activity book on our web site through April 30, 2010!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

What time is it?/¿Qué hora es? (English and Spanish Foundations Series) (Book #7) (Bilingual) (Board Book) (English and Spanish Edition)

Telling Time in Spanish and English – a Bilingual Education Lesson with Music & Movement!

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Children love learning with music! 


The music provides a pathway for easier learning and long term retention!

Add in some movement for the kinesthetic learner, and you have success with early learning!

This week we are focusing on some Math skills combined with second language learning with our What Time Is It? / ¿Qué hora es? song off our More Boca Beth/Más Boca Beth bilingual music CD.


Hope you enjoyed that YouTube clip!  Stay tuned later this week for a read-along with Boca Beth, some Judy Clock fun and a cool give away for our blog readers only!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth