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It’s not often that I talk about my cultural background. I’m actually embarrassed that most of you probably don’t know I’m Puerto Rican. I grew up with parents who wanted to “mainstream” me. They wanted me to have as many opportunities as possible. It wasn’t until I entered high school that I even thought about learning our native language. I’m 32 years old and disappointed that I had the opportunity to be bilingual, but am not (but I can still learn!).
Learning a second language can only help your child. Having spent some time living overseas, I was surprised at how many children speak more than one language. Because my husband is Caucasian, my children will have that much more difficulty learning a second language because they won’t grow up hearing it spoken. This is why it’s so important to me to start teaching my son basic Spanish at an early age.
Many months ago, I learned about a program called Boca Beth. I actually had no idea that I could start teaching my son Spanish at a very young age. I thought he had to master English first. Boca Beth products offer parents a fun way to introduce Spanish AND English to their children. This is one of the only programs that teaches language in this way. Bilingual education is optimal for children learning their native language.
The program is fun…which is important to me. I wasn’t always thrilled about learning a second language as a child. I didn’t see the need for it (how ironic!). My son loves to learn. We read and complete mini phonics lessons, so starting this program was something exciting for him. The program seeks to teach children in a variety of ways by tapping into many of their senses. They can watch the DVD, listen to the CD, color and complete the activity book, and touch the puppet and maracas. Best of all, I don’t have to know a single word of Spanish to teach my children with this program (did you hear that hubby?).
Boca Beth has won several awards and was created by a teacher. It’s been used in preschools, public schools and homes for over six years. Some of the benefits of the program include early reading skills and advanced communication abilities. And best of all, it’s very affordable.
My son received the Boca Beth Beginner Set, which includes their first bilingual music CD, their first bilingual DVD, BOCA the puppet, a coloring book, and an easy reading How to Guide. We try to do something each day (whether it be listening to the CD, watching the DVD, etc.). The only basic Spanish my son had coming into the program was familiarity with Spanish numbers (up to number 10). Right now, he’s imitating several of the words in the program. We still need lots of practice matching the English and Spanish words.
One of my questions was, why a puppet? I learned that puppets help to bring out native and new language in children.
Boca Beth is an effective, easy-to-use program that makes learning Spanish fun for both parents and children.
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