Bosley, the Language Bear

Encourage Your Child’s Unique Skill Set with Bosley Builds a Tree House

Bosley and friendsIn addition to teaching new words and phrases in a foreign language, Bosley Builds a Tree House also teaches morals of friendship, teamwork, leadership and accomplishment.

At first, Bosley and his friends are happy to play in the forest, climbing trees and playing games. But tuhen Bosley Bear has the grand idea to build a tree house. He presents his idea to the team and opens the floor for discussion. Once it is decided that building a tree house is a good idea, all of the friends sit down around a blueprint and begin sharing their ideas on paper. Everyone contributes some aspect of the design to make it a unique collaboration.

Once the plans are finalized all of the animals help Bosley in their own way that subtly empowers children to utilize their own unique skill set. Squirrel frantically runs about measuring everything with the tape measure. Rabbit jumps up and down on the structure to make sure it is soundly built. Fox works from the ground and operates their improvised elevator. Raccoon trundles back and forth carrying lumber to Bosley. And Owl swoops in to put the finishing touches on that are out of reach for the other animals.

When the tree house is complete, it is a work of art and something that the whole team can be proud of and enjoy together.

Interview: About Bosley Goes to the Beach

Interview: How is Language Learning Encouraged in Bosley’s New Friends?

Interview: What life lessons can be learned from Bosley Sees the World?

Interview: How is language taught in Bosley Sees the World?

Bosley’s New Friends

Bosley's Mountaintop Vista - Such a big world with so many possibilities!

Bosley's new friendsJoin Bosley on this bilingual journey as he struggles to understand what the other animals are saying. “Why don’t the other animals understand me when I talk?” he asks.

Bosley learns patience as he diligently learns how to speak other languages, one word at a time, and he discovers a wide world of new friends waiting to be made. This book is sure to impress upon any child the importance of language learning in a way that they can relate to.

The book is available in the following translations:

Spanish, German, Italian, French, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi

Parent-Child Bonding with Secret Code Words in a Second Language

HelloIn order to encourage your child’s interest in a second language, and at the same time maintaining a strong friendship with your child, try creating teaching them a few words in a second language that you can use as “secret code words”.  Here’s what I mean…

If you teach your child the phrase “Do you want ice cream?” (in German this would be:  “willst du Eis?”) this would give you a good opportunity to suggest a special parent-child outing without anyone else knowing what you’re up to.  Or “Let’s go shopping” (Spanish: “Vamos de compras”)

Your children will feel proud that they understand these words especially if they are around friends or other students who don’t know what the two of you are talking about.  Even simple phrases like “please” and “thank you” can be empowering for a child to be able to usefully implement in the appropriate scenario.

Bosley Discovers the Waterfall

Bosley and the waterfallBosley’s curiosity literally gets him in over his head on this enlightening journey of discovery. Learn about the power and beauty of mother nature during our most exciting adventure yet!

 


Interview: Why did you Create the Bosley Series?

Help Toddlers Develop Event Sequencing with Simplified Reading

Bosley’s series of books are designed to teach foreign language, including English as a second language. And they do so by means ofa variety of interesting techniques. If you’ve read any of the books you will notice that they all contain a couple key words, on every page, that are highlighted in both languages. This is a tool that can add a fun element for kids and can be used strategically by parents and teachers.

Toddlers

The words chosen to be highlighted are two or three of the words that embody the theme of the story on that page. To read the story in a very minimalistic way, you could easily just recite these specific words to summarize the entire story. I always encourage reading to even very young children but I realize that the attention span of a toddler may not be that of an older child.

Simply flipping through the book and reading these words will allow you to open to a page, point to the picture or an element of the picture and say the words in one or both languages. Doing this will help your toddler learn word associations and eventually it will allow them to follow along with a simplified version of the sequence of events in the book and ultimately, the plot.

Building event sequences in young children is an excellent way to help their brains develop. It is thought that humans first develop memories by recognizing event sequences and being able to recollect mini story lines.

I would encourage you to try this with other picture books your child enjoys as well. Instead of reading the story word for word to your toddler, give them a change of pace every now and then and summarize each page of a picture book with one word or a short phase. Their attention span may be long enough to realize the order of events more easily than while reading the whole book.

Author Interview Videos – Regarding the Creation of Bosley Sees the World

I get a lot of questions about Bosley and how I came up with the ideas for the series, and what my motivations were.  Recently I recorded a variety of answers to these questions and published them on YouTube.  A few of these videos are below, and to watch more videos and subscribe to further video publications please check out my YouTube channel.  The first three videos you see here pertain to the first book, Bosley Sees the World.

Question #1: Why did you create the Adventures of Bosley Bear?

Question #2: How can foreign language be taught using Bosley Sees the World?

Question #3:  What life lessons did you intend to teach in Bosley Sees the World?

 

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