Rivendell Spanish Language

New year, new curriculum

Spanish classes are going swimmingly as we integrate the school wide topic study of oceans.  Students are engaged as they learn vocabulary in Spanish and English.  Younger kids created ‘ostras con perlas’ or oysters with pearls, while middle kids explored their Spanish-English dictionaries.  Older kids are excited to begin a new curriculum called Descubre el español.  They have new text books and technology to supplement their learning.  Thanks to fundraising efforts we were able to update our curriculum.  Looking forward to a great year and fun mercado experience in November.

Cinco de mayo celebrations

Students celebrated cinco de mayo with a fiesta.  They had chips and salsa, musica, dancing and crafts.  The younger kids made maracas and all students danced the Mexican hat dance. They enjoyed the music, food and activities, while learning about the history of this celebration.  Cinco de mayo is NOT Mexico’s independence day, which is actually celebrated on September 16th.  Students were surprised to learn that the United States has a bigger celebration for cinco de mayo than Mexico does.  Enjoy the fun pictures of this Spanish experience.

Spanish with Dr. Seuss

The preschool and younger kids enjoyed listening to Huevos verdes con hamón  in Spanish.  They compared the English and Spanish versions of this popular Dr. Seuss book identifying rhyming words and common phrases.   The middle kids explored the book ¡Oh, cuán lejos llegarás! while writing about places they would like to go.  The older kids have been working on conjugating regular  -ar verbs in the present tense.  They are also writing about things they like to do using me gusta with infinitive verbs.  They designed revistas or magazine covers in Spanish.

El invierno in Spanish class

Welcome to winter!  Students are building their vocabulary and conversational skills in Spanish.  Drawing and describing snowmen helps students practice body parts and clothing words.  They discuss favorite seasons and activities with a partner.  They develop their listening and reading skills matching text to pictures.

Latin American market 2017

The Latin American market was a fabulous success this year.  The older kids made creative crafts and food to sell to the rest of the school.  Students enjoyed the culture and experience while practicing their Spanish language skills.  The atmosphere was lively, punctuated with phrases like “Compralo” and “Cuánto cuesta”.  The vendedores wore bright attire and eagerly promoted their crafts and food.  It was definitely a sensory adventure.  The 5th graders did a brilliant job presenting their Spanish skit about a family visiting a Mexican market.  I was very impressed by their poise and pronunciations.  Great job to all.

Mercado preparations, Los planetas, and music

Students are excited about the upcoming Latin America market.  Older kids are preparing crafts to sell and everyone is practicing their Spanish dialogue.  This is a great opportunity to  experience the culture and customs.  All students are encouraged to dress in Latin American attire for the market on Thursday, November 16th.  The fifth graders will present a Spanish skit on Wednesday, November 15th for the school.

The middle kids presented a choral reading about the planets called ‘Vecinos en el espacio’ or Neighbors in space.  They did a great job with their pronunciations and illustrations.  The PS and YK classes enjoyed watching them.  The preschoolers played instruments to pan pipe music and  loved singing Spanish songs.

Mayan lord’s hats

The middle kids created Mayan lord’s hats.  More than a thousand years ago, Mayan lords in Mexico wore feathered costumes on important occasions.  These tall, branchlike hats represented stature and nobility.

Summer trip to Guatemala

Thanks to all the families that donated soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes for my trip to Guatemala this summer.  We were able to provide 300 families with hygiene items and vitamins.  Our team helped build a preschool for the village of San Miguel.  It was a wonderful experience and I loved the people, culture and beautiful, lush, green mountains.  Since Guatemala is considered the heart of the Maya world, this was a perfect trip for our school-wide topic of Maya, Aztec, and Inca.  Students are enjoying integrating this study with their Spanish language acquisition.  Look for more posts during this exciting unit.


Carnaval de Mardi Gras

Younger and Middle kids made máscaras for carnaval.  They learned about different celebrations in various parts of the world such as Colombia, Brazil and Puerto Rico.  Some chose the’ La Marimonda’ mask from the Carnaval de Barranquilla, Colombia.  This mask has become a traditional symbol in Colombia.  It combines an elephant (elefante) and a monkey (mono).  They also enjoyed dancing the conga. Did you know the word carnival means ‘good-by to meat’ and mardi gras means “Fat Tuesday” in French.

New Year’s bird rattles

The MK and OK made traditional Mexican bird rattles to celebrate the New Year.  The rattles are shaken to welcome generous spirits of the new year and to drive away any unhappy spirits remaining from the past.

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