Rivendell Spanish Language

Fall is here

The preschool and younger kids learned a poem in Spanish about trees dropping their leaves. It was fun to pretend they were ‘arboles’ dropping their colorful ‘hojas.’ The middle kids presented a choral reading in Spanish called “Listen to the Desert.” The preschool and younger kids classes enjoyed their bilingual reading and beautiful illustrations. The OK are busy practicing their dialogue for the Latin American market on Tuesday, November 19th. They are making crafts and food items to sell to the rest of the school when they visit the mercado. This is a fun opportunity for students to experience a cultural custom and use their language skills. The 5th graders will also present a Spanish skit on Monday, November 18th about a family visiting a mercado.

Guatemala Visit

Thanks to all the families that donated hygiene items for the people of San Miguel, Guatemala. We distributed much needed supplies to over 300 families. Our team built a home for a struggling family and I was able to work with the beautiful children in the village.

A highlight of the trip was helping to build solar lanterns. Students from Preston middle school prepared the components. Our team transported the parts and assisted with the assembly. Families were also provided solar chargers for their lanterns. Since the homes don’t have electricity, the families were thrilled to construct their lanterns. Women of the village shared their basket making skills. It was a wonderful experience and opportunity to converse in Spanish.

Leyendo es divertido!

Students have been enjoying bilingual literature to improve vocabulary, listening skills and cultural appreciation. They celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with favorite stories and rhymes. Younger kids created a Spanish version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Students explored Spanish fairy tales and customs. Literature has provided an opportunity to teach grammar and sentence structure. Middle and older kids have practiced verb conjugations and improved their writing skills.

Llegó el invierno – Winter is here

The middle kids presented a choral reading to the preschoolers about animals hibernating in winter. They made stick puppets and recited lines in Spanish about different animals that sleep during winter. This cold, gray winter weather makes us all want to duerme, duerme, duerme.

Latin American Market

Olé, the mercado was a success.  Students made piñatas, poppers, cupcakes, origami, airplanes, catapults, jewelry, cookies, metalwork and more.  Thanks to all the parents for their support in making the student projects.  It was a loud and happy commons where students came to spend their pesos.  Shouts of ‘compralo’ were heard as eager vendedores sold their wares!  Students had the opportunity to practice speaking Spanish, and to bargain for fun crafts and food.  There were smiles all around as everyone visited the market.  The 5th graders presented a skit in Spanish to prepare for the experience.  Enjoy the photos of this annual fall highlight.

Fall Preparations

Students are looking forward to our Latin American market.  Older kids are making crafts or food items to sell at the mercado on Tuesday, November 13th.  All students will be given ‘pesos’ to shop and enjoy the experience.  Students are learning phrases and dialogue to speak Spanish with the vendedores.  Fifth graders will present a skit in Spanish about a family visiting the mercado.

Middle kids made illustrations for the story “Los vestidos de Mamá” about perspectiva.  Our school wide conceptual lens this year is perspective.  All students learned about the contributions of Latinos during Hispanic Heritage month.

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.