Rivendell Spanish Language

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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Latin American market

The Older kids are busy preparing crafts for the Latin American market on Thursday, November 17th.  This is a great opportunity for the entire school to practice their Spanish and enjoy the culture.   The fifth graders will be presenting a Spanish skit on Wednesday, November 16th in the commons.

All students enjoyed celebrating Dia de los Muertos and learning about the customs of Mexico.



Latin American Market

The Latin American market was a huge success.  The older kids sold delicious treats, created amazing crafts and practiced their Spanish.  Everyone enjoyed the festive atmosphere and cultural experience.  The fifth grade skit set the tone for the market and sharpened their language skills.  Students’ Spanish pronunciations and fluency was impressive.  Thanks to parents for their encouragement, support and help enabling students to participate in this fun learning opportunity.

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Dia de los Muertos

Students enjoyed learning about Day of the Dead and making name skeletons and calaveras.

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Fall preparation for the Latin American market


Preschoolers pretend to be trees dropping their leaves in fall!

Older kids are busy preparing their crafts for the Latin American market on Thursday, November 19th.  The entire school will visit the ‘mercado’ shopping with pesos.  This is a great opportunity for students to practice their Spanish conversational skills.  Fifth and sixth graders will be presenting a skit in Spanish on Wednesday, November 18th.  This event is a highlight at Rivendell.