¡ Felices Fiestas! (Happy Holidays!)
It seems that I have just blinked, and it’s now December!
Spanish class has been busy, and the children jumped right into learning. Everything we have learned has been practiced in English first before learning in Spanish. Each class begins with singing and dancing to Hola Amigos, and the boys and girls really amazed me as to how quickly they mastered the song.
During the month of Septiembre, we studied a few basic commands — listen, silence, stop, sit and stand. We then worked on numbers 1-12, primary colors and expressing our emotions.
Octubre was a fun month! We learned secondary colors, our días de la semana (days of the week), La Arana Pequinita (Itsy Bitsy Spider) and then ended the month with Día de los Muertos. The children set up an altar to honor those who have passed away and enjoyed a piece of sugar skull candy!
In Noviember, we learned about our familia (family). The colors brown and black were added, and we played ¿Dónde está el perro? by hiding a toy dog under colored bean bags. The classroom was labeled in Spanish, and they enjoyed the macarena as the meses del año (months of the year) were practiced.
Now that the holiday season is upon us, I am excited to be sharing some of the holiday traditions of Mexico, such as Las Posadas, Buena Noche, and El Día de los Reyes. The poinsettia will be discussed, and the children will have the opportunity to taste Mexican hot chocolate as well as other traditional food.
Although we are always busy learning new words, time is repeatedly made to review what has already been taught. Repetition is so important with grasping anything new! Having the children greet me in the hallways with hola or Cómo estás? reaffirms that they are learning. I hope that your children are speaking some Spanish words at home also. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like a copy of the words or lyrics we are learning.
¡Feliz Navidad! (Merry Christmas)