¡Hola a todos! Hello everyone! I am so excited to be back and continue teaching Spanish to the wonderful Pinkerton learners. We are close to finishing the second 9 weeks and our learners are excited to see who will win the Spanish Fiesta. I have been using Class Dojo to monitor their participation and class assignments. It has worked great and I am very happy that they can challenge themselves to do better and try harder when speaking Spanish.
This week was a cultural week. As an IB candidate school we want our learners to experience Spanish, not only by learning the language, but also gaining an understanding of the culture.
Día de los Reyes
January the 6th is a special day in Spanish Speaking Countries. Known as ‘El Dia de Reyes‘ (Three Kings Day), this holiday represents the height of the Christmas season. The date marks the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas and commemorates the three wise men who traveled from afar, bearing gifts for the infant baby Jesus. We mentioned the traditions that are followed in some these countries: food, leaving shoes under your bed, leaving a box with grass to feed the camels, etc. Through discussion we were able to find similarities and differences with our own traditions.
This is the vocabulary for the week:
Día de los Reyes- Three Kinds Day
6 de enero-January 6th
Estrella del Norte- North Star
*Additionally, classes who wrote letters to the 3 wise men had to practice vocabulary for gifts, greetings and closing of a letter.
K-1 : Learners were asked to create a post card and label the names of the Three Wise Men. We kept the assignment simple because our discussion was very long and many were excited to share what they knew about the holiday as well. The purpose of the assignment is to create a product that helps them retell what they learned about other cultures. We also practiced the verbs: Cortar, Pegar, Pintar (to cut, to glue, to color)
My learners discovered a fun way to draw the three wise men by following directions in Spanish. It was fun to hear them decipher what I was saying by observing and repeating. Learners were to create a letter/postcard for the Three Wise Men. They had to write simple sentences and say what they wanted, what they liked and what they needed. I did clarify that they would not be getting anything but that we were going to practice writing simple sentences in Spanish. We will finish this assignment next week.
Much like Second and Third grade, learners had to follow directions on creating a North Star origami style in Spanish (listening). Then they had to write their letter to the Three Wise Men (Writing) in Spanish. After that they were asked to either read the letter to me or submit it using Schoology (Reading/Speaking). They did a great job!
Last but not least, I brought a Rosca de Reyes for teachers to enjoy. It was delicious! You can watch this video here if you want to learn more about the Rosca. She did say Dia de la Candelaria was on Feb. 12 but it is actually celebrated on February 2nd. Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog 😀