Spanish 1st-5th

One big change to the Spanish program this new school year is the new Spanish classroom where students from 2nd-5th grade meet their Spanish teacher for lessons twice a week. This has allowed the students to be immersed in the language and cultures of the Spanish speaking world.

Students learn classroom vocabulary to interact with their classmates and teachers. From day one, they began using the Spanish they remember from previous years and have built on that foundation.

On highlight this year was the celebration of “Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead” which is celebrated in Mexico and in our own community from October 31-November 2. One of our beloved tradition related to this celebration is the building of our ofrenda. All students explore the history and traditions related to “Dia de Los Muertos,” and enjoy songs, stories, crafts and foods related to this study.

5th Graders dancing and singing a song related to this celebration.
1st graders enjoying the “pan de muertos” In the background is the “Ofrenda.” The community is invited to add messages on paper butterflies to loved ones who have passed and to bring photos to be placed on the ofrenda.
2nd graders harvest marigolds “flores cempasúchil” to place on the ofrenda. This is the official flower of this celebration and orange is the sacred color.
This year the 4th graders made skull mask in the tradition of Mexican artists.