In our Spanish classes we have been having fun learning about some cultural events and holidays of Spanish speaking countries. The therd grade students recently learned about the holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This is a happy holiday spent remembering loved ones that have passed away. The students got to watch a 45 minute video about Dia de los Muertos and , also, due to a PTA grant, they got to sample some Pan de Los Muertos (Dead Bread).
In our fourth and fifth grade classes, students got to learn about two cultural events that take place in northern Spain. They watched a video of the parade of La Merce. This is a festival honoring the patron saint of Barcelona and it celebrates the end of summer and the beginning of fall. The students got to see the “Gigantes de la Merce” (The Giants of la Merce) and the human pyramid contests. The fourth and fifth graders also watched a video about La Tomatina that takes place in Bunol, Spain. It is a huge tomato fight in the streets and attracts participants from all over the world. And, thanks to a PTA grant, the students got to try two cookies popular in Spain and Latin America (Polvorones de Naranja and Orejitas). Ask your children about what they learned!!
Soon the Christmas holidays will be upon us and in January the students will be learning about the arrival of the Three Wise Men.
Many thanks to the PTA for the grant supporting our recent cultural studies. I look forward to some cultural activities for the K, first and second graders very soon.