We have been very busy in kindergarten and fourth grade Spanish! When we returned from winter break, we learned about the tradition of eating twelve grapes on New Year's Eve. We watched a video of the ball drop on New Year's Eve in Madrid and counted the twelve chimes of the clock. In Spain, people eat one grape on each of the twelve chimes. If they eat all twelve grapes by the time the clock is done striking twelve, they will have a lucky year. Many people also think of a wish before they eat the twelve grapes, just as we think of a wish before we blow out our birthday candles. Students enjoyed sharing their wishes with the class!
January 6th is El Día de los Reyes Magos -- the Day of the Three Kings. In Spain, the three wise men bring gifts to children on this day. In kindergarten Spanish, we learned the names of the Three Kings and put out water and food for their camels. Each kindergarten student also took off one of his/her shoes and put it in the hallway, since children in Spain traditionally left out one of their shoes for the kings to fill with gifts. At the end of class, kindergarten students were very excited to find gifts in their shoes -- the Three Kings had visited our hallway! We finished our lesson on the Three Kings by eating Rosca de Reyes, a traditional sweet bread. There was a small plastic baby hidden in one of the slices of bread. The student who found the baby received a special gift!
Fourth grade students also learned about El Día de los Reyes Magos. We read a story about a boy in Spain who writes a letter to the Three Kings. He asks them for a soccer ball, an iPad, and a puppy. Many students also chose to read our "extra challenge" story about a puppy who lives on the street. The Three Kings find the puppy and bring him to a family! We watched several videos of Three Kings Day celebrations in Spain and ate Rosca de Reyes, a traditional sweet bread. There was a small plastic baby hidden in one of the slices of bread. The student who found the baby received a special gift!
Kindergarten students are currently studying travel and transportation. Fourth grade students are studying places around the city, with a special focus on all of the stores that end in -ería: la panadería, la pastelería, la zapatería, la heladería, la librería, and so on.