The giving of gifts is not something man invented. God started the giving spree when he gave a gift beyond words, the unspeakable gift of His Son.
- Robert Flatt
During this month, all classes will learn about the various Christmas traditions in the Spanish speaking countries. We will talk about “las posadas”, nativity scenes, the wise men, novenas, the lighting of towns, and the traditional foods for the occasion. Also, we will learn about Our Lady of Guadalupe (Her feast day is December 12th).
Pre K-4 through third grade students will concentrate on learning vocabulary about the family. The classes will read ¿Eres tu mi mama? (Are you my mother?) by P.D. Eastman.
Fourth and fifth grade students will learn the days of the week, months of the year, seasons and how to say the date.
6th grade students will finish the chapter ¿Qué te gusta hacer? (What do you like to do?). Students will learning a variety of verbs in infinitive form and how to recognize Spanish words based on their similarity to words in English. The students will create a poster and talk to the class about activities they like or don’t like.
7th grade will start the chapter “Desayuno o almuerzo?” (Breakfast or lunch?). Students will learn about foods and beverages for breakfast and lunch as well as expressing their likes and dislikes. The students will have an oral presentation, which will require them to role-play a telephone conversation with an exchange student and gather information about what he/she likes in terms of food, activities and school subjects.
In addition, 6th and 7th grade students will work on reports on a particular Spanish speaking country. This month they will learn about Puerto Rico, Cuba and Dominican Republic. An important component of the report is research on the saints from that particular country. I hope that by learning about the saints, the students will be inspired to follow their example.
8th grade will start the chapter will start the chapter called “Vamos a un restaurante!” (Let’s go to a restaurant!). Upon completion of this chapter, the students will be able to order a meal in a restaurant and describe family members and friends. Also, students will learn about adjectives ending in “-isimo”, which conveys the idea of something in the extreme. Finally, I will teach the class the correct pronunciation of the letters “b” and “v”.
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Feliz navidad, prospero año y felicidad!