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(Toledo Children’s House-Level 3)


This week in Children’s House and Lower Elementary, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo (fifth of May) by making mini-sombreros. Sombreros are traditionally worn by the vaquero (cowboy) to protect the head and neck from the sun.

Cinco de Mayo is important to the town of Puebla, Mexico because of a victorious battle fought against the French in 1862 on May 5th. As time has past, this day is now observed in order to celebrate Mexican heritage. This holiday is regularly celebrated in Puebla, Texas, and California.

Enjoying good food!

Enjoying good food. Thank you, parents!

We made maracas out of rice, spoons and tape.

We made maracas out of rice, spoons and tape.

Bluebird testing out their maracas.

The Bluebird class testing out their maracas.

Small Group Time

Over the past two weeks we have been learning the words librito (little book), libro (book), revista (magazine) and pagina (page).  Each class had the opportunity to look a librito, libro and revista. The revista was mighty popular since it was a magazine from Mexico full of fun activities.

Children’s House will be making their own revistas next week. (Sassafras has already created their own revistas.) Lower Elementary is in the process of creating their own libros. They have already made covers. This upcoming week they will be writing out their stories completely in Spanish.

Our friend playing a game of “La Ropa” (the clothing) bingo.

Making a "marcador" (bookmark) with "corazones" (hearts).

Making a “marcador” (bookmark) with “corazones” (hearts).

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe November is here already. My first two months at West Side has been full of meeting new faces and getting to know your children. I have been amazed by their abilities and eagerness to learn.

Each month we have been focusing on a certain theme. September’s focus was colors and numbers. October’s focus was food with an emphasis on fruit and vegetables. November’s theme is animals. Did you know that some animal noises are different in Spanish? Dogs make a “guau, guau” sound and chickens make a “pio, pio” sound.

In levels 1-3, we have also been learning about different cultures and their traditions, such as the Mexican Day of the Dead. The level 3 students created a paper friend named Fransisco Ching-Wa-Chow. Fransisco is currently traveling in Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. Pictures to come!

Here are a few links of songs and videos I have used in the classrooms: