Spanish Newsletter


December 2018

Español Noticias  -  Señora Bertani

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Niveles 1 y 2
      En noviembre and diciembre, ELC students listened to Sra. Bertani tell stories in Spanish while she illustrated them on the board. They listened to “Moctezuma and the Talking Rock,” “Tick Tock Turkey and the Disappearing Sandwich,” “The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling,”
     “The ‘Cat’ Who Scared the Christmas Trolls,” and “The Christmas Cherry Tree.” In our combined Spanish and Music Class with Sra. Miscio, we danced and sang “Juanito,” using body parts words in Spanish, we learned the Ladino song “Ocho Kandelikas” that the Level 1 students sang in the Hanukkah Chapel, we learned to sing and play instruments for “Feliz Navidad” as well as the “Chocolate” song. We even got to drink hot chocolate Puerto Rican/Colombian style (with cheese in thebottom!). Students also did a directed drawing of the Tres Reyes Magos
     (Three Wise Kings) while Sra. Bertani gave instructions in Spanish. And as always, we continue to practice the Lord’s Prayer in Spanish and discuss the calendar and the weather.

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Niveles 3 y 4

      En noviembre and diciembre, Lower Primary students did a “PictureTalk” unit based on Gabriele Galimberti’s photo project, “Toy Stories.” Tosee where the pictures came from, go to gabrielegalimberti.com. Sra.Bertani talked about what we saw in the photos and asked us questions about what we saw and what we thought about the photos and the people in them. We also talked about the Puerto Rican and Colombian custom of putting cheese in hot chocolate. Then we tried it ourselves. For La Navidad, Sra. Bertani told us a story in Spanish while illustrating it on the board. Be sure to ask your child what the story was about! 

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Nivel 5
      En noviembre y diciembre, Middle Primary students listened to Sra.Bertani tell the stories of “Tick Tock Turkey and the Disappearing Sandwich” as well as “The Christmas Cherry Tree” in Spanish while she illustrated them on the board. We did a “Movie Talk” using a clip of an old Nickelodeon Navidad commercial. Sra. Bertani described screen shots from the commercial and discussed them with the students all in Spanish. Afterwards, we watched the commercial to see how it ended. Students also participated in a listening activity to show what good listeners they are in Spanish. They listened to Sra. Bertani tell them in Spanish about her Christmas in Puerto Rico when she was a little girl while she illustrated the story on the board. They also got to have hot chocolate Puerto Rican/Colombian style with cheese in the bottom!

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Niveles 6 y 7
     En noviembre y diciembre, Upper Primary students listened to Sra.Bertani tell in Spanish the Japanese folktale of “The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling” as she illustrated it on the board. They also did a “Movie Talk” about a Spanish television commercial for La Primitiva, the
Christmas lottery. Sra. Bertani described and discussed in Spanish screenshots from the commercial, then showed the commercial so students could see how it ended. We discussed the Puerto Rican/Colombian custom of drinking hot chocolate with cheese in the bottom and then we had some for ourselves! We discussed in Spanish the earthquake that took place in Decatur, TN on December 11, then we listened to the song, “Terremoto” by Grupo BIP from Colombia and did a ZUMBA dance routine to the song. (Terremoto means earthquake.) Students listened to Sra. Bertani tell them in Spanish about her Christmas in Puerto Rico when she was a little girl while she illustrated the story on the board.


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