Laguna also created books about actions, connecting them to their knowledge of places to create sometimes silly sentences like "Me gusta nadar en el banco" (I like to swim in the bank.) We had our much-anticipated piñata day, making short work of two brightly colored sombrero piñatas and practicing the vocabulary for directing someone trying to hit it - arriba/abajo (up/down), derecha/izquierda (right/left)! Then we began working on numbers to 100, interviewing partners about their height, age and other numbers and playing many different number games. Just before break we learned about telling time in Spanish, plugging in numbers to the phrase "Son las _______" (It´s _____ o´clock).
Lago has shown growing curiosity about Mexican culture and we decided to go to our best resource - Elizabeth from the front office, who is from Mexico city! We started a written dialogue and she answered all sorts of questions for us about her native country, from favorite food to number of sheep! The Lake has also been watching a variety of videos from different cultures, most recently performances of flamenco from Spain and cueca, the national dance of Chile, as well as Canela (Cinnamon), a Mexican film about a young girl helping her grandmother save the family restaurant.
Cielo continues to explore culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world at morning meetings. We learned a little more about the history of Cuba and specifically the life of the revolutionary Che Guevara who was involved with some significant events in its history. The students brought up some interesting points about how this well-known activist hero had done both positive and negative things rather than having a "perfect record." The students also talked about fun and strange customs for celebrating Carnival in different countries. We watched a video of flamenco from Spain and have now started Canela (Cinnamon), a Mexican film about a young girl helping her grandmother save the family restaurant.
Finally, Mexican dance has started! A team of dedicated Ponders and Lakers are working on a folk dance during Thursday recess with Rocío Rivas, a talented local performer and teacher.