We're back with a brand new year, but we still aren't finished celebrating the Christmas season in Spanish class! January 6th, El Día de los Reyes (King's Day), is the biggest celebration of the year for most Latin Americans. Most children in Spanish speaking countries do not receive gifts on Christmas Day (December 25th), but instead must wait until January 6th when the 3 Kings deliver gifts to the children's shoes that they have placed outside their doors. Children write letters to Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthasar (some children have their favorite king, some write to all three!) and visit them at shopping centers just like American children might visit Santa Claus. On the night of January 5th, children put hay in their shoes (for the kings' camels) and leave them outside their door. In the morning, the hay will be gone and they will find all sorts of presents waiting for them. We are comparing these traditions to the traditions the students have in their own home.
A special King's Day tradition is the cutting of the king cake. A special cake is made in the shape of a crown and a coin is hidden in the mix before it gets baked in the oven. When the cake is sliced up, whoever receives the slice with the coin in it gets to be the king for the day! We are doing our own modified version of the tradition with golden Oreos and plastic coins. One lucky student from each class gets to be the king for the day!
We will be back to our learning of the alphabet next week. Keep practicing vocabulary on the website. We will be learning about the letter "K" and "casa" (house) next week!
Coming up next week...K for "casa" (house vocabulary).
Lesson plans for this week:
PreK/K (click here)
1st-2nd grade (click here)
3rd-5th grade (click here)