Mexican Independence Day

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day? It is actually celebrated in the month of September, on the 16th. It is a Mexican holiday to celebrate the “cry of independence” which occurred on September 16, 1810 and started a revolt against the Spaniards.

Miguel Hidalgo is believed to have made the cry of independence (El Grito de Independencia) in the town of Dolores, in the north-central part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Hidalgo was one of the nation’s leaders during the War of Independence in Mexico. Mexicans celebrate their country’s Independence Day with fireworks, parties (fiestas), food, dance and music on September 16. Flags, flowers and decorations in the colors of the Mexican flag – red, white and green – are seen in public areas in cities and towns in Mexico. Whistles and horns are blown and confetti is thrown to celebrate this festive occasion. “Viva Mexico” or “Viva la independencia” are shouted amidst the crowds on this day
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2017-18 School Year Registration Is Now Open!!!

Registration for the 2017-18 school year is now available through Eagle Rec.  Remember that starting this upcoming school year our program will be offered 5 days a week!

1st – 4th grade registration:
http://programs.zionsvilleeaglerec.com/hidden-17-18-spanish-grades-1st-4th.cfm

5th – 6th grade registration:
http://programs.zionsvilleeaglerec.com/hidden-17-18-spanish-grades-5th-6th.cfm

LAL Spring Program Reminder

We are looking forward to seeing all of you, tomorrow May 18th for our end of the year celebration. The location for this year’s program is Zionsville Middle School.

Details:
Thursday, May 18th
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Zionsville Middle School — Eagle Hall
900 Ford Rd, Zionsville, IN 46077

Please note that program starts at 6:30 PM, however we ask that students participating arrive by 6:00 PM

Inside Mrs. Rojas Classroom

I would like to take this opportunity to explain what happens in Spanish Class every time your children come through door. My ultimate goal in class is to get students following directions and commands in Spanish throughout the entire class. For my students to be able to do that means they are learning the use of language structures and how to answer to them.

I’m lucky to teach children from preschool all the way to middle school, and that gives me the incredible chance to set goals in each of my classes thinking towards the future, and completing the step-by-step process of learning another language. Continue reading

As We Transition To The Second Semester

Hello, this is Ana Amaro, Spanish teacher at Stonegate and ZWMS.

Today, I would like to share with you what I do in my classes during the first and the second semesters. First semester is always hard for the kids and sometimes even for me, I have kids coming from Señora Essig´s class, kids who has been with me for 1 year already and kids totally new to Spanish; so in the first semester I try to put all of them more or less into the same level. I work with one text book but 2 different work books depending of their level.

During those first months, we learn or review the verb to be, to have, to like, regular verbs, personal pronouns, articles, feminine and masculine nouns, plural and singular, so at the end of the semester on the last day before winter break, we open our class to the parents and show them our routine in class and everything we learn about conjugation verbs. This class is totally spontaneous, I like to make them think, I challenge them, so that they understand the reasoning of everything instead to “repeating as parrots”.  At the third and fourth grade level, kids have the maturity for my class. It is amazing how fast they can learn. As an adult I think we sometimes underestimate our kid’s capabilities.

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Spanish Class Rocks at Union Elementary!

This is a very active and motivated group of students eager to learn every morning.

It is crucial that I set up an environment that is comfortable, safe and effective for the class. I have set up a morning routine in my classroom so that the students know what to expect the moment they enter the class.

The students know when and how we complete tasks and activities. They participate in combination of partner, small groups and whole group exercises.

The students are learning about México and how people live, greet and say goodbye. Our curriculum also includes history, traditions, customs and geography of this country. Every morning I select three different students to introduce themselves to new friends by imagining different scenarios in México and engaging in a dialogue with their classmates. Continue reading