To kick off the new school year, second- graders at Stewart School have been learning greetings in Spanish, including “hello,” “good morning,” and “what’s your name?” Along with the verbal expressions, Señora Gutierrez is teaching them hand motions to coincide with each phrase. Coupling the words with actions gives the students another connection to the vocabulary, making it easier for them to remember. The students also played games like “Simon Says” and “Charades” to reinforce learning.
As the kick-off to Hispanic Heritage month, third-graders learned about the 21 Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Each student was assigned a country, learned facts about the country, and colored the country’s flag. To reinforce learning, each student orally shared the facts they learned with their classmates.
The official Hispanic Heritage month celebration takes place from September 15 – October 15, but students in Garden City’s Foreign Language in Elementary Schools (FLES) program participate in a yearlong Hispanic Heritage program. They continually learn about the traditions, holidays and festivals celebrated in Hispanic countries around the world.
To provide the students with an appreciation for a Spanish artist, second- and third- grade students viewed the work of Joan Miró and his use of geometric shapes. The students discussed the overlapping technique he used and created their own interpretations of his work.
April Cornachio’s fourth-graders at Stewart School celebrated Hispanic Heritage month by each coloring one of the flags of the 21 Spanish-speaking countries in the world and researching three “fun facts” about each, including geographic location. They shared their choices and newly-acquired knowledge with their classmates.
Mrs. Cornachio’s fifth-grade students also learned about Hispanic Heritage month and, to commemorate this celebration, they chose either a famous musician or athlete of Hispanic origin to write about.
September was a great month for the FLES students at Stewart School!