Hello Parents from OLG,
It’s December – Feliz Navidad! It is always a pleasure to teach Spanish at OLG. I feel very blessed to be part of this community and I love teaching Spanish to your children. This month is such a beautiful month for OLG as we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Students in Pre-K to Eighth grade will be learning how Mexico, Spain and Latin America celebrate Christmas with Las Posadas and other activities.
What is Las Posadas?
Posadas are an important part of Mexico and Latin America traditions. These community celebrations take place on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, from December 16th to the 24th. The word posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish, and in this tradition, Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem … and their search for a place to stay is re-enacted.
Posadas are held in neighborhoods across Mexico and parts of Latin America and are also becoming popular in the United States. The celebration begins with a procession in which the participants hold candles and sing Christmas carols. Sometimes there will be individuals who play the parts of Mary and Joseph who lead the way, or occasionally images representing them are carried. The procession will make its way to a particular home (a different one each night), where a special song (La Cancion Para Pedir Posada) is sung.
Pre-K – Third grade
This month, students will be celebrating Navidad singing villancicos (Christmas carols) in Spanish, learning vocabulary that represents Navidad and talking about Las posadas reading the book The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie de Paola.
Fourth Grade and Eighth grade
We will be singing popular villancicos (Christams carols) and students will write what Las Posadas means in their own words, followed by a video about Las Posadas. The students will also learn the importance of the La Flor de Noche Buena (poisettas) for Navidad.
OLG students will be creating beautiful activities that represent Navidad-like Angeles, flor de noche Buena, natividad and make Our Lady of Guadalupe prints and tissue paper roses. The Spanish classes will be very festive and learning how important Navidad is for the Spanish community.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.
Spanish Teacher, Pre-K to 8th grade