December 2015 Newsletter
In Spanish this month, we will be talking about La Navidad en México.
Beginning on December 16, the Mexican children take part in Las Posadas, a procession of friends and neighbors, who go from house to house, seeking Posada or shelter. The highlight of the Posadas is on Nochebuena, when the whole family gathers.
Each day from December 16 until Nochebuena, a feast at one of the participants’ homes follows the Posada ceremony. Often children break the Piñata. Families shop for decorations at the Mercados. The days leading to La Navidad are filled with the wonderful smell of Buñuelos (round pastries covered with sugar and cinnamon), Ensalada de la Nochebuena (Fruit-and-vegetable mixture), roast Pavo (turkey), Tortillas, and Chocolate Caliente with vanilla and cinnamon.
Adding to the colors of this festive time of year is La Flor de Nochebuena, which is admired for its flame-colored leaves. In the United States, it is called the Poinsettia plant, named for Joel Robert Poinsett, who served served as a US ambassador to Mexico from 1825 to 1829.
In First Grade, students will be reading “The Legend of the Poinsettia” by Tomie de Paola and will be making beautiful poinsettia ornaments.
In Second Grade, children will read “Carlos, Light the Farolito” by Jean Ciavonne and make farolitos (lanterns) out of construction paper.
In Third Grade, we will be reading the “Night of Las Posadas” by Tomie DePaola.
In Fourth Grade, students will be watching a video “La Navidad en la Ciudad de México (Las Posadas celebrated in Mexico City)
In the following post are the lyrics to some songs students will be learning as part of our curriculum. Please, encourage students to sing for you at home!