HOLA! A journey through Spanish at ICS
Students at ICS take a year-long journey sampling the music, art literature, customs and food of Spanish-speaking countries and say “Hola!” to new friends. Each month includes a thematic unit which is explored according to the abilities of each grade level. Students study the geography and location of each country and special features like the Panama Canal, the Ahus on Easter Island, the Round Stones of Costa Rica and the Amazon Rainforest. Holidays such as Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Reyes Magos and Christmas are celebrated and others are displayed like the Tomatillo Festival and Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.
In the area of music, students learn the Mexican Hat Dance, Macarena or the Cha-Cha and sample music genres like flamenco, cha-cha, tango, conga and cumbia. The mysteries of Inca, Maya and Aztec civilizations culminates in a 3-D reproduction in our hallway of one of their city states after covering their contributions and ultimate demise.
In the Art field, piñatas and tissue flowers, Eyes of God or “papel picado” are done throughout the year. Samples of Spanish food are provided by the teacher and students learn about ingredients, fruits and vegetables that are commonly used in Spanish culture to make meals.
Spanish classes meet once a week only but our journey through the Spanish culture is jam-packed with learning, fun and adventure.