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Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.

Apr 03 Vocabulary Development through Interactive eBooks at CABE 2014 - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Mar 27 Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy Share the Benefits of Poetry- Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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By Harlandale Independet School District


Poetry Symp

Two world re-known speakers and authors spent the day telling teachers from several school districts about the benefits of using poetry in their dual language classes. Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy are published Spanish children’s poetry authors and believe in the impact it has on student’s success.

May 15 Me gustan las palabras - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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De: F. Isabel Campoy , www.isabelcampoy.com

Hace meses, en una visita a una escuela, se me acercó una niña tímidamente y esperó a que otros delante de ella se hiciesen fotos, pidiesen un autógrafo o hicieran preguntas hasta quedarse a solas conmigo. Ella me miraba con los ojos muy abiertos, pero no decía nada. Tendría unos nueve o diez años. Al ver que tenía un papel en la mano le pregunté si quería un autógrafo y entonces ella me alargó el papel. Yo saqué una pluma, pero me di cuenta que había algo escrito. Lo leí, la miré y se lo devolví con mi dirección electrónica. --Vamos a ser muy buenas amigas--, le dije.

Su corto mensaje de “Me gustan las palabras”, me despertó una sonrisa cómplice, pero también me recordó que a su edad también yo descubrí el secreto que encerraban las palabras y que había personas con quienes podía compartirlo.  Publiqué mi primer cuento en una revista local a los once años. Era un cuento que hablaba del infortunio de un muñeco que prefirió la muerte tras unas horas de libertad, a la eternidad en la seguridad de una nevera. Era un muñeco de nieve, nacido –como yo-en Alicante, una ciudad semi-desértica del sur de España. Yo no conocería la nieve hasta que a los 16 años viajé a Michigan, en los Estados Unidos en un viaje de intercambio estudiantil, pero sí sabía desde bien pequeña, la condena  que encerraba el binomio sol-nieve, y aún más el valor de la palabra libertad.

También recuerdo que aquel cuento se escribió en un libraco enorme de tapas duras que un día trajo mi padre a casa. En sus primeras páginas con una caligrafía impecable había líneas de debe y haber y números en varios colores. Las fechas eran como de libro de historia, al menos cien años anterior a aquel 1957. Mi hermano Diego y yo hicimos un pacto. Él podría tener la parte de delante para sus anotaciones de equipos de fútbol y ganadores de la liga. Yo la de atrás…para lo que quisiera. Afortunadamente Diego solo requería “su parte” los domingos por la tarde, así que el universo de enormes páginas en blanco era todo mío el resto del tiempo.

May 08 Abuela Francisca - Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Abuela Francisca

By F. Isabel Campoy

I praise humor. And wit. They are more than shades of character. In my balance they are virtues, cornerstones of a personality. I sometime boast that I inherited both from my grandmother, just to see if she would drop for me a few grains from Heaven. The salt and pepper of her soul.

One of the most frequent questions I have to answer from children when I visit their schools is precisely about her. “What does the F. mean in your name?”, they ask me. And I say “Abuela”. The tradition in Spain to name the second baby girl with the mother’s mother name, produced a vibrant generation of Franciscas in my family. There were all kinds of nick names to distinguish all seven cousins named Francisca. Paqui, Quica, Panchita, Paca, Fran. Because my middle name is Isabel, all throughout my childhood people called me Paquibel, and when I decided I was a grown up lady, I left my grandmother’s initial in front of Isabel as a lighthouse , to watch for me, to alert me of the new horizons. And I became F. Isabel.

She was convinced that I could love to embroider. Those were the times in which a girl started to prepare her treasure chest when she was still a child. To keep me sat by her side, she would tell me stories from the folklore changing the landscapes, the characters, and the words as she saw fit to prove her point. Red Ridding Hood was lured by the wolf because at siesta time, when she was supposed to be embroidering her initials in the white sheets for her wedding bed, she instead insisted on going to visit her abuela.

My grandmother Francisca gave me the F. of a fabulous treasure of stories to retell to children. The F. of a fantastic vision of what’s important in life. She gave me the F. of family to honor, friends to love, and fascination to foster freedom in the mind of children.

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