Congratulations Karin! You are the winner of our favorite word in Spanish contest, "¡Dime tu palabra favorita y gana libros para tu escuelita!". You have won $250 worth of Spanish books for your classroom AND an iPad for YOU!
A special thank you to our runners-up, Phil Wax & Rhonda Churchill! You guys did an awesome job! We hope you had as much fun as we did! We'll see you at ACTFL next year!
Spanish Literacy Contest: Leer es Saber
Santillana USA recently held a Spanish literacy contest for Minnesota students. Students were instructed to read their preferred title out of a selection of nonfiction titles from our online library, summarize the main idea, and participate to win $500 in products plus a one year subscription to My eBooks for the entire School (a $3470 value), as well as a Kindle Fire for the winning student!
We are happy to announce our 2 winners! Congratulations to:
Ms. Beatriz Urrejola and her middle school students from Morningside Middle School celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a Chilean twist. Since they couldn't go to Chile, they brought Chile to North Charleston, SC!
On September 18th & 19th her Spanish class celebrated Chile's Independence Day by dancing the national dance, La Cueca, and playing with the Chilean traditional toy, El Emboque. They learned all about Chile while having fun!
Thank you for your submission! It's not too late to submit photos of your classroom celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month for a chance to win a FREE Personajes del mundo hispánico collection. Tomorrow is the last day!
Create Your Own Aromatherapy Candles
During this busy back to school season, take some time to unwind and relax. Here’s a hobby that will benefit you year round. I’m talking about creating your own aromatherapy candles using dried fruits and herbs.
Summertime is supposed to be the time you don’t think about work or your students, but let’s be honest; you kind of have to think about them. You have to reflect on what happened the year before in order to improve the next year. Some administrators will ask you to take classes, the department chair will give you a summer reading list, and other teachers will challenge you to look for supplemental materials that you all can use during the year. But that’s not what I’m going to encourage you to do. I challenge you to TRAVEL! Yes, travel. Where else are you going to find a collection of recipes for our recipe book?
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is seeing the different traditions represented. There’s Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the Feast of Theophany (aka Three Kings Day). Each year, our resident Spaniard Irene Melchor (Melchor being one of the three kings) would get us all together to celebrate Three Kings Day. We would all bring a food dish and she would bring the Kings’ cake.
Inside the cake there is always a baby to represent the baby Jesus. One of the treats while eating the cake is someone would always get a small plastic baby. This was a symbol of prosperity for the rest of the year. I could care less who actually got the baby when they bit into the cake because, seriously, who wants to bite into a plastic doll when they want to enjoy a sweet treat. I did, however, want to be the one to take the baby home. Call me weird, but I collected them.
Here are some of the more interesting traditions I found while I researched Three Kings Day.