Feliz Verano (Happy Summer!)

This last trimester of school has certainly been a wild ride with many unexpected bumps and turns. Nonetheless, we have grown so much and  were still able to find the joy in learning Spanish, even at a distance. Below you will find a lower school and upper school choice board of activities to explore.  There are a variety of different enrichment opportunities to keep your Spanish skills sharp this summer. Feliz verano!

Lower School Enrichment Activities

Upper School Enrichment Activities

Culture Day 2020

Despite the distance, Culture Day 2020 was a huge success!  Students were able to join various live Zoom sessions throughout the day to participate in different cultural activities.

Señora Raven kicked off the day with a traditional game of Lotería.  Similar to Bingo, students used jelly beans, skittles, dried beans, etc. as markers as they tried to be the first person to cover four pictures in a row on their board.

Upper school students Sydney and Emily did an amazing demonstration of two traditional dances. Students learned each step alongside them and then were able to put all of the steps together to create one beautiful dance.

Mrs. Teed had an exciting soccer challenge.  She and a guest demonstrated how to dribble a soccer ball with your feet and then challenged the students to see how many times they could dribble the ball without it touching the ground.

After lunch, students were able to join Mrs. Bradley to create their very own sugar skull drawing. With simple, step-by-step directions, Mrs. Bradley demonstrated how to draw these amazing works of art by hand. They turned out amazing!

Students learned how to make authentic tortillas with Señora Leighninger. Students were able to follow directions and make delicious tortillas in their own kitchens using masa and water. From there some chose to eat them with honey or even made tacos.

We ended our day with a fun Spanish Jazzercise class led by Ms. Amy. It was a great way to get our bodies moving, listen to Spanish music, and burn off those tortilla calories!

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Culture Day


Culture Day may look a little different this year, but we will still be celebrating the Spanish-speaking countries and cultures this Friday, May 8th.  A Culture Day choice board will provide students with a variety of different activities to complete throughout the day.  Additionally, there will be live Zoom experiences with Summit faculty, staff, and upper school students.  Check your email for a schedule of events, but here is a sneak peak at some of the live opportunities:

  • Join Señora Raven for a traditional game of Lotería
  • Summit upper schools students, Sydney and Emily, will teach you an authentic dance
  • Are you up for a soccer challenge with Mrs. Teed?
  • Learn how to draw your very own sugar skull with Mrs. Bradley
  • Get moving with Ms. Amy during a Spanish Jazzercise class
  • Join Señora Leighninger for a live demo on making authentic tortillas.

La casa de mis sueños

2nd grade students have been learning common vocabulary and phrases used around the house.  Students have utilized different educational websites, watched videos, played interactive games,  and attended weekly Spanish Zoom meetings to become more comfortable with the Spanish terms for parts of the house, rooms in the house, appliances, and furnishings. As a final project, 2nd graders designed la casa de sus sueños, or their dream house.  Students were encouraged to use their creativity to include all of the typical rooms and parts of the house, along with any other fun ideas and features. They labeled each item in Spanish and will be completing a writing project this week to describe their creations.  I want to live in some of these houses! Check them out.

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Many of our lower school Spanish thematic units this trimester are focused on animals.  In connection with their science and social studies topics, students are learning about arctic animals, forest animals, animals in Missouri, insects, and rain forest animals.

As a culminating project, students are creating their own AlebrijeAlebrijes, created in the 1930’s by Pedro Linares, are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of imaginary creatures.  You may recognize the term Alebrije from the recent movie Coco, where several of these spirit animals played a role.  Here is a video furthering explaining Alebrijes.

Students were challenged with incorporating features from at  least 3 different animals they have learned about into one unique Alebrije. This week they will be writing a description (in Spanish, of course) about these new, colorful creations. Check out what they have come up with so far!

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Spanish Joke of the Week

Another week of distance learning is in the books.  Congratulations, as we have made it to week 4.  Remember to check the Distance Learning tab for this week’s Spanish learning plan.  Here’s a little Spanish humor for your Monday:

Spanish Zoom This Week

Hola!  Can you believe we have made it to the 3rd week of Distance Learning? Hopefully families have adjusted and are finding a routine that works best at their homes. The Spanish learning plan for April 6th-9th has been posted under the Distance Learning tab on the blog, so be sure to check it out.  I am so excited to join 1st through 5th grade classes this week during their Zoom class meeting.  I will be hosting and doing a Spanish activity, so be sure to join  your class for the weekly meeting!  ¡Nos vemos el miércoles!

Week 2 of Distance Learning

Hola!  We have officially made it to the 2nd week of distance learning.  I hope everyone is adjusting to this new style of learning.  It takes a lot of patience and flexibility!  The Spanish Learning Plan for this week has been posted under the Distance Learning Tab. Please let me know if you have any trouble accessing the plans or have any questions! It was so great to hear from so many students. I love to see and hear you learning and practicing your Spanish. Keep sending me videos and pictures!  Here are a couple of examples from last week:


Distance Learning for Spanish

Hola! Please review the Distance Learning tab on the Spanish Blog to see the communication and learning plan for Spanish classes as we navigate through the next couple of weeks. You should also be receiving information through your child’s classroom teacher. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions! We are set up and ready to learn at my house!

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Spanish Day

What a fun day of celebrating the Spanish language!  Students in all grades embraced different Spanish-speaking cultures through bright-colored ensembles, Mexican sombreros and flags, Catrina dresses and make-up, Summit Spanish spirit wear, and even attire for the Andes mountains. To top it all off, a taco truck from Tinga Tacos came to campus for lunch. ¡Fue un día tan divertido!

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