Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve posted – but the babies, the holidays and everything else have totally taken over!!!
In the next few days I’m going to post some resources for Navidad as – IT’S ONLY 3 WEEKS AWAY!!! AHHHHHH!!!!
As part of my family unit I like to discuss family traditions and celebrations- and how perfect that this unit always falls in December! I start my celebrations unit off by having the students fill out a KWL chart about what they think they know and want to know about holidays in the Spanish-speaking world.
I came across this great video from http://www.bablingua.com- it’s called ¡Feliz Navidad! and covers the basics on holiday time in Spain. It’s not free 😦 but it does come with a pretty great packet, audio files and a video for $8.00. I highly recommend it, so it’s totally worth the $$$. The video covers Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, “El Día de los Inocentes” (the Spanish version of April Fool’s Day), New Year’s, Christmas songs and typical foods. I usually do the video in chunks and then do the follow up activities from the packet and I also have the students make connections with their own celebrations.
The video also talks about the big Christmas lottery they do in Spain. Every year they come out with these great commercials promoting the lottery. Here are some of the videos I found on YouTube from this year and previous years.
Do you do a unit on holidays? What resources do you use?
My family and I are from Colombia so I can’t talk about holidays in December without talking about Colombia! Since I also talk about holiday time in Spain, it’s a great opportunity for students to compare their traditions.
The students just love to watch all of these videos and see how people really celebrate the holidays and how they are different and in many ways similar. I begin my conversations about Colombian holidays with the following video and then have them talk about what they see and how it compares to holiday time here in the US.
This next video was taken in San Cipriano in Valle del Cauca – I love it because it shows the Afro-Colombian community and although it is a bit hard for my novices to understand the video its okay because they get the visuals. After the video we also do comparisons and talk about what they do that is similar or different.
I love villancicos! It’s one of my favorite holiday traditions. My family and I celebrate Navidad, and one of our traditions is to do the Novena- and part of the novena is singing!
On one of my previous posts from this week, I talk about the bablingua site and their Navidad mini-unit – in it they have a karaoke for some villancicos – the kids love doing it – even if they don’t celebrate Navidad. To avoid the whole conversation about – well I don’t celebrate XYZ… I tell them that if they were to visit any Spanish-speaking country this is what they’d hear, see, etc… So we do sing villancicos in our classes!
Here is my all time favorite villancico sung by none other than Juanes!
Here are some of my other favorite songs…Some of them can be found in karaoke versions if you look on youtube 😉
Do you sing villancicos w/ your students? Which ones?