September 24, 2015

National Hispanic Heritage Month 9/15 - 10/15

Celebrating Together:  On the Web, In Our Classes, At the Library
by Eileen Ho & RSSAA Librarians with Sra. Perla Schaeberle, Lower School Spanish Teacher

Join us in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th as we recognize the contributions of many generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the rich and colorful fabric of our country, reminding us to learn more about the history, cultures, and languages of our people.

On the Web
Read the excerpt below "About National Hispanic Heritage Month" and find informational Exhibits and Collections on the official website hosted by The Library of Congress at: 
National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

In Our Classes
Sra. Perla, Spanish teacher
Señora Perla Schaeberle teaches "Español" (Spanish) as part of the World Languages Program at the Lower School of the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. Here is a glimpse into her classrooms as she shares with us her thoughts about this month and some of the themes her students in Grades 1, 2, 6, and 8, are studying at the start of this school year:

This is a month of celebration for many Hispanic & Latino people living in the United States, where roots, traditions and memories from our childhood are highlighted and remembered... such as "16 de Septiembre" (Mexican Independence Day). Important Mexican American figures also come to mind, such as Cesar Chavez who was an American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist. Chavez was born in Yuma Arizona and he co-founded the United Farm Workers, with Dolores Huerta, standing for migrant workers, organizing boycotts, marching and fasting for days, in order to demonstrate that people needed to be treated fairly.  

As I went into my classrooms during the first weeks of school, "Abuela Josefina" (Grandma Josefina) came to Grade 1 to introduce herself to the class saying, "Buenos días. Me llamo Josefina." (Good Morning. My name is Josefina), and presenting some of her very dear friends, "El raton" (the mouse) "y Nina, la mariposa" (and Nina, the butterfly).

Singing the days of the week along with naming vegetables and fruit that I like, love, or don't like "me gusta, me encanta, no me gusta", counting numbers by 3, and colors, have all been our themes in Grade 2. Also, pretending the sick "leon" (lion) is trying to lure "la chiva" (the goat), "el carnero" (the ram), and "la zorra" (the fox) into his cave has been an enjoyable fable in our class.

Learning new vocabulary through the Legend of “Popocatepetl and Ixtlaxihuatl”, two impressive volcanoes (one active and one dormant) located on the Eastern part of Mexico City, has enriched and complemented the Grade 6 main lesson block in Geology. And speaking about sports played during summer, and also writing about it, made us think about how wonderful our Summer was. 

Classmates in Grade 8 interview each other on a daily basis with ¿Como amaneciste?” (How are you today?) "¿Como llegas a la escuela?” (How do you get to school?) etc. and reviewing some of the basic Spanish grammar and vocabulary learned in previous years in this way has brought many smiles to 8th graders. Learning of the story of “Los Niños Héroes” (The Boy Heroes) celebrated on September 13, where six young cadets (13-17 years old) studying in “El Castillo de Chapultec” (the Castle of Chapultec, in Mexico) bravely fought against a North American invasion in 1847, makes us think about much we can love our own country.

At the Library
Visit the Ellie Klopp Library at the Lower School, or click a Tag to browse our online catalog, and check out our book collections for relevant fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and authors.

Language Tag: *in Spanish
Harry Potter - Book 1: Harry Potter y la…

Country/Region Tags: *Mexico *Central America *South America *Spain *Cuba and more!

Traditional Crafts from Mexico and Central…
People Tags: 
Cesar Chavez Pablo Neruda Diego Rivera and others! Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica…

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