Spanish Immersion Camp -- July 2015
Week 1: La comida
Week 2: El agua alredador de New Haven
We spent two weeks of exploration in Spanish, at the wonderful Cold Spring School! Here are some of the dispatches from the field:
July 14, 2015
Yesterday (Monday), starting off our week of food, we had a great day doing all kinds of things related to fruits and vegetables. In the morning, after a quick game of UNO in Spanish, we played games with a huge variety of real and plastic veggies and fruit. We watched a video about a market, and started to prepare materials for a role play in which some of us are sellers and others are buyers of food in a traditional market. After lunch, and some additional ball playing, we made some delicious fruit smoothies (batidos or licuados de frutas) before going home.
Today (Tuesday) we made paletas de fruta (fruit popsicles) in the morning, played fútbol with Domingo Medina, watched a funny video about preparing muesli, and decorated placemats to use the rest of the week. We did our market roleplay, played a variety of indoor games, an enjoyed our paletas at the end of the day!
Preparando la lista de compras.
July 18, 2015
Our Spanish Week 1 exploring food in the Spanish-speaking world came to a relaxing close this week with an afternoon of swimming in Woodbridge. Ask your child how to play our Spanish-speaking version of Marco Polo! We ate lots of sandía and some naranjas to supplement our lunches. Many thanks to Natasha Spencer and Octavio Sotelo for helping out with the driving.
Moving backward in time, on Thursday we started off the day with fútbol
with Domingo. Then, we watched a video with him on how to make arepas
venezolanas, after which we went with Domingo to the Community Building to
make our own arepas. He showed us how he mixed up the masa, then everyone made their own. He cooked them on the griddle for us, while some of us grated queso and sliced aguacates, and others took a needed break to burn up some energy in the Pear Tree Yard. At lunch time, we enjoyed the
arepas filled with the cheese and avocados. ¡Qué rico! ¡Delicioso!
After another break outside to play Gaga, we watched a music video called El jugo de naranja, and then we wrote new stanzas and choruses for the song. Then we finished up the day with Vocabulary Bingo.
Dear families of Spanish Immersion Camp Week 2,
Thank you again for entrusting your wonderful children to us. Their enthusiasm, thoughtfulness and creativity truly made the week one of wonder.
A retrospective of the week: Our theme being all things related to water, with a focus on New Haven, early in the week we took a walk around Criscuolo Park. We observed what we could of the confluence of the two rivers with the ocean, using a checklist of words in Spanish. During the week, we thoroughly enjoyed the Community Building for various games (especially when it was too hot to run around outside), and the kids had a great time playing futbol with Domingo on Tuesday and Thursday. Over several days we sang a number of songs related to ocean life, and on different occasions ate Mexican gelatina, tacos, quesadillas, and Colombian guava pastries. We composted our food scraps, and on Friday walked the compost bucket over to the composta at the New Haven Farms site.
The children were very excited about their ocean dioramas and an amazing board game they made, and they spent a lot of time creating them over several days. They wrote elaborate explanations and stories about them. The dioramas and the board game were ¡espectacular! (You can see them here.)
See you at Cold Spring!
Alice and Luz
Una refrescante gelatina de frutas. ¡Buen provecho!
Preparaciones en el puesto de frutas y verduras.
Mmm, las paletas... ¡qué rico!
En la carnicería, todo listo para recibir a los clientes.
Diversión con el balón de futbol.
Preparando la masa.
Diseñando figuras para su diorama.
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