From the Author

One of the objectives of this book is to plant seeds, to open doors so your students will want to learn about the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. The cultural lessons pair a Spanish-speaking country with a non-Spanish-speaking country such as the United States. They are designed to reflect a typical school year, from September to June. In this book, you will find activities for younger groups (K–4th grade) and older groups (5th–8th grades). Depending on the level of Spanish being learned, younger children might be able to work on activities used by the upper grades.

These lessons are designed to be simple, and are an ideal beginning for the great journey of discovery about the Spanish-speaking world. Language cannot be taught without culture, so introducing culture gradually throughout the year, gives children content to learn.

Toward the end of the book you will find a section about holidays, such as Easter, Rosh Hashanah, Ramadan, and Passover, and cultural sites, such as Machu Picchu, the Temple of the Sun, and the Alhambra. The holidays are discussed at the end of the book because they don’t fall in the same month each year, and the cultural sites can be discussed at any time.

It is my sincere hope that you will find these lessons easy to use, that your students will have fun and learn about culture within the Spanish-speaking world, and that by learning, your students’ minds will open to endless possibilities.

It has been a wonderful journey for me to write my first book about culture, a subject I am very passionate about. Learning a new language without also learning about culture makes no sense at all. We need to make learning fun, including food, music, dance, and more, and we need to instill in our students a desire to go beyond themselves and to learn about other cultures around the Spanish-speaking world.

Have fun!