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Cultural Celebrations in Kindergarten

Evelyn Vivar, Spanish Fellow in the Early Learning Center

Our kindergarten students are curious about the many holidays and traditions celebrated around the world. In December, we introduced the kindergarteners to a Mexican tradition called Las Posadas. Pumas and Jaguars learned that during Posadas people typically dance, cook traditional Mexican food, make piñatas and enjoy time with family and friends.

Learning about posadas

Making vibrantly colored piñatas has been a tradition in Mexico for centuries. Our students learned the process of making a piñata in the popular star shape used during the holidays. They were also able to decorate their piñatas with tissue paper and add streamers to the star’s points. To make the piñata more festive, students applied bright colors that resemble the ones used in Mexico.

Making piñatas
Showing off our completed piñatas
Showing off our completed piñatas

Food is also an important part of the Posadas. Students were able to learn about tamales – a very popular food to make for family and friends – with a book called Too Many Tamales, by Gary Soto. They learned the words kneading and masa to prepare a delicious recipe. Then the Pumas and Jaguars practiced making tamales in the kitchen, kneading the masa and wrapping it up in a corn leaf to cook. They made connections with the book as they related their experience while they spread and wrapped the masa. Their favorite part was eating the sweet tamales while learning about a tradition in Mexico!   

Making tamales
Making tamales
Enjoying tamales

 

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