April 26th, 16
On April 23rd “El Dia del Idioma” (the Day of the [Spanish] Language) is celebrated in Colombia and other Spanish speaking countries. On this day the Spanish language is celebrated in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, the great Spanish author of “Don Quixote de La Mancha”.
As I work in a bilingual school, the school didn’t limit its celebration to the Spanish language but rather it celebrated all of the languages spoken by our students . In Stage 1 we decided to add to the festivities by celebrating our love for books by hosting our first annual book fair.
A week before the celebration we sent home a note explaining the book fair project. We asked the families to read a book at home with their child and then to create a display that the child would use on “El Dia del Idioma” in order to share the story with friends and family. We tied the activity into our curriculum by having students identify various story elements from their books.
Here’s what some of the projects turned out like…
This year’s first annual book fair was a huge success! The parents told me that they enjoyed working on the projects at home with their kids and the kids enjoyed sharing some of their favorite books with their classmates! Stay tuned for our second annual book fair next year!