Book Critique
Ximena Valdez

I would recommend this book to all teachers, these cultural activities are very engaging and educational for students at all levels. I've been using them for about three years during holidays and important days. My students really enjoyed and lear...

Ximena Valdez
Spanish Teacher/St. Patrick’s School
Bertha Salmoran

This book is filled with fun activities that will energize the Spanish class. It is an AMAZING resource to get cultural lessons from. I have incorporated most of Ms. Amaro's lessons in my teaching journey with wonderful results. The activity “Wh...

Bertha Salmoran
Spanish Teacher/Blessed Sacrament School
Paula Capponi

I think the book is going to be very useful to teach cultural topics to students, it has a variety of activities according to each grade and is easy to apply. What I loved the most is the Birthday of the month activity! I think students would lov...

Paula Capponi
Spanish Teacher/KinderHaus and Westbriar
Audrey Starr

After 40+ years of teaching, I know the importance of good resources.  This book is a wonderful resource full of fun and substantive activities.  The lessons have a clear focus and directions that are easy to follow. Most importantly, there is a...

Audrey Starr
Educator
Myriam K Rodriguez

Congratulations! What a great idea. I think it will be very useful for teachers! I used many of your cultural lessons. The students always love the recipe for the potato soup on St. Patrick's Day! It is a "must" every year.

Myriam K Rodriguez
Spanish Teacher/St. Peters School

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A note 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 from September to June, a typical school year. 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 they are the beginning of a 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!