Twenty-eight students from St. Francis DeSales-St. Stephen School recently showed off their bilingual skills for the school’s kindergarten class. On Dec. 6 students in Jeanette Hernandez’s sixth-grade Spanish class put on a Spanish vocabulary show, complete with singing and dancing.
“The kids were given a list of Spanish words that pertained to Christmas. Each students chose one word from the list and dressed up like the word. We started preparing for it just before Thanksgiving break, giving them time to come up with costumes,” Hernandez said, noting that several children were so excited they brought their costumes in the very next day.
The vocabulary list included the Spanish words for presents, lights, angels, Christmas tree, elves, baby Jesus, St. Mary, St. Joseph, Santa and star. Many of the words — including reindeer, garland, cookies and chimney — forced the students to be very creative, but the costumes were all wonderful, Hernandez said.
“What was no more than a 10-minute presentation took a lot of care, as the excited kids spent three times that much time in the bathrooms getting that perfect look,” she said.
After donning their festive attire, the students walked into the school hall, where the kindergarten class was anxiously awaiting their arrival.
“Being able to speak clearly is one of the things they get graded on, so each had to loudly say their word as they entered the school hall so that the kindergartners could hear them. The kindergartners were awestruck, mouths agape as each sixth-grader entered,” Hernandez said.
The kindergartners loved the show, and the sixth-graders had a ball while learning their vocabulary words, Hernandez said.