Throughout the year, students study the culture, music, clothing, and foods of Mexico. Holidays such as Days of the Dead, La Natividad, Three Kings Day, and Cinco de Mayo are explored and compared to American holidays. These lessons are integrated into other classes, such as art class, where Ms. Eargle extends students’ learning through projects rooted in Mexican history and traditions. Mrs. Campos leads Spanish language instruction, building on lessons from previous years and using songs to reinforce vocabulary.
At the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, first graders enjoy tasting some typical Mexican foods. In the afternoon, family members arrive to watch them perform the ballad “Senor Don Gato” and take part in the “Mexican Hat Dance”. Students guide their guests on a walk through the rainforest and desert of Mexico, informing them about some of the animals and plants they may encounter. Then they use Barnesville pesos to purchase the children’s art projects in a traditional Mexican-style marketplace. The day ends with a pinata.