Doy gracias por….. I am thankful for…

“Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have.” Catherine Pulsifer

The second graders classes have been brainstorming together and making a beautiful list of things in their lives that they are thankful for: 🌲El árbol de gracias, our tree of thanks. The learners came up with amazing things that they are thankful for.

Here is the vocabulary that we are learning:

Arbol tree, tronco trunk, ramas branches, hojas leaves, otoño fall

Colores: amarillo yellow, naranja orange, rojo red, marrón/café brown, verde green.

Here is the list of thing that the learners are thankful for, I hope they share them with you at home!

Feliz Dia de AcciĂłn de Gracias, Happy Thanksgiving!

Yo doy gracias por ….I am thankful for…..

La familia The family

Los amigos The friends

La comida The food

La salud The health

El agua the water

La libertad The freedom

La seguridad The safety

Los hospitales The hospitals

La vida The life

Mi casa My house

La escuela The school

El amor The love

El mundo The world

La naturaleza The nature

La tortuga Ellen The tortoise Ellen

Ali’s class


Yo doy gracias por, I am thankful for…….

Mi familia My family

Español Spanish

El mundo The world

La escuela The school

La comida The food

Por mi For myself

Mi casa My house

Mis amigos My friends

El universo The universe

La paz The peace

Los animales The animals

Los hospitales The hospitals

La vida The life

El amor The love

La naturaleza The nature.

Miss Hohler class.



Buhos – Owls

 The K/1 learners have been learning about buhos:

You can also learn ( in Spanish) some facts about the buhos!

El buho es un animal de la noche The owl is a night animal.

El buho tiene los ojos redondos y amarillos The owl has round and yellow eyes

El buho tiene un pico rojo The owl has a red beak

El buho vive en los árboles The owl lives in the trees.

El buho tiene las patas negras  The owl has black legs

Las alas del buho son de color negro y cafe His wings are black and brown

Las orejas del buho son gris. The owl’s ears are grey.

El cuerpo del buho es de color café, negro y naranja The owl’s body is brown, black and orange.


Dia de Los Muertos ” We are not here for a long time, we are here for a good time” Mexican Proverb.

” The world death is not pronounced in New York, in Paris, in London because it burns the lips. The Mexican in contrast, is familiar with the death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it, it is one of his favorite toys and his most steadfast love”

Octavio Paz.

El DĂ­a de los Muertos celebrants light up their homes with reverence and gather their families and friends over festive tables and photographs, in remembrance of those whose spirits will not be forgotten.

Our altar is set up, the k/1 classes started to visit it , our skeletons are funny and they are all dressed up, there are flowers, candles, puppets, masks, papel picado and of course, Pan de Muertos. On Thursday all the classes tried the traditional bread that Mexicans eat during the festivities of El DĂ­a de Los Muertos.

Here is the recipe in case you want to bake the bread at home:

For the bread
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2-3/4 oz. (5-1/2 Tbs.) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • Two 4×1-inch strips of orange zest (use a vegetable peeler; avoid the white pith)
  • 1 Tbs. orange blossom water
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 oz. (1-3/4 tsp.) active dry yeast
  • 15-3/4 oz. (3-1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more as needed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil as needed
For the topping
  • 2 oz. (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
Make the dough

Put the milk, butter, and orange zest in a small saucepan over medium heat; stir until the butter melts, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool until warm. Discard the orange zest, add the orange blossom water, and whisk in the eggs.

Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water (no hotter than 110°F) and let stand until the mixture bubbles slightly, 5 to 10 minutes. (If the yeast doesn’t bubble, discard it and start again with new yeast.)

Mix the flour, sugar, and salt on a work surface. Make a well in the center. Gradually pour the yeast mixture and the milk mixture into the well while mixing with your hand . Knead until you have a nice, uniform dough, about 10 minutes. The dough should be smooth but still slightly sticky. If it seems too sticky, add more flour as needed.

Put the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a towel, and leave in a warm place (about 70°F) until doubled in size, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Shape the bread

Cut off a piece of dough about the size of a lemon and reserve. Divide the remaining dough in half and shape the pieces on a lightly floured surface into 2 rounds. Lightly oil a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet or line it with parchment; put the dough rounds on it and flatten the tops with your hands.

With some of the reserved dough, form 2 balls the size of large marbles; set aside and cover with plastic. Divide the remaining dough into 6 pieces and roll them with your hands from the center out, making ropes that are slightly longer than the width of the loaves. As you’re rolling, press with your index and middle fingers spread about 1 inch apart to make knobs that represent bones. Arrange 3 of the ropes on top of each dough round, overlapping the ropes in the center. Cover loosely with a cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F.

Dab a little cold water on the top center of each round where the ropes meet and put the reserved dough balls on top, pressing slightly so they adhere. Bake until the loaves have an even golden color, 30 to 40 minutes. Cover the loaves loosely with foil and continue to bake until their bottoms are browned and the internal temperature is 190°F, 10 to 15 minutes more. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes on a wire rack.

Top the bread

Brush the loaves all over with some of the melted butter. Holding one from the bottom (if it’s too warm, use an oven mitt or a piece of cardboard), sprinkle half of the sugar all over the top, tilting the loaf slightly to help coat it evenly. Repeat with the other loaf and remaining sugar. Cool to room temperature before serving. The bread is best eaten within a day of baking.

Make Ahead Tips

The baked loaves can be wrapped in plastic and frozen for up to 2 months

El Pan de muertos es delicioso!!!! is yummy!!!!

Octubre: Calabazas, gatos negros, murciĂ©lagos, baile del esqueleto y DĂ­a de los Muertos.

Dear families,

October has been a busy month, the 3rd and 4th graders have been doing a esqueletos skeletons fashion show, the 2nd graders calaveras, skulls and monstruos, monsters ,the k-1 have been dancing ” El baile del esqueleto” and pulling out things from my orange bag: calabazas,pumpkings, gatos negros, black cats, murciĂ©lagos, bats, monstruos , monsters arañas, spiders, brujas witches….

We have been learning about “El dia de los muertos”  we have read four wonderful  and inspirational books about this tradition :

Calavera abecedario in K/1,skeletons that come to life and dance across the pages in colorful costumes. We have enjoyed this unusual alphabet book inspired by a Mexican family of artists and the colorful traditions surrounding the Days of the Dead. Another book is The Day of the Dead/ El Dia de los Muertos: We  followed two children as they celebrate their ancestors on this vibrant holiday. They offer marigolds, sugar skulls, and special bread, and make delicious foods. By spreading marigold petals, they guide the dead home to join the festivities. Finally, after singing and dancing, it’s time for bed. Bob Barner’s luscious collages incorporate the traditional symbols of Day of the Dead. His poetic text is both English and Spanish.

Maria Molina and the Day of the dead in second grade: Maria’s infant brother and her grandmother have died in the last year, and the girl and her family honor them during the Days of the Dead celebration. As her mother explains the various Mexican customs involved, the learners, too, learn about them. Comparison to Halloween is smoothly woven into the narrative. After it is over, Maria’s parents move north to the U.S., later the children also move and the family is reunited again. Krull, the author does an excellent job of showing how a family can leave its homeland and carry their culture with them while accepting their new land. She describes the traditional foods and concludes with additional facts about los Dias de Muertos and a recipe for “Bread of the Dead.” Sanchez’s illustrations, done in earth tones, capture the flavor of the celebration. While skeletons appear in many of the pictures, children will not be frightened, as others show the fun people have during this period. This book is a wonderful choice to introduce children to a custom with which they are not familiar, and a reassuring story for those who are trying to keep old traditions in a new country.

Pablo remembers in 3/4:The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead is an excellent children’s picture book to use to introduce the Day of the Dead to children in class. Through full-page and small color photographs, accompanied by text, photojournalist George Ancona tells the story of how one family honors deceased relatives by observing the Day of the Dead in their village in Oaxaca ,Mexico.

El DĂ­a de los Muertos:

El Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. In Mexico, neighbors gather in local cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, both living and departed. The celebration acknowledges that we still have a relationship with our ancestors and loved ones that have passed away. El Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico by decorating shop windows, cleaning and decorating the cemetery, creating special fantastic flower wreaths, making small and large toys and figurines featuring the famouscalaveras (skulls and skeletons sometimes accompanied by verses), and by installing tianguis (special temporary markets) to sell the necessary items for the ofrendas. Zenpasuchitl, a type of marigold, is the traditional flower of the occasion and altars are often covered with the bright orange petals. The baker, confectioner, cook, florist and artist are essential to the Days of the Dead.

In joyful celebration of the continuity of life, Mexicans observe el DĂ­a de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, each November 1 and 2. It is believed that on this holiday the spirits of loved ones visit Earth. Families prepare for and encourage this visit by cleaning the graves and then decorating ofrendas, or altars, at the graves of their deceased. Some families also have altars,ofrenda in their home. They cover the ofrendas with marigolds, papel picado, memorabilia, photos, candles, and the favorite foods and beverages of the deceased. Some families spend the whole night at the cemetery, happily and lovingly remembering and honoring the lives of the dead.

We have one altar setting in room 22 . The 3rd and 4th graders have a “calavera fashion show” they have put clothes on calaveras making them fancy and fun . Here is a list of the clothes that they have used to dress the calaveras: sombrero– hat, camisa-shirt, bufanda-scarff, chaqueta-jacket, abrigo-coat, vestido– dress, falda-skirt, pantalon-pants, pantalĂłn corto-shorts, calcetines-socks, zapatos-shoes, botas-boots, cinturĂłn-belt, guantes– gloves chaleco– vest. The second graders have been doing skulls and we have reviewed the parts of the face: ojos eyes, nariz, nose, boca, mouth, dientes teeth

This week we will eat “Pan de Muertos” the typical bread that the families in Mexico eat on “El Dia de los Muertos” you are very welcome to stop in room 22 for a moment, visit our altar and see what your children have done… if you can´t I hope you  will  enjoy the pictures!


Feliz Halloween y DĂ­a de Los Muertos!!




Puerto Rico

Hi families, I wanted to share with you our special trip to Puerto Rico. Melisa Gonzalez and I took a group of our eight graders to Puerto Rico and we came back about one week go. It was such an incredible experience!! We learned about the culture, traditions, folklore,  art, music,history from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. The learners used their Spanish every day. We visited an orphanage where they interacted with the children. We also visited the farmer market  of the beautiful city of Ponce where the learners had to talk with the vendors and farmers. They learned how to dance salsa, we also hiked in ¨El Yunque¨the rain forest. We visited the ¨Old San Juan¨ and we swam in paradisiac beaches, rivers, water falls etc..