En la Clase: Tamales, Poinsettias, and Navidad

As I was researching books and materials for our last two En la Clase posts on Las Posadas, I came across some other really beautiful books and fun activities that are perfect for December.  These just may help you get through these last couple of weeks of school before winter break!

Too many tamalesOne of my favorite children’s books for this time of year is Gary Soto’s Too Many Tamales. In the story, the main character Maria is helping her mother prepare the tamales for Christmas dinner.  She decides to try on her mother’s diamond ring.  She only meant to wear it for a minute, but suddenly the ring was gone, and Maria and her siblings are left with 24 tamales that just might contain the missing ring.  It’s a fun story that my students always enjoyed.  It’s the perfect book to lead into a discussion about all the different foods that are part of students’ winter holiday celebrations.  Lots of times they are surprised to find out how different their classmates’ celebrations are from their own.  There are lots of different lesson plans out there for Too Many Tamales.  Here are a few that I found:

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¡Mira Look!: Books for Teaching about Las Posadas

Katrina and I have been working hard to bring our faithful blog readers some ideas and resources for teaching about Mexican Christmas traditions in your classrooms in a respectful, fun and multicultural way. We have both emphasized the importance of not shying away from holidays which are embedded in religion, but rather accepting these as part of our children’s histories and using them to foster delightful and enlightening conversations.

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WWW: Resources for Teaching Las Posadas

Ahhh it’s that time of year everyone just loves: the winter holidays seem to bring out the best in people. That peppermint latte must put a spring in everyone’s step. Or perhaps it’s the sugar cookies, posole or the garland giving everyone the warm fuzzies. Whatever the cause, we all just love it, don’t we?

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