En la Clase: Bilingual Resources for Teaching about Winter Celebrations

One of the questions we receive most often from the educators we work with and our blog readers is what recommendations we have for good bilingual classroom resources, mainly books.  While doing research for some other posts, I came across a number of great bilingual resources perfect for teaching about winter celebrations.  If you didn’t get a chance to read last week’s post on why I liked to teach about winter celebrations and how I implemented it, you may want to check that out here.  Ailesha also put together two great posts full of resources for teaching about Las Posadas, a number of which are bilingual.  Read about online resources here and books here.

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Local Event!! The Farolitos of Christmas

As it is the season of Las Posadas and La Pastorela, there are some wonderful opportunities to attend local events!

The Vortex Theatre and the National Hispanic Cultural Center present The Farolitos of Christmas, a timeless, heartwarming play by iconic New Mexican author Rudolfo Anaya. The play is based on Anaya’s beautifully illustrated book of the same title.

It’s Christmas in San Juan, New Mexico, and young Luz worries that with her grandfather sick and her father away in a hospital recovering from his war wounds, they cannot celebrate Christmas with the lighting of the traditional luminarias, or bonfires, outside their home.  Then Luz has an idea for making little lanterns, or farolitos, to welcome the holiday celebrants, as well as her father, who returns home unexpectedly in time for Christmas.
(Taken from http://www.nhccnm.org)

Performances will take place December 14-16.  For more information about the play or  how to purchase tickets click here.

Don’t forget–Ailesha posted yesterday about Friday evening’s upcoming presentation of La Gran Pastorela de Belén, so if you missed that post check it out!


La Gran Pastorela de Belén @ UNM

Hello blog readers,

I know we have a variety of geographies represented by our readers, but I wanted to alert our Albuquerque and surrounding area readers to an event this Friday at UNM.

The Pastorela is a traditional Mexican cultural holiday celebration commemorating the shepherds’ walk to Bethlehem to find baby Jesus. This event is the New Mexican version of that!
The event is this Friday, November 30th 2012 from 6:30-8:30 at the Alumni Chapel on UNM campus (click here for a campus map). Mexican hot chocolate and Bizcochitos will be served; the event is free.

Also, keep your blog-eyes open for posts by both Katrina and myself on La Pastorela and La Posada.

Follow the Luminarias to the Chapel,


Local Event!! Masks in Mexico: A Hands-on Teacher Workshop

For all of our local New Mexico Readers and Teachers:

We are very excited to announce our next LAII k-12 Teacher workshop of the fall semester “Masks in Mexico.”  It will be a hands-on mask-making workshop created specifically for teachers.  We are very fortunate to have a very special guest presenter–Felipe Horta, an internationally renowned mascarero visiting from Michoacán.   Horta has been hand carving pastorela masks since the age of 12.  His allegorical masks represent devils, hermits, viejitos, fantastic creatures and characters from popular culture, all of which are hand-carved for the danzantes who perform in the local pastorelas. The wonderful staff at the National Hispanic Cultural Center have offered to begin the night with a private tour of the Mexican mask collection at the NHCC Art Museum.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday November 14th from 5:00-8:00 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th St. SW | Albuquerque, NM).  Dinner will be provided.

If you have any questions or to register, email Keira at kphilipp@unm.edu.  Click here for a pdf version of our flyer. Feel free to share this information with anyone else who may be interested.

It was a fabulous workshop last year, and I’ve shared some of our photos below! I hope you’ll join us if you are in the Albuquerque area!

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