Cuéntame; Intro to Spanish
Dates: 9/13-12/13
Tuesdays 11am-12pm Ages 5-9
Tuition: $150 Drop ins $15 per class

This course offers an introduction to Spanish through storytelling. We will employ music and collaging as our medium throughout the session and look to Latin American Art movements for inspiration. The group will use recycled materials to create a surrealist inspired work on paper for auto biographical exploration, and will investigate the importance of storytelling through movement.

Class members will examine descriptions of the ‘self’ by conjugating the verbs SER/ESTAR, practice color and quantity vocabulary, and work on salutations and directions. Cuéntame will be a space to experience language as a cultural phenomenon, providing literacy not solely based on translation from English to Spanish, but by connecting Spanish with your child’s personal narrative, to create a vocabulary through experience and observations.


Week 1 and 2: Introduction of Group and Creating Booklets
The first two classes will be dedicated to constructing the bones of our work books. We will begin to collect and sort materials we will use for our first “autobiographical narrative” which will be a mosaic style collage. We will identifying important nouns used to describe ourselves that we will use throughout the session. We will begin to work on basic questions using WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW.

Week 3 and 4: Frida Khalo y El Surrealismo
We will continue to work on questions and answers in Spanish and include the self and quantity in the conversation. We will look at parts of the body, number and location vocabulary with a unique twist. We will create surrealist inspired self-portraits that express the fantastical and magical parts of our self-identity and work on the narration of these descriptions. These two weeks we will continue to work with music and movement to describe ourselves.

Week 5 and 6: Huichol Art and the Use of Symbolism
These two weeks will be dedicated to investigating the verb HACER, and “IENDO” vocabulary. We will adorn the cover of our Autobiography with vibrantly colored Huichol works that use a symbolic representation for ourselves.  We will continue to work on the vocabulary and music we have been building on this session and focus on color vocabulary.

Week 7 and 8: Calacas and La Calavera Catrina
Our final self-reflection will take place around the Day of the Dead so we will pull inspirtation from the Mexican tradition of decorating Calacas and talk about the popular icon of La Calavera Catrina. We will make our own Dia de los Muertos masks as our final collage work to add to our booklets. We will sing and move and share our work with our peers.

The booklets we create will consist of the work that we will be fashioning throughout the fall session. Children will be encouraged to work on things to add to these books, but will keep the actual books at the HUB until the class finishes in December.

About the Instructor:

Lisa Marie Martinez holds a BA in Anthropology and Latin American Studies with a concentration in Cuban Studies. She is passionate about music and child development and the important role of play for people of all ages. She has studied in many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Cuba and Mexico, which has influenced her approach to learning, language acquisition and child development.