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This song provides so many learning opportunities--it rhymes, it counts, it teaches time! We will probably be re-visiting this song throughout October. To keep it simple, we just worked on learning "E de esqueleto."
With our first craft we used Q-tips as huesos and built an esqueleto on black construction paper. I found the idea here from Pinterest. My older child really enjoyed this craft. First I made a calavera out of white construction paper and drew on a face with a permanent marker. We glued the calavera at the top and added all the huesos underneath. I had cut some Q-tips in half, so as I added the glue in the shape of an esqueleto, my son chose which Q-tips to lay down.
As you can tell from the picture, my two-year-old did not enjoy the craft as much. He is at the stage where, whatever the project is, he wants freedom to do it himself. Following directions or a pattern is not in his realm of interest. Which is fine. We glued on a few Q-tips together and moved on to just glueing anything we could find on another paper and throwing Q-tips.
|Hamming it up for me, "What could|
the secret message be?"
|Beginning to paint.|
|Originally I had thought we would paint the enitre thing|
black, but following the style of Día de los muertos, we
decided to make it all colorful.
|Almost finished! Jefe still could not tell|
what it was at this point.
|"It's an esqueleto!!!"|
This project was probably one of my favorites we have done so far this fall. After we painted the esqueleto, we read a couple of books by Yuyi Morales about a skeleton character named Señor Calavera. Both books are award-winning, recieving the Pura Belpré Medal for Latino/a authors and illustrators.
In the first book, Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book, Señor Calavera has an appointment with Grandma Beetle to take her with him. However, Grandma Beetle needs to finish a number of tasks, and by the end Señor Calavera cannot wait any longer and leaves a note that says, "See you next year!" I love how the author shows Grandma Beetle's culture as it counts through the things she has to prepare and clean and do to get ready for her birthday fiesta.
The second book we read, Just In Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book, follows Señor Calavera as he prepares to visit Grandma Beetle on her next birthday. He is so excited to see her he forgets to get her a present. Thankfully, with the help of Grandpa Zelmiro's ghost, Señor Calavera manages to collect gifts for Grandma Beetle from every letter of the Spanish alphabet, "just in case" some of the presents are not what she would love the most; however, Señor Calavera runs out of time to find something for la letra Z, and ends up falling and dropping all of the presents he gathered, arriving at the party empty-handed. Or does he?! You will have to read the story for yourself to see what Señor Calavera ends up bringing to the party that Grandma Beetle loves the most!
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