¡Feliz día de los Muertos!
After studying dia de los Muertos, our third-grade class was so interested in the Day of the Dead celebrations that they asked to build an altar in their classroom to remember specific individuals who are no longer with us. Students brought in photos and drawings of their dear person or animal as an “ofrenda” to honor something they liked or something that reminded them of person/animal in a happy way. Families participated by helping students create works of art that represent each loved one. This is just one of the cultural activities that help SIP students enrich their understanding of other cultures.
Adding to their exciting week, third-grade presented the poem, “Día de los Muertos” by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, during Wednesday’s Lower School chapel service. An excerpt of the is below, for the entire poem and beautiful illustrations, please visit Amazon.
It’s Día de Los Muertos,
The sun’s coming round,
As niños prepare in each pueblo and town.
For today we will honor our dearly departed
It’s time to get started!
At home we’ve adorned our altares with care.
They’re heaped with recuerdos and good things to share.
Sweet calaveras, so sugary white –
They give toothy smiles, but never a fright.
A black and white photo of Grandpa Padilla,
Who’s riding on horseback just like Pancho Villa!