“There are 21 Spanish speaking countries, and I pick two or three every quarter to focus on. In addition to learning the Spanish language, it is important for scholars to learn about the food, music, sports, art and religion of different countries. We compare different cultures to the United States. It helps children to develop a broader perspective, and ultimately, a greater acceptance and appreciation for those who are different.
I also enjoy instilling a sense of pride in my native Spanish-speaking students. Sometimes they are shy about speaking their language. Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15th to October 15th. It is an opportunity to remind our native Spanish-speaking students of our rich culture, our roots and to share our culture with classmates. I invite parents to come in and speak and read in Spanish with students.”
– Paulina Jones, Spanish Teacher at Friendship Armstrong
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