Maya Krett, an Oxford resident and Chase Prekindergarten student, enjoyed a visit to her classroom from Guatemalan exchange students Jose Valdeavellano and Nicole López Obregon who recently joined the fourth graders’ and the pre-Kindergarten-4 class to share information about customs and language of Guatemala.
Fourth Grade Spanish and geography lessons “came alive” as José and Nicole led the fourth grade students in making miniature fruit baskets – using materials that were handcrafted in Guatemala. The fourth graders used the opportunity to ask questions in both Spanish and English. “We are currently studying geography of the Americas in both their main classroom and during Spanish class,” said Senora Pérez, Spanish teacher.
In the pre-kindergarten-4 class, José and Nicole had fun teaching the students to make animal necklaces and they learned how to say them in Spanish. There was much laughter and joy on the faces of the young ones, and our visitors.
They are all leaving Saturday to return to Guatemala and start their new school year in January. “The Chase Collegiate School family will surely remember their new Guatemalan friendships long after they leave for home,” said Laura Bridges-Pereira, Language Teacher and Exchange Program Coordinator.