Have you ever wanted to travel around the world? Students from Vandalia Elementary School last Friday had the opportunity to experience different cultures, including Japanese, Australian, Hawaiian, and Latin American lifestyles. BHS's own Spanish teacher, Ms. Houghtaling, took her Spanish II class to this event to share with the students the tastes, sounds, and language of the Hispanic culture. Ms. Houghtaling's class made homemade bread called "Pan de Muertos" which means "Bread of the Dead", which is eaten on the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The Spanish II class displayed homemade pottery and crafts Ms. Houghtaling brought back from Guatemala. The high schoolers also taught the younger students multiple Spanish facts and a song with a dance that explained the parts of the body in a new language. Ms. Houghtaling and her class also played Spanish games with the children.
The Japanese culture display featured origami paper folding lessons, a teaching about their society, and a traditional Japanese fan dance. The Japanese presenter also showed the students an instrument called a koto. The Hawaiian presenter showed the students the culture of Hawaii, let the children wear traditional hula skirts, and brought food samples to taste like seaweed and Spam. The Australian educator brought snacks people would eat "down under" and an instrument for students to play called a didgeridoo. At the end of this fun day, an assembly was held where students sang songs in English, Italian, French, and Spanish languages. The Spanish II class joined the VES students in singing a Mexican folk song about colors named, "De Colores". Also, a traditional Japanese dance was performed by the Japanese presenter and her daughter.
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