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Hispanic Heritage Month & Ojos de Dios

Sra. Bree Holland
The fifth-grade Spanish class studied Hispanic Heritage Month, which is September 15th through October 15th. They discussed all the Spanish-speaking countries who are celebrating independence days during this time, the history of the holiday, how the holiday is celebrated/recognized today, as well as the difference in the terms hispano(a), latino(a), and español(a). The students did this all in Spanish. The students have been working very hard to discuss, ask questions, and answer questions all in Spanish. ¡Olé!
In addition, the students took this time to learn about and make Ojos de Dios. Ojos de Dios are a folk art from an indigenous group in Mexico, the Huichol. The class learned that traditionally, an Ojo de Dios (God’s Eye) is started for a child when (s)he is born. The parents begin by making one “eye” and another is added each year until a child is five. An Ojo de Dios is used as protection in the first years of a child’s life. The colors are also symbolic, and certain colors are often chosen for their meanings. Each student made his/her own Ojo de Dios, choosing the colors and their order. The students had a lot of fun making these and definitely learned how complex they could be to make.
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