Third graders in Christi James’ Spanish class ventured off campus to explore Mi Pueblo Market, an international grocery store that specializes in foods from Latin America. The students are learning the Spanish vocabulary for common fruits and vegetables and it was the perfect place to practice.
At Mi Pueblo Market in Commerce City, they were put into small groups with a chaperone and given an assignment - either find ingredients for chips and salsa, pick out fruit, or select a variety of fruit-flavored drinks. Right away, students were engaged in the adventure and eagerly searched the aisles and bins for their items while verbalizing the Spanish words they learned for frutas y verduras. In the checkout line, Señora James assisted in purchasing the groceries that she will turn into a snack for her classes.
“This market is a great place to experience Hispanic culture and language in Colorado,” said Señora James. Although happy to collaborate with the members of their group, many of the students can’t wait to go back with their families and their own shopping lists!
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.