Dear Parent or Guardian, .
In Chapter 2, the students will learn how to:
• order food or a beverage at a (Spanish speaking) restaurant
• identify eating utensils and dishes
• identify more foods
• make a reservation at a restaurant
• talk about present and past events
• describe some cuisines of the Hispanic world
You can help your child be successful in his or her study of Spanish even if you are not familiar
with the language. Here are a few suggestions to help you help your child practice the material in
- Discuss American restaurant customs and manners with your child. Next discuss how those customs and manners might differ in a Spanish-speaking country.
- If you don’t know anything about this topic, consider checking out some tourist guidebooks at your local public library.
- If your hometown has a Hispanic-owned restaurant, plan a family dinner at that restaurant. Have your child explain any menu items that are written in Spanish and if your server speaks Spanish, encourage your child to order each family member’s meal.
- With your child, prepare a traditional dish from any Spanish-speaking country. Use the Internet, any local Hispanic restaurants, cookbooks you may already have at home, or your public library to help you and your child locate recipes.
- As an additional challenge, you may want to encourage your child to look only at recipes written entirely in Spanish.
- Before preparing the meal, read the recipe several times together in order to figure out any difficult vocabulary.
Feel free to plan other activities you think will help your child develop his or her language skills.
Thank you for supporting our classroom work. Feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss your child’s language education.
Sra M. L. Allison,
P. S. We will also be learning about Day of the Dead ( Día de los Muertos) and some vocabulary as well as cultural similarities and differences.