Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Unit Review

Until I moved to the U.S.A. I had never really heard about Día de los Muertos (as it's celebrated here in the U.S.A. and Mexico). Not knowing much about the celebration perse, I was thrilled when my friend Becky at Kid World Citizen came out with a Day of the Dead Unit.
Note: I received a complimentary copy for purposes of this review. All opinions are exclusively mine. 
In Puerto Rico the Catholic church celebrates on November 1st All Saints Day, and on November 2nd Misa a los Fieles Difuntos (All Souls Day). During these two days the church celebrates a special Mass service in church and/or at the cemetery. As you can see it's a pretty simple prayer service.

Deeply rooted in the Catholic beliefs Day of the Dead is a celebration of the life, and remembrance of our loved ones who have passed away. Greatly celebrated in Mexican culture, and across the U.S.A. during November 1-2 this celebration entails skulls, ofrendas, marigolds, and altars for our loved ones that have passed on. Becky does a great job at explaining these elements in her unit.

This unit is full of valuable information on learning about Day of the Dead.  It's perfect for our Spanish Homeschool lessons, and I've been able to use this with his friends as well during the Spanish playgroup.  It's geared towards children in PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. The kids in his group are 4, 5, and 6 yrs. old. 

Her unit has book suggestions, pennants that you can print, and decorate.  I loved that I was able to print out a coloring book that's in both English and Spanish for the kids (see below).  With this unit your children will learn about the celebration of the Day of the Dead, history, culture, literacy, math, and science (did I mention the skeleton your kids can put together)?  Everything you'll need to celebrate Día de los Muertos can be found in this unit.

This has been such a valuable resource for both my son, our Spanish homeschool and myself.  If you're interested in getting this unit go to her TpT store

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