miércoles, 8 de noviembre de 2017

Our Autumn Project

Autumn--also commonly called fall in the United States--is one of my favorite seasons! In the U.S., the leaves change from green to beautiful hues of red, orange, yellow, brown, and even purple.

Leaves starting to change color in Minnesota (USA)
Apart from the leaves changing color, I love fall because it means the apple orchards are open to the public to go and pick apples. My state, Minnesota, has lots of apples. We even invented a popular apple called the “Honey Crisp.” With these apples, we make desserts such as apple crisp and the American classic: apple pie.

We also have lots of pumpkins in autumn! People can go to pumpkin patches and choose their favorite pumpkins to purchase and use to decorate their house. During Halloween, people typically carve a face into the pumpkin, turning it into a “Jack O’Lantern.” We also bake pumpkin pie and pumpkin bars in autumn. Some people even bake the pumpkin seeds and eat them for a delicious and healthy autumn snack!

During this season, us auxiliares wanted to share our love of autumn with the students. Each grade, from Infantil through Primaria 6, participated in the project. Our infantil classes colored and wrote their names on apples. 

Our Primaria 1 and 2 kids colored, wrote their names on, and cut out some fall leaves.

In Primaria 3 and 4, the students traced their hand (to look like a leaf), colored them, and wrote their name on them.

Finally, the Primaria 5 and 6 kids each colored their own paper pumpkin to add to our “pumpkin patch” under our autumn trees.

Melissa, Jason, and I created four paper trees and hung up the students’ work last week. Now, the hallways are beautifully decorated with some colorful autumn trees. Feel free to walk up the stairs and check out the students’ work in the connecting hallway!

Happy Autumn!
Hues: Variations of color
Apple orchard: An apple farm
Apple crisp: An apple dessert in the U.S. made from apples, cinnamon, and a crunchy oat and brown sugar topping.
Pumpkin patch: A pumpkin farm
Carve: To cut shapes into something (like a pumpkin)
Jack O'Lantern: A pumpkin with a face carved into it and a candle inside; typical for Halloween in the U.S.
Pumpkin bars: A type of pumpkin cake baked in a sheet pan, often topped with powdered sugar or cream cheese frosting; a typical autumn dessert in the U.S.

jueves, 2 de noviembre de 2017

New Language Assistants at Colegio Torrente Ballester!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the new school year! My name is Laura and I am one of the three new language assistants that will be working at Colegio Torrente Ballester for the 2017-2018 academic year. We are all very excited to be teaching English here, while also spending time learning the Spanish language and experiencing the culture. To start, here's a little bit of information about us assistants:

Melissa ("Meli")
Hi, I'm Melissa from Texas, where we love football and bbq, most people just call me Meli. I am now a second year Auxiliar de Conversacion in Spain, and am excited to be at Torrente Ballester this year. In my free time, I really enjoy reading, travelling and dancing. After living and working in Spain for a year, I am obsessed with tortilla and calamares. I look forward to spending the next year teaching and working with my students at Torrente Ballester.

Hi, I'm Jason! I grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, a small city in New England just a short train from New York City. The last four years I lived in Boston, Massachusetts while attending Tufts University as a student of international relations. In my free time I like to read, walk my dogs, and hang out with my friends. This is my first time in Spain and I am very excited to explore Madrid, eat lots of tortilla, learn more about Spanish culture, and be spending the year at Torrente Ballester.

Hi there, I'm Laura! I'm from the state of Minnesota, which is a U.S. state located by Canada. I came to Spain about two months ago because I wanted to continue teaching English and practicing my Spanish. I love Minnesota, but I also love traveling and living abroad! I previously lived and taught English in Mexico and Colombia for two years. (If you hear me speak Spanish, don't be surprised if an "órale" or a "qué chévere" comes out! In the meantime, I'm trying to learn Spain Spanish)! In my free time, I like to bake desserts, run (so I can eat more desserts), read novels, go hiking and camping, and spend time with friends. I'm excited to spend the year at Colegio Torrente Ballester. You betcha!

If you see us around the school, feel free to say "hi"!

All the best,

miércoles, 21 de diciembre de 2016





lunes, 28 de noviembre de 2016

Martin Primary School & Torrente Ballester School
Skype Session

It was quite fun to talk to them. We were excited to talk to another country. They talked Spanish well. We did a presentation about our school and did in Spanishteh story of “Little Red Riding Hood”. We practised a lot of to do it perfectly.

Mitzi, our language assistant, helped us a lot and we had a lot of fun.
Irene 5ºB

jueves, 21 de enero de 2016

January 30th - School Day of Peace and Non-Violence
The School Day of Peace and Non-Violence was first celebrated in 1964. It emerged from Spanish professor Llorenc Vidal’s non-governmental, independent and volunteer pioneer initiative, Non-Violent and Peaceful Education. Its objective is to educate for and about tolerance, solidarity, agreement and respect for Human Rights, non-violence and peace. On this day, primary and secondary schools turn into instruments of peace and understanding among people of distinct occupations, races, cultures and religions.
The basic message of this day is: “Universal Love, Non-Violence and Peace

Also , the
 January 30th commemorates the death of the national and spiritual leader of India, Mahatma Gandhi, who was shot and killed by a fanatical Hindu on January 30th, 1948.