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Students dance along to Celia Cruz's salsa music.
Students dance along to Celia Cruz's salsa music.

Click the link below to watch a video featuring what Mary G. Hogsett Primary School's Spanish Teacher Kathy Ault is teaching her students during Hispanic Heritage Month. 


For Hispanic Heritage Month, Mary G. Hogsett Primary School's Spanish teacher, Kathy Ault, has been teaching her students about Spanish-speaking countries and some elements of geography and culture. She's also teaching them about celebrated people from around the world. 

Ault, known to her students as Señora Kati, has been introducing some geography to her kindergarten and first-grade classes by naming the regions of the world that have Spanish-speaking countries and finding them on a map. 

She's also reading a biography each week of the month about an important person from a different part of the Spanish-speaking world. This week, she taught her students about Celia Cruz, a salsa singer from Cuba known as the Queen of Salsa. She will also teach her classes about Diego Rivera, an artist from Mexico, and Luis Soriano, a teacher from Colombia.

Because several of her students are from or have families who are from Spanish-speaking countries, including Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico and Costa Rica, she also invited them to share what they know about the countries with the class.

"I'll use their sharing as a jumping off point to lead future lessons, and to plant some metaphorical seeds with our young students about the complex concept of culture, and what it means to celebrate one's culture," she said. 

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