Help children to appreciate cultural diversity by comparing how Mother’s Day is celebrated in Spain with how we celebrate it in England. In Spain, Mother’s Day takes place on the first Sunday in May, rather than in March. They celebrate it in much same way as we do, with cards and presents.
Often children will make their own cards and presents. Usually everyone gathers for a family meal and ensures that mum is the centre of attention! In traditional Spanish families, hierarchy is extremely important. Noting similarities and differences in the celebrations will help to highlight cultural differences.
Here are a few ideas to help you explore the topic, taken from Spanish Festivals and Traditions.
- Design a card for El día de la Madre in Spanish.
- Use the following words to draw and describe your mum: Mi madre es…
- Make a list of celebrity mums. Do you know any famous Spanish celebrity mums?
- Make up a Mother’s Day rhyme or poem in Spanish.
Spanish Festivals and Traditions is an invaluable, time-saving book, providing intercultural ideas for every month of the year. For each festival and tradition you will find background information, key vocabulary, detailed lists of possible teaching activities and optional age-appropriate photocopiable sheets.
In Spanish Festivals and Traditions, KS2 analysis grids show where and how the Intercultural Strand of the Framework for Modern Languages is covered, both by objective and year group.
In Spanish Festivals and Traditions, KS3 analysis grids show where and how the Intercultural Strand of the KS3 Framework for Modern Languages is covered, both by objective and year group, making planning easy.