Lower School students celebrate Día de los Muertos in multidisciplinary study
The Lower School Spanish and visual art programs recently came together to explore the beautiful Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos, a time to remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed on. During this study, Lower School students engaged in thoughtful conversations about the importance of cultural beliefs and customs. They examined their own traditions and discussed ways they can elevate their similarities and appreciate their differences. The Día de los Muertos study offered an opportunity for students to acknowledge the importance of cultivating an inclusive culture that respects and values diversity and how this ultimately leads to a stronger, more united community. Using aspects of novel engineering, changing states of matter, and fine motor skills, Lower School Spanish students in grades EC–5 created piñatas, candles, calaveras, marigolds, and an ofrenda. K–3 art students curated individual works of art, which were strung in unison to create papel picado. Some students brought in photos of loved ones who are no longer with us to place on the ofrenda.