Andean and Amazonian Storytelling and Spanish Literacy

January 15, 2019
Students playing drums

Last fall, the Center for Latin American Studies piloted "Andean and Amazonian Storytelling and Spanish Literacy," a seven-week afterschool program aimed at developing awareness of Andean and Amazonian cultures and languages among elementary-aged students. With logistical, programmatic, and promotional support from the local community, the pilot program successfully serviced twenty 3rd-5th graders.

Engaging and informative weekly sessions moved beyond standard classroom-style lectures and incorporated plenty of creative activities like songs, stories, performances, and art. Additionally, sessions revolved around weekly themes such as "Relationships with Nature" and "Indigenous Myths and Worldviews." Students actively enjoyed learning about Andean and Amazonian cultures and enhancing their Spanish-language skills, all the while expanding their creativity.

"Andean and Amazonian Storytelling and Spanish Literacy" culminated in a final showcase, a highlight of artwork and songs, poems and performances, and Spanish readings. We appreciate the tireless efforts from everyone involved in making this pilot program a success!