Her next blog is going to be about how Easter is celebrated.
“Right now, we’re reading about the types of clothing the people in Uruguay are wearing,” said Mariners Spanish teacher Christine Navakovich. “They dress like we do during the summer months, only they do it year round. It’s much hotter in Uruguay than it is here.”
The second- through fifth-graders at the private Christian school in Costa Mesa are learning new words like falda for “dress” and sandalias for “sandals.”
“We’re surrounded by the culture and the language every day in Southern California,” she said. “Learning it is a must. I think the earlier you can start a student in two languages, the better.”
Navakovich is a bilingual master, having studied Spanish for five years at Cal State San Bernardino, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a minor in Spanish and an emphasis in bilingual/cross cultural studies.
She’s also certified in bilingual education and studied Spanish in Toluca, Mexico, in 1997.
“I like different languages,” said Brennan Carroll, 8. “They sound great, they sound funny, really weird.”
Carroll said his sisters, who are in the sixth and eighth grades, know Spanish so well that they pray in it.
As for Johnson, she studied Spanish at Mariners.
If you want to check out her blog, go to thoughtsandmusingsofanoddball.blogspot.com.