This week our serene garden was transformed into an open air market (mercado) complete with tables of food, juices, and festive decorations to celebrate the Spanish we have been learning in preschool and kindergarten.  Jezebel, owner of Gavin’s Cafe, made her famous maicenitas and joined us to serve jugo (juice).  It was so wonderful to include a local business owner from our neighborhood in our mercado! To top off this outdoor extravaganza, we had a Puerto Rican musician playing her guitar and retelling a story of coquí, our beloved rain forest frog. The mercado was filled with children using Spanish phrases to ask for their treats and convey politeness — por favor and gracias! Children danced (baila, baila, baila), and they sang and spoke in Spanish.  They experienced firsthand the relevance of conversational Spanish as a way to meet needs, and they showcased all they have learned this year in our integrated Spanish program.