Category: Hispanic Heritage Month

Q is for Quito’s Middle of the World Monument Kids Craft

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The equator is an imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from both poles, dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres and constituting the parallel of latitude 0°.  Although there are continents and some countries that are in both the eastern hemisphere and the western hemisphere Ecuador takes pride in having a Middle of the World Monument in Quito.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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For the third year in a row, I have been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with friends, and with our community.
We are mid-month through Hispanic Heritage Month so you can still plan a party or a community event before October 15.  
Don’t know where to start? Well, have I got news for you!  I’m thrilled to share some ideas on how to get your party started  over at Mommy Maestra!   Click here:  How to Host a Children’s Hispanic Heritage Month Party

Children’s Book about Puerto Rico

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When my child was born 8 years ago, I had a goal in mind: to find as many children’s book about Puerto Rico so I can share with him.  Little by little, I started  building up my child’s home library. Some of the books listed here we own, others are on my wish list.    On the books that we do own, you’ll see an additional post on how we used it such as an activity or craft or a review on the book.
Since there are so many books on this list,  I broke them down into ten sections with a header so you can learn about Puerto Rico through these books: Notable Figures, Taínos, Flora and Fauna, Popular Culture, Christmas, Folk Tales, Geography, Picture Books, Chapter Books,  and Fiction. 

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Our Favorite Spanish Children’s Book Collection via Instagram

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Little one and I have been blessed with wonderful friends, and family who are always thinking of us! We’ve received Spanish children’s books from Spain, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and different parts of the U.S.A. how cool is that! Other times, I literally celebrate when I find a Spanish children’s book in our neck of the woods.   Below you’ll see a collection of our fave Spanish books, and some English one, too that I’ve share on my Instagram account.

Sharing Our Hispanic Heritage: Ideas for the Classroom & Community

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Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time for us as a familia to share our Hispanic heritage with little one’s friends at school, and with our community.

Although Latinos are the second largest, and fastest growing minority group in the United States in our small Southern community we don’t have a large Latino presence.  This is our opportunity to educate others on the beauty and richness of our heritage so they too can embrace diversity.  This is significantly important due to all  the negative media towards Latinos that we are seeing daily.
Monica from Mommy Maestra sums it up on her post on  Why We Need Hispanic Heritage Month:

“Hispanic Heritage Month is a vitally important observance for the United States, perhaps now more than ever. According to the U.S. Census, there are 53 million Hispanics in the country. And yet every day media reports show an increasing hostility toward Hispanic immigrants and Spanish-speaking families as they are used for political platforms, promoting stereotypes and ignorant backlash.” 

Therefore, we need to continue to instill pride in our bilingual and multicultural child. Particularly since we live in a community where Latinos are far and few.
Classroom

In little one’s classroom, he only has one Hispanic friend.  She too, is bilingual and her parents are from Mexico. Since they are the only two Latino and bicultural children in their classroom.  I approached her Mom so her daughter can participate in a special presentation activity on sharing their heritage.   I thought it’d be cool for them to do it together! The activity includes: reading a book, talking about where their family comes from, and gifting their classmates with a mini-piñata.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta for Kids

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Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year throughout the country from September 15 through October 15 to recognize the contributions of Hispanics and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States and to celebrate their heritage and culture.

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Not having many opportunities to celebrate this month in my neck of the woods (small southern town) I was determined to make a big deal out of it! What better way than having a fiesta!
Hosting a Hispanic Heritage Month fiesta for kids has been on my mind for a long time. This is a fun and educational way to familiarize my friends, and my child’s friends on the beauty and diversity of the Hispanic culture.
This post is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop sponsored by Multicultural Kids Blog. Fellow bloggers including myself have come together to share ways you can celebrate this month with your children, and the best part is that we are also having a giveaway, and linky. So be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to have an opportunity to win some great prizes!
I used A Kid’s Guide to Latino History: More than 50 Activities (A Kid’s Guide series) for ideas on making this party memorable, and fun for the kids. This book has more than 50 activities, and offers a brief history of the contributions of Latinos throughout history.
Now let’s go to the fiesta!  We’re going to start with the food.  Since it’s a kids fiesta I wanted to go with simple, and easy “finger foods.” Something I could prep in a minute on the day of the fiesta or ahead of time.  I work full-time, and have very limited free time.  Thankfully, I have an amazing group of multicultural moms that offered great suggestions!

So I went with these sweets, and treats:

Brigadeiros – Brazil  – click on the link for a delish recipe from The Piri-Piri Lexicon.


Tembleque – Puerto Rico

Churros – Mexico  I didn’t make these but bought them from the local Mexican taquería.

Tostadas – Guatemala – Fellow blogger Kristen from Toddling in the Fast Lane shared with me this simple recipe for Guatemalan tostadas, and the best part is that the kids assembled them themselves! I bought corn tostadas, refried beans, and queso fresco.  I warmed up the refried beans a little, and the kids spread it over the tostadas, and sprinkled queso fresco over it. 

Mexican Street Vendor Fruit  – Becky from Kid World Citizen suggested I try out Tajín on fresh fruit for a healthy alternative to the sweets!

Tuna Spread Mini-Sandwiches I used a simple tuna spread recipe that Diana from LadydeeLG shared with me.  It’s tuna, and mayo with olive oil. Put all the ingredients in the blender to make it into a spread. It was delicious!

 
Chips and Dips 


Goya drinks 

If you have the time to spare, and are looking to whip up a multicultural meal for your Hispanic Heritage Month fiesta be sure to check out Multicultural Kids Blog multicultural cooking Pinterest board.
As the guests arrived  I gave them a brief explanation of the displays, and of the foods.
We started our fiesta with story time reading Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo (Pura Belpre Honor Books – Illustration Honor), and I gave the kids instruments to play with as I read the story (there’s a part that the reader says, ♫tum, taca, tum♫).  Once story time concluded some children went on to make there very own güiros and the other children made Mexican tissue paper flower.
The kids truly enjoyed themselves they made Latin inspired crafts, made their own tostadas, jammed to “AQUI, ALLA” by Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band music, and even played lotería!

We certainly kicked-off Hispanic Heritage Month in a blast! Now scroll some more so you can link-up and have an opportunity to win great prizes!

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Story Time with Kiki Kokí: Discovering Our Taíno Ancestry

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This is our last and fourth installment of our series Discovering Our Taíno Ancestry.   In our recent trip to Puerto Rico we bought a great selection of books in Spanish. Our favorite is Kiki Kokí La Leyenda Encantada del Coquí (Kiki Kokí The Enchanted Legend of the Coquí).  It’s fully in Spanish which is a perfect complement to our son’s language learning.  This book is also available in English.  
The story tells of a Taíno boy who does not cooperate or help his tribe. He prefers to play then to help his around the tribe. Therefore, since he didn’t help the tribe he wasn’t allowed to participate in the festival. He is really upset, and storms out into the jungle upset. However, the moon goddess to teach him a lesson turns him into a golden tree frog. Kiki Koki redeems himself when he saves a village of frogs from rat pirates earning his right to become a boy again. This is a beautiful story of redemption, and of making things right.  To finish off our story time, we made coquí crafts out of small paper plates.  Little one painted them, and glued on the eyes.
Our coquí craft, and little one insisted on making one as an alien coquí with four eyes. 🙂 
During our stay in Puerto Rico this past summer every night we would hear the coquíes sing. It was music to my ears, and little man enjoyed the beautiful song that they sang.   I recorded them singing. Just click on the video below. It’s dark, because it was recorded during the night time.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

To read more about the coquí click here. I hope you’ve enjoyed our series Discovering Our Taíno Ancestry as part of our Hispanic Heritage Month activities. Don’t forget to check out my initial post here, and to participate for a chance to win some wonderful prizes in our giveaway!  How are you celebrating with your family? Please like, comment, pin or share!

¡Hasta la próxima!

Do It Yourself Petroglyph: Discovering Our Taino Ancestry

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During our past summer vacation I really, really wanted to take little man, and my husband to the La Cueva del Indio to see first hand the Taíno petroglyphs. Unfortunately, due to time constraints we weren’t able to go. 
This is a picture of a petroglyph in La Cueva del Indio. Photo credit:  Neyda S. 
However, on our return back home we had a lesson on Taíno petroglyphs. Little man even made his own Taíno petroglyphs. 

Petroglyphs (or ‘stone symbols’) were carved on rocks all over Puerto Rico by the Taíno indians to record their lives, and daily life.  For our lesson,  I printed a sheet with Taíno symbols from here so little man can draw the symbols for  the petroglyph.

He practiced before drawing the petroglyphs on the rocks. 
Taino Symbols
Taíno petroglyphs found in different places in
Puerto Rico. 
We had lots of fun making the petroglyphs, and we learned the meaning of some of the symbols, too.  We’re looking forward to our next installment about our beloved coquí.  
In the meantime take a look at our previous post on Discovering our Taíno ancestry here, and here. How are you celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month?  Please like, comment, pin or share!