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Teaching children about Hispanic culture

Hispanic culture is fun and educational when teaching children about it. It opens up the window of opportunity to learn more than Hispanic culture. They learn about famous Hispanic writers, cultural arts, and folklore music.

In teaching Hispanic culture to children, it is always best to learn it from the source. However, when it’s almost impossible to accomplish, there are other alternatives.

Teaching them about their Hispanic culture is an amazing journey in itself. Here, you’ll meet Maria from Puerto Rico.

She discusses how she raises her children to learn Hispanic culture. Truly, teaching children to learn Hispanic culture can be entertaining and lasting for their entire lives.

Helping Our Children To Know Their Hispanic Heritage

Actually, I have the joy of living in my native country Puerto Rico and the issue of allowing my children to know their roots and be proud of their Hispanic heritage is a little easier. However, it was not always so. A few years ago we lived for a while in the state of Florida and it was there where I discovered the importance of keeping our roots alive and helping my children to not forget where they come from.

When we are immersed in other cultures, it is fairly easy to adapt to it and put aside our customs and traditions. But, we must never forget that we are what we are thanks to all our previous experiences. There are many ways to help our children to know about their Hispanic heritage.

Celebrate the Holidays

Being away from our homeland should be no an excuse to not celebrate festivals of our Hispanic country. Look up for information on the origin of those holidays. Photos and videos are a great way to understand what the celebration is all about. Crafts or dressing up with some costume is something that your children will not forget.

Keep in contact

Today there are no excuses to break contact with our Hispanic homeland. Writing letters or emails, talking on the phone or by video calls, are just some of the resources available to keep in touch with grandparents, cousins or friends still in the distance. This will help them to bond and identify with their Hispanic cultural roots.

Cook typical meal or dessert

One of the characteristics that describe a people is its cuisine. Each town or region has dishes that identify them. Also, spending some quality family time in the kitchen has many benefits. The kitchen is a great classroom where they can learn life skills while keeping their heritage alive.

Dive into reading

Another area where it is very easy to identify cultural traits is through reading. Read books about typical characters of the native area. For example, in Puerto Rico there is a folk character named Juan Bobo. There are many books about his stories, which turn out to be quite funny. Reading books by authors from your country also helps you better to understand about your culture and a different way of seeing the world.

Listen to traditional music

Definitely, music is another detail that cannot be ignored when looking to keep the culture alive. Search videos or download traditional music from your country. Learn about traditional musical instruments. It is better if you can play them. Learn songs and popular music of your country.

Plan a field trip

Ideally, plan a vacation to your home country. There you can discover the beautiful colors of their culture by their own. But, if this is not possible, look in your community if there is a museum or visit the embassy of your country. Embassies are great places to find additional information. Embassies are great teaching resources for children to learn about Hispanic culture. They often organize activities where you will have the opportunity to meet other people from your country.

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Cómo Ayudar A Nuestros Hijos A Conocer Su Herencia Hispana

Actualmente tengo la dicha de vivir en mi pa√≠s natal, Puerto Rico, y el tema de permitir que mis hijos conozcan sus ra√≠ces y est√©n orgullosos de su herencia hispana es un poco m√°s sencillo. Sin embargo, no siempre fue as√≠. ¬†Hace unos a√Īos vivimos por un tiempo en el estado de la Florida y fue all√≠ donde descubr√≠ la importancia de conservar vivas nuestras ra√≠ces y de ayudar a mis hijos a no olvidar de d√≥nde vienen.

Cuando vivimos inmersos en otras culturas es bastante f√°cil adaptarnos a ella y dejar a un lado nuestras costumbres y tradiciones. Pero nunca debemos olvidar que somos lo que somos gracias ha todas nuestras vivencias anteriores.  Existen muchas maneras de ayudar a nuestros hijos a conocer su herencia hispana.

Celebrar las fiestas

Estar lejos de nuestra tierra natal no debe ser excusa para no celebrar fiestas de nuestro pa√≠s.  Busquen informaci√≥n sobre el origen de esas fiestas.  Las fotos y videos son una manera de entender de qu√© se trata la celebraci√≥n.  Hacer manualidades o vestirse con alg√ļn traje t√≠pico es algo que tus hijos no olvidar√°n.

Mantener contacto

Hoy d√≠a no hay raz√≥n para romper el contacto con nuestra tierra natal.  Escribir cartas o correos electr√≥nicos, hablar por tel√©fono o llamada en video son algunos de los recursos disponibles para mantenernos en contacto con abuelos, primos o amigos a√ļn en la distancia. Esto les ayudar√° a crear lazos y sentirse identificados con sus ra√≠ces.

Confeccionar platos típicos

Una de las características que más describen a un pueblo es su gastronomía.  Cada pueblo o región tiene platos típicos que lo identifican. Además, pasar un tiempo de calidad en familia en la cocina tiene muchos beneficios. La cocina es un gran salón de clases en donde podrán aprender destrezas de vida mientras mantienen viva su herencia.

Sumergirse en la lectura

Otro aspecto en donde es muy f√°cil identificar rasgos culturales es por medio de la lectura.  Lean libros sobre personajes t√≠picos de su pueblo. Por ejemplo, en Puerto Rico hay un personaje folkl√≥rico de nombre Juan Bobo. Existen muchos libros sobre sus historias que adem√°s resultan ser bastante graciosas. Leer libros sobre autores de su pa√≠s tambi√©n les ayudar√° a entender mejor su cultura y su forma de ver el mundo.

Escuchar m√ļsica

Definitivamente la m√ļsica es otro detalle que no podemos obviar al buscar mantener la cultura viva. Busca videos o baja m√ļsica t√≠pica de su pa√≠s. Conoce los instrumentos t√≠picos y si tienes la oportunidad de verlos en vivo mucho mejor. Aprendan canciones y m√ļsica popular de su pa√≠s.

Salgan de paseo

Lo ideal ser√≠a planificar unas vacaciones hasta su pa√≠s de origen y descubrir en vivo y a todo color la belleza de su cultura. Si esto no es posible, investiga en tu comunidad si existe alg√ļn museo o visita la embajada de tu pa√≠s pues all√≠ podr√°s encontrar mucha m√°s informaci√≥n. Muchas veces ellos organizan actividades en donde tendr√°n la oportunidad de conocer otras personas de su pa√≠s.

Maria Machuca

María M. Machuca (Lennie)

Homeschool mom of three, independent writer of children’s stories, expert of juegos in About.com in Spanish, editor of somospadresbrillantes and blogger at Aprendizaje-Divertido, where she enjoy to share her ideas for making the learning process more fun.

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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