Celebrate Cultural Diversity with Hispanic Heritage Month
The Internet and international travel have transformed our world into a much smaller place! To be successful, today’s kids must learn to get along with people from many different backgrounds. Teaching your children about various cultures is a great way to foster respect for others. A great way to get started is to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. Here are some fun and educational links with plenty of options!
- Discover the rich cultural heritage of Hispanic Americans by exploring the Smithsonian’s art, artifacts, and multimedia resources.
- Visit the Library of Congress’s resources to learn about many aspects of Hispanic American history and view videos with firsthand accounts from Hispanic veterans who served in the U.S. military during World War II.
- Young sports fans may enjoy reading about baseball great Roberto Clemente, the first Latin American named to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Why not whip up some authentic Mexican or Spanish cuisine with your kids? Or since children love “finger food,” make Spanish tapas as an appetizer for your family’s dinner!
- Trace the roots of today’s Latino culture to events that took place centuries ago on PBS’s When Worlds Collide website.
- Download the National Gallery of Art’s kid-friendly guides to Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and Mexican artist Diego María Rivera, plus discover other learning resources.
- Discover the Carnival traditions of Puerto Rico and compare them to other Carnival traditions in the United States and Latin America. Visit the National Museum of American History for more learning activities and directions for making your own carnival mask!
What international traditions have you explored with your family? Do you have any fun or unique ways to celebrate your own cultural heritage? Share your most exciting ideas in the comments.