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October 1st, 2013 at 5:01 am

4 Activities to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with your Kids

We’re half-way through Hispanic Heritage Month, which means you still have some time left to do some fun activities while you teach your kids about the culture of the more than 50 million Latinos in the United States.

1) Learn a new song in Spanish: Ideally, you’ll choose a simple children’s song that is easy to learn because of its repetitiveness and length. For some ideas, visit Mama Lisa’s World of Children and International Culture, where you can choose songs by country and you even get an audio file of each of them.

2) Make a traditional Hispanic dish: Latin American food is so varied that there’s something for everyone. Maybe you can do taco night and teach your kids a bit about Mexico or you can make a dessert like flan and talk to your kids about where the recipe came from. In my house, it’d be Puerto Rico, but many Latin American countries make this delicious dessert.

3) Make a cultural craft: From piñatas to maracas, there are many arts & crafts you can do to teach your kids about the Latino culture. You can choose to do a few that are representative of a different country in Latin America and that way you can also teach them a bit about where they came from.

4) Go online: There are several websites that have lots of information related to Hispanic Heritage Month, including activities, games and history, which are an excellent resource for you to share with your kids. Check out Scholastic.com

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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September 17th, 2013 at 5:01 am

Hispanic Heritage Month: 5 Children’s Books About Prominent Latinos

Hispanic Heritage Month is underway and if you’d like to teach your kids about the rich and diverse history of Latinos in the United States, I have the perfect books for you!

1) My name is Celia by Monica Brown — A biographical tale about the iconic salsa singer Celia Cruz. Brown starts the story in Cuba, where a young Celia starts her career and then follow her to New York and Miami where she becomes famous.

2) Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter — An inspiring story of a little girl of Puerto Rican heritage who was able to achieve one of the highest honors by becoming the first Latina Supreme Court Justice.

3) Side by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez by Monica Brown — A tribute to the two of the most powerful Latino activists that every child should know.

4) Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates by Johan Winter — All kids, regardless of their heritage, should know about one of the greatest baseball players ever: Puerto Rican Roberto Clemente who was a right-fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Despite facing all kinds of challenges, Clemente had so much talent that he came to be known as “The Great One.”

5) Tito Puente, Mambo King by Monica Brown — Learn all about the life of five-time Grammy winner  Tito Puente. As she does in the other biographies she’s written about important Latino figures, Brown introduces children to the life of this musical prodigy in a fun and simple way.

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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September 13th, 2012 at 5:01 am

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic Heritage Month is only two days away! It runs Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 and I’m really excited about it this year because I think my daughter is finally old enough to understand a bit better what it’s all about. So what is the deal with Hispanic Heritage Month?

Well, for starters, the second part of September marks the Independence Day of Mexico, several countries in Central America as well as Chile. Secondly, it’s a month when all Latinos and their great contributions to this country get to be celebrated. Finally, it’s an opportunity for those of us who are Latino, to showcase our culture, heritage and history with the rest of the country.

This is probably one of the reasons I enjoy Hispanic Heritage Month so much. I mean, it’s just a great time for anybody who doesn’t really know a lot about Hispanic culture, our music, our art and especially our food, to get a taste of our very varied and distinct heritage.

The best part about it is that these days the majority of cities across the nation have some sort of Latino population, so don’t be surprised at the amount and variety of events you’ll be able to find during Hispanic Heritage Month in your own hometown. From food festivals and art exhibits to musical concerts, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something for everyone in your family to enjoy.

My family and I plan on attending a few events in our city this year, most of which are particularly geared toward children. I can’t wait!

Do you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? How?

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Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s currently working on her first book, based on her blog, to be published in September. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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September 29th, 2011 at 12:42 am

More Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is well under way and there are so many options to expose children to the Latino culture in this country, I figured I’d share some more with you here. As a Latina living in the US for almost 25 years, I’ve seen the outstanding growth in population, which has translated into more options when it comes to celebrating all things Latino. Today, it’s virtually impossible to go anywhere in the country and not find Latinos somewhere, which is great if you’re raising bilingual and bicultural children. And, even if you’re not, it’s always great to leave your comfort zone and expose yourself and your little ones to some cultural diversity. So, get ready to have some fun Latino-style!

Education – My friend, Monica of Mommy Maestra, has compiled an awesome list of ideas to educate children about Hispanic Heritage Month. My favorite? Field trips. From local museums to a particular country’s embassy, Monica’s ideas are truly worth checking out! She also has a list of crafts divided by country that you can do with your children to teach them about Hispanic heritage.

Media – At SpanglishBaby, we’ve put together a neat little post about some of the programming available on TV during Hispanic Heritage Month. I’m pretty amazed by all the options because a few years back, they were very limited.

Travel – Another blogger friend of mine, Carrie of Tiki Tiki blog, has invited a bunch of other bloggers to put together guides to all things Latino in their cities. The result? Latinland USA. A great resource if you’re traveling to any of the cities featured or if you happen to live in one of them and you were not aware of what it had to offer.

Photo credit: Oquendo

Roxana A. Soto is the Editorial Director of SpanglishBaby and she also writes for Moms Clean Air ForcePulso VerdeNew Futuro and Fox News Latino

 

 

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September 15th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Today marks the beginning of a month-long celebration in honor of Latinos. Known as Hispanic Heritage Month and running every year from September 15 to October 15, it’s a great opportunity for all to join the nationwide celebrations and either use it as to expose your bicultural children to their roots or just for anybody to get to know our heritage a little bit better.

From food festivals to music performances and art exhibits, you’ll surely find a diversity of family-friendly activities to help you honor the Latino heritage. If you’ve never attended any events, I suggest you check to see if your city will be hosting some kind of celebratory event during this month-long celebration. Because the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month coincides with the independence day of many countries – including Mexico and several in Central America – you’ll surely find events to commemorate those celebrations.

You can also look online or call your local art or history museum or Mexican consulate to see what they’re doing. Another option is to check with your local library for events that are usually specifically created for children.

One great idea to get started with this month is a family tree! Who knows what you and your children end up discovering about about your heritage. Start by finding out how your family ended up in the United States. Help your children gather photos, stories and family recipes that are relevant to your family’s history.

Finally, an awesome way to celebrate your Latino heritage is by hosting a fiesta and including some favorite family dishes and some awesome Latin music!

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Roxana A. Soto is the Editorial Director of SpanglishBaby and she also writes for Moms Clean Air ForcePulso VerdeNew Futuro and Fox News Latino

 

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