This post originally appeared on our former blog in October 2013. It is republished here with updated links and resources.

National Hispanic Heritage Month


Photo from http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

By Sarah Binning, Communications Coordinator

September 15 through October 15, classrooms across the county recognized and celebrated the rich history of Hispanic Americans. But just because the official month of honor is about to end, that doesn’t mean the learning opportunities need to end as well.

Here are five ways you can keep students engaged in Hispanic history all year long:

Read a book

A girl once told me she didn’t enjoy reading because none of the characters looked like her and she couldn’t relate to them. To introduce your student to books written by and featuring Latinos, you can start with this list compiled by the Young Adult Library Services Association.  For more recommendations, talk to your local librarians or check out the Children’s Book Council’s diversity blog.

Put a face to history

Introduce students to famous Latinos and recognize the impact and importance of their achievement. Does your student aspire to be an astronaut? “Introduce” her to Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic American woman to fly in space. Not sure where to start researching? Check out Scholastic’s great resources and bios.

Listen to new music

Sometimes words just aren’t enough to explain the depth and vibrancy of a culture. That’s where music can help. Introducing your students to the sounds of Mexico, Latin America and Peru also invites opportunities for the students to study new instruments, rhythms and dances.

Check out educational video games

For the web savvy students, or video game enthusiasts, check out PBS KIDS GO game Paco’s Passport. Kids can “discover a world of Hispanic heritage” while virtually traveling the globe with Paco.

Experience Hispanic pride in action

Reading and studying a culture is great. But one of the best ways to learn about a culture is to experience it firsthand. Check your local news sources or city website for information about upcoming festivals and events that can allow you to get to know your local Hispanic community.

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