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Hispanic Heritage Month
Early Childhood Thematic Program

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th through October 15th.

Books:

Jaffe, Nina
The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico
This myth explains the origin of the sea, the forest, and the island now called Puerto Rico.
 
Montes, Marisa
Juan Bobo Goes to Work: A Puerto Rican Folktale
Although he tries to do exactly as his mother tells him, foolish Juan Bobo keeps getting things all wrong.
 
Morales, Yuyi
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
In this version of a traditional Mexican tale, Senor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle's door, ready to take her to the next life, but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind.
 
 

Vocabulary:

Hispanic (adjective) - relating to Spanish-speaking people or culture

 

Songs:

Refer to the following website for Spanish children songs - Texas State Library traditional songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and games in spanish and english

 

Activities

Geography

Using a world map, point out all the countries where Spanish is spoken - Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Spain.

Ecuadorian Migajón Miniatures

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Students can create tiny animals, flowers, and people just like artisans in Ecuador do. To make the dough, each student will need one slice of white bread, crust removed, and one tablespoon of white glue. The dough will be quite sticky at first but will become manageable with kneading. Mold the dough into tiny shapes and allow to air - dry overnight. Decorate with acrylic paint and display!

Play Color, Colorcito

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In this traditional Spanish street game, the child who is "It" says "color, colorcito" ("color, little color") and then the name of a color. Everyone must run to touch something that color in order to be "safe". If "It" tags a player, he/she becomes the new "It" and play continues.

English Spanish
red rojo
orange anaranjado
yellow amarillo
green verde
blue azul
purple morado
black negro
brown café
white blanco
pink rosado