To kick-off this fun holiday that runs from September 15 through October 15, here are some awesome activities for Hispanic Heritage Month for communities, schools and families!
The Scholastic literary resource organization suggests growing a heritage garden common to a lot of Spanish-speaking countries. Some of the staple crops can include peppers, squash, corn and beans.
A terrific one, specifically for communities, also suggested by Scholastic, is starting a memory forest by planting a tree for various Hispanic heroes, like Cesar Chavez and Frida Kahlo, and putting a mini-biography placard at the bottom illuminating the hero’s contributions.
Another great suggestion is teaching kids the Mayan alphabet. An interesting project may be in guiding them to writing out their name in Mayan glyphs.
The Latino Family Literacy Project also offers up two terrific suggestions for families. The first is making a yummy Hispanic-inspired drink like the “Aqua Frescas” courtesy of the Food Network. Along with bringing Hispanic Heritage Month alive, it’s a really refreshing substitute to that sometimes difficult requirement of drinking six or seven glasses of water a day!
To make it, simply blend 5 cups chopped fruit, such as mango, watermelon, honeydew, pineapple or strawberries, with 2 tablespoons lime juice, ½ cup sugar and 3 cups water. Serve over ice.
The Project’s second great suggestion is bringing a book, like A New Sun, into the home or classroom about what it’s like for an immigrant child coming into a new country. It not only helps educate kids who may not be Hispanic or from an immigrant family, but it’s also written in English and Spanish so they can learn some Spanish words, too!
While Hispanic Heritage Month is a special time of year, The Latino Family Literacy Project celebrates Hispanic families all year long by offering an array of literacy programs to schools throughout the country. One of its primary reading programs offered in many schools, for instance, is on educating parents about the benefits of establishing a regular at-home reading routine. Teachers can attend a one-day, program training at a workshop near them or via an online webinar.