Hispanic Heritage Month Begins – Help Children Learn More About It

What is Hispanic Heritage Month all about?  Read below for a quick summary:

National Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated for 42 years. Enacted into law on that day in 1968, Public Law 90-498 set aside a week to honor our Spanish-speaking citizens. When the 100th Congress enacted Public Law 100-402, the celebration period increased to 31 days, from September 15 to October 15. 

The initiative for National Hispanic Heritage Month is an acknowledgement of the over 45 million Americans of Hispanic origin. The 31 day observation period honors the Independence Day for many Latin American countries including El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras which celebrate September 15 as their Independence Day. September 16th is Mexico’s Independence Day, September 18th for Chile, September 21st for Belize and El Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day) is October 12th.

 

 

 Counting: Language Activity for Hispanic Heritage Month 

The children will make a book/un libro that helps them learn the Spanish words for the numbers one/uno to ten/diez. Reinforcement is the key to all learning so I suggest using our Boca Beth “Me gusta contar / I Like to Count” song. 

Materials needed:

Depending upon the ages of the children you might offer pre-made blank books out of brightly colored construction paper that measures a finished book size of 5” x 7” (a total of six pages stapled or bound together is needed for this activity). If the children are old enough they can participate in the making of the blank book first.  Markers, crayons, magazine pictures or newspaper food ad pictures, age appropriate scissors, glue sticks

Procedure: 

Guide the child in making a cute front and back cover for this bilingual number book. “My Book of Numbers/Mi libro de numeros” is one suggestion.  Each page should have the numeral (1), the English word (one), and the Spanish word (uno) for the number you are working on.  Assist the child in finding a picture that depicts the number of a certain item (one banana, two dogs, three pencils and so on*). Glue the picture onto the page that corresponds to that number.  The English-language number words in sequence order are one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten while the Spanish language number words in order are uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, and diez.

 

Throughout the month I will be sharing several archived Hispanic Heritage Month teaching ideas from my Boca Beth program.

Friends over at Foreign Language House have a lot of ideas for sharing this Hispanic Heritage information with the pre-k set and the elementary age students as well.  Click here for their insight!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

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