Books, Education, Kids

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 28, 2012

I went to Diego’s kindergarten classroom last week to present for Hispanic Heritage month (September 15-October 15). Diego was really excited to share these books with his friends. First. we looked at the classroom globe to point out Mexico and we talked about Diego’s grandparents. We then had the class point out other Spanish speaking countries. These kids are sharp! Diego even explained his version on how a lot of countries became independent from Spain. The way the Spaniards traveled back and forth by boat had the class captivated ;-).

We brought our discussion back to Mexico and introduced the very famous artist, Frida Kahlo. We have this beautiful picture book, Frida (English Language Edition) by Jonah Winter that helps kids understand Frida Kahlo’s childhood illness and accident and how she painted to deal with pain and loneliness. The illustrations are done by Ana Juan and they are breathtaking! The kids really enjoyed listening to the story. I had to keep stopping to answer their questions!

Here are some of our favorite spreads…

We discussed how painting can help us express our emotions.

Diego loves this illustration of “Frida painting a picture of her painting a picture of her painting a picture”. Don’t you love his interpretation?

I looked at my copy of The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait to see if it was appropriate to take to Diego’s class but found that it really wasn’t (her art is intense!) so I searched around Amazon and found Frida Kahlo: The Artist who Painted Herself (Smart About Art) by Margaret Frith and loved it because it is a first take on a little girl’s research as she prepares to teach her class all about Frida. The book includes actual images of Frida’s art work and photos of her and Diego Rivera. The best part? Illustrated by Tomie DePaola (I’ll do a post on him soon)!

When we were done, we served quesadillas made with real Chihuahua cheese! My mom brought it from Chicago!!

I asked the teachers for photographs of our presentation but they never got back to me. πŸ™ I understand they are VERY busy and I wanted to post this to share with you. If I receive one later, I’ll make sure to put it up here.

Is your school doing special projects to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? I get to go back for Cinco de Mayo and need more ideas (although the class was intrigued by this Diego who shares a name with our Diego)!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Your friend,


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  • Reply Leticia September 28, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I <3 <3 <3 LOVE <3 <3 <3 Frida!!! I have the forst book you post and about 8 others that I keep at my parents house for safe keeping! πŸ˜‰ I've painted and drawn some of her work and even made my own paintings inspired by her.

    That is so great that you were able to go and share this. Her work really is intense but very detailed and to the point. Oh, I could go on!

    But for Cinco de Mayo, maybe you could explain what happened that day and if your sharing a snack look for something traditional of Puebla?
    I'll think of other ideas and keep you posted πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Nina September 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks for the book recommendation! My toddler is half-Mexican so I’m always on the lookout for anything regarding his heritage. Food is always a good way to introduce culture. Maybe play some Mexican songs? I know my kid loves a few by Jose Luis Orozco.
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