Thursday, December 18, 2014

Traveling to Mexico Via A Child's Introduction to Cultures - Visiting at Christmas!

This is a major series introducing children to the cultures of countries around the world... It's both education with full-color pictures and fun for children to meet the children from other lands! Traveling during December brings a festive time familiar to all of us, doesn't it? What do the children in Mexico do during this holiday season? Let's take a look at both Carole P. Roman's book telling us about living in Mexico, but also listen to and see children celebrating Christmas as well... 

If you were me and lived in Mexico
By Carole P. Roman

If you lived in Mexico, your home would be in the southern part of North America. You might live near the capital city. It is called Mexico City and is very old. There are many historic buildings like the Palacio de Bellas Arts, which is the Palace of Fine Arts.

Your name could be Alejandro, Santiago or Nicolas
 if you are a boy...

and Camila, Isabella, or Sofia if you are a girl...

Many of us already love Mexican food, but everybody would see that there will probably be differences enjoy all the different types of food you can see fixes, even on the streets with Tamales, for example!  And there are traditional foods that are served at Christmas too! Such as mince pies... or what would be served at a party!

If I were visiting, I would love to see the Mayan Temple which looks like a pyramid. It is called Chichen Itza. It is very old. I wouldn't even attempt to climb the 365 steps but I know children would certainly want to try. Right?!

One of the things I especially like about this series is its continuity. Children will begin to look forward to seeing and learning about the same the money that is used in the particular country and the food they eat... The colors are also consistent and together with maps allow the child to geographically identify just where the country is about which they are learning. Although children will encounter names or places with which they are unfamiliar, the comprehensive list of those new words and how to pronounce them is also provided in each book.

This is a delightful way to learn about children from other countries! Especially now at Christmas time!


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