A friend married to a Peruvian wrote me a while back, asking for advice in raising children who feel good about their Latino roots and about Peru– especially when the world around says they shouldn’t. I didn’t know how to respond, because truthfully where we live we’ve never felt that negativity. Mostly, we’ve gotten admiration for raising bilingual kids and genuine interest in my husband’s Peruvian background, from locals and from readers at my blog Spanish Mama.
But it made me think: What should I be doing to make my kids proud of their Peruvian roots? Living in the U.S., how can I raise children who love and appreciate their Hispanic heritage?
Today, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m sharing about Peru and how I want my kids to love their Hispanic roots. Here are four ways I hope to do this (with lots of links in case you want to learn more about Peru!).
Teaching Kids about Peru
1. Tell Stories.
We will tell the story of how we met, and what Daddy remembers about growing up in the high jungle. We will study Peruvian history, reading tales of the powerful Incan civilization and how they built Machu Picchu on top of an impossible mountain. Like in every culture, some stories will be flattering, and some won’t. But our goal isn’t to romanticize Peru or the Latino world. We want to connect our children to Daddy’s home, helping them to understand and empathize with people far away. Good stories teach us to love places in a way that just memorizing capitals and historical dates can’t.
This is really easy for Peru, home to world-renowned natural wonders. Hopefully we’ll get to see the towering Andes Mountains or vast Amazon Rainforest with our own eyes, or we’ll at least see them through videos and pictures. We’ll learn about the Amazon river (the second longest river in the world), Lake Titicaca (the highest lake in the world), or the more than 3,000 species of orchids in the Alto Mayo Region, where our family is from. We’ll listen to our favorite folk music from Perú.
3. Be curious.
Peru has an amazing variety of tourist sites and traditions that will fascinate young learners. We can study the Uros who built entire floating islands out of reeds. We will wonder how the Nazca Lines, figures which can only be seen from the sky, were constructed before planes existed. We will watch traditional dances from the coast, sierra, and jungle. We can learn new words in Quechua, an official language in Peru along with Spanish. They will get to see that being from two very different cultures makes life extra-interesting!
4. Learn and Share.
Whether through Spanish play groups, sharing Peruvian dishes, or birthday traditions, our family and friends here will have the chance to learn about Peru through us. Just as I want my children to be interested in cultural differences, not frightened by them, we have the opportunity to develop that among our community here. I have created the All About Peru Mini-Book to use with my kids, and also for anyone else who wants to learn more about Peru and Latin America.
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