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10.11.2012

{national hispanic heritage month} peru artwork - free printable

Before having G, I didn't know about Hispanic Heritage Month. But now that I'm constantly researching about how to raise bilingual kids, this has come to my attention.

From the National Hispanic Heritage Month website: "Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America".

This is going to be the case of G. He's an American whose mother is 100% Peruvian. So it's very important for me that he learns about his mom's country and culture. I want him not only to know about Perú, but to live my culture. It'll be hard being so far away from home and with all my family there. But my biggest hope is that when he's a an adult he considers himself a Peruvian at heart.

I try to do little things here and there to immerse him in the Peruvian culture. I try to cook Peruvian food, or at least Peruvian style. {which is a whole new thing for me. The things we do for our kids!}We try to video chat with his Nona and Nono and Tíos every week. We listen to some Peruvian children's songs. We try to schedule play dates with Spanish speaking people, and luckily an old friend, from high school, has a boy around G's age and lives nearby so we try to get together often. We take a trip back home and my family comes to visit, both at least once a year. And of course I speak to him only in Spanish. It's not easy but I'm determined to teach G about Perú.

So when thinking about our basement staircase gallery wall, I thought about adding some artwork that celebrates Perú. I wanted the artwork to be cheerful and modern. Inspired by some states art that I saw some time ago, I created this poster. I just used a chevron background with a Perú map silhouette. I added a little heart where Lima, the city I was born and raised, is.

This may not sound relevant, but every time we go down the stairs to the playroom {which is often}, G likes to look at and point at each picture and poster. So I take this opportunity to teach him the word PERU. And every time I say it, he smiles. Hopefully in some years he'll be able to recognize Peru's map when he sees it elsewhere.
If you are a Perú lover, you can download this free printable here. Enjoy! And viva el Perú!

Linking up with Spanglish Baby for Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Fiesta. Sorry for the noisy pictures. Took them with my iphone at night.

2 comments :

  1. This is so cute! I love it! I try to do most of the same things except the cooking part because I don't cook. But Will is great and he can make an amazing pastel de choclo, one of our typical dishes.

    Lets get together some day so the kids can speak in Spanish to each other. We have some friends around here that can speak our language but not so many.

    I'll e mail you soon

    Anita

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  2. I used to say I don't cook either. But I guess things change ;) Yes, let plan to get together soon. It was great to {briefly} meet you that day {apple picking}. I know you're busy with school so let me know when you have some time. Hope to see you soon.

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