Happy Cinco de Mayo! In honor of this holiday that is quite popular in California we made this week a week of Mexico. We read Off We Go to Mexico!, which we both quite liked. The illustrations are very cheerful and, of course, focus on the positive. The journey around the country is presented as short rhymes, and there is even a smattering of Spanish words for anyone interested in learning more Spanish. In the end of the book there are some brief facts about Mexican history for older readers. Anna was fascinated to learn that Mexican ancient people also built pyramids, but not exactly same kind as ancient Egyptians.
I had some crafts in mind, but so far it wasn’t a “crafty” week. Valerie at Frugal Family Fun made a beautiful piñata sun catcher yesterday, but I am pretty sure that Anna would find anything that she couldn’t actually break apart unsatisfying. She constructed her own piñata yesterday out of Tinkertoys and pretended to break it with another Tinkertoy stick. Since my husband has a standing guys’ night out on Wednesdays, the three of us made a Mexican dinner yesterday. Anna and I made guacamole following the recipe from another book we read – Look What Came from Mexico. Anna was even adventurous enough to eat some with a flour tortilla. My husband made my favorite beef fajitas and there was some Corona beer to chase them down. And we remembered fondly our relaxed vacation in Puerto Vallarta in 2004 and looked at the pictures of younger and fitter parents in our image library. Perhaps I should put this photo on the fridge to motivate myself to exercise.
To see more history/geography journeys, visit History/Geography at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.