Central American Heritage
American Cultures for Children Video Seriesthree volumes of a 12-volume set; 25 minutes each.Schlessinger Media; $359.40 for set; $29.95 each; Grades K-4.
Awesome!” exclaimed my 7-year-old daughter after watching the lively video on Central American culture.
“Cool!” said my 4-year-old, Guatemalan-born son.
These glowing reviews came from kids who, 25 minutes earlier, had no interest in watching Central American Heritage. Yet the juxtaposition of images, music, information, and Spanish language drew them right in. Even my 2-year-old joined his brother and sister in counting to 10 in Spanish and shouting “¡Hola!” to the children on our television screen.
Engaging snippets portray the seven countries of Central America from many angles: a geography lesson, women weaving, a U.S. shop selling Guatemalan crafts, Central American cuisine, a Salvadoran grocery, and much more. At carefully spaced intervals, Central American children teach viewers a bit of Spanish. Along with a traditional Mayan folktale, the video includes a simple discussion about immigration and the contributions of Central American immigrants to the United States. ¡Muy interesante!
Reviewed by Crystal S. Stump, mom to three children, two of whom were born in Guatemala.
Other videos in the series include:
- Native American
- Puerto Rican
- Vietnamese-American Heritage.
To order, call 800-843-3620 or visit www.libraryvideo.com.
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