Lesson 8: Mexico

All Around This World’s exploration of Latin America includes sing-along, dance-along classroom and homeschool lessons about Mexico for kids . . . Meet the world through music –“come to class” with Jay.

All Around This World map of Latin America featuring Mexico for kids

Mexico! This week in music class All Around This World goes to Mexico…and there are so many reasons to explore Mexico for kids.  There’s sun and sand, achaeological sites and ancient cultures, there are bustling cities and sleepy villages, there are Zapatistas, there’s Mariachi music, there are tourist traps, there are Mariachi tourist traps…. What more could anyone want?


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OVERVIEW: “For the couple thousand years before the first Spanish conquistadors landed in what we now call Mexico and declared it property of their King, vast and vibrant empires such as those o the Olmecs, the Maya and the Aztecs ruled in successive waves . . .”

MUSIC: “In Mexico, music can surely be a meaningful expression of one’s cultural and historical heritage, but it can also be just plain fun . . .”

LANGUAGE: “‘Hispanization’ has been the norm in Mexico since the late 17th century when King Charles II of Spain forbade Mexican settlers from speaking indigenous languages . . .,”

IMAGES: “Flickr’s Mexico slideshow offers so many engaging images of Mexico’s natural and cultural wonders . . .”

WHEN YOU GO THERE: “While there are absolutely unsafe places to travel in Mexico, and while they get a lot of press in the United States, Lonely Planet’s Mexico pages describe Mexico as country so inviting and diverse there are almost infinite ways to spend your time (and your well-needed tourist dollars) . . .”

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