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Sharing Heritage with Your Family
Volume 118, Program 32
1/21/2013
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Are you aware of your cultural heritage? How do you share it with your family? Well, today on Home School Heartbeat, Monica Olivera, founder of the blog MommyMaestra, explains some ways that Latino homeschoolers can celebrate their cultural heritage with their children.

Mike Smith:
Monica Olivera, founder and publisher of the blog MommyMaestra, is with me again today. Monica, many of us are aware of our cultural heritage, but not many of us give much thought to it. Now, why do you think it is important to pass on this heritage, and what are some ways that Latino homeschoolers and others can do this?

Monica Olivera:
Well, you know, it’s really important, actually, for Latino students to grow up very aware of their heritage and proud of their culture. There was a study conducted a few years ago by the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, and the researchers found that Latino students who grew up informed and proud of their culture were far more likely to develop healthier behaviors than those who don’t. So it’s really important for Latinos to help their children learn about their own culture, and homeschooling is a great way to do that. Hispanic Heritage month—I personally celebrate that with my kids all year round, teaching them, in addition to our regular work, about famous Latinos who have contributed to our society. We study other cultures: Latin America, Spain; reading bilingual books or bicultural books—all of those are ways to help your child develop a great knowledge of their own culture and history.

Mike:
Well, thank you, Monica, that’s very helpful. And I hope many families have a chance to take advantage of this advice. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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