All children are curious about the world around them. Why not give them a taste of another culture with hands-on experiences available right here in your own backyard? There are many way to experience another culture without ever leaving the city. For instance, here are some great ways to learn about Mexico in Oklahoma City.
One of the best ways to get a feel for another country is to try their food. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have access to a wonderful abuela who makes us yummy Mexican dishes. Therefore, we have to settle for what many people consider a close second: Tacos San Pedro. This local restaurant serves up authentic Mexican food to hungry Oklahomans seven days a week. Tacos, burritos, and enchiladas are just a few of the delicious dishes on their menu. Feeling adventurous? Try the lengua (beef tongue) tacos.
Lessons in Mexican Folkloric dance can be found at Everything Goes Dance Studio in OKC. Sign up for a session and learn some of this beautiful art form, or go to see one of the troupe’s performances at festivals all over the state. You are sure to be mesmerized by the colorful skirts as the dancers twirl and spin to the upbeat music.
In February a huge Mariachi Fesitval takes place. This would be an excellent opportunity to hear some traditional mariachi music and take part in a festival celebrating the culture of Mexico.
Alternatively, you could keep your eye out for performances by Mariachi Orgullo de América. This local band is incredible to hear, and you may have a hard time sitting still while listening. You may even find your new favorite song. If that is the case, be sure to support the band by purchasing their album.
Learning To speak some Spanish is another great way to immerse yourself in Mexican culture. The best part? You won’t have to travel far for excellent Spanish lessons. In fact, fun, engaging lessons in Spanish language can be lakes right here at The Loop with our very own Maria Ferri. What are you waiting for? Get started now!
No unit study would be complete without books. The books listed below aren’t boring textbooks though. Instead, I’ve chosen bright picture books that are sure to hold the attention of any child. These books introduce Mexican customs and traditions in a simple and matter-of-fact manner which encourages readers to embrace the beautiful differences between cultures.
Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman With a Big Heart by Pat More
Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat More
Gathering the Sun by Alma Flor Ada
Napi by Antonio Ramirez
A World of Recipes: Mexico by Julie McCulloch
Colors of Mexico by Lynn Ainsworth Olawsky
Look What Came From Mexico by Miles Harvey
Made In Mexico by Peter Laufer and Susan L. Roth
Fiesta by June Behrens
These are just a few of the ways to immerse yourself in Mexican culture in the OKC area. Keep your eye out for the many other options out there, and have fun learning about Mexican customs and traditions.