A Little Birdy Made Me Smile
What struck me was the typed name of the bird: “Quetzal.” The national bird of Guatemala and the namesake of their currency.
I took the picture to her teachers to ask about it. Naturally, they assumed I was concerned about the fact that it wasn’t my child’s coloring page. I (hopefully nicely) said that was fine… that I throw away Ella’s art anyway. (Mom of the Year…) But I wanted to know about the quetzal.
They told me the kids colored them in Spanish class.
I was so touched.
The landslide majority of kids at Ella’s school are not Latino. Still, they are all in there coloring pictures of the quetzal. As the mother of my little Guatemalan-American daughter, I was just so deeply touched.
I am so grateful for preschools that offer Spanish and teach kids about other countries and the world around them. My kid doesn’t have to be the only one who knows what a quetzal is. That’s a special gift. (I mean… let me be clear… I recognize that a group of 2 year olds probably didn’t retain complex bird names. Still… that’s not the point here.)
Nationwide, there are always parents pushing back against multicultural education or bilingual teaching. And I am just thankful for schools and teachers who forge ahead and offer Guatemalan coloring sheets to a room full of American kiddos.
Thoughts on multicultural education? What projects on other cultures have your children brought home?