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"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales
painting by Katie Bergenholtz

World Geography: Mexico


The Mayas and the Toltecs  Around 850 most of the Maya had moved north into the area known as the Yucatan. Meanwhile, in Mexico the Toltecs became powerful. In the 1100's invading tribes drove the Toltecs out of Mexican and into the Yucatan, where it seems as if they worked together peacefully.


We reviewed what we had learned about some of the explorers from Spain
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
 (1499 – 1543) was a Portuguese explorer noted for his exploration of the west coast of North America on behalf of Spain. Cabrillo was the first European explorer to navigate the coast of present day California in the United States. He helped found the city of Oaxaca, in Mexico
Poinsettia pictures
World War I
The Zimmerman Code broken (again)......revealing a plot between Germany and Mexico.

Mexican Culture
We learned some about the culture. This being Easter week, we learned that in Mexico there is a tradition of cracking confetti-filled eggs called "cascaas" (egg shells) on people's heads. 
Mexican "Teatime" with Cinnamon Cocoa
Sometimes called Mexican Hot Cocoa because of its popularity in Mexico, is easy to make by just adding 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to your usual hot cocoa recipe.

Weaving Ojo de Dios (God's Eyes)


We also made edible God's Eyes from Twizzlers (I saw them first here.)


Little pinatas that served as decorations and favors.


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2 comments:

  1. Ha! I had to laugh at the picture for the Zimmerman telegram, that was awesome!

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  2. I love the poinsettia pictures and also the pinata idea. Here's the unit I did on Mexico about 3 years ago: http://homeschooladventures3.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/geography-travels-to-mexico.html

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