In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month
Sep 15, 2023
Author: The Spring Hill School
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept 15-Oct 15, our students TK-8 have been doing a deep dive into the history, geography, language, art, science, foods, and customs of various Hispanic cultures. Last week our 1st and 2nd graders took a look at the Aztec Empire and the origins of Guacamole or “ahuaca-mulli”.
The History of this tasty treat dates back to the Aztec Empire in Central America during the 1500’s. Avocados were a favorite fruit in the area, and the Aztecs loved their “ahuaca-mulli” or avocado mixture. The Spaniards later fell in love with this tasty treat as well, but couldn't pronounce it correctly - thus Guacamole. Originally this dish included avocados, tomatoes, and chilis. But over the years, Spaniards started adding their own ingredients like: onions, cilantro and lime juice.
Our 1st and 2nd graders got to explore not only the history of this spread, but also the Science behind avocado oxidation (Why they turn brown?), the geography (Where we source them from?) the economics of avocado prices over time, and they got a mini cooking lesson where each student made their own personalized ahuaca-mulli.
The Spring Hill School believes that Global Curriculum is an essential part of fostering the next generation of thoughtful and innovative change makers. Each of our classes TK-8 explores various aspects of Global Curriculum throughout the year, and you’ll be amazed at what your students know.
As a Spring Hill Community we are ALL constantly growing! Take some time this week to expand your own knowledge on Hispanic Culture. We encourage you to try our Guacamole recipe, and spark a conversation with your student about Hispanic Heritage Month, where everyone can share their learnings.