By Karen Latchana Kenney
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Memorization was an important skill to have. Rhythmic language and drumbeats helped students learn poetic language and songs. The second type of school was for the children of nobility—the calmecac. Sometimes the brightest commoner students were specially chosen to attend these schools as well. In each city there was only one calmecac for boys and another for girls. indd 48 10/28/14 1:33 PM or political leadership roles. It was a very strict atmosphere, similar to a military academy. Students learned how the Aztec calendar worked and about the many religious festivals and ceremonies.
Greens were also an important part of the diet. indd 56 10/28/14 1:33 PM The Aztecs had many kinds of fruit to choose from as well, including guavas, avocados, papayas, and custard apples, just to name a few. Different spices flavored their foods—from epazote, used with beans, to different chilies and vanilla. Chocolate was a prized drink among the nobles. Alcohol was not used by the nobles but was acceptable for older commoners to drink. From the fermented sap of the maguey cactus, the Aztecs made a lightly alcoholic drink called octli.
Between eight and ten years old, children learned different crafts, such as pottery, metalwork, and basketry. Aztec parents could punish misbehaving children harshly. In the Codex Mendoza, different punishments were listed. Pinching arms or ears was a common punishment. More severe punishments included making children inhale Newborn Ceremony Childbirth was a very special event in Aztec life. If a mother died during childbirth, she was honored as a warrior for fighting a good battle during the delivery.
Ancient Aztecs by Karen Latchana Kenney