Hello! It's Patli and Tupoc. We'll be taking you through our lives as Aztecs!
Hey Coyotl! My little brother is taught at home by my mother.
Hello Sir! Our schools are called Telpochcalli. We are prepared for warfare when we get older. We also learn a lot about our religion and gods. We practice dances, poems, and songs for our festivals.
Get ready to have a wonderful tour!
Hi Aztl! How's your school going!
Great, Tupoc! Hey guys! They're called Calmecac, by the way.
All children attended schools where they were taught the traditions and history of their people. In fact, education was free for all people regardless of their social class. At first, Aztec children were taught by their parents, until they were in their teens when they attended schools.
Hi Extli! Guys, this is my mentor! He's a great warrior!
This boy is too immature and scrawny. Goodness!
These schools focused on preparing the boys for warfare. Aztec religion was also a central component, as children were taught the different gods and traditions related to each. For instance, they were instructed to recite the correct songs and poems related to each festival and practiced different dances for different religious ceremonies.
Hey! Don't forget about us! We don't go to the same schools as boys. We learn about housekeeping and our religion. And next, lets have some fun!
Patli! Come over after school! Let's sew some dresses like we learned today!
The Calmecac schools prepared the noble boys to be leaders in the military, priesthood and government. Children of the nobility were also instructed in how to play the famous ballgame that was common throughout much of Mesoamerica.
At the age of fifteen, the boys began training with weaponry and would accompany more experienced warriors into battle. During this time, the boys would usually seek the guidance from an experienced warrior to act as a mentor. Finally, when the boys were approximately twenty years old they joined the military ranks and became an Aztec warrior.
Girls also attended school in the Aztec Empire but not the same ones as boys. Instead of focusing on warfare and weapons, girls were instructed in housekeeping. Girls would also be taught the religious traditions and history of the Aztec Empire. For instance, they learned the songs and poems of the different religious festivals .