Do you enjoy family travel? Does the thought of taking your kids on a big trip leave you excited or terrified?
I recently was sent a book called Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids by Bill Richards and Ashley Steel. The authors have traveled through North America, Europe, and Asia with their two daughters, and offer hundreds of ideas to make your trip run smoother and help your family turn their travels into rewarding, enriching adventures. Even though I consider myself a well-traveled mom, comfortable taking my kids on trips abroad and domestic (even traveling alone!)- I still have so much to learn and had a lot fun reading this book! I turned down the corners of more than half of the pages, and scribbled notes in the margins, noting concrete tips for families who travel: Continue reading →
January’s pick for our “Around the World in 12 Dishes” series is Peru!! Let’s learn about the history of Peruvian potatoes, and taste them in a great dish!
Do you know where the potato is originally from? The Andes Mountains in South America! Scientists have found potatoes in the area of Lake Titicaca, where they believe they were farmed as early as 10,000 years ago. The Andes Mountains are the longest mountain range on the planet (5500 mi!) with active volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, and landslides. Can you find the Andes on a map? How do you imagine the climate is in the high mountains, at that distance from the equator? The climate is cold because the air is too thin to hold heat, and the conditions are harsh at the high altitudes.
My kids are all about crafts and art projects, and love it even more if they can wear their art. Next week our school is having International Week, and my girls asked if we could make special t-shirts to wear- specifically something with animals. I was sent some amazing products from Tulip including Tulip One-Step Mini Tie-Dye Kits and these great dimensional fabric paints, and we had an idea to create a t-shirt inspired by an African sunset, with silhouettes of giraffes (one of their favorite animals!). To accessorize, we created some Maasai-inspired beaded bracelets to go with our colorful tees. Continue reading →
Schools looking to teach global lessons are connecting their students to people from different backgrounds and perspectives. Whether through video-conferencing or classroom guests, inviting multicultural visitors into our classes is one way to increase tolerance, respect, and understanding. Here are some guiding interview questions students can use to find out more about their international classroom visitors. Continue reading →
Today starts “The Great Backyard Bird Count!” The 2014 GBBC will take place February 14-17. This annual 4-day event engages bird lovers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. It’s free, fun, and easy! Everyone is welcome to participate – from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event.
It is undeniable that our world is more interconnected than ever. In today’s global society, students benefit from the ability to communicate and work with a wide variety of people from diverse corners of the globe, all with varying perspectives and experiences. Technology is connecting classes as young as kindergarten and preK from Canada to Japan to Finland, and yet the digital divide is more striking than ever. According to the 2010 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, an almost unanimous 98% of educators and 99% of school principals surveyed believe that global competence is important for students’ futures.
But- what is global competence? How can schools begin to understand global lessons in the context of elementary schools? How is global competency measured? Continue reading →
Are you looking for Olympics activities for kids? Will you be watching the Opening Ceremonies together as a family this Friday?
When I was a kid, I loved to watch the Olympics, beginning with the opening ceremonies. I am passing on this tradition to my kids, and wanted to make it a little more interactive. I researched which countries are participating in this winter’s Olympics, and put together a scavenger hunt for families to do together.
If you want to really challenge your geography skills, take a globe out and find the countries as you go. Work together as a family or compete against each other to find all of the flags! Let me know on facebook how you do.
Did you know that KidWorldCitizen is filled with activities to help teach your kids about the world?
When you join our community on facebook, you can engage with other globally-minded parents and teachers, and exchange ideas on how to expose to kids to another language, family travel tips, find a pen-pal, and ways to learn about world cultures and increase global awareness no matter where you live. I love connecting with parents and teachers from around the world- and I know you will too!
The expert studies have shown it. The studies have confirmed the evidence. Brains endowed by studying another language benefit in many ways. Why are our brains in such a great advantage to learn another language besides our own native one? What are the neurolinguistic advantages of being bilingual? Continue reading →