I am often asked about ways to study or celebrate Christmas around the world- and one of the most popular countries I’m asked about is Mexico. One excellent way for kids to learn about kids and cultural traditions in other places is to read great quality children’s literature with engaging stories and vivid illustrations to pique and hold interest. Here is a collection of our favorite children’s books about Christmas in Mexico, that cover traditional folktales, contemporary fiction, religious stories, and immigrant stories (or children whose parents were immigrants). Continue reading →
Have you ever heard of the National Geographic Bee (sometimes called a “GeoBee”)?? It’s an annual geography competition for kids! In the US (and around the world), thousands of schools participate in this geography contest, moving their best students on to the state and then national level. Top finishers are invited to compete in the National Geographic World Championship (in 2015 it will be in Moscow, Russia!). Here is everything you need to know to set up your own GeoBee, and to see what it takes to move on to the championships! Continue reading →
The utterance of God is a lamp, whose light is these words: Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship.
Have you ever heard of the tricky spider named Anansi? This West African god frequently takes the form of a spider, and holds the knowledge of all of the folktales and stories; he is cunning and tricky, and uses his cunning guile to try to get what he wants. It is thought that Anansi was originally found in stories from the Ashanti and then the Akan people in Ghana, and from there the stories spread through West Africa. Continue reading →
Learning about rivers (among other water sources) is a common elementary school social studies and science topic. Here’s how teachers can take some of the frequent learning objectives when teaching kids about rivers, and add a global twist! Continue reading →
Started in Täby, Sweden, Bloglovin is a site where you can subscribe to all of your favorite blogs you enjoy reading and following, and have their most recent articles come up as feed. Since Google reader is now gone, I was looking for an RSS reader (a blog reader) to help keep everything in one place. You can organize them into groups (homeschooling, culture, travel, languages, etc) and then scan the titles and photos of their most recent posts for articles you’d like to read further. It is perfect for time-strapped teachers and parents who are looking for new ideas but don’t have time to enter and search each individual blog they love. Posts frequently get lost in the incessant twitter and facebooks tweets and status updates, so this is a great way to keep on top of specific bloggers and writers that you love.
I frequently get questions for teachers and homeschoolers about how to incorporate global learning into lessons for the youngest students. Margaret Powers is the Lower School Technology Coordinator for The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA. She has an amazing web site called Tech for a Global Early Education, that is chock full of valuable resources. Margaret is passionate about global education for early childhood, and using educational technology to connect with students around the world, and shares some of her tips and resources with us today. Continue reading →
I recently connected with Kristyn Zalota, the founder of CleanBirth.org, a non-profit working to improve maternal and infant health in Laos. Currently living in New Haven, CT, US with her husband and two children, she holds an MA from Yale, is a DONA doula, and Lamaze educator. I’m always impressed by dedicated parents who also model empathy by volunteering, and so I asked her to tell me more about how she began her organization while raising her young children. Continue reading →