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I am thrilled to announce the we are now officially affiliates of an *awesome* hands-on program that aims to teach kids about world cultures called “Little Passports.” Every month, we will receive a special package in the mail from 10 year old “Sam” and “Sofia” filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets. A new country every month! In our first package, we got a passport, an activity sheet, a picture of Sam and Sofia discovering their magical scooter that will carry them on their adventures, a boarding pass with a code for on-line games, a nifty little suitcase (to store all of our materials) and a great world map:
If your family isn’t taking a vacation this summer, Little Passports can help your child “travel” and learn about different cultures around the world. For instance, did you know each year between June 21 and 24, different European countries (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and more) celebrate Midsummer’s Eve and Midsummer Day (the longest day of the year!)? Traditionally, people prepare their houses for Midsummer celebrations by decorating their homes with colorful flowers and wreaths.
We extended our learning about Midsummer Day by reading a wonderful book called “The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice,” by Wendy Pfeffer. We learned about people in different cultures celebrating the Summer Solstice from ancient times (such as Mesopotamia, the Greeks, and the Medicine Mountain in Wyoming), through the Middle Ages in Lithuania, Bohemia, and Germanic tribes… and even touching on current celebrations in the Arctic Circle, Sweden, and Alaska.
Little Passports has fun facts for your children to learn all sorts of cultural information at their own pace. If you are interested in trying it out, you can sign up for a 1 month trial, 3 month subscription (perfect for summer) or a 1 year subscription. Let me know if you want to try it!