Sharing a list of resources of Arabic for kids today is Christi Madrid, a Florida based blogger. Together, she and her husband strive to rear their daughter to be a globally-minded citizen; confident and empowered in her world identity. Christi blogs about step parenting and her personal passion of Learning to be the Light at ChristiMadrid.com. You can also catch her on Facebook.
In rearing our daughter to be compassionate and globally minded, it was important to my husband and me that she be protected from stereotypes and misunderstood cultures. Continue reading
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“We have kids from Nicaragua, Guam, and Africa in my class…”
“We made masks from China, Peru, and Africa…”
“He is been to England, Africa, and Italy”
I have a pet peeve. It makes my skin crawl when I hear people referring to Africa as a country, instead of an immensely diverse continent. Did you know Africa has well over 2000 languages and innumerable ethnic groups, in its 54 countries!? My goal is to help parents and teachers dispel stereotypes by teaching a variety of stories from different countries in the continent.
One great book that counters stereotypes, “Africa is Not a Country,” gets to the heart of modern Africa: rural and urban families, living contemporary and traditional lives, and children in their homes, with their families, going to school, and playing with their friends. In this activity- which touches on 25 countries in Africa- kids will be locating and coloring countries on the map as they hear them mentioned in the story. Continue reading
Posted in Africa, Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cote D'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Geography, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Literature, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, People, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Zimbabwe
Tagged fiction children's books, maps
Snack on sweet dates- kids think they taste like candy!
Almonds and pistachios, cinnamon, mint, feta and Haloumy cheese, cucumbers, pomegranates, dates, grapes… there are so many kid-friendly ingredients in Egyptian cuisine that are easy to incorporate into daily snacks. Kids learn about Egyptian pyramids, the pharaohs, hieroglyphics, and a myriad of other ancient Egyptian topics- but sometimes we forget to talk about contemporary Egypt, and other modern societies around the world. I think it is important for kids to realize that kids around the world are going to school, playing sports, listening to music, and sharing meals and snacks with their families. Learning about our similarities and differences helps broaden our kids’ minds, and make them aware that they share this world with millions of other kids. An after-school snack can turn into a mini-lesson with an added benefit: continuously providing a wide variety of healthy foods to even picky eaters will help them make better choices and they’ll be more willing to try new foods the more they have been exposed to. So stimulate their palates, and don’t be surprised if they start to like the new tastes. Continue reading