Last year I scoured the internet, books, and interviewed friends and readers and asked for the important holidays and festivals in their country. I looked at religious holidays from Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Shinto and Sikhism. But it is not only an interfaith calendar- I also asked my readers and friends to fill in their favorite cultural and national festivals from their country. Together, we created one huge multicultural, world calendar with diverse celebrations from around the globe, and from all of our major religions!
Classes can print this and use it to learn about the world, and I will slowly be adding links to the festivals so we can continue to learn and read more.
This is a project that is continually being updated- and I need your help! As much as I research and read, I am bound to miss some important holidays and festivals. Please leave any special day that I missed in the comments, and I will add it into the calendar! Enjoy!
So many readers piped in to share their children’s favorite French cartoons- we got suggestions from both native French speakers, and parents hoping to expose their kids to French! As I was searching for clips, my kids enjoyed checking out the videos- all are suitable for kids, though I frequently use children’s cartoons to teach teenage language learners! (They usually love it, especially if I would show them in class:). Here is a list of 12 favorite French cartoons (new and old, originating in France or Canada). They are more or less in order from younger children to older children, with a preview of each on youtube: Continue reading →
Look back at the top news stories of 2013: inspiration came from the brave Malala Yousafzai to the passionate Pope Francis, to the hopeful BatKid; the world shook with news of Nelson Mandela’s passing; the tragedies of the Boston Marathon and the super typhoon had us on our knees; the first Indian-American was crowned Miss America and racism reared its ugly head; armed conflict and civil war rocked the world.
For these and the hundreds of other stories that impacted us, we must continue to teach kids about the world and how we are all connected.
As 2014 begins, I looked back on everything we’ve explored during 2013 to see what the most popular post was. I am honored and inspired that the number one post was 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.
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 →
Did you know that pumpkins are thought to have originated in North America, and scientists have found pumpkin seeds in Mexico from 7000 and 5500 BC!? Most often pumpkins are planted in the summer, and are ready for harvest in the fall. In fact, pumpkins were an important food source for indigenous people in North and South America (and later the colonists), crucial for their survival through the hungry winter months. Originally symbolizing the harvest, but now associated with Halloween (October 31st), families carve them into jack-o-lanterns: silly faces that light up when a candle is placed inside. During Thanksgiving pumpkin pie is a common dessert. To celebrate “pumpkin season” here are more than 10 ways parents and teachers around the world can teach using pumpkins across subject matter. Continue reading →
I teach ESL (English as a Second Language) and Spanish to kids and families who are just learning the languages. Teaching languages to kids is so different than my adult students, and I am constantly trying to come up with fun ways for them to practice communicating, in authentic and natural ways. I was so excited that PomTree Kids sent me some of their mess-free crafts to try out.Continue reading →