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 →
We’ve rounded up 15 unique Chinese New Year crafts! Learning about how world cultures celebrate is an easy way to introduce different perspectives to kids. If you’re planning a multicultural art lesson, plan it around major holidays and teach a bit of culture. Scroll through these gorgeous pictures, and follow the links to see the instructions. 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.
Aboriginal Australians, also referred to as Aborigines, are people whose ancestors were indigenous to the Australian continent—that is, to mainland Australia or to the island of Tasmania. Traditional aboriginal art includes painting on natural items such as leaves, bark, and wood; using sand to “paint;” carving wood (shields, spears, boomerangs), rocks, emu egg, or shells; basket weaving; jewellery making. 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 →
I had the pleasure of interviewing Paige Badgett, People to People International’s Director of their School and Classroom Program, a free service that links teachers and their students with classrooms in other countries for pen pal exchanges and projects that improve cultural understanding and encourage friendship. I first asked her to share the goals and mission People to People International (PTPI): Continue reading →
While I am in Mexico for the summer, I have some wonderful parents and educators sharing tips here about how they teach their children about the world. Chelsea is a mom of two boys under 5 and blogs at momentsaday.com, sharing ideas for families to connect and build character. She believes in using small moments throughout the day to help children learn how to use their head, heart, and hands to make the world a better place.
It is my hope that my children see every person as family, regardless of culture, gender, age, religiousor economic background. I want them to be comfortable talking to people who do not look like them, playing with children who speak a different language, and trying foods from all over the world. I want them to learn how to be hospitable to everyone who enters our doors, and recognize that we are all one human family. Continue reading →