What do you know about Cinderella? Perhaps the blonde-haired, blue eyed, Disney princess? Maybe you’ve read the Brothers Grimm version from 1800′s Germany, or even farther back to the late 1600′s with Charles Perrault‘s version. Did you know that Cinderella stories are not limited to a Western European perspective, and in fact appear in more than 500 versions around the world? No one knows the true origin of the famous folktale and its universal theme of good versus evil- but we can enjoy all of the unique twists and learn about cultural values, as we read the diverse stories.
Kid World Citizen is proud to collaborate with some of the best multicultural and educational blogs on the web to present “Cinderella Story Around the World.” While this international project is only a small sampling of the versions of the folktale that are available, we worked together to provide a cross-cultural selection suitable for elementary classrooms. Continue reading
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Today’s guest post is written by Gina, my friend and fellow teacher and adoptive mom, who shares her adventures in nature, the arts, literature, and meaningful play with her toddler son Grady on her blog famiglia&seoul.
As my son’s second birthday is coming up just right around the corner, I love to look back and reminisce about the year that we have had together as a family. Not long after Grady joined our family was his first birthday. I couldn’t wait to begin planning our celebration, so I dove right into incorporating ideas from both a Korean and American perspective: the best of both worlds. Continue reading
Today’s wonderful guest post is written my friend and fellow teacher and adoptive mom Gina, who shares her adventures in nature, the arts, literature, and meaningful play with her toddler son Grady on her blog famiglia&seoul.
As an adoptive parent, I feel that one of my most important jobs is to help my son develop a deep connection and love for his native country. Even though we are living in the States, Korea is an important part of our family culture. I often wish that we had more time to explore the land and its people when we made our journey to meet out son. The week that we spent there went by so quickly, leaving little time to discover the customs and sights of this beautiful country. As my son grows, I hope to find different resources that will help paint a picture of where he got his start in life.
Since he is still so young, one of the easiest ways to help him begin to get a basic understanding of Korea’s customs and cultures is through stories. Continue reading
Today’s post about Korean Children’s Day is written by Gina of famiglia&seoul. She wonderfully explains the traditions and beautiful origin of this holiday that celebrates our children. Thank you so much for sharing a bit of Korean culture!
Grady is wearing his traditional Korean hanbok here...it is worn for their 1st birthday
“Children are the future of our nation. Let’s show respect for children. Children who grow up with ridicule and contempt from others will become people who disrespect others, while children who grow up with respect from others will become people who respect others in turn.” ~Bang Jeong-hwan, founder of Children’s Day. Continue reading