Community Gardens Can Help Kids Go Global

Community Gardens Can Help Kids Go Global

Community gardens provide important and valuable benefits for children. Working together with others for a greater good fosters a strong sense of responsibility and enlightenment vital to becoming a productive global citizen and future leader. Last month, my family...

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Global Lessons of an American Holiday – Kwanzaa

Global Lessons of an American Holiday – Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a bonus winter holiday which provides yet another meaningful opportunity to learn about and celebrate culture with my global kids. This week, my boys learned that Kwanzaa is an American-born celebration of African-American culture, heritage and community,...

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A Wonderful Way to Globalize Pretend Play!

A Wonderful Way to Globalize Pretend Play!

I was pondering the subject of world currencies recently, and came up with a creative way for my little boys to learn about coins and paper money used in other countries. A globalized version of playing STORE! In a nutshell, you print play money from around the world...

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Monolingual Parent Raise Bilingual Children

Monolingual Parent Raise Bilingual Children

Is it possible for my children to become bilingual even though my level of fluency in other languages is pathetic, at best? Of course… but how? I have been on this journey to bestow the gift of a second language upon my children since they were born. My goal is to...

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ADVENTURES

Turn a Trip to the Zoo into an Adventure Around the World

My boys, like most kids, love to explore and discover new things. Although we’ve made many visits to our local zoo over the past few years, this time we approached the trip from a global perspective. Our hometown zoo features animals from all around the world. The...

Community Gardens Can Help Kids Go Global

Community gardens provide important and valuable benefits for children. Working together with others for a greater good fosters a strong sense of responsibility and enlightenment vital to becoming a productive global citizen and future leader. Last month, my family...

Global Lessons of an American Holiday – Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a bonus winter holiday which provides yet another meaningful opportunity to learn about and celebrate culture with my global kids. This week, my boys learned that Kwanzaa is an American-born celebration of African-American culture, heritage and community,...

DISCOVERS

Around the World in the Kitchen

This week we continue our tour around the world in the kitchen. That is, we prepare and eat a meal which is native to a particular country.Then, as part of the activity the kids and I enjoy researching and chatting about the culture, geography, cuisine and any other...

Community Gardens Can Help Kids Go Global

Community gardens provide important and valuable benefits for children. Working together with others for a greater good fosters a strong sense of responsibility and enlightenment vital to becoming a productive global citizen and future leader. Last month, my family...

Global Lessons of an American Holiday – Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a bonus winter holiday which provides yet another meaningful opportunity to learn about and celebrate culture with my global kids. This week, my boys learned that Kwanzaa is an American-born celebration of African-American culture, heritage and community,...

WORLD WIDE HUNTS

Visiting the Vatican with Kids: The Treasure Hunt Approach

This is my first in a series of posts related to my recent trip to Italy with my little global citizens, ages 7 and 9. Look for related content here and on our Facebook page in the coming weeks. Vatican City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a treasure trove of...

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Community Gardens Can Help Kids Go Global

Community gardens provide important and valuable benefits for children. Working together with others for a greater good fosters a strong sense of responsibility and enlightenment vital to becoming a productive global citizen and future leader. Last month, my family...

read more

Turn a Trip to the Zoo into an Adventure Around the World

My boys, like most kids, love to explore and discover new things. Although we’ve made many visits to our local zoo over the past few years, this time we approached the trip from a global perspective. Our hometown zoo features animals from all around the world. The...

read more

Global Lessons of an American Holiday – Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a bonus winter holiday which provides yet another meaningful opportunity to learn about and celebrate culture with my global kids. This week, my boys learned that Kwanzaa is an American-born celebration of African-American culture, heritage and community,...

read more

A Wonderful Way to Globalize Pretend Play!

I was pondering the subject of world currencies recently, and came up with a creative way for my little boys to learn about coins and paper money used in other countries. A globalized version of playing STORE! In a nutshell, you print play money from around the world...

read more

Community Gardens Can Help Kids Go Global

Community gardens provide important and valuable benefits for children. Working together with others for a greater good fosters a strong sense of responsibility and enlightenment vital to becoming a productive global citizen and future leader. Last month, my family...

read more

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Community Gardens Can Help Kids Go Global

Community gardens provide important and valuable benefits for children. Working together with others for a greater good fosters a strong sense of responsibility and enlightenment vital to becoming a productive global citizen and future leader. Last month, my family...

Global Lessons of an American Holiday – Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a bonus winter holiday which provides yet another meaningful opportunity to learn about and celebrate culture with my global kids. This week, my boys learned that Kwanzaa is an American-born celebration of African-American culture, heritage and community,...

A Wonderful Way to Globalize Pretend Play!

I was pondering the subject of world currencies recently, and came up with a creative way for my little boys to learn about coins and paper money used in other countries. A globalized version of playing STORE! In a nutshell, you print play money from around the world...

EXPLORER

Global Lessons of an American Holiday – Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a bonus winter holiday which provides yet another meaningful opportunity to learn about and celebrate culture with my global kids. This week, my boys learned that Kwanzaa is an American-born celebration of African-American culture, heritage and community,...

A Wonderful Way to Globalize Pretend Play!

I was pondering the subject of world currencies recently, and came up with a creative way for my little boys to learn about coins and paper money used in other countries. A globalized version of playing STORE! In a nutshell, you print play money from around the world...

Monolingual Parent Raise Bilingual Children

Is it possible for my children to become bilingual even though my level of fluency in other languages is pathetic, at best? Of course… but how? I have been on this journey to bestow the gift of a second language upon my children since they were born. My goal is to...

Teaching Empathy: 5 Ways Parents Can Cultivate Compassion

I am a big proponent of STEAM-style education. That is, an education that focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. This philosophy values the vigorous pursuit of knowledge in the STEAM fields while helping students to identify and make the...

Visiting the Vatican with Kids: The Treasure Hunt Approach

This is my first in a series of posts related to my recent trip to Italy with my little global citizens, ages 7 and 9. Look for related content here and on our Facebook page in the coming weeks. Vatican City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a treasure trove of...

Community Gardens Can Help Kids Go Global

Community gardens provide important and valuable benefits for children. Working together with others for a greater good fosters a strong sense of responsibility and enlightenment vital to becoming a productive global citizen and future leader. Last month, my family...

RECENT BLOG

Discovering Culture Through Collage: Romare Bearden

Exploring multicultural art exposes children to cultural differences in a creative context. A multicultural art-inspired crafting session is also fertile ground for a history lesson!

This week we created collage art inspired by our recent visit to the Romare Bearden (1911-1988) collection currently being exhibited at Tampa Museum of Art.Here the boys peruse photos in a Bearden collection book and compare the artist’s pieces displayed upon the surrounding museum walls.Bearden was an African-American painter who incorporated pieces of photographs, newspaper clippings, foil and colored paper into his pieces. Many considered him the country’s foremost collagist.The artist used collage to express his thoughts and memories of growing up in the American South and Old Harlem during its renaissance. His style was also shaped by Western European art, African sculpture, contemporary American and Mexican artists. Music, particularly blues and jazz, also inspired his art.

To create collages at home, grab some old magazines and newspapers, as well as other art supplies such as scissors, craft paper, coffee cup sleeves, glue, glitter and markers. You will also need a piece of heavy paper or cardboard as a base.Next, show your child images of works by Bearden or other collagists. Discuss the themes of these collages, as well.

Let your child create their own collage theme based upon their interests or, for example, a recent visit to the park, beach or playground.

Then, let them start cutting and pasting!

Honoring Dr. King’s Dream by Teaching Peace

Take some time to celebrate the life and teachings of this American hero, who led millions of people in the crusade for equality.Sharing information with your kids about Dr. King will provide you with the opportunity to introduce them to (or reinforce) the concepts of peace and justice; character versus appearance; and daring to dream big, despite the cynics.

I recently wrote a post about PEACE in which I express my belief that, as parents, we have a moral obligation to show our kids how to live peacefully.You and your global kids can pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. King by creating crafts that symbolize peace.My boys and I created peace doves (inspired by this dove craft from bckidart).
First, we drew a dove on a paper plate.To decorate, we tapped pencil erasers and fingertips on ink pads of various colors and filled in the bird shape.

Next, we crafted these unity plants by simply tracing the boys’ hands on construction paper, cutting them out, and pasting them together.

We added a peace symbol to each plant, and affixed the stems and leaves (and green craft sticks for stem support).

Around the World in the Kitchen

This week we continue our tour around the world in the kitchen. That is, we prepare and eat a meal which is native to a particular country.Then, as part of the activity the kids and I enjoy researching and chatting about the culture, geography, cuisine and any other fun facts relevant to that particular country or region of the world.The kitchen is a perfect place to spend some quality family time preparing and enjoying wonderful foods while enhancing our knowledge of other cultures.

Given the fact that it’s been over a year since we last used our pricey pasta maker, and it has been collecting dust in the pantry, I told the kids, er… gently suggested to them that we revisit Italy this week.

The boot-shaped peninsula that reaches out into the Mediterranean Sea never fails to fascinate, and is the origin of some of the most scrumptious cuisine in the world. Plus the history, art, architecture and culture are almost beyond compare.

Sophia’s Jungle Adventure: Book Review & Giveaway

We are a yoga family and we weave the practice into our daily lives to help maintain wellness and proper balance of mind, body and soul. For example, we love to start (and end) our days by reaching up towards the sky like mighty trees and then stretching out down towards the floor to elongate and release the tension in our spines like cats after a long nap.

I introduced my littles to yoga when they were babies and we have always enjoyed it as a fun form of family fitness. It is such a great parent-child bonding activity and it makes everyone feel more relaxed and connected. I’ve written about the many virtues and health advantages of yoga, and how children can reap the benefits from it for a lifetime.

There are many ways to practice yoga with kids. If you haven’t tried it, don’t feel intimidated by the need to follow strict yoga rules. Make it fun, creative and free-flowing. We have used books, DVDs and the internet to inspire our yogic adventures.

We are always looking for fun new ways to experience the joy of yoga, so I was thrilled when I discovered Giselle Shardlow of KidsYogaStories.com and her wonderful books. I was even more excited when she asked me to review her book, Sophia’s Jungle Adventure. This lovely children’s fiction not only includes a sweet and engaging story, but also great illustrations to demonstrate kid-friendly yoga poses and an insightful parent-teacher guide.