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What Does It Mean to Be Global?

What does it mean to be global? Start this important conversation in your home or classroom with the help of Rana DiOrio’s book, What Does It Mean to Be Global? Through simple text and beautiful illustrations, young learners will discover that being global means being a citizen of the world. Check out the book trailer: Disclosure: This…

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Human Rights Day

December 10 is Human Rights Day. It commemorates the signing of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by the United Nations in 1948. Thirty declarations were written to protect the rights of all people, everywhere. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we receive a small commission at no…

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Hanukkah: The Jewish Festival of Lights

Hanukkah

Hanukkah, also known as the Jewish Festival of Lights, is an eight-day celebration honoring the Miracle of the Oil.  Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through, a small commission will be paid to Globe Trottin’ Kids at no additional cost to you. The word Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew word meaning “to dedicate.” Over…

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Martí’s Song for Freedom: Book Review and Activities

Jose Marti

Martí’s Song for Freedom / Martí y sus versos por la libertad by Emma Otheguy, illustrations by Beatriz Vidal Learn about José Martí, often referred to as the “Apostle of Cuban Independence,” in this beautifully illustrated bilingual biography. Written in verse, including excerpts from Martí’s own poetry, this picture book introduces children and adults to his inspiring…

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Growing Global: Resources Ages 0-5

Growing Global Resources for Ages 0-5

Raising children to become responsible and caring citizens of the world begins at birth. Books, music, and food are fun ways to introduce other cultures and inspire curiosity about the world while developing important skills. Growing Global: Resources Ages 0-5 features quality products and resources that help feed the mind, soul, and tummies of our tiniest global citizens. (It’s a…

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Pysanky: Ukrainian Easter Eggs

pysanky

What are Pysanky? Pysanky are Easter eggs, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk art using a wax-resist method. Its name comes from the word “pysaty,” which means “to write.” Pysanka (PIH-san-kah) is the singular form, and pysanky (pih-san-KIH) is the plural form. The designs are created with a kistka, a special stylus that holds liquid wax. The wax is applied to the egg,…

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Take a Musical Journey to Africa

Take a Musical Journey to Africa

Take a Musical Journey to Africa The Land of Yangalele, a new children’s music CD by Congolese-American artist “Papa Siama” Matuzungidi and singer “Auntie Dallas” Johnson, introduces children to African culture, rhythms and music. Yangalele (Yawn-gah-LAY-lay) means “happiness” in Kikongo, one of the Bantu languages spoken by people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of…

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The Cloud Artist: A Choctaw Tale

Cloud Artist Book Review and Activities

Gazing at the clouds – watching them move, shift, and create beautiful art in the sky. Many of us have experienced this, but what we haven’t experienced is being able to create the art. That special gift belongs to the Choctaw*, shared in the Native American tale The Cloud Artist. The Cloud Artist (Hoshonti Holbvttoba Inchunli) is a bilingual…

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The Saint Nicholas Day Snow: Book Review & Free Printable

St. Nicholas Day Snow

The Saint Nicholas Day Snow: Book Review & Free Printable Award-winning author Charlotte Riggle and illustrator R.J. Hughes have teamed up for another holiday children’s book that is both touching and informative. The Saint Nicholas Day Snow is a story about family, friendship, and the St. Nicholas Day traditions of two friends – with interesting historical facts of…

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¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish: A Book Review

Book Review and Activity

¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish: A Book Review Introduce kids to new cultures through language, literature, and fun activities with ¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay. This book is great for parents and educators teaching Spanish to young children, regardless of their own Spanish skills. Additional resources to support the book and your Spanish language instruction are…

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Walking the Walk: Creating Meaningful Ways to Teach Multiculturalism at Home

Walking the Walk: Creating Meaningful Ways to Teach Multiculturalism at Home

We’re happy to welcome back guest blogger Lisa Heintz from Little Songbird: Songs for Learning. Lisa recently participated in our Global Learning Miniseries. Her post, Sharing Many Cultures in the Elementary Classroom, provides educators with information and resources for creating a safe, inclusive, multicultural learning environment.  Walking the Walk: Creating Meaningful Ways to Teach Multiculturalism at Home provides parents…

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Introducing Cultures Through International Cuisines

Introducing Cultures Through International Cuisines

– by Deborah Tayloe, guest blogger Children learn best about different people and languages through first-hand experience. They are sensory beings who learn through the experiences of touch, see, smell, hear, and taste. It can be challenging to incorporate all five senses into a cultural lesson. Or is it? Not when you let children experience…

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