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40 Ways to Go Global in the Elementary Classroom

40 Ways to Go Global in the Elementary Classroom

40 Ways to Go Global in the Elementary Classroom Children need lots of opportunities to learn about the diverse world around them.  Exploring world geography, reading multicultural literature, researching world cultures, playing traditional games, and being involved in service to others are just some of the 40 Ways to build your classroom community of global learners. Disclosure: This post…

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…

I Am Malala- How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

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. I am Malala – How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Saved the World Be inspired by the courage, the passion, and the power of one. Malala Yousafzai shares…

Diversity Calendar

Did you know that there is a festival in Spain in which thousands of people gather in the streets to throw tons of over-ripe tomatoes?  It is called La Tomatina, and it is held on the last Wednesday of August every year. Did you know that World Wildlife Day, World Day of Prayer, and World Poetry Day…

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

They have been performing for the past 50 years, and have been nominated for Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Academy awards.  Nelson Mandela called them “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors.” They are Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a male a cappella choral group from South Africa that performs all around the world teaching about their country and culture.   In 1960 Joseph…

South Africa’s Flag: A Symbol of Unity and Progress

South Africa was at a major turning point in the early 1990s. Apartheid was coming to an end, a democratic government was being formed, and Nelson Mandela was about to become the first black president of South Africa.  The country needed a new flag to represent its new vision. South Africa’s New Flag A public competition was held for…

A Journey in South Africa

A Journey in South Africa Africa is pretty huge. In fact, Africa is the second largest continent both based on size and population. Therefore, as you can probably imagine there is a very wide range of culture, climate, landscape, and development across the nearly twelve million square mile place. However, for the sake of saving…

A Taste of South Africa

A Taste of South Africa

One of the ways our family likes to “travel” is through food.  While researching for our Taste of South Africa night, we weren’t surprised to learn that the cuisine is as diverse as the country itself.  Influenced by many cultures including indigenous, Dutch, Malaysian, French, and Indian, South Africans have a rainbow of choices. Bobotie is considered to be the closest…

South Africa printables

Explore South Africa: A Country Research Project for Kids

Kids will love exploring the beautiful country of South Africa and creating a book or a poster to share what they learned. Materials a poster board or sheets of paper stapled together glue or tape printables (free download) South Africa Country Profile library books about South Africa National Geographic Kids Kids World Travel Guide 100 Best Things…

South Africa’s First Olympians

South Africa’s official participation in the Olympic Games began in 1908; however, the country’s involvement at the 1904 Games is a great, rarely heard story – revealing the athletes that weren’t there to compete in the first place. The 1904 Olympic Games The 1904 Olympics (the third modern Olympic Games) were held in St. Louis, USA as part of the World’s…

The Big Three: Soccer, Rugby & Cricket

South Africans are extremely passionate about sports.  While many different sports are played in South Africa, this post will focus on what are known as “The Big Three.” Soccer Also known as football, soccer is the most popular team sport in South Africa.  The men’s national soccer team is Bafana Bafana (The Boys) and the women’s national soccer team is Banyana Banyana (The Girls). South Africa’s…

Sprinkle Your Summer with Culture

Sprinkle Your Summer With Culture

Sprinkle typical summer activities with some cultural learning. Introduce and celebrate the beautiful diversity in our world. READ! Head to the library or your local bookstore. Choose books that feature diverse characters and communities and that offer a look into other experiences and cultures. Here are a few resources to get you started. Read Around the World Summer Reading…