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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…

Throw Your Tooth on the Roof

Tooth Traditions Around the World

What in the world do YOU do with your tooth? A boy in Mexico leaves his tooth in a box on his bedside table.  He hopes that the magic mouse, El Ratón, will take his tooth and leave some money. A girl in South Africa leaves her tooth in a slipper in her room.  A mouse comes…

Children's Days

May 5 Children’s Day Celebrations

May 5 Children’s Day Celebrations National Children’s Days are observed on various days throughout the year in countries all around the world.  The day is devoted to celebrating the health and happiness of all children. Japan and South Korea celebrate Children’s Day on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month. Kodomo No Hi is a national holiday in Japan.  Colorful…

Orthodox Easter Traditions

Orthodox Christians in Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and other countries around the world celebrate Pascha (Easter) with church services, decorating eggs, playing games and eating traditional foods are typical parts of the celebration. The Eggs Decorated eggs are an important part of the Orthodox Easter tradition. In Greece, the hard-boiled eggs are dyed a bright red. Romanians paint hollowed-out eggs in traditional…

Globe Trottin’ Kids – Resources for Global Learning

Globe Trottin’ Kids provides resources for teaching children about our diverse world.  We offer a variety of tools to help integrate global learning across all content areas throughout the year. Globe Trottin’ Kids offers free and paid products for the elementary classroom.  Our most popular items are the country research projects.  Students complete a variety of…

Songkran

Songkran: Thailand’s New Year Festival

Suk San Wan Songkran! Happy Songkran Day! Celebrating Songkran The Songkran Festival celebrates the traditional Thai New Year from April 13-15. The word Songkran comes from a Sanskrit phrase meaning “passage of the sun.” It is a time for house cleaning, family gatherings, visiting temples, and throwing water. Water is an important resource to Thailand, needing…

Zachariah's Perfect Day

Zachariah’s Perfect Day: A Book Review

Zachariah’s Perfect Day, written by Farrah Qazi and illustrated by Durre Waseem, tells the story of a young boy’s first fasting day during the holy month of Ramadan. The story begins with 12-year old Zachariah waking up and being excited to be old enough to join Muslims around the world in fasting from sunrise to sunset. His family…

international children's Book day

International Children’s Book Day

International Children’s Book Day International Children’s Book Day has been celebrated annually on or around Hans Christian Andersen‘s birthday (April 2) since 1967.   The day is about inspiring a love of reading and shining a light on children’s literature. Each year the event is sponsored by a different member of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).…

The World’s Happiest Countries

Happy International Day of Happiness! Meet the top 10 happiest countries (2016) according to the World Happiness Report.  As you scroll  down the graphic, try to identify each country.  The answers are below it. The World’s Top 10 Happiest Countries  Denmark   Switzerland  Iceland  Norway  Finland  Canada  The Netherlands  New Zealand  Australia  Sweden Student Activities 1. Locate each country on…

Catherine’s Pascha: A Book Review & Printable

Catherine’s Pascha – A Book Review & Printable As an American married to a Greek, I have been celebrating Pascha (Easter) for many years.  We raised our children to learn about both of our Easter traditions – from the Easter Bunny and chocolate eggs to flying kites and dying red eggs; from Easter egg hunts and baked ham…

Maslenitsa

Maslenitsa – Pancake Week in Russia

Maslenitsa, a traditional Slavic festival, takes place during the last week before the start of the Orthodox Lent season and marks the end of winter.  Maslenitsa is also known as “Butter Week” (“maslo” is the Russian word for butter) and “Pancake Week”  (their round shape symbolizes the sun).  Lots and lots of pancakes are eaten during this week! Blini, thin Russian…

Hinamatsuri

Hinamatsuri, The Japanese Doll Festival

Hinamatsuri, also known as the Japanese Doll Festival or Girls’ Day, is celebrated every March 3. Hina are the special dolls for the occasion and matsuri is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday. Families and communities wish health and happiness for all girls on this special day. Hina Dolls Hina dolls are typically a gift from a…