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Posts Tagged ‘Cultural Traditions’

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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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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Global Learning Resources – for Kids

Global Learning Resources for Kids

It’s been a great week collaborating with other global educators for our Global Learning in the Elementary Classroom miniseries. We featured information, resources, and activities to teach our youngest learners about world geography and cultures. To conclude this series, we’re sharing a round-up of resources for kids to use as they explore and learn about the world. Global Learning Resources – for Kids…

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Sharing Many Cultures in the Elementary Classroom

Sharing Many Cultures in the Elementary Classroom

We’re excited to share a guest post written by Lisa Heintz from Little Songbird: Songs for Learning as part of our Global Learning in the Elementary Classroom miniseries. Lisa has lots of great suggestions for global activities, books, and songs, and she has some great deals just for you! Also, be sure to scroll down to enter…

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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…

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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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