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Marti's Song for Freedom

Learn about José Martí, often referred to as the “Apostle of Cuban Independence,” in this bilingual biography written by Emma Otheguy and illustrated by Beatriz Vidal. Written in verse, including excerpts from Martí’s own poetry, this picture book introduces children and adults to his inspiring life story and his important contributions toward winning Cuba’s freedom from…

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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 the Congo, and Angola (and one…

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The Cloud Artist

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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Saint Nicholas Day Snow

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 the legendary figure woven in. Disclosure: We received a complimentary…

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Introducing Cultures Through International Cuisines

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 new cultures through cuisine. This post…

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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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4 Ways to Introduce Global Learning Into a Classroom

Hello! My name is Becky Morales, and I am an ESL and Spanish teacher and mom to five kiddos through adoption and birth. Our family is somewhat unique because we have such a mixture of cultures in our house (Mexican, Chinese, Ethiopian, African-American, white). When my kids were little, I looked for simple ways to…

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Global Learning in the Elementary Classroom is a mini-series designed to provide educators with quality resources to teach their students about world geography and cultures. With the help of some great global educators, we are featuring information, ideas, and resources to teach our youngest learners about the diverse world we all share. Kicking off the series is an introduction to…

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Sharing Many Cultures in the Elementary Classroom

Make no mistake: True “multicultural” or “global” education takes creativity, effort, time and self-reflection. Developing resources, knowledge, insight and materials to encourage diversity is neither inherent nor instant, but it has never been more important for our children.  They need to develop a strong sense of self, self-esteem, and respect for themselves while developing the same respect for…

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