It’s well known that my passion revolves around spreading the word and motivating others to raise bilingual and bicultural children. The benefits for their cognitive, emotional and social behavior are proven. Beyond the facts, my heart just knows it’s the right thing to do and I want to give my girl the tools that I had growing up that have been invaluable in making me who I am and what I do right now.
Lately, I’ve been more and more motivated to not only raise a child who’s well aware of the cultures that make up her individual world, but who also feels the need to expand her learning to a global reach. My visions are filled with immersive family trips to places near and far. I want her to know early on how different we all are and to gain perspective for her own nurtured life. I want her to try all sorts of foods, be surrounded by languages she can’t understand a word of, be put in situations where her creativity and imagination will be her biggest assets, and just learn to love the differences that make us all so beautiful.
While I do my inner and outer work to make that vision a reality, I know I and “we” have access to so many resources and tools that can teach our kids about the world to make them truly global citizens, or at the very least aspire to be one.
So I reached out to a very special group of online moms from various cultures to share with us their #1 go-to resource to teach their own children about our world.
13 Resources to Teach Children About the World 1 of 14
Atlas for Kids 2 of 14
The first great resource that comes to mind is a book we purchased called Where on Earth? by DK Publishing. It's divided into six chapters - Geography, Nature, People, History, Arts & Entertainment, and Science & Technology. It serves as a very engaging and informative resource for my curious kids, ages 7 & 9. They go back to it often and it sparks lots of great in-depth family conversations!
Jill Faline Sedita
The World in an App 3 of 14
Worldwide Culture Swap 4 of 14
I teach my child about the world by participating in worldwide culture swaps, and using a world (wall) map/earth globe. When we receive a package from one of the countries, we immediately go to the map! We review the contents, and we talk about what we received. We especially love reading the letters from the family as it gives us a peek into their lives, and how they live in that part of the world.
Personalized Wall Map 5 of 14
I use a bunch of different things ton of resources to teach my daughters about the world, but if I had to choose one thing, it would be my National Geographic map. It allows you to mark the places you've been, the places you are planning to go, dream destinations and places where your family roots are. I keep this up in our kitchen, and whenever we are reading about new country or talking about family history or our past travel experiences, we refer to the map! We made this our family Christmas gift one year!
Illustrated Atlas 6 of 14
National Georgraphic Kids 7 of 14
Window on the World 8 of 14
Global Flight Tracker 9 of 14
Yoga for Kids 10 of 14
Kids yoga is our number one resource for teaching our toddler about the world. We go on pretend journeys to different places and act out the flora and fauna of that country. We go to Africa and do the giraffe, elephant, and lion poses. Or we go to Canada and pretend to be bears, trees, and ducks. Or we head to Australia to act like kangaroos, koalas, and wombats. The ideas are limitless, we have fun together, and she is learning about the world through movement. It warms my heart every day.
A Globe 11 of 14
The world map on the wall and the globe on the table are our first resource for the kids. We also enjoy the Barefoot Books World Atlas App with 3D globe and country facts. We participate in various cultural events to learn about various cultures via music, food, or activities.
Miss Panda Chinese
Foto credit: Peter Harris on flickr
Multicultural Moms Grop 12 of 14
Multicultural Books and Celebrations 13 of 14
I definitely try to expose the kids to different languages and holidays, parties and cultural events. We love some TV shows that show kids in other countries and the way they live. I like story telling, and the 4 Kids Like Me site has lot of interesting books and other resources.
Photo by Gerry on Flickr
National Public Radio 14 of 14
From the time they were tiny -National Public Radio (and Wisconsin Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio)! We live in the country and had to drive a lot. It was either music in Spanish (they are still Franco de Vita experts) or NPR. My daughter went to a new school at one point and when they said an event was in the MPR (multipurpose room) she said, "We have a Minnesota Public Radio room?" More than any point of view, I appreciated that the discussions were almost always civil and considerate of different view points. They were also inclusive and ranged well beyond US borders.
Blog: SpanishPlayground.comPhoto by S. Diddy on flickr