Do you dream of educating your children about the world around them? It believe it's imperative for our children to gain an understanding and appreciation for various cultures, countries, and religions. I know from experiences abroad and at home that exploring different cultures and interacting with those from different backgrounds has been such an enriching experience! Of course you want to be cautious of what you share with children since some information can be too disheartening or not age appropriate. I don't have time right now to read this cool book called "Growing Up Global" by Homa Tavangar, but I did listen to a Powerofmoms Podcast interviewing the author - an amazing woman! So here are some of the notes I took from the author's interview and also some of my own dreams:
|Oh someday, I deeply want to have a large WORLD MAP in our dining room so we can often refer to it. A globe would be awesome too.|
Homa, the author, suggests to watch an INTERNATIONAL FILM every now and then. You could even make some traditional food from that country! For example, "Ponyo" is a Japanese movie inspired from the story "Little Mermaid," and it has been subbed in with English voices. She says you could make teriyaki stir fry and maybe talk about some interesting Japan facts. Homa says, "Try similar pairings with other excellent, family-friendly films like The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Mongolia), The Legend of Roan Inish(Ireland), Alamar (Mexico/Italy), Children of Heaven (Iran)." You can make it super simple yet really fun!
Saren Eyre Loosli, co-founder of Power of Moms, has her children head up a "CHILDREN FOR CHILDREN" CONCERT each Christmas time. They had a gathering of a couple hundred people in a beautiful, old church for a talent night program. Her family gets lots of other children/teens to volunteer their talents in hopes to raise awareness and money for orphanages in Bulgaria.
On "Palm Sunday," learn about how hundreds of thousands of Christians from around the world have a march (See LEFT) while waving palm leaves and singing Christian songs. They walk into the old city through the "golden gate" arch near where Christ entered on a donkey. Maybe have your own parade and talk about the story of Christ! Or, learn about "Purim," (See RIGHT) when Jews dress up and celebrate the story of Esther. Learn about how the Jews honor the Sabbath and do similar things one Sunday. Discover the history behind the First Thanksgiving when November rolls around! Learn about Black History Month in February, watch Remember the Titans, and have each child research an African American hero and teach the familyt! THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS AND SO FUN!
|CLICK HERE to check out Homa's website. Under the tab "World of Ideas" she has a great list "10 Things to Do Now!" She has some fabulous ideas. |
|Meet Homa Tavangar - the author|
of "Growing Up Global"
Homa, you rock! Thanks for inspiring me!