Category: Global Culture Education

Worldwide Culture Swap Discovering Scotland {Global Culture Education}

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I was thrilled when the wonderful group of moms from Worldwide Culture Swap grouped together individual families for a one-on-one culture swap exchange.

The family from Scotland sent us the following:

  • Bag – This is the Union Jack – the flag of the United Kingdom (UK)
  • Kings and Queens wall chart (history)
  • Traveler’s map / National Geographic (geography)
  • UK map / Facts and figures (geography)
  • Cut outs from newspapers
  • Advertising holidays in London
  • Weather forecast (maths)
  • Advert for Tartan Tales (music)
  • Picture of cartoon character Oor Wullie (language)
  • Cooking savoury fudge (food)
  • Food label (food, maths)
  • Train tickets (orange and green)
  • Bus ticket (white)
  • Stamps (geography)
  • Postcards (history, geography, food)
  • Stamp, post box (history)
  • Images of Scotland
  • Pictures of Edinburgh
  • Coins (maths)
  • Bookmark, magazine (language)
We have yet to sit down, and go over all of the items in our swap package.  However, my son did enjoy eating his sweets, and looking at the animal postcards. He loves animals! In the coming weeks we’ll be going through every single piece of item in the swap package, and learning about Scotland. 

As for us, we sent a swap package with items from Puerto Rico. I had been waiting to participate again since this past summer when we returned from a 2-week vacation in Puerto Rico. I came back with so much goodies, and scouting all the tourist areas for the magazines. 

We included in our package a personalized letter from us, a short letter from little man with petroglyphs drawings that he made. The tourist magazine ¡Qué Pasa!, copy of a traditional children’s games in Puerto Rico found in the children’s book Shake It, Morena!, coquí key chain, Puerto Rico cup holder, maracas, small cemí replica, history fact on Puerto Rico, information on the Taíno indians (natives of Puerto Rico), picture postcard, a capia, and of course, sand from the beach in Culebra, PR. 

We’ve participated in the past, and we have learned so much from the families who have carefully prepared, and put together the swap packages from their countries (read about it here).

This was a one-on-one culture swap package. We signed up for a 4 family swap package, and we’re group 208 swapping cultural packages with Poland, Sweden, Canada, and New Jersey.

We’ll be anxiously waiting for our mailman and hoping to receive a culture swap package soon. Until our next swap!

How do you teach your children about other cultures, and countries? Have you participated in culture swap exchanges?

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Discovering Brazil {Global Culture Education}

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I am excited to share with you the first post of the series Discovering the World. I’ll be sharing with you how little one is learning about other countries through activities, crafts, a lapboard that we will make for each country, music, YouTube, and Little Passports. The countries that we’ll be sharing with you are Brazil, France, Egypt, Australia, Mexico, Japan, and many more to come!

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Kwanzaa Winter Holiday Celebration

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I love teaching our child about the different Winter holidays, and last year I hosted in our home a Cultural Playdate: “Celebrating 中國新年 (Chinese New Year).” This year I hosted a one-day Kwanzaa Winter Holiday camp for ten of my son’s friends 5 years and under. The fun part about this camp that it was bilingual! I invited little one’s new Spanish speaking friends so I was translating English to Spanish; and then Spanish to English for the other children.

10 kids for 5 hours requires a program, and a schedule!  And, four extra adult hands! Thank goodness I had 2 moms who are dear friends of mine help me too.  We split the children by groups for the activities, and board games. We ended up with three groups which was manageable and organized.   

  • 10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Arrival
  • 10:15 – 10:30 a.m. We sat in a circle to sing the intro song ¿Cómo te llamas? by Hap Palmer. After the introductions I explained to them that just as we celebrated Christmas other cultures celebrated different Winter holidays such as Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a week long celebration held in the United States observed from December 26 to January 1 each year honoring African culture and heritage. I showed them on the globe where Africa was located and how far it was from where we live.
  • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Special Agent Oso’s Holiday Lights Special on Disney Jr. Oso travels around the world to help three kids prepare for three different Winter holiday celebrations: Celeste in France celebrates Christmas, Noah in Israel celebrates Hanukkah and Brayden in the U.S.A. celebrates Kwanzaa.
  • 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Kwanzaa craft- make a mkeka. It’s a special woven straw mat used during the celebration feast. It represents tradition.  For instructions on how to make one click here
  • 11:45 – 12:00 p.m. Wash-up/potty time
  • 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch time
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Kwanzaa craft – finish the mkeka and make a kinara. Kinara is a candle holder. It holds one candle for each of the seven days of Kwanzaa. Each candle represents seven principles; unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. For each day a candle is lit. The coloring page was from the book. For the kinara we used half of a paper plate, jumbo red, green and black craft sticks, glue, flame cut-outs, and tape.
  • 1:30 – 2:00 p.m Story time: Folktale No Water for Hare and puppet stick craft. During Kwanzaa many families enjoy sharing stories of morals or lessons related to the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The folktale No Water for Hare is a story of collective work and responsibility. It is a Nigerian story of a group of animals that work together to dig a water hole-and then all enjoy the end result: drinking fresh water. This story can be found in the book referenced above. 
  • 2:00 – 2:05 p.m. Dance time! Yo Gabba Gabba’s Freeze Dance
  • 2:05 – 2:30 p.m. Board games  
After that I they snacked on some popcorn as they waited for their parents. They were all happy, and excited! Going home with the knowledge of how Kwanzaa is celebrated in the U.S.A.  
I have to thank the parents for allowing their children to spend the day with us, and for their continued support of whatever I come up with! Be it parties, playdates, and my latest project an all-day camp! And, last but not least a special shout-out to my dear friends Beth, and Renee! Thank you for being my “teacher’s assistant” like Beth called herself. 🙂 
Do you or your family celebrate Kwanzaa?  I would love to hear from you! Comment, like, share or pin. 
Happy Kwanzaa! 

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