- multicultural and ethnic festivals
- religious holy days from all major religions
- environmental days to celebrate and honor our planet
- United Nations International Days such as “Global Youth Service Day“
- fun holidays that celebrate friendship, empathy, and kindness
- a summary table. Plan for the materials or equipment needed to play each game, as well as the best setting to play (indoor/outdoor) and the number of children needed to play.
- a world map. Students keep their own copy to track the countries they have played games from.
- 35 instruction cards. The colorful cards, decorated with the country’s flag, include clear instructions to prepare and play the game, its country of origin, and printables when necessary.
- 8 extension activities. Students compare games, invent a new game, research other games, and more!
It’s been almost ten years now, and I still miss my family. However, you get used to it, but now it doesn’t hurt as much.
- It’s hard for kids to understand why family who lives faraway can’t be there for big moments (or even small moments that feel big to our kids.) – Robbie
- It’s not distance that determines the strength of a relationship. – Amanda
- Makes you appreciate family rather than taking them for granted. – Lisa
- Family time is quality time. – Lisa
- Our children always look forward to family visits, no matter when or where they are. – Lisa
- Being away from your real family makes it hard to be present in their lives. – Johanna
- I feel that I have to catch up every time I have the chance to be with them. – Johanna
- The hardest for me was when I wasn’t able to be at my grandfather’s funeral. – Johanna
- Being so far apart and with the visits so few and far between, you need to seek out every moment with them. Especially parents when you have children of your own. – Fariba
- Thank God for Facetime! – Fariba
- When you live far away you learn to enjoy every moment you actually get with your grandchildren/nephews/nieces to the absolute maximum. – Stephen
- Our few weeks together per year feel more meaningful than the short day visits we used to have before I moved abroad. Time together is so much more precious now, and we always try to make the most of it. – Svenja
- One thing I think we all understand is the joy we feel when we are back in each other’s arms. Yes, there’s always dysfunction in every family. But, the contentment of just being together trumps any negativity. – Lisa
- I think that it’s still possible to be close to your family even if you aren’t physically close to your family. I also think that we learn that we can really have a fulfilling life even though we aren’t physically close to our family, that our friends matter a lot. – Ann
- Your friends become your “family”. A family bound not by blood but by friendship. – Frances
I’m looking forward to 2015! May you have a wonderful, and prosperous 2015!
|My siblings and I (8 yrs. old) little sis (6 yrs. old)
& little brother (1 yr. old) when we first visited Puerto Rico.
Although we could speak, and understand in our Spanish native language, we didn’t know how to read in Spanish. We were bilingual, but not biliterate. We learned English during our school years living in the United States. So my sister, and I promised to always speak to each other only in English so we wouldn’t forget.
Although we knew the language, we had a hard time adapting to a full Spanish immersion environment. We learned how to read in Spanish when we started school in Puerto Rico. I had a hard time learning Spanish grammar, and, how and when to use accents on words. It was a nightmare! Nevertheless, we succeeded and graduated from both high school, and college from Puerto Rico. I’m proud to say that today my sister is an ESL Teacher, and is traveling the world with her husband, our brother is bilingual (Spanish/English) living in Puerto Rico with his family.
You’d be surprised how often I get asked this question!
Like they say in Puerto Rico, “¡Esa es la pregunta de los 64 mil chavitos!” The literal translation is “That is the 64 thousand pennies question.” The statement literally means that the person has asked a somewhat complicated question at least in my case. 🙂
I can answer by telling them I’m from (town where we live), but I know my answer will not suffice their curiosity. So I’m happy to oblige, and educate them!
However, being questioned where I’m from or what am I so frequently brings me to think of our beautifully mixed son. He’s just 5 yrs. ago, and I’m teaching him to embrace his biracial, and multicultural identity with pride. So when the question of “los 64 mil chavitos” arises he’ll be able to answer with pride!
|Source: Microsoft Office On-line Clip Art|
However, I want to share an excerpt of my post:
“His heritage is his identity, and I pray that teaching our little one of where he comes from will help him embrace his individuality. Creating a sense of pride, of belonging, and knowing where he comes from will promote his character growth, and enable him to defend himself against prejudice and racism. Where he lives will not solely determine his identity, but so will his parent’s contribution on passing on his heritage.”
The group’s main focus is on raising global citizens. So how do they teach heritage to their children?
Varya from Little Artists has shared that her family has their own culture by adapting the best of the heritage from both sides of the family. However, there is one thing she really enjoys about her Russian heritage that she wants to pass on to her children, and that is cooking and eating!
This post was shared in Worldwide March Culture Swappers.
This is not just your ordinary everyday dinner, this is the dinner to have on new years day. For southerners black-eyed peas represents good luck, and increases prosperity in the new year, and the collard greens represents green dollar bills. The corn bread represents gold, and the pork represents progress. How interesting! I made sure we had plenty of those served on our plate! When I served little one’s plate and saw the black-eyed peas he said, “Yumm, I love black-eyed peas!” 🙂 Good! He’ll have lots of good luck and prosperity.
|Traditional Southern New Years Dinner|
|Collard greens with ham hocks.|
|Little one clowning around and enjoying new years dinner with Grandpa.|
I’m hoping that after this delicious new years day dinner we should have lots of good luck, prosperity, progress and money in this coming year!
Would love to hear if you have any traditions celebrating the new year? Please comment, share or like!
Dictionary.com defines heritage as “something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; an inherited lot or portion: a heritage of poverty and suffering; a national heritage of honor, pride, and courage.”
However, in order to better understand her statement, we need to look into her own background, and where she was raised. Her parents are Black from the South, who moved to Chicago when she was a young child. They live in the upper scale suburbs, and she went to a predominantly all White school. So the question here is, should had she been raised in a predominantly Black community would her outcome on Barack Obama winning the presidency had been different? How about her parent’s involvement in teaching her about her own heritage?
- I’ve started by creating a heritage board for our son. This board helps him understand visually where he comes from.
- As the sole Spanish speaking parent at home, I strive to talk to him in Spanish. Though, I do confess it’s a daily struggle, and I’ve faced many challenges that I shared before in a previous post.
- Being the multicultural familia that we are, we celebrate El Día de Los Tres Reyes Magos. We have a super long holiday in our home. Kicking off with Thanksgiving during November all the way through January 6 when we celebrate Three Kings Day!
|Getting ready for Los Tres Reyes Magos|
- Fostering his relationship with his extended family, and creating new memories has been easy since we travel to Puerto Rico every other year, and the year that we don’t travel we always have his Abuela or his Titi Gladys with the familia come over to visit. He knows who is his extended family, including the ones that do not live in Puerto Rico. Our relatives living in the states have come to visit us, or we have gone to visit them. His extended family is very much “present” in his life, through out the year they send him letters, and/or packages to keep in touch with him. (We have used video chat, but not as often as we should).
- Although, a little hard (because of the difficulty of finding the ingredients locally) is introducing little one to Latin cooking. He loves soul food, but is having a hard time assimilating his palate to Latin cuisine. It’s a treat when we receive from Puerto Rico: guineos verdes (green bananas), papaya (tropical fruit), gandules (pigeon peas) and/or ajies dulces (sweet peppers) so we can whip up a Latin dish. I often make a delish flan which is now our “go” to dessert for parties, and gatherings.
|Ajíes dulces from Puerto Rico delivered home via US Mail.|
|Guineos verdes from Puerto Rico delivered home via US Mail.|
Reading to him bilingual or Spanish books is a fun way to learn about his heritage. Little one loves the book about the Coquíes, On this Beautiful Island, Atariba & Niguayona: A Story from the Taino People of Puerto Rico, Mi isla y yo/My Island and I: La naturaleza de Puerto Rico/The Nature of Puerto Rico, and most importantly books celebrating diversity, and multiculturalism.
How do you teach your children about their heritage? Would love to know! Please share, like and/or comment. ¡Gracias!
This post has been featured at Worldwide Culture Swap’s January Culture Swapper.