One of my greatest passions is traveling, so I enjoy sharing my travel adventures with my students.  Enthusiasm is catching, so my students pick up on my enthusiasm when I share something I'm passionate about.  Although many students have not left the state (except to go to Disney World), I find that they are extremely interested to hear & learn about the foreign places they've only read about in books (both fiction & non-fiction).

 

 

This TripAdvisor Travel Map has pins in all of the places that I've been.

 

In this ever changing world, technology has brought us all closer together.  What multiculturali

sm (an appreciation, acceptance of different cultures) was for the 90's, global education is for today's generation of students.  If you're unfamiliar with the term, the goal of Global Education is to make children aware of the role that they play in our global society, as well as recognizing the interconnectedness they have with their counterparts in other countries.  Through learning about the commonalities & differences in social, ecological, political & economic issues at home & abroad, students will have a better understanding of our World & its people.

 

Here are some ideas for getting you started with Global Education in the early elementary grades.  These can be used in the classroom or for at home enrichment:

 

While shopping a recent Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale for books for

my classroom, niece, nephews & baby that I'm expecting in March, I found an ABC book that I had to buy. Like most ABC books, P is for Passport: A World Alphabet (Discover the World) by Devin Scillian has a letter for each page of the alphabet that shares information about the theme of the book. The alphabet pages in this book share information about the  culture & people of different countries around the World. I even found a Teacher's Guide on-line with suggested activities to use when sharing the book with students.

 

 

To continue with the travel theme, another exciting product that I recently learned about is the Little Passports: A Global Adventure subscriptions.  To begin your adventure, the first month your child will receive an EXPLORER KIT (see image with suitcase, passport, & map) to introduce the learning program. In the following months, your child will get a package from Sam and Sofia as they travel to a new country (the 2nd month is  Brazil & the 3rd month is Japan). Each adventure package includes a letter addressed to your child from Sam and Sofia, an activity sheet, a photo from the country, a passport stamp, a map marker, a suitcase sticker, a collectible boarding pass to access more online games and activities & fun souvenirs from that month's country.  The souvenirs are memorable and educational, examples of which include items such as: traditional country toys, arts and crafts projects, puzzles, pencils/erasers, photos, stickers, and postcards. The recommended age range for Little Passports is 5 to 10 years old. 


  


For the next 2 days you can purchase a Little Passports "Traveler's Package" at 1/2 price.  That's a 3 month subscription to help your little world traveler get started on a global learning adventure. You can click this link to view the deal. Otherwise, you can purchase longer subscriptions directly from the Little Passports website.