5 Ways to Help Kids become Globally Aware

We hear a lot about how kids today need to be "global citizens" and gain skills needed for the 21st century workforce.  But what is the best way to achieve this, especially for younger children?  And shouldn't they have fun learning at this age, without worrying about their international job prospects 20 years down the road? 

Here are some simple ideas to help you and your family become more globally-aware!

Learn about current world events with kid-friendly websites

  • DOGO News offers an international article page with current events as well as fun, quirky stories from around the globe.
  • National Geographic Kids features a People and Places page that posts interviews with world citizens, explanations of different world traditions, and news on environmental issues.

Connect with local cultural groups--the world IS in your backyard!

  • Is your city is home to a Sister City International chapter or a cultural group such as the Alliance Francaise?  These groups often sponsor local free events.
  • Attend local ethnic festivals in the summertime! The sights, sounds, and taste (yum!) of local festivals is a great way to learn about the cultural diversity of your own community!

Explore your family heritage

Learn a language, one word at a time!

  • Start small, with common words and phrases, like Please, Thank You, Hello.
  • Practice them at the dinner table while enjoying a new international recipe.
  • Digital Dialects offers learning games in many world languages.

Lend a helping hand and learn through charity work

 

Teach kids that they can make a difference in improving the world around them.  Connect your child's interests with the charitable work of organizations such as those listed below.

  • If gardening or animals are a favorite topic for your tot, for example, consider learning about Heifer International.  Their website features kid-friendly games too.
  • Other kid-friendly charities include Smile Train and Hoops For Hope--by donating allowance or helping to organize a community giving event, kids can learn that they CAN make a difference in the world!

What other ideas can you share about helping kids become more globally-aware?  Leave a comment below!

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