If you’ve scoured through the entire world-wide web and fallen onto this particular page, it’s probably for one of a couple of reasons:
- You are a parent or teacher wanting to help your respective children and students grow up to be amazing world citizens; or you yourself want to learn what more you can do to be more conscious of the world at large and its millions of different people.
- Maybe you were just looking for some really creative ideas to spend more time with your children while secretly boosting their academic and social little minds.
- You really did just get lost on the web. In which event, I invite you to stay, join the discussions and fall in love with our big, old, messy Earth again anyway!
In this blog, I will strive to pump out as many ideas as possible to help you approach these topics with your family in a creative way:
- Fitness and
- Job Skills!
We will look at these topics through a lens focused on the world’s countries, wonders, animals, and people. Each of the countries will be discussed based on things that real citizens of those countries have shared with me! As I share unique facts and traditions from each country, you will be invited to try out related activities at home to really get your hands into the meat of the knowledge and make it a memorable experience for your families!
I will also provide insights and open discussions for parents, teachers, and other adults to discuss important topics related to why we should study different cultures. I want to instigate conversations about how to take the best of every culture to fight out the darkness and evil people in the world. We can’t ignore that they exist and we have the power to change something! Some of these discussions might include suggestions of books to read by authors around the world. Come back every week to see what new countries and academic activities are discussed, and don’t forget to look for the monthly discussions to fill yours and older children’s interests!
If that’s all a lot to get started with, let me help you find where to go next!
- Check out my Country ABCs if you’re interested in a variety of weekly activities and fun facts from countries all around the world! (I will begin posting about one country every month)
- Or, if you want to learn more about what culture even is/why it’s important, try starting with one of these discussion activities: What is Culture? , A Lesson About Respecting People Who Are Different. , or O.U.R.: Uniting the Best of Humanity to Fight the Evil Dragon – Slavery.
If I can be so bold as to suggest a favorite and lighthearted activity to really feel the goal of this blog with your family, I would start with A Lesson About Respecting People Who Are Different. But that’s just me.
I’m Kasey Boyack. A wife, mom, and daydreamer, who wants to constantly travel the world to meet new people, but tends to be tied down, or wound tight, with responsibilities. And that’s okay, because I absolutely adore my family, and when we can, we make the adventures happen!
It was a while after having my first son before I finally realized I wasn’t really investing time into any of my hobbies or talents. I was listening to this amazing podcast where the speaker asked stay-at-home moms, “What are your goals? What do you want to accomplish?” And almost all of them would respond, “I want to have a clean home, happy family, and some really good friends.” But she pushed, and said, “No. What do you want to really do for yourself? How are you going to go out and make a difference? What kind of person do you want to become?!” I realized that my goals were pretty similar to these moms on the podcast. They weren’t real goals at all, more just like a determination to make it cheerfully from day to day. Maybe some of you understand. Her words really hit me, and so I started to wonder what am I actually interested and capable in that’s just for me? The answer was obvious: I LOVE languages and people. I speak Russian, pretend to dabble in Spanish and ASL, and once upon a time was assigned to teach Turkish and Lithuanian classes! I didn’t know either language, but fell in love working with my classes to try to learn each language as fluently as possible in the time I was with them! But my love reaches further than just the languages. I whole-heartedly and without fail always come to love the groups of people who speak, act, and look differently than me! It drives my husband crazy probably, but if there is a foreigner at the grocery store, park…or most notably – the Holocaust Museum (I’ll save that story for later though), you can bet I’ll spot them out and weigh the appropriateness of sparking a conversation with them.
Unfortunately, as I have spoken with some of my dear friends who are from different countries, it seems that the perception is most Americans don’t really take enough time to be truly educated about different cultures. We care a lot about world events, but don’t understand these people’s lives much more than that their home is in ruins, or politics corrupt, or their island a luxurious getaway. I include myself in this group! So I thought about ways that I could share my love for these different cultures I’ve learned about, and decided that by reaching out to families, I might have the greatest affect. After all, strong families make up every great nation! Hopefully, as you follow my different series, you’ll feel comfortable participating in the conversation of culture! And please, always feel free to share any input, ask any questions, and reach out to your friends from different backgrounds for their insights! I would love to be connected with more people and better understand how each of you thinks and feels about the things important to you.
Now tell me, who are you? Where are you from? How would you describe the culture you want to create in your home or community? I would love to get to know each and every one of you, and hope a few of you even make friends here too!
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