Our city has in the last couple of years started holding Beer Gardens over weekends. At one such event a friend, who also happens to be a teacher, suggested reading the book ‘Home of the Brave’ by Katherine Applegate.
And from there our conversation shifted to how many of our kids are still totally oblivious to or haven’t been exposed to what life is for people living in other parts of the world. In the same week I also happened to read this very interesting article ‘How Cross-Racial Scenes in Picture Books Build Acceptance’.
These thoughts lingered in my mind for days and I came up with a plan through which our family will collectively try learning more about the world that we live in.
It is important that kids learn, understand and respect the diverse world in which they live, and only will they be well-rounded individuals.
So the plan is every week we will be looking at one continent. The boys can read/ watch anything they wish to about that continent. We will read books with characters from that continent, maybe try a craft/art , cook a dish, read about the religions practiced there, festivals celebrated, languages spoken.
I will be posting links to fiction books for kids related to various countries soon.
Here is the timeline that I plan to follow.
July 9th – 15th – Asia
July 16 – 22nd – Australia/Oceania
July 23rd – 29th – Europe
July 30th – August 5th – Africa
August 6th – 12th – South America
August 13th – 19th – North America
P.S. This is my first post ever, pardon me if I have not been clear enough.