I’m proud to be part of a global group of bloggers who are coming together this month to write about the A to Z’s of raising bilingual children. For a list of all the great posts, visit the home page for this fun project. Of course, we chose “E” for “Explore the World”.
Our kids have been lucky to enjoy a Spanish immersion program through our local public schools so we had lots of support from family and teachers. The support was desperately needed because neither my husband nor I actually speak Spanish. We wish were bilingual but we’re not. Bilingualism was a gift we wanted to give our children, but not something that came easily.
Because she could speak Spanish, a roadside caballero offered her his horse!!
The first reason to explore the world is motivation. Our first challenge in helping our Read more
As a part of their on-line summit on Raising Global Citizens
, Multicultural Kids Blog invited me to share my thoughts on how traveling with kids can cultivate multiculturalism. Being a true global citizen involves more than simply respecting and knowing about other cultures; it requires skills, experiences, and attitudes that help a person engage with and cherish as wide a variety of cultures as they are lucky enough to encounter. Traveling with your kids can help them gain these skills, experiences, and attitudes.
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The Bunny Pancake
I first started making pancakes when the kids were really little, in animal shapes with chocolate chips melted in for the eyes, nose, and mouth. There was Mickey Mouse, the Easter Bunny, and Clifford the Big Red Dog, but they were basically variations on the same theme. Over time I tried all the various kinds of pancake mixes, and “won” the pancake basket at one of the kid’s preschool fund-raising auctions. I used white chocolate, mint chocolate, dark chocolate, and butterscotch chips. We quickly tired of basic “syrup” and became conversant in the various grades of maple syrup. One Christmas some friends gave us a waffle maker which further diversified my repertoire. Every Saturday morning I was ritually mixing batter. Sometimes there was bacon. Read more
The first time we really noticed culture on-board was on a flight from the USA to Austria via Austrian Airlines. Instead of waiting 9 hours to arrive in a new country, we stepped instantly from Washington DC into Austria as we boarded the plane. The Austria-red outfits (including somewhat shockingly red nylons), the classical music, and the Austrian-German accents put us instantly in a traveling state of mind. They served Ottakringer beer, a delicious light beer made at a Viennese brewery, and Almdudler, something like Ginger Ale and known informally as the national drink of Austria. We were in the air, but we were in Austria too. I don’t remember that they served Wiener schnitzel but they just might on some special flights. Read more
All these images and more in our latest post on Wandering Educators. How can you see a little more on your next trip or keep your kids just a little more engaged? Go close-up!
“When we leave our homes, we leave behind the web of possessions and accumulated to-do lists and focus on spending time together” – Mara Gorman
There’s a new family travel book on the market! Why would we review the competition? Well, because it’s a great book with lots of new perspectives to offer. I read it cover-to-cover, enjoyed it, learned from it, and smiled regularly. It’s a quick read with no nonsense. Mara’s inherent philosophy is that everything can be travel. She describes her first trip with her son – a trip down the block to visit neighbors. Mara’s vision of family travel encompasses all activities that get parents and kids out the door, exploring the world together. Read more