I’m very, very, very excited to announce this new blog series (and giveaway! — entry form found at the bottom of this post).
These days, for so many reasons, “bringing the world into our home” has been on my mind. I mentioned in the recent “bloom where you are planted” post that we are vetting preschools, making big life decisions around where we’d like to live, and in this process we’re hashing out our “non-negotiables” for life in general. It’s big stuff that our family is going through, and I keep coming back to the importance our family places on raising a “global citizen” — the desire to raise a curious, well-rounded, sensitive, empathic, culturally-aware child makes its way into each area of our lives. We all know that our world is changing in dynamic ways, and we want to be sure that our child is prepared to keep up with all of the richness and challenges that she’ll encounter in this “global world”.
I feel like global ideas follow me around, they’re everywhere I go, etched into everything I do. In education (my full time job) *and* parenting (my other full time job) the themes of “raising a global child” and “bringing the world into our home” keep coming up. I attended professional development last week, led by Paul Bloomberg of The Core Collaborative (love him!) and he touched on The 16 Habits of Mind, or what research shows to be the consistent behaviors of highly intelligent people. It hits home with me both professionally and personally, because, well, who doesn’t want to raise up the highly intelligent future (world) citizens? Not only are many of these habits of mind values that fill up our hearts, but they also really jive with our minds. 🙂 Academically and professionally speaking, some of these habits, such as “listening with understanding and empathy”, “thinking flexibly”, “questioning and posing problems”, “thinking and communicating with clarity”, “creating, imagining, and innovating”, “responding with wonderment and awe”, “taking responsible risks”, and “thinking interdependently”, directly coincide with the International Baccalaureate’s learner profile (I’ve been inspired by the IB for decades!), a set of qualities that IB schools strive to instill in learners: inquirers, communicators, risk takers, balanced, reflective, open-minded, balanced…
All of these educational theories, values really, bring us around to the need, the pull, to inspire curiosity, open-mindedness, and flexibility of mindset in children. Navigating our cross-cultural world takes skill and finesse, a proficiency that may seem difficult (or expensive!) to instill in children, but I promise you, it takes nothing more than a commitment to developing a global mindset, getting crafty with resources, a little local (or global!) exploration, and the willingness to step out of your comfort zone and embrace the world for it’s people, for yourself, and for your family.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite, hand picked resources, toys, games, activities, and perspectives in order to “bring the world into your home”. Don’t miss this important blog series, and the chance to win an awesome set of fantastic materials!
One winner will take home the entire bundle, and you’ll receive:
The Barefoot Book of Children, by Tessa Strickland and Kate DePalma (Barefoot Books)
Crayola Multicultural Markers (Crayola)
I love this quote from Stacie Berdan, and couldn’t have said it better myself: “Global parenting is a mindset; it can take place anywhere and under any circumstances. By taking a proactive role in enhancing your child’s global awareness, you can teach your child to understand and deal with the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Plus it’s fun!”
Enter the giveaway here!
Links to reviews:
The Hello Atlas, Quarto Knows
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