Today we ask… how do you create worldly kids?
Anne Button-Smith is an Educator and Parent who has been a keen supporter of Travel Kids Club since it’s inception.
Anne Button-Smith, Australia
Educator and Parent
Q: What is your strategy for creating worldly kids?
Anne: As a parent and teacher my approach has been to expose children to as much information about other’s cultural values and beliefs as possible.
This is done through travel, books (stories about others lives, autobiographies, travel stories, fact books), movies and documentaries and cultural opportunities such as food and religious festivals and, community activities.
Recently our daughter participated in a French cultural exchange where we had a young French girl live with us for 2 months and then our daughter stayed with her family in France which included Christmas and New Year.
Q: What are your tips for introducing global topics to young children?
Anne: Use lots of multi media – books, YouTube, movies, set up an exchange between children using Skype, Zoom, whats app etc. Even if a family did an exchange with another family or a class with another class, it all has impact.
There are a lot of books available for children to learn about global topics, for example, the experiences of a child as a refugee coming to a new country is illustrated for children in the book ‘My Two Blankets’ by Irena Kobold (2014)
Q: What is your hope for your children?
Q: What do you think will be the biggest challenges your children will face?
Anne: Being resilient, flexible and risk takers; learning to follow the dreams they have for themselves and not just conforming to others’ plans for them; dream big so that they can make a difference in and to the world.
Thanks Anne for sharing your strategy! We would love to know if you, dear reader have any of your own tips to add to the mix? Just comment below!