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Winter Celebrations

Celebrate Winter Holidays!

Let’s Keep Celebrating Winter Holidays!

Learning about Hanukkah was so much fun, but there are so many more holidays to experience!

Next, we will learn about St. Lucia Day and Sweden! Another festival of light, St. Lucia is a woman who wore candles on her head so that her hands would be free to hand out food to the poor and starving. Originally, this holiday was celebrated using the old Julian calendar which meant Dec. 13th coincided with the Winter Solstice.

Today young girls are selected to represent St. Lucia by wearing crowns of lingonberry branches, with structure to support 7 candles. Battery powered candles are fine to substitute! Boys can dress up as Stjärngossar or Star Boys. Both the girls as St. Lucia and the Star Boys wear white but the girls also wear a red sash around their waist. The Star Boys have instead of a crown, a tall pointed hat (without a brim) decorated with stars. On the morning of the 13th, the girl who is acting as St. Lucia should wake everyone up early with St. Lucia buns, called lussekatters and coffee or hot cocoa. We encourage you to try out the recipe for your learning experience! Cooking helps with math and is fun!

The day should be spent singing St. Lucia songs and eating traditional Swedish foods like meat balls, St. Lucia crown cake and glogg. Once the sun has gone down, the spectators light and hold a vigil candle. All other light sources should be off. Then St. Lucia and her procession of maidens and star boys walk through with their costumes and candles lit singing a St. Lucia song. This symbolizes the suns return – light emerging from the darkness. This is a great holiday that I am excited to celebrate! You might want to purchase a book sharing this experience. One fictional story is available here.

Fun side note – in Sweden, the Tomten, or Christmas gnome is the one who delivers presents. He goes around with his with his goat to deliver the  presents to all the girls and boys, who leave porridge outside for them to eat instead of milk and cookies.

After St. Lucia Day, we rush into the celebration of Las Posadas! Las Posadas is a Mexican tradition that is observed from Dec. 16th – 24th. It recreates the story of the baby Jesus when Mary and Joseph were trying to find shelter. Generally there is a procession where people recreate the journey of the pregnant Mary and Joseph as they ask for shelter by walking down a street and knocking on doors asking for entry. Finally, someone grants them shelter. Children carry poinsettias and at the end of each evenings march, there is singing and celebration. Star shaped clay piñatas are filled with treats and then broken apart by celebrants wearing blindfolds. In many areas, local churches offer a Las Posadas celebration. You might be able to find one near you!

Consider joining our voyage so that you can participate with Global Learn Day all year long!

Winter Celebrations

Celebrating Winter Holidays – Part 1

Celebrate Winter by Exploring Cultures around the World!

Fall winds are blowing and here in my house we are eagerly looking forward to the coming Winter and all excitement of the holidays. As a homeschool parent, this of course screams ‘learning opportunity’ so this year, I am going to go all out! We have chosen 12 different holidays/cultures to learn about. I am prepping materials to help us learn how the various cultures celebrate the many different Winter holidays.

We will explore Kwanza, Hanukah, and Yule/Winter Solstice. We will discover La Befona in Italy, Pere Noel in France, Christkind in Germany and Los Pasadas in Mexico. We are excited to learn about the Tomten and celebrate St. Lucia Day in Sweden (This is one of my sons’ favorite countries because of the Sami people. They keep huge herds of reindeer and live in the far northern parts of the country.). We are going to find out how they celebrate Christmas in Australia and Russia. Then we will finish our studies with a virtual adventure in China where we will learn all about the Chinese New Year which is one of the last holidays of the Winter!

We are going to have so much fun! I am excited that I am learning just as much as my son. He is 8 and will be the perfect age to really get into these activities. I have a giant inflatable planet with the political boundaries labeled on the continents, so we will be using that as a reference point and using tape and string to demonstrate how far away each place is from us in our cozy home in Eastern Washington. At the very end, we will measure the strings and see which country was furthest away!

Over the next two weeks I will be providing you, via these blog posts, with an opportunity to follow along and participate on our Winter Adventure!

Our Winter adventure will begin with Hanukkah. This year (2018) Hanukkah is celebrated on December 2nd and ends on December 10th. It is a beautiful festival of light that uses candles and a special candle holder called a menorah. The candles may only be lit after sundown and in a specific order. One candle the first night, and then two the following night until 8 days later all the candles are lit. Each family member is encouraged to have their own menorah, or a communal menorah can be used in which all the family members, including the children take part in the lighting of the menorah candles. The candles or lights must be on for at least 30 minutes and during that time, all attention should be on the candle flame with no other sources of light. Prayers are said over each candle as it is lit. You are encouraged to tell stories about the holiday and enjoy traditional food like potato latkes and sufganoit (doughnuts).

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Lit Menorah during Hanukkah

It is also customary to gift children with gelt after the candles have been lit to reward them for good behavior. The children are usually encouraged to use part of their received money to donate to a charity. Children will often play games with dreidels (spinning tops). The dreidels have four sides. On each side there is a symbol. Nun, Gimel, Hay and Shin. Nun stands for nes or miracle. Gimel stands for gadol or great. Hay stands for haya or was. And finally Shin stands for sham or there. The game that is played with the dreidel is a bit of a gambling game but lots of fun. If you roll Nun – nothing happens. If you roll a Gimel – you win everything! If you roll Hay, you win half of whatever was bet. If you roll Shin, you lose everything! You can imagine how exciting this game would be to play with little ones that have just been gifted with their gelt (money – often the golden chocolate coins that come in a bag).

Check out these Dreidels and get ready to celebrate with your children this year!

We’d love to hear what holidays you celebrate during this Winter Season! Reach out to us and be sure to Join the Voyage today!

 

Learning about Women’s Health

Not all learning is in books. It is also important to learn about our physical world and ourselves. On Global Learn Day 2108, our presenter, Anita Morin, taught the world about the importance of women’s health care and healthier options for women world wide.

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Caring for ourselves is a lesson that extends far beyond simple biology class. It impacts our health, our family, and our community. By teaching women how to understand what their bodies are telling them, people like Anita Morin are making a difference in our world.

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How has learning helped your well being?

Global Learn Day 2018 is Changing the World

Global Learn Day 2018 is in the books! Thank you to all of you who participated and presented in our global event! Over the next several weeks, we will be recapping our ports of call, here on the blog. Hope you will reminisce with us over this epic voyage.

Learning is our goal! World wide access to education is our mission! Each Global Learn Day, we seek to promote the value of education for every person, throughout the world.

One way that we promote education for all is by sharing charities working to help all children receive a life changing education. One of those projects that we had the honor of sharing is the Being Kind Foundation Adava.

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Being Kind Foundation provides underprivledged children in India with clothing, school supplies, tuition, basic necessities at home, and more. Every dollar donated goes directly to children in dire need.

Without a good education, these children have little hope of breaking the crippling cycle of poverty. Won’t you help them by Being Kind?

Learn more in the video below or visit their brand new Facebook page.

Meet a Presenter – Backyard Adventures

Adventure is everywhere when you are learning!

When young Liam Finn McCool began to show an interest in science his mother encouraged him by taking the time to explain in depth why something was the way it was. How does a flower create seeds? How does a volcanic eruption works? How were the people of Pompei frozen in time during the eruption in the first century of the Current Era? She recognized that even at the young age of three, Liam was interested in learning and would absorb information. So, she painstakingly took the time to explain in detail answers to his questions believing that what she was really doing was telling him that his interest was legitimate. She was right.

By five, Liam had begun sharing videos on YouTube where he gave information about different spiders and insects that he found in his backyard. Backyard Adventures with Liam Finn McCool had officially begun. Last Global Learn Day, inspired by videos his mother showed him, he asked if he could participate. They reached out to me and I said, “Of Course”. The result was this gem.

Liam loves the camera and he will learn more about any given topic if he knows that he gets to share that information with the world later on. Inspiring young learners always depends on the individual. What inspires a drive to learn for one child may do nothing for the next. As we go through Global Learn Day and enjoy presentations from around the world, we invite you to consider how to best encourage the children around you to love learning.

Liam is proof that it is never to early to begin sharing knowledge. At six years old, he is an educator and our youngest Global Learn Day Presenter. Recently, he launched his own website and this year he will be sharing another great video of a Backyard Adventure that he filmed for our event.

Liam is well on his way to being a Life Long Learner! Way to go, kid!

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How to Participate in Global Learn Day 2018

We are only one week away from Global Learn Day 2018!!! Are you excited? We are!! It seems amazing that a whole year has passed since GLD 2017, but we have also been hard at work to make this the best Global Learn Day, ever.

Global Learn Day is a celebration not only of the history of learning, but of those who continue to make learning a priority by promoting lifelong learning and access to education. It is a program built for everyone and made possible by ordinary people with extraordinary love for education.

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Join The Global Learn Day Adventure

Are you ready for a whirlwind journey around the world? Here are some ways that you can join in on the celebration and get the most out of Global Learn Day.

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  1. Tune In: Global Learn Day shares relevant and inspiring videos every hour of our 24 hour event. These “ports of call” are broadcast on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please follow us so you can receive notification and not miss a single minute!
  2. Sharing is Caring: Share your favorite talks and videos on your social media accounts so that others can enjoy.
  3. Let’s Party!: Host a Global Learn Day celebration at your home, school, or community center.
  4.  Learn Something New: Use Global Learn Day as a chance to begin your lifelong learning habit. Learn something new next weekend and celebrate the beauty of education with us.
  5. Teach Others: Education depends on others passing on their own knowledge. Help us keep it going by teaching others next weekend.
  6. Support One of Our Charity Presenters: This year we have several non-profits sharing about their programs on Global Learn Day. Each of these promote access to education by opening channels previously closed to those most in need. Please consider donating your time, talent, or money to further their missions.

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Just Show Up!

Getting involved is as easy as showing up. Global Learn Day will be broadcast on various social media outlets for a 24 hour period. There will be something to experience in every hour from various points of interest around the globe.

Even though Global Learn Day only circumnavigates the globe once a year, our social media outlets are great opportunities to meet and learn from supporters of education around the world every day. It’s like 364 mini Global Learn Days for our fans.

How will you be celebrating this year? Let us know, below. We hope to see you at one of our stops along the way!

Meet a Presenter: Anita Morin

There are those who work hard because it is their job and they want to make money, and then there are those who find a insatiable passion that fuels their life’s work. Educating, empowering, helping, caring, and serving all flow from the passion to do better for women’s healthcare.

Anita Morin is a physician assistant with a passion for serving others. However, she does not want to just be their medical provider, she wants to provide them with the best medical care possible through a rising technology that celebrates the beauty of a woman’s being and works with it naturally to solve what is wrong. This provides both effective and safe answers to fertility, family planning, and gynecological care.

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As a writer and speaker, Anita Morin is reaching out to women everywhere to share the beauty of their perfect design. “Ultimately, I hope to educate and empower women so they can make the best choices for their bodies because I believe each woman has a unique design and gift and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and I do not believe that many of the options that are currently pushed on women foster that. ”

Anita hold a bachelors in psychobiology with a concentrated in behavioral neuroscience and a minor in biology with honors in psychology. In addition, her masters degree is in medical sciences. She has a career as a physician assistant and is pursuing training in Naprotechnology and the Creigton Model of fertility care this October.

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Anita specialized training is what has driven her to do better for not only her patients, but women in general. Anita hopes to bring a voice to the often overlooked complexity of women’s healthcare, and answer problems with safe, effective and natural treatments.

We are thankful to have Anita Morin, PA-C aboard this voyage. Her knowledge and experience are unique additions to our growing line up of impressive presenters. We look forward to learning more about this fascinating and important topic.

Global Learn Day is coming soon, please “book” your passage on our clipper today. We depart New Zealand on October 6th for a celebratory cruise through captivating presentations and beautiful ports of call around the globe. Sign up today and receive our special participant packet full of activities, celebration resources, and fun!! It is perfect for families, schools, and libraries to easily host their own Global Learn Day event.

 

 

Meet A Presenter: Being Kind

Have you ever felt left out or left behind? For children growing up in the Gajapati District of Odisha, India, this is more profound than being left out of games on the playground. Lower caste and Christian children are shunned in every part of society. It is incredible difficult for them to get the basic needs of life and even harder for their parents to find adequate work.

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The answer that will open the doors shut before them is education. Three brothers who grew up in the region have banded together to supply a better future for these children by providing access to education and school supplies.

“GIVING AN OPPORTUNITY

TO THESE POOR KIDS TO STUDY

BY BEING KIND”

It is the kindness and generosity of Fr Jessaya Nayak, CM, Mr. Kisant Nayak, and Mr.  Susant Nayak that is changing the lives of 45 children every year by providing:

  • School bags
  • Notebooks
  • Uniforms
  • Geometry boxes
  • Tiffin boxes
  • Umbrella for the rainy season
  • Sweaters and warm coats for the winter
  • School tuition
  • Admission fees
  • Hostel fees

Without a good education, the future of these children is grim and their employment prospects are bleak. However, for just $150 per year, a child can receive everything he needs for a successful year of school which leads to a promising future.

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We look forward to learning more about the Nayaks’ Being Kind project on Global Learn Day in just a few weeks. Opening doors to education is one of the core goals of the Global Learn Day team. We know that education will not only unite the world, but provide a future full of peace, hope, and promise.

If you would like to help support the Being Kind project, please comment below and we will connect you with the the Nayaks. Any donation can make a difference, for these children the difference is life changing. More information will also be available on Global Learn Day.

How can you make a difference? It could be as easy as sharing your gifts and knowledge with the world on Global Learn Day 2018. Time is rapidly running out. If you would like to be a presenter, please sign up today!

 

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Meet A Presenter: David Wortley

Have you ever wished you could zoom through history with the touch of a button? Or fly to distant lands an be there, surrounded by amazing architecture and breathtaking views? David Wortely’s 360 Broadcast is bringing the world to your fingertips with his immersive video technology.

David is the founder and CEO of 360in360 an Immersive Experience. This venture seeks to use 360 degree video, sound, images, and stories to bring to life interesting places and historic events. These include exploring canals and caravans, visiting breath taking cathedrals, and stepping back in time to experience history first hand.

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Before 360in360, David was the CEO and Founder of GAETSS, a consultancy on the strategic use of Enabling Technologies for the transformation of business and society. In addition, he was the Founding Director of the Serious Games Institute at Coventry University, the first such institute in the world to combine research, education, business incubation, and regional development.

David is also a Vice President of the International Society of Digital Medicine (ISDM) and the Founding President of the European Chapter of ISDM. He is recognized globally on the practical application of emerging and enabling technologies in the areas of health, environment, business development, and education, among others. He is a serial technology innovator and has been a pioneer of emerging technologies for over 30 years.

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We are so thankful to have David and his amazing technology aboard for Global Learn Day 2018. Looking forward to a unique exploration of the past using state of the art, modern technology.

How about you? Have you ever created a means of gaining a unique perspective on the world? Do you have a passion that you would like to share? There are still a few slots left for this year’s voyage of exploration as we celebrate the history of mankind’s learning once again this autumn.

Maybe you just want to come along for the ride, no reservation required! Sign up to receive our special celebration packet full of activities, planning tools, and interesting ways to join in on this epic, worldwide event. This package is absolutely free!! Our gift for being a loyal passenger on our trusty clipper!

 

 

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Live Voom Pitch 360 Broadcast

Posted by David Wortley on Saturday, May 5, 2018

Meet A Presenter: Peace Full Soul

Welcome to September!! Global Learn Day 2018 sets sail in just one month and 3 days!! We are so looking forward to this year’s exciting journey. Over the next few weeks, we will be finishing up our presenter introductions and share ways for you to get involved in this voyage of discovery. Here is one of lovely presenters, Peace Full Soul.
We all seek to have a good life, to reach our full potential. Global Learn Day supports universal access to education for just this reason. However, an even bigger, universal desire is for peace. Peace in our homes, peace in our hearts, and peace in our world.
The caring and compassionate women at Peace Full Soul are on a mission to help each of their clients find that inner peace that is transformational. These highly skilled and well educated counselors provide the tools needed to overcome stress and anxiety, recover from traumatic life experiences, become self empowered, and more.
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Each team member possesses a unique specialty that together cover the breath and depth of every need. From recovering from divorce to scaling your online business, the services of Peace Full Soul is making an immense impact in many lives.
Life is not an easy journey for everyone. People are different with different capabilities, some people are able to come out of catastrophes very quickly, but same level of difficulty may affect others badly.
I help those people know their strengths clearly, so that decisions are made by them for their own better life rather than dictated by others.
We look forward to Peace Full Soul presentation, “Ladder to Leadership: SEL” and are thankful to have a presenter from Pakistan on our roster. This will truly enrich our GLD2018 experience! Life is a never ending process of learning. Sometimes that means learning your math facts, other times it means learning how to cope with life’s circumstances. All learning is precious and very needed for personal development.
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Here are a few services we are providing by Peace Full Soul’s team of coaches.
➡ Social learning
➡ Emotional wellness
➡ Managing monster of anger
➡ Staying happy with well set boundaries
➡ Parenting in joint family
➡ Parenting toddlers
➡ Parenting difficult teens
➡ Forgiving n foregoing past
➡ Trauma healing
➡ Coming out to life after separation/divorce
➡ Say no to Depression
Our theme for Global Learn Day 2018 is “Uniting the World through Education.” what greater way to unite than by learning to find peace!
How could you help unite the world? Everyone has a special gift! Join our voyage and share yours with the world.