Celebration

Celebrating the Winter Holidays – Part 5

Finally, our last Winter holiday to celebrate is the Chinese New Year. This year it will be celebrated on February 5th and will be the Year of the Pig. This is a very important holiday for the Chinese. All the family members will gather together. There are parades, fireworks, plays and feasts. Children are given red envelopes filled with money for the new year. People decorate their homes with red – the color of good luck! To ensure prosperity for the New Year, there are certain things that you must not do on the new year.

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Year of the Pig – 2019
  • Don’t say any negative words!
  • Don’t break ceramics or glass.
  • Do not clean or sweep – make sure to have all the cleaning done before the new year!
  • Do not visit the wife’s family (That is saved for the second day of the year. To visit sooner brings bad luck to the marriage!).
  • Do not demand debt repayment.
  • Avoid fighting and crying. Don’t take any medicine.
  • Do not give new year blessings to someone still in bed!

Avoiding these actions is supposed to help usher in a prosperous new year. Some of our favorite ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year is to make masks, lanterns and of course paper dragons! This site has some great masks you can print and cut out for your own Chinese New Year mask. All 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac are included in this free download. Make sure to print out on card stock for best results! Lantern making is one of our favorite activities! There are simple lanterns for the younger crew and more complex lanterns to challenge the older kids. Whether you string these together for a fun garland or hang them all about the house, they make for a festive and fun decoration. Bonus points if you decide to decorate your lantern with Year of the Pig drawings. Here are some basic instructions for the simple lantern.

  1. Using red construction paper, fold the paper in half on the short side of the paper.
  2. Measure 1” from the end of the open long side of the folded paper and mark the line with a pencil. This is your ‘stop cutting’ line.
  3. On the opposite side of the folded paper from the line you just drew, measure 1” increments along the folded long edge. These are where you will use the scissors to cut the ribbons of your lantern.
  4. Using scissors, cut along the folded edge to the ‘STOP’ line you marked at each of the 1” marks
  5. Decorate your lantern along the bottom or top using gold ribbon or red ribbon, beads or other paper.
  6. Make the lantern shape by connecting the long ends of the paper with a staple or tape.
  7. Use a ribbon or another piece of 1” paper for a handle and connect to the inside of the top of the lantern and hang as you please!

    Red Chinese Paper Lantern for New Year!
    Finished Product – Paper Lantern

No Chinese New Year celebration is complete without a lucky dragon! There are so many different crafts on how to make these and several templates that you can use. Red Tent Art has a neat paper plate twirling Chinese Dragon craft that is quick and great to do with little kids. Do a search for yourself to find a dragon you want to make to bless your home, or just get creative!

I hope that reading about all these wonderful celebrations will inspire you to explore the Winter holidays around the world with us! I found some great resources from Teachers-Pay-Teachers that have made this endeavor so much more manageable. I will include links at the end of this blog post if you would like to check them out for yourself. I have also included links in each of the paragraphs providing more information about each of the regions and have tried to make sure to include links to recipes as often as I could. Enjoy your trip around the world!

 

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I was able to find some resources that I thought were incredibly useful and I have listed them below!

 

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OLACS – Our New Community Partner

I’m a volunteer. There doesn’t seem to be much I won’t say yes for if it is a good cause and there is a need. That is how I found myself in late 2017 sitting on a board for a local sports league that my kids participated with. I had helped previously with registrations and the finance sides of the league and I knew that our biggest volunteer drain fell to whomever was running registrations and the administration.

 

We had found ways to save some time, but our 2017 registration periods had been sixty-hour weeks for myself and another volunteer and a ton of headache for planning. I kept thinking that there had to be a better way. There IS a better way.

 

I have been blessed to work with a company, OnLine Training, off and on for over a decade. OLT is the type of company interested in putting good into the world and finding solutions for organizations who have a similar mission. Their largest charitable endeavor has been to promote and support Global Learn Day for over twenty years. So, I spoke to OLT’s President and CEO and their Webmistress and asked about their proven registration systems. Could they tweak these forms and create a registration process to help community organizations and their volunteers?

 

The answer was, they definitely could and we should. Thus, OLACS was born.

 

OLACS stands for OnLine Applications for Community Sports. The purpose of this endeavor is to make registration and enrollment periods for Community Organizations easier. Through OLT’s guidance, registrations for my league only took 10 hours of volunteer hours last registration period. It was a HUGE improvement!

 

OLACS provides registration forms for community groups, collects payments (if applicable) and then distributes these payments back to organizations – less a reasonable fee. They provide coupon codes for our volunteers to bypass payment requirements and collect that data at no cost to us. While our organization uses this service for registering families for sports like soccer, flag football, basketball and track – I can see it being useful for small schools and other organizations who have a need to collect funds and information but don’t want the administrative headache of that collection. I click a button on their website and I have my data. Then, I receive a check in the mail with an accounting of registrations.

 

This process has made my volunteer hours less stressful and more manageable. It is affordable and can be tailored to my League.

We published this post to introduce OLACS as a new service that may help you, your organization or league. Check out their website to learn more!

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Celebrate Winter Holidays Part 4

Kwanzaa is a fairly new holiday invented for those of African descent who live in the Americas in 1966 by American Black Power activist and secular humanist Maulana Karenga. It was created to celebrate the seven principals of Kwanzaa and allow African Americans the opportunity to reconnect with African concepts and beliefs. Many celebrate both Kwanzaa and Christmas as Kwanzaa starts on December 26th and continues for 7 days until January 1st. Each day of Kwanzaa is dedicated towards celebrating one of the principals.  The principals are Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith). Like Hanukkah, there is a special candle holder called the kinara which holds 7 candles (Mishumaa Saba), each candle representing one of the principals. People decorate with corn, fruit, colorful African cloth like kente and women wear traditional caftans. As part of the celebrations, the participants drink out of a common chalice called the Kimkombe cha Umoja and remember ancestors and give thanks. Drumming, reading stories about Africa, and a feast round out this celebration.

In Italy, La Befana visits on January 5th. She, instead of Santa Clause is the bringer of presents to children all over Italy. La Befana is an old friendly witch who flies around on her broomstick and fills their stocking with sweets and presents if they are good and lumps of coal or dark candy if they are bad. She likes things tidy, so will often sweep the house before leaving as further evidence of her visit. Santa’s trip down the chimney most likely originated with Befana as she enters the home by the chimney. Prior to her arrival, children spend time caroling. On Christmas night, many families eat a traditional meal of 7 fishes and celebrate eating cake called Panetonne with a cup of hot cocoa.

In Russia, Christmas is celebrated on January 7th. This is because the Russian Orthodox Church follows the Julian calendar. Some may celebrate on the traditional December 25th but most celebrate after the new year. Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz) brings presents to the children. He is always accompanied by his Granddaughter (Snegurochka). Families gather to eat sochiro – a porridge made with rice, honey, fruit and nuts. Sometimes families will fast on Christmas Eve and not eat until they can see the first star in the night sky. Children will go out and carol in their community, being rewarded at eat house with treats of cookies, sweets and money.

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Celebrate Winter Holidays Part 3

Yule or Winter Solstice is celebrated on Dec.21st. Many indigenous cultures celebrate this day around the world. Recognizing it as the longest night of the year, many tribes take this time to reflect and pray for health for their family, the animals and the Earth (as a living being). Nations like the Sylix in Washington State & British Columbia celebrate with songs and dancing – sometimes for several days! Other tribes use this time for storytelling. Staying up to see the suns return is a big part of honoring this tradition. Of course, we can’t mention the Winter Solstice without mentioning Stonehenge in England, and Newgrange in Ireland which have been specifically designed to recognize this time to year. Druids and pagans of all types have celebrated the Winter Solstice with feasting, story telling and a vigil – staying up all night to welcome the return of the sun!

Christmas is celebrated in so many wonderful ways all around the world! In Germany, they celebrate Christmas with the ChristKind. Instead of Santa, the Chriskind – a young girl wearing a long white and gold dress – walks around and brings presents to the children. The decorating of the Christmas tree is thought to have originated in Germany, a tradition started in the late Middle Ages. Songs are sung like ‘O Tennenbaum’ to celebrate. Gingerbread houses are a main part of holiday celebration, with elaborately decorated gingerbread villages. If you are naughty, Krampus – a scary monster might come instead of Christkind and whisk the misbehaving child away! Krampus is growing in popularity again and can be seen in various holiday parades throughout Europe and even the US.  In France, we eagerly await Pere Noel! Yule logs made out of cherry wood are often burned in people’s home. The logs are left burning all night with food and drink in case Mary and the baby Jesus pass by in the night. Children will leave their shoes by their fireplace in hopes that Pere Noel will fill them with gifts. They will end their celebrations by eating sweets, the most popular being the bûche de Noël (chocolate rolled sponge cake). In Australia, it’s Summer when Christmas is celebrated. Instead of the usual Winter scenes, you have snowmen made of sand, and a Santa in shorts surfing. They decorate their houses with ‘bunches of ‘Christmas Bush,’ a native Australian tree with small green leaves and cream-colored flowers. They enjoy caroling by candlelight (often changing the words of the carols, replacing words describing Winter scenes with local words of Summer) and each city will host regional events. Instead of reindeer, Santa uses kangaroos!

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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.

 

 

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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: Stepping Stones to Music

Did you learn how to sing when you were a child? Do you hope your child will become proficient in music? We all know the traditional way of learning music–first comes reading music then progressively learning more difficult techniques with long hours of practice. What if there is a better way to learn music?

 Stepping Stones to Music: Cultivate Your Child’s Love of Music in 10 Minutes

Our presenter, Cecilia Yeung is a music teacher who wants to cultivate a love of music in every child with a very special approach. She holds a double degree in music and education. Cecilia has taught instrumental music in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She has also worked as a classroom music teacher in both countries.

Cecilia Yeung discovered the Kodaly method for teaching young children music through song and is now looking to teach the world to sing! She has taught students from all ages and abilities.

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I’d Like to Teach The World to Sing

Since discovering the Kodály methodology, Cecilia is committed to teaching and learning music using this approach. She further studied at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét with music educators from around the world and earned a Diploma in Kodály Concept of Music Education.

Thank you, Cecilia Yeung for joining our crew. We look forward to creating harmony through out the world with your special music lessons.

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Come Make Music with Us!

Do you have a gift or passion to share? We would love to have you present on Global Learn Day 2018! Help us unite the world through education!

 

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Meet A Presenter: Silence, On Lit!

Today we meet two special teachers from France who will be presenting their program called, “Silence, on lit!” (Quiet, we’re reading!)

Elise Boirel is a 44 year old mother of two boys aged 14 and 13. She lives in the Paris suburbs. Ms. Boirel has a BA in Marketing, a teaching degree, and a certificate of English proficiency from the University of Cambridge.

Ms. Boirel was a marketing executive who transitioned to becoming an English teacher in 2004. She has been teaching middle school since them. “I love working on projects with other teachers, ” she says, “especially on projects combining English and history

 

Ms. Boirel’s colleague, Karine, is joining her on this project. Karine Riviere is 42 years old, married for 16 years, and the mother of a 15 year old son and 12 year old daughter.

Mrs. Riviere studied history at the Pantheon Sorbonne University in Paris. She also holds a degree in contemporary history and a certificate in geography. She has been the CAPES of history and geography for the past 17 years, and has been at her current school for 13 of those years.

Mrs. Riviere is the principal teacher of the 8 year old class. She has had many exciting opportunities to orchestrate projects with her students. These include a memorial for la paix a Caen with a visit to the deployment beaches in Normandy and the American cemetery at Omaha Beach. Another project included the study of a play by Moliere, the aristocratic gentleman, that included a visit to Vaux le Vicomte. In addition, Mrs. Riviere has studied the history of the American Revolution, the philosophy of the Renaissance and its consequences on the French Revolution with her students.

This year, she launched a campus wide project, “Silence, on lit!” which she eagerly looks forward to presenting for Global Learn Day.

We welcome everyone to teach the world something new. Do you have something to share? Let us know, there are a few slots left!

Welcome aboard Ms. Boirel and Mrs. Riviere, we can’t wait to be your students!

 

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How Education Will Unite The World

How Education Will Unite The World: Part 3

We are taking a break from presenter introductions to wrap up our series on this year’s Global Learn Day theme: Uniting The World Through Education

Many say our world is shrinking. As technology speeds ahead and forges connections like never before in history, the separation between any two human beings is decreasing by the day.

Learning how to adapt technology to reach new horizons and bring together distant citizens of the world is the final frontier in a rapidly changing environment. With technology people half a world apart can meet face to face. AI makes it possible for children who have no access to a teach to learn. It also bridges gaps of communication through translation, speech to text, and personal services.

However, as advanced as technology has become, it still does not replace the power of the human brain.  All the technology in the world cannot replace the capabilities of the mind.

There is a push to learn less and use technology more. After all, computers and AI can calculate extremely complex equations effortlessly. It can answer phones, provide information, and instantly translate from one language to another…or can it?

Even the best translating software cannot provide accurate translation  100% of the time. Lost in translation are the nuances of life, the human connection. It isn’t simply plugging one word in for another, it is becoming inter-meshed with a new culture, its history, and its people.

As the debate over the prejudices of AI rage on, education and personal interaction remains the best way to overcome what divides us. Shortening the difference between us and them isn’t just a matter of filling in the blank but building bridges.

How Education Will Unite The World

Learning about history, mastering a second or third language, studying world politics, reading world literature are all ways that each of us can contribute a brick to the bridge from world disorder to world harmony.

Person to person, lesson by lesson, we can build a brighter tomorrow of understanding and interdependence. How are you helping to unite the world? What have you learned today? Who have you taught?

We all have something to give. Global Learn Day is still seeking bridge builders to teach the world what they know best. What gift can you give?

Join our voyage as a Global Learn Day 2018 presenter. For more information, check out our join the voyage page or comment below. We would love to have you aboard.

What will you learn today?

 

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Global Learn Day October 6th and th 2018

Meet Our Sponsor: Online Training Institute

We have been taking time to meet our wonderful presenters for Global Learn Day 2018. However, today we will take a look at who makes this whole odyssey of education possible!

In 1997, the Internet was a brave new world that many still new little about. It showed potential for great promise but few could have predicted how it would change our every day life. The idea of online worlds and social media were still in their infancy. Online shopping a still developing platform.

There was one man, though, who saw the future and grabbed the opportunity to shape it. Dr. Terrance Redding envisioned the prospect of learning any time, any where in an effort to support lifelong learning and professional development. While others were trepidatious of the fast moving digital age, Dr. Redding saw it’s potential to change lives.

As Redding was setting up the first servers for his new venture, Online Training Institute, another captivating idea was setting sail. Global Learn Day launched its maiden voyage as Online Training Institute (OLT) was welcoming it’s first virtual student.

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As Internet serendipity would have it, Redding came onboard the GLD clipper and followed along as it circumnavigated the world through virtual ports of call. By the end of the voyage, Redding was hosting his own port of call broadcast to the world.

In the beginning there was Global Learn Day 1997
Launch Team

Over the past 21 years, OLT has continued to grow and expand.

we have been a leader in online education for Insurance Pre-Licensing courses, Pre- Licensing Exam Prep courses, and Continuing Education courses.   We are dedicated to finding new ways to help students learn over the internet and pioneering virtual classroom teaching strategies that actually work for our students.   Our focus on excellence in these areas has led to us having some of the highest passrates in the Industry for our Insurance Pre-licensing courses.

Aside from growth, another constant has been their involvement and support of the Global Learn Day project. Twenty one years later, OLT is the underwriting sponsor of the worldwide event.

Dr. Redding has gone from enjoying the view on his virtual deckchair to manning the helm of the ship. We are very thankful for the support that OLT lends to Global Learn Day. Without their vision and desire to further the project, we would not be able to bring this event to you each year.

We look forward to casting off once again on our trusty clipper ship with all our friends aboard this October 6th-7th. Thank you OLT for continuing help education unite the world. Hope to have each of you along for the ride!

 

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