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: Creature Crazy

Learning and education can never start too early. Neither can participating in Global Learn Day. This year, we have two young presenters. Our first is wild about the outdoors! You could even call him a little crazy–Creature Crazy!

A Young Explorer with A Big Idea!

Samuel Hansen is 9 years old and entering the 5th grade. (He would want you to know that he’ll be 10 really soon!) As a curious homeschooler, he is always looking for something new to explore.

When his chores and school work is done, Samuel can most often be found in his backyard studying nature, tracking animals, and adding to his amazing collection of nature artifacts including a seagull skull, complete snake skin, and several kinds of insects exoskeletons.

Samuel had a “brilliant” idea, what if he started a backyard nature show! The show would be aimed at regular people to teach them more about the animals around them so, they can understand the amazing creatures living right in their backyard.

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Teaching regular people about what’s in their own backyard!

The idea of Creature Crazy was born. That is when Samuel signed up for Global Learn Day. He wanted to share his knowledge and debut his wonderful video series. For someone who loves all creatures around the globe, the opportunity to teach his passion to the world was just the opportunity he wanted.

Creature Crazy is a nature show designed and produced by a young “creature adventurer” that is basing his show off of the Kratt Brothers. “They are my inspiration!” says Samuel, “I can help people learn about creatures from a young host’s point of view.”

What's living in your backyard?

When Samuel isn’t  learning about creatures and observing them in the wild, he is busy playing soccer and basketball, participating in rabbit 4H, and volunteering as a Mary’s Meals Ambassador. He also enjoys creating games, building inventions, and reading good literature, especially historical fiction or anything by E. Nesbit!

Welcome aboard, Samuel Hansen! We can’t wait to explore the fascinating world of our own backyard with you.

What Can You Teach The World?

Everyone has something to share! What can you share with the world? Have an interesting hobby? Are you an unofficial expert in your current obsession?

Whatever you are learning about today can be a great lesson for someone else tomorrow. Please consider becoming a Global Learn Day 2018 presenter.

Everyone is also invited to participate in Global Learn Day, this is YOUR celebration of education. Check out our participation packet that is full of activities, celebration ideas, and planning tools. It’s free as a way to say thank you for being a part of this special project.

 

 

 

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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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Five Ways to Learn While Having Summer Fun

It’s mid-summer in the northern hemisphere. Summer vacation is in full swing for most children. If you are wondering how to keep that learning going, here are five fun, family projects to facilitate learning without going to school.

Go Swimming

Swimming is a life skill, one that you don’t truly appreciate until you are in a dangerous situation and need it to save your life.  Learning how to swim is a right of passage for many children. Having fun splashing around does more for the brain than just learning a new stroke, though.

Swimming is not just a survival skill, it is also a path to better learning. Swimming has proven benefits to the brain, including increased blood flow and mood elevation. However, swimming also leads to new neuron creation and development of the centers for language.

Children who swim regularly will experience a boost in language and reading skills simply from kicking around in the water! In addition, swimming in natural water is highly beneficial to the brain AND the body.

Open a Lemonade Stand

The iconic kid-run enterprise is a wonderful learning opportunity. Marketing, accounting, customer service, planning, and time management are just some of the skills kids will pick up from running their own micro-business.

This is the type of lesson that makes learning real. It isn’t just word problems on a page that need to be answered. The work invested is engaging and enlightening. Most kids probably won’t even realize how much math they are using, they will just be happy to count their profits no matter how big or small.

 

Take a Hike!

What was your last encounter with nature? Nature Deficit Disorder is real, and serious. Children need time outdoors to grow and learn. Spending time out in nature teaches much about biology and the world around us, along with encouraging inquisitiveness that leads to more learning.

Plan to spend time in nature regularly, but don’t just plow on through the trail. Take your time, give the children time to stop and investigate, to chase a butterfly and see where it goes, or just spend time taking in all the sights, sounds, and smells around them.

Experiencing nature up close and personal gives children a better understanding of the world at large. It also feeds their senses. Plus, fresh air helps the body in many ways, including improved sleep!

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Fun & Games for Learning

Do you like playing board games? Why not make your own? Gather a good supply of cardboard, foam board, markers, paper, and all kinds of arts and craft pieces and let the kids go to town.

Make sure that each game comes with directions, game pieces, and a clear objective. You may be surprised at what they create. Once the games are finished, have a family game night to test them out. This is a perfect time to teach constructive criticism and allow them to go back and tweek parts of the game that didn’t work after their “beta test.”

 

Let Them Get Bored

Boredom is not a terminal disease, it is actually a great catalyst for innovation. Pinterest and magazines are chock full of ideas to beat summer boredom. So, it may seem like something to avoid like the plague. However, boredom is actually good for children. It leads to self awareness and the ability to occupy oneself.

Sure in the beginning there will be much whining and gnashing of teeth, but don’t give in. Let them stay bored long enough and great things will happen! The best part about learning through boredom is that it costs nothing and can be used over and over, again!

How are you learning this summer?

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National Parks and the South East

National Parks in the South East

The United States has been preserving National Parks, Historical Monuments and Battlefields for over one hundred years. In 2015, it was estimated that over 100 million people visited National Parks in the US (statista.com). These parks are often a huge bang for the buck while traveling and wanting to understand the history or natural wonders of an area. On our road trip, we have already been to five locations and at each spot, the kids participated in the Junior Ranger Program and earned a badge (i.e. free souvenir).

Exploring these locations was been an exciting part of our trip. If you have a child entering fourth grade, if you are a senior citizen, handicapped or a disabled veteran you may qualify to gain free or reduced rates at these National Landmarks. So grab a water bottle (because it gets hot), some sturdy shoes and your sense of adventure and get ready to learn!

 

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New Orleans Jazz Historic Park

Most of my life I have wanted to go to New Orleans and so it was fitting that our first big adventure of this trip was a morning trip into the French Quarter. It was busy, hot and the parking was not cheap ($18 for two hours!). So, we wanted to do as much as possible. We started at the New Orleans Jazz Historic park, which isn’t far from Cafe DuMonde’ and the St. Louis Cathedral. They have free music programs throughout the day and as you enter the square where the offices are located local Jazz Musicians are playing. You get all of the feel good, deep south #NOLA vibes. Their Junior Ranger Program wasn’t very intensive and within an hour we had grabbed beignets and headed through Jefferson Square to St. Louis Cathedral. We definitely got the experience of New Orleans packed into that two hour day trip and the kids had earned their badge!

What was interesting was that we were also able to see and learn a lot as we headed in and out of New Orleans. We had prepared by reading an “I Survived” book about Hurricane Katrina. This book took my kids through a first person narrative of the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina. This made Lake Pontchartrain very real to them. They were amazed that so many of the old buildings had survived in the French Quarter, but they could see others that were not nearly as lucky from the highway as we left town.

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

This monument charges a pretty hefty fee for adults 15 and older. However, the amount of historical information you get and the experience makes it the perfect place for a family to explore. Everybody gets in for the price of Mom and Dad (and paid parking, which was reasonable). This monument is well kept and often has living history exhibits to really engage children. The Junior Ranger program they offer is phenomenal as well. It isn’t air conditioned, but being built out of limestone it isn’t miserably hot even in the June heat. We were able to see replicas of soldiers from different eras but what was really interesting was the life size canvases of different historical figures who passed through the Castillo. It was incredible and so informative!

St. Augustine is rich in history and we easily could have stayed for several days and explored. As it was just a day trip, the Castillo was our main focus. However, we walked up and down the streets in Old St. Augustine and explored the Basilica. The Basilica’s docents were very well informed and taught our kids about how the rock for the walls was quarried.

Junior Ranger in Progress
Working hard to get her Junior Ranger Badge!

Our summer adventure has been amazing… Next up, we will share a bit about Charleston and the adventures we found there.

Meanwhile, have you joined Global Learn Day? The big adventure happens this October so be sure to join the voyage!

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How to Start a Business at Any Age: Business Education for Children

Summer Lovin’

School is out and summer is here in the northern hemisphere! What are your plans for these too few glorious weeks? Some children will relive the age old rite of passage by opening their own lemonade stand. All they need for this iconic business is water, a pitcher, some lemons, sugar, and a whole lot of hope. Or is there more to it?

The Business of Running a Business

Learning how to run a successful business will serve children when they grow into adulthood no matter what field of work they pursue. From lemonade to the latest invention, here are some steps to support your children’s entrepreneurial adventure. Here is a step by step guide to teach even the youngest entrepreneurs business lessons to last a lifetime!

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Brainstorm Ideas

When my oldest daughter wanted to take skating lessons on top of all her other activities, we really had to think about it. We weren’t opposed to her doing so, but the extra funds to finance it were a problem.

She decided she needed to start her own business.  I let her run with it, and we sat down to think about what kind of business she would like to have.  At seven, she started a horse treat and cookie business that paid for her lessons for four years.

When deciding what business to start, it is important to brainstorm ideas of what business your child would enjoy running, what they know a lot about, and where they will have opportunities to sell their products.

My daughter is horse crazy, has been since she was a toddler.  The choice to make horse treats was easy because her second favorite activity is baking.  She knows numerous horse loving people as well, and regularly visits barns. Hence her business, aptly named Horse Crazy Treats, was born.

 

Make A Business Plan

A business plan is essential. If you don’t have a blueprint, it is nearly impossible to build a house.  Same is true for a business. Take some time with your child to create a solid plan to give his business it’s best shot.

I recently did this with my son.  He had started making crafts to sell and had done quite well, but was not very focused.  Now that he was eight and had experience selling a few crafts, I wanted him to really think about what he was doing and how he planned to succeed at the annual craft fair.   So, we took out a notebook and answered the following questions:

  • What products do you hope to sell?
  • Why do you think these products would appeal to your customers?
  • What supplies do you need to make each product?
  • What kind of packaging is needed?
  • Does your product have a shelf life?
  • Do you need any special equipment or skills to produce this product?
  • If you do, do you have these already?  If not, how will you get them?

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Find Your Market Share

Now that you have a great product and a plan of how to create it, you need a place to sell it.  If you have carefully thought out step one and two, it should be easy to find a venue.

Does a local store carry consignment items?  Could dad or mom get orders through work? Is your product something that friends in your activities would be interested to buy?  Is there a local craft fair or flea market where you could rent a table? Do you have a friend or family member with a business that could sell your product?

My children have found markets at craft fairs, their old preschool, their co-op, and through email and Facebook.  Just remember to add any of the costs or commissions to your budget.

 

Get Your Pitch Ready

If you think of any product that you buy, there is probably a tag line, packaging feature, commercial, or publicized benefit that leads you to purchase it.  Help your child come up with their own jingle and packaging. Make sure that the she can answer questions about the product and state why a customer should want to purchase it.

My son is a born salesman, he can engage anyone and get them on board with whatever he is selling.  He is convincing, personable, and savvy about what people want to know before they buy. My daughter is more timid and prefers to have the product speak for her.  Both of them have been successful because they have used their talents to market their product.

My daughter is very visual and can design beautiful displays that catch customers’ eyes and entice them to buy.  My son uses his wit, interpersonal skills, and engaging personality to draw in his customers. Together they would make quite a team!  However, we have been really working on honing their gifts, while striving to improve the side of marketing that is more of a struggle for each.

Marketing is important.  Don’t short change this step!  No matter what field your child moves into as an adult, being able to sell their ideas will serve them well.

 

Build a Financial Plan

Before jumping full on into a business venture, it is crucial to make sure it is financially sound. Learning to “pencil out” ideas and judge their financial merit is something that will serve every person for the rest of their lives!

This is where the cold, hard truth comes into play.  Even the best product will fail if the company can’t afford to produce it.  Also, most businesses flounder not for lack of customers, but because of poor financial decisions.  Know your limitations and your potential before spending any money.

 

  • How much money do you have to invest in your business?
  • How much will the supplies for each product cost?
  • For how much could you reasonably sell the product?
  • How many do you need to sell of each product to break even?
  • How much profit do you hope to make?
  • What will you do with your profit?
  • What percentage of the profits will I donate/tithe?
  • What percentage of profit will you reinvest into the business?

 

Assess Your Assets And Make Adjustments

Once your child’s business begins, remember to regularly take a step back and see how it is doing?  Are costs being met? Is a profit being made? Which products are selling best? Is there anything that could be done to improve the product, sales venue, or marketing?  What goals does your child have for the future of the business? Is your child still enjoying the business she created?

My daughter’s horse treat business served her well for a few years, but then her sales started to drop.  Since the treats were perishable, there was a sharp increase in loss due to spoilage because of the slow down.  Also, her time commitments changed and she found it challenging to fit in the baking time the business required.

She still wanted to have a business and enjoyed making her own money.  After a bit more brainstorming, she decided to create hair clips instead.  This business has been going well for three years. After each major sales campaign, she calculates which styles sold best and which weren’t very popular.  In this way, she has grown her little business and manages to stay afloat instead of continuing to produce items that aren’t likely to sell. Monitoring progress and trends is an important business habit to develop.

 

Has your child started a business?  What has he learned from the experience?

 

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Adventures and Learning

Summer

There is something that just excites me about summer. The long days, warm sun and opportunities for childhood adventure seem endless. As a teen, I had the opportunity to go on an adventure exploring the Western United States with my family. Four people, a conversion mini van, no particular schedule and the great open road. I drug my feet and complained mightily about being away from my friends, but that trip was one of the most amazing experiences of my young life.

This summer, my husband and I have the opportunity to recreate this but in the Eastern United States. There will be five of us aged 15 months to 34 years, along with all of our luggage and a tent packed into a mini van with few hard dates and a month of open road. I’m, of course, worried that my tweens will bicker but I am more excited about the Adventure and Educational Opportunities that we are opening the doors to.

 

Budget

A month on the road will cost some money, of course. However, we have a few cards up our sleeves to reduce the costs that we are paying for our experiences. Stop one happens to be with a dear friend who is Active Duty Military, so we will be taking advantage of Blue Star Museums every chance we get. What are Blue Star Museums? These are museums who offer free admission to Active Duty Military and up to five guests all summer long. There are museums across the United States who participate and it is an excellent opportunity to learn, even if you aren’t straying far from home!

As a Disabled Veteran, my husband also has a pass to the National Parks System. This allows us to enter National Monuments, Parks, Battlefields and Museums free of charge. It is an excellent opportunity for our kids to take advantage of learning about our National Treasures, Ecology, Geology and History. We just need the gas to get there! If you have a 4th grader, there is a special program that allows you to also take advantage of free admission!

Finally, we will be spending sometime in Washington DC. The Smithsonian Institute, National Museums and National Zoo all have free admission. Parking can be an issue, so we will park and take mass transit into the city. This will be another learning experience for our kids as we don’t use this type of transportation at home.

That leaves us with food, lodging and gas. Food – well, we have to eat anywhere we go, so I don’t really factor too heavily into my calculations. Besides, we are happy with homemade sandwiches from an icebox. We drink lots of water, although there is definitely a coffee budget. Lodging – we will stay with family and friends at some points. Otherwise, we have a tent and will be teaching the kids how to properly set it up and break it down. You can camp at many State and National Parks for less than $20 per night! Gas – this will be our biggest expense outside of our normal budget. The gas to get from our home Out West to the East Coast will be a few hundred dollars but once on the East coast, everything is fairly close.

Goal Based Adventures

We have set goals for this adventure. These are educational objectives that we want to meet prior to our return trip home. Some of ours include:

  • being able to put up and break down a tent
  • calculating mileage and cost per mile
  • learning how to navigate public transportation
  • identifying key battles of the American Civil War, including where it began and ended
  • learning states and their capitals – we will do this by playing a car game where the state is named from a license plate and the car occupants then name the capital city
  • being able to identify different types of bodies of water and land masses
  • Using Car time to study for our Amateur Radio Licenses

We are so excited about this trip and sharing experiential learning with our children. Along the way, we will be updating Global Learn Day of our travels and experiences as part of our “Summer Break” series!

This was a guest  blog post from Mary Elizabeth over at 3TimesBlessed.

 

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Meet Our Presenters: FAITH Center for the Arts

The World of Fine Arts

“All the world is a stage…” William Shakespeare certainly viewed the world through the lens of his craft, theater, but it is true that the arts have always been one of the chief hallmarks of civilization and advancement.

In modern times, the arts are often under valued, cast aside for the seemingly more important STEM related disciplines–science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. While we definitely live in an age of massive growth in technology and innovation, the arts still form the base of all culture.

The Need for Creativity and a Dream Realized

It’s creativity that still fuels dreams and artistic expression that makes even the most high tech gadget beautiful and appealing.

Over twenty years ago, one man had a dream to sow the seeds of creativity, harmony, and beauty in his homeschool community. His dream has blossomed into an outstanding program that is teaching the homeschool world to sing–and dance, play, paint, act, and more!

Bill and Lori Briggs met in college, both music majors, they fell in love with each other and continued to fall in love with their craft. Years later, as homeschool parents, Bill had a vision of creating a program to bring fine arts opportunities to his family and other homeschooling families in his area. Thus FAITH Center for the Arts was founded by the Briggs family.

“I thought if I could just get 50 families involved, ” Bill reminisces, “I would be very happy and this program would be a success.”

Over Two Decades of Fine Arts Education

Nearly 25 years later, the tiny idea with big plans now serves hundreds of families at five campuses, several service schools, and a plethora of summer camps. Bill’s vision has taken flight and he hopes to soon use the power of the digital age to reach beyond his NJ roots to the world at large.

Over the past hundred years of education, the once highly regarded arts have fallen from glory and been heaved out amid education budget cuts and teacher shortages. So, what was once just for homeschool families has opened it’s door to after school programs, private lessons, studio classes, and serving the needs of private and charter schools without an arts education staff.

Lori and Bill continue to oversee and grow this pet project of theirs, staying active in both advisory and teaching capacities. FAITH Center for the Arts thrives beneath the principal of “developing the heart of the artist.” Courses are not just rote teaching, but spring boards to what could be. With professional, accredited and highly accomplished teachers in every discipline, FAITH Center is a one of a kind venture that Global Learn Day is proud to share with the global community.

Current offerings include for students aged 5-18:

  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Strings
  • Brass
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Drama
  • Photography
  • Dance
  • Digital Design
  • Voice/Choir
  • Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  • Preschool Music and Art
  • Visual Art
  • General Music
  • Handbells
  • and more!

Presenters for Global Learn Day 2018

Welcome aboard, FAITH Center, we can’t wait to visit your port of call this October!

What would you teach the world if you could? Global Learn Day is your opportunity to share one great lesson with countless people from all around the world. If you would like to learn more about Global Learn Day, or sign up to be a partner or presenter, please visit Join the Voyage and help us Unite the World through Education!

**FAITH Center for the Arts is a 503c organization that relies on the generous support of donors to blossom and grow. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to FAITH Center please visit their donors page.

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Deaf Awareness Week

Signing with C

As part of Deaf Awareness Week, we welcome GLD team member and blogger, Mary Elizabeth. Here is a guest post originally published on 3 Times Blessed.

Deaf Awareness Week

It is Deaf Awareness Week this week! The point of this week is to raise awareness for signs of hearing loss and also Deaf Culture. I thought I would share a bit about our family’s journey with…

Sign Language

Between words and signs C has over 30 words to communicate with our family at under 15 months old. It has been incredible to watch her and quite often strangers will comment on it. She also doesn’t get frustrated the way that I remember A and E getting at this age. She can tell us she wants to eat, or that she wants water. The frustration really begins when she doesn’t get whatever it is that she wants, because she is the princess and has requested said item… Why would we not provide it?

How we started

In July, after we started with her hearing aids, we began to be set up with several programs in our state for children who are Hard of Hearing or Deaf. One program covered the cost of having a therapist come into our home once a week and help us with our signing. We had a few individuals but finally settled in with Miss M. She is fantastic! She has helped instruct me in ASL and incorporate it into my daily life. More than that, the therapist is able to recognize when C isn’t hitting a milestone that she needs to, or when her molds are getting too small for her ears.

We started by signing Mom, Dad and the name signs we had created for A and E. We also signed “dog” a lot, because we have two pups – Daisy and Simon. From there, we have expanded to signing books that C likes (Brown Bear, Brown Bear was our first book to sign) and routines. However, kids only learn what is modeled. That is how they pick up words when they are Hearing and how they pick up ASL at any hearing level. If we don’t use it, they will not.

Our family started signing when C was about 3 months old. It’s not like she started signing immediately, but she was familiarized with what we were doing and when we did it. So, we sign all the time. As I learned sign with the rest of the family, we tried to communicate via sign with each other. We would play games at dinner like picking a category and continuing to use a sign that fit in that category until we ran out. It was fun and we were busy learning a language! Now, we sign in the morning to C as we dress her. We sign at meal times and as we dress in the morning. We talk about the weather and sign about bathing rituals. The more I learn, the more often we sign.

The more that we sign, the more we retain and the more that C learns. It is fantastic that she can now let me know that she is ready to eat or is thirsty. C has never been a fussy baby but her ability to reach out and tell us what she needs reduces the fussiness even more. It has been a huge blessing to communicate with my one year old!

As I said above, we started signing with C when she was about 3 months old. When she was six months old, her first sign was Mom. About a month later she began signing dog insistently. Almost 8 months later, her favorite sign is most definitely dog. She signs dog for any animal, really. Now, she says “dog, dog” as she signs “dog”. By her first birthday, she had over a dozen signs including “more, nurse and all-done”.

Now

Now, C has a ton of signs. Some of these she uses daily, others she will use and then decide she doesn’t really require it. Either way, it is pretty neat! Every morning she wakes up and signs and says “dog, dog”. I sign to her that we are going to go change her diaper and then I ask her verbally and with sign if she would like to eat. She signs “eat” back to me. As we prep breakfast, I show her the fruits or other breakfast items that we are having and she will typically sign “more” or “all done” or “please” if she wants them.

I am shocked with how easy it is to communicate with her. She still fusses but nowhere near the children I have observed in her peer group or as much as her siblings have. We are convinced that signing will happen with all future children because of what a positive experience this has been!

Yesterday, we went to the zoo. Every single animal was a “dog”. That makes sense because this is what she has experienced. There is a beautiful bird exhibit where birds are flying all around you. C very quickly picked up the sign for “bird”. I have found that at this age, signing is very experiential.

My Tips

If you want to start signing with your little one, this link provides several useful signs and instructions on how to do them!

  • Don’t become discouraged if it takes your little one a while to start signing. They are learning so much about the world around them and we didn’t see our first signs until 6 months even though we started signing at 3 months!
  • Teach signs that you will use. If you never see fish, it might not be a useful sign.
  • As your child masters a sign, start a new one. You don’t want “more” to become a child’s universal sign for every need.
  • Have fun with your new communication tool!

Have you used baby sign? What were your thoughts about it?

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Education will unite the world

How Education Will Unite The World–Part II

As a`method of preservation, humans have a natural trepidation or down right fear of the unknown. We seek to stick with what is easy, familiar, and safe. Stepping beyond the confines of our tiny sphere of familiarity takes initiative, determination, and gumption.

 

 

Jumping out of a plane only takes one step, but it is an insurmountable step for most. The leap, the fear, the rush of adrenaline, then the freedom of flying. Soaring peacefully above the earth, experiencing a one of a kind feeling of release.

 

The same can be said of taking a leap into another culture, language, or society. There is uneasiness and the fight against a will that would rather stand back, retreat and hide in the comfort of home. Then in a sudden leap of determination, all holds are thrown off and the explorer plunges into the unforeseen depths of a new life.

 

Exhale and drift, there is new freedom in the gentle decent.

 

Education Opens Doors

 

Education cannot take the leap for you, however through learning doors are open. Learning a new language leaves the fledgling polyglot changed forever. He not only can now speak to an entire segment of the world’s population that where closed off from him before; the nuances of culture, history, and lifestyle are revealed as he lives the language.

How Education Will Unite The World

 

However, language is not the only learning that opens doors.Coding opens the door of technology. Literary analysis opens the doors of literature and language. Science opens the door to the natural world. Handwriting opens the door to records for the future and communication in the present.

 

Commitment to lifelong learning, swings wide door after door, making the learner not just a more capable person, but a citizen of ever increasing spheres of influence and change.

 

Education Breaks Down Walls

Winding between two neighborhoods in Belfast and other Northern Ireland cities are peace lines. Up to 25 feet tall in spots, these “lines” are actually looming walls. Separating communities of people that over generations have maintained separate lives, despite their similarities.

 

The Peace Lines prevent “trouble.” They signify at clear indicator of where to stay to avoid the menacing other side. Within the walls there is safety to go about everyday life. But what is it about the stone houses on the other side of the wall that makes their inhabitants so terrifying?

Over 400 years of occupation and resistance has left it scars on the beautiful island. The inhabitants, generations upon generations away from the original conflict, have a deep seated fear and anger toward each other, yet they have more in common with every passing year!

Education is the inroad that can bring these groups together. Whether the political standings ever change, the next generation can be raised knowing more about the other side and fostered in a spirit of cooperation and peace.

Building Bridges

It is not just physical walls that education can topple. There are numerous divisions of class, race, ability, geography, religion, and ideology that with enlightenment can be leveled. The world is shrinking before our eyes, intercontinental connections have never been so readily available, and the reach of communication technology is growing every day.

 

Learning about history, culture, language, and leadership have never been more vital. Our technological age points us to a future that is more than we could have imagined even 10 years ago. However, we must also look back. We must learn our past to effectively live our future as one planet, one people.

Projects like Global Learn Day open the door, knock down the wall, and build the bridge so that we may all learn from each other. As we learn, our differences decrease and our interconnectedness solidifies.

Would you like to teach the world and be a part of uniting the world through education? Please join our voyage today! We are seeking partners, presenters, and participants for our next grand voyage across the globe on an expedition of education and unity!

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