One might not naturally make a connection when it comes to America’s historical homes and a popular dessert, but when you learn about the history of chocolate in colonial America, the relationship seems obvious. I recently traveled to The Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee with American Heritage Chocolate to learn about the home of President Andrew Jackson and the history of chocolate in Colonial America and came away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for both. The Hermitage is not your typical presidential site and American Heritage Chocolate is not your typical chocolate which makes the relationship a special one indeed.
As an educator, it is difficult to imagine a world where girls would be forbidden to attend school. Malala Yousafazi lived in the Swat Valley of Pakistan and her father, Ziauddin, ran a school near their home. He constantly faced threats from the Taliban, who insisted girls did not deserve an education and threatened those who continued to teach them. Her inspirational story was told in her book “I Am Malala”, and the story of her life before and after being attacked by the Taliban is told in the film “He Named Me Malala” premiering on National Geographic February 29th. The movie promises to be educational and an opportunity to start a dialogue with your own friends and family.
For a long time I have heard about Little Passports, but I really didn’t know what it was. A couple of months ago I decided to do my research and find out what this subscription box is all about. Our family loves to travel and since our kids love learning about other cultures, I thought Little Passports might be a good fit for our family. After receiving the first box, I knew we found something special for my kids to look forward to every month.
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Michelin Tire Company, and is written as part of the Michelin #SharingSafety giveaway. However the thoughts and opinions are my own. Being safe on the road is the number one priority in our family. It starts with limiting distractions, paying attention, and keeping our car regularly serviced. As parents, it is our responsibility to teach our children the rules of the road, knowing the choices we make will effect them later. Almost everything I learned from driving came from my parents, and let me just say, I wasn’t the easiest student. The advice they shared has stayed with me over the years, and as my own children get closer to getting behind the… [Read More]
One of our family’s favorite things to do is read children’s books from around the world. Not only do they inspire our travels, they teach us about other cultures and far away lands. These books encourage children to use their imaginations and make connections, hopefully realizing they never need to leave the comfort of home to learn about other cultures.
If you find yourself on the road this holiday season with kids in the back seat, you will want to have some books on board to entertain them along the way. Here are some of our favorite kids books to put your family in the holiday spirit as you make your way to and from your destination. “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” -Hamilton Wright Mabie Books for Younger Children/Read Alouds: Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buena Dream Snow by Eric Carle The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert Pinkalicious: Merry Pinkmas! by Victoria Kann The Last Christmas Tree by Stephen Kerensky Froggy’s Best… [Read More]
Many years ago, before I had children, I was an elementary school teacher. With the birth of my first child, my career came to an abrupt halt. When I sent my youngest off to Kindergarten, I realized I missed teaching and went back to work as a substitute teacher. That’s what I do when I am not traveling. I love my job because I interact with children in our community on a regular basis (including my children’s friends), get to know the teachers in our school district, have hands-on experience with the curriculum, and never have to bring work home with me (which is truly the best part). I am constantly searching for tools that make learning fun. As technology advances, our… [Read More]