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1 One World, Many Stories, Endless Ideas Spicing Up Your Multicultural Programs

2 A Successful Multicultural Program Will… …share basic facts/info without resorting to stereotypes AND …relate children’s lives here with children’s lives there – what is similar and what is different [food, clothing, houses, schools, surroundings]

3 …encourage interaction AND …appeal to the senses – have props that bring the culture’s/country’s smells, tastes, textures, sounds to the kids A Successful Multicultural Program Will…

4 …leave children with: an awareness that there are kids growing up in different countries/ cultures/ circumstances who are essentially like them a sense of wonder at the differences in landscapes, foods, houses, languages, etc., to be found around the world A Successful Multicultural Program Will…

5 Unbiased, Relatable Info… Use multiple perspectives Use trusted sources –CultureGrams, Facts on File, CAMIO –CIA: The World Factbook –National Geographic Kids Look for nonfiction series written from kid perspectives Explain statistics concretely

6 Interactive, Sensory Fun… Wasabi peas and pickled ginger (Japan) Tabasco sauce (Cajun) Moon cakes (China) Mut (Vietnam) Pan de Muerto (Mexico) Smoked salmon & blueberries (Tlingit) Taste – if you’re allowed food, it can really open up fun, memorable discussion & experiences

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9 Interactive, Sensory Fun… Sights & Sounds – between iTunes, YouTube and other file-sharing sites, it is amazing what you can find Wodaabe faces

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11 Interactive, Sensory Fun… Wodaabe faces Maasai jumping Hmong ball tossing Languages Puerto Rican coqui Muslim call to prayer Traditional music Sights & Sounds – between iTunes, YouTube and other file-sharing sites, it is amazing what you can find

12 Textures/Touch – this can involve some serious networking! Llama wool Interactive, Sensory Fun…

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14 Textures/Touch – this can involve some serious networking! Llama wool Embroidered Guatemalan fabrics Indian silk saris Handmade Indonesian shadow puppet Interactive, Sensory Fun…

15 Interactive Active Fun… Shadow puppet theater

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17 Interactive Active Fun… Shadow puppet theater Parade w/masks – Mardi Gras & Tet

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20 Interactive Active Fun… Shadow puppet theater Parade w/masks – Mardi Gras & Tet Chinese calligraphy

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22 Interactive Active Fun… Shadow puppet theater Parade w/masks – Mardi Gras & Tet Chinese calligraphy Yoga

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24 Interactive Active Fun… Shadow puppet theater Parade w/masks – Mardi Gras & Tet Chinese calligraphy Yoga Chopstick races How to bow properly as a Japanese girl or boy Mehndi How to wrap a sari

25 Interactive Crafty Fun… Adinkra stamping

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27 Interactive Crafty Fun… Adinkra stamping Indonesian Shadow puppets

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29 Interactive Crafty Fun… Adinkra stamping Indonesian Shadow puppets Masks – calavera mask for El Día, dragon mask for Tet/Moon Festival, Mardi Gras, Vejigantes of Puerto Rico

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32 Interactive Crafty Fun… Adinkra stamping Indonesian Shadow puppets Masks – calavera mask for El Día, dragon mask for Tet/Moon Festival, etc/Mardi Gras, Vejigantes of Puerto Rico Aborigine dot paintings Maze designs [Hmong stitchery] Kamishibai story pictures Firework paintings for Chinese New Year

33 BOOK-based Programming

34 Why Folktales Folktales come from the oral tradition & are usually easy and appropriate to read & share aloud Folktales come from the traditional cultures of a place/people and are usually authentic Folktales usually convey a moral or message or story that the kids will find familiar and easy to understand or relate to because of their own literary repertoire

35 General Program Format Theme/topic Map /globe Book Cultural/historic information Mood Setters [music, food, realia, videos, photographs] Craft/activity

36 Brandon Bensley Children’s Specialist Glenwood Branch Greensboro Public Library

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47 ANANSE NTONTAN "spider's web" Symbol of wisdom, creativity and the complexities of life Ananse, the spider, is a well-known character in African folktales.

48 AKOKO NAN = hen’s foot symbol of nurturing and discipline Proverb – the hen treads on her chicks, but she does not kill them.


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