Parents, it's in your power to make sure your kids are getting the most out of our wonderful world. There are things you can do at home, at school, and in your community. Get started with the top 10 tips below, then download your Action Kit and check out More to Explore for great links to scores of sites to help you and your family.
10 Ways to Give Your Kids the World
1. Geography is more than you think.
It's more than maps. Geography's about cultures and environments. It's about people shaping places and places shaping people. Geography is the framework that helps you understand the world.
2. Bring the world into your home.
Do you own a globe, maps, and a world atlas and use them to look up places in the news? Turn to the Web and check out an online atlas or a 3-D globe.
3. Check your family's knowledge.
Test your family's Global IQ. Do you and your children know the fundamentals of geography from the local to the global? (Here's a handy checklist for you to print out.) Play games that teach about the world.
4. Know what's going on.
Do you and the kids watch news programs, listen to news radio, read the newspaper? Don't forget to check kid-friendly Web news sites like BBC Newsround, Time for Kids, and National Geographic Kids News. Talk about what's going onnot just in your community but also in your state, your country, and all around the world.
5. Get out there.
Try EarthCaching or geocaching or explore a nature center near you. Visit new placesnearby towns, different neighborhoods, local and national museum exhibits, other countrieson day trips, weekends, or vacations.
6. Know where you are and where things come from.
Everything's connected. Make it a family mission to know your communitywhy it's where it is, how it was settled, who lives there now, and its connections to the world through business, arts, music, technology, and sports. What are the global connections in the food your family eats, the clothes you wear, the games you play, and the music you listen to?
7. Broaden your children's horizons.
Courses, research projects, and extracurricular activities expand kids' understanding of their worldas do books, magazines, videos, and games that feed their natural curiosity.
8. Support your schools.
Does your child's school have what it needs to teach about the world? Does it offer geography courses? Does it have up-to-date maps, globes, atlases, and software? (Use our school checklist to find out.) Find your local parents organization and get involved. Start a geography club.
9. Spread the word.
Contact your legislators and your school district leadership. Let them know you support increased emphasis on and funding for geography and geography-related courses. And tell your children's teachers and others about My Wonderful World.
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