Archive for ◊ June, 2010 ◊

• Friday, June 11th, 2010

Today marks the beginning of the 2010 World Cup games … which may not a lot to most North Americans. World Cup soccer, however, is a Big Deal here in South Korea. Games are broadcast on giant television screens at subway stations, stadiums, and other public locations all over the nation. In fact, it seems that half the country is wearing red and cheering Team Korea onto victory with the words “Dae Han Min Guk!”

While we’re not huge sports fans and won’t be joining the throngs who are standing out in the rain to watch the televised Korean games, I do plan to use the games as a springboard to help my students learn more about world geography. We’ll be locating each of the 32 countries participating in this year’s World Cup games on a map. We’ll match flags with their respective countries, and we’ll group countries according to continent. We’ll also sound out the names of the various countries participating in this year’s games and practice writing them in English.

If you’d like to bring World Cup fever into your classroom, you can download the World Cup 2010 word search and country-continent match I created for our elementary students by clicking here.

• Friday, June 04th, 2010

Some 2,600 years ago, according to tradition, there was born a slave child who would become known as the ancient world’s chief teller of fables. Truth be told, many of the fables commonly credited to him were composed by others long after his death. Still, the collection of stories known as “Aesop’s Fables” have stood the test of times. They’ve served as lessons to the young and not-so-young for centuries and have been translated into countless languages. A comprehensive collection of Aesop’s short, moralistic tales can be found at . My favorite print collection is the beautifully-illustrated Usborne volume Aesop’s Fables (Stories for Young Children). Why not sit down with your favorite child, a plate of Baklava (or a bowl of fruit and Greek yogurt ) and enjoy some of these timeless tales today?

• Thursday, June 03rd, 2010

After an international move and a long hiatus, I’m making an effort to resume blogging on a semi-regular basis. Offline, I’m a mom, a wife, and a kindergarten teacher, so free time is limited. I can’t guarantee daily posts, but will try to highlight minor holidays, special days, observances, and celebrations at least a couple of times a week.

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Thanks, and happy reading!