All posts in Teach Me Tues

Bella's Vietnam Adventure, Vietnam, picture book,

Exploring Vietnam: Culture and KitLit

Vietnam: Crafts and Books for Kids

I’ve never been to Vietnam but it’s at the top of my list of places that I want to visit, particularly for the food which we eat at least once a week so it was a easy choice to armchair travel.  I grew up 15 minutes from Little Saigon in The O.C.  and I am a big fan of Vietnamese food.  It’s my favorite Asian cuisine.   Read more…

MultiCulti MultiCultural KidLit Children's books culture around the world PragmaticMom Teach Me Tuesday

My Top 5 Most Popular Multi-Cultural Posts of 2011

Multicultural Books and Activities for Kids

My Teach Me Tuesday Multi-Cultural series is a labor of love for me. It is titled Teach Me Tuesday because it teaches me about different countries, culture and KidLit and I actually thought it didn’t get may page views because it usually gets just a handful the week that it’s posted. I was really surprised to see that these posts do get read during the year so I will continue to do this series. Thanks so much for reading! Read more…

220px-Sagradafamilia-overview

Spain: children’s books, interior design, El Bulli recipe and more

Spain: Culture, Food and Books for Kids

The children’s books that I selected are old-fashioned from a by-gone era so I am spinning the rest of this post into the modern world.  We’ll start first with a dizzying tour of modern Spanish furniture, and then onto the hottest food scene in the world.  According to my favorite foodie snark, Anthony Bourdain, Spain is where it is at for the foodie scene.  Forget France, that is so last year! The maestro is Ferran Adriá and I have an easy recipe from his blog as well a few other fun things.  To finish up, we’ll see some Spanish creatives; architect Gaudi and artists Miró, Picasso, and Velázquez. Read more…

soccer, south africa, bully, bullies, bullying, dangerous to play soccer, http://PragmaticMom.com, pragmatic mom

Africa: Bamileke, fashion, chocolates for Darfur, and more

Africa: Books for Kids, Culture, Interior Design and More

This week, we are exploring Africa.  Why?  A million years ago b.c. (before children), I designed and manufactured women’s golf apparel using natural fibers and geared to fashion forward twenty-, thirty- and forty-somethings.  The first collection used gorgeous fabrics from West Africa. I jogged this memory last week while reading picture books at my elementary school’s library to kill twenty minutes waiting for my parent/teacher conference.  I found two great picture books below but wanted a chapter book to figure out my post.  So the deal was sealed last night while editing my old posts.  I came across the Africana Awards and it had the chapter book I needed to round out my book list.  So, Africa it is!  Onward! Read more…

Percy Jackson, The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan, ancient greece and rome, http://PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom, PragmaticMom

Celebrities in Togas, Roman vs. Greek Gods, The Lost Hero, and more…

Greek and Roman Gods: Mythology for Kids

It all started innocently enough.  I had just finished The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, the first book in his new chapter book series post Percy Jackson.  It’s a great read and I highly recommend it, as does my 5th grade daughter.  (Don’t worry, Percy and Annabeth are in the series).  Roman versus Greek Gods were occupying my mind. Riordan does a great job converging the two sets of seemingly similar deities yet pointing out the differences between the two (who knew?!).  I was always more partial to the Greek Gods myself and now I know why.  They were the gentler, kinder version.  Less warlike. More human.  More … interesting. Read more…

alpana white, diwali, rickshaw girl activity for book club, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom, PragmaticMom

Bangladesh: Culture, Alpanas, Children’s Books, Recipe and More!

Bangladesh: Children’s Books, Crafts, Art and More

I know that I was a little vague in my post, Lessons From the Dog Park Applied to My Blog, about Teach Me Tuesdays in that I simply proposed that we learn together.  Then I remembered the advice that DesignTrackMind gave me:  “Explore different countries.  Add in fashion and interior design.  Recipes are good but you HAVE to make it first.”  Don’t you love it yet hate it when you get advice so dead on that it calls you out?  Like I’d post a recipe that I’ve never made myself??!!  Ok, she knows me too well. Totally busted. Read more…

6a011168555603970c0111685d0719970c-800wi

Chile: Children’s Books, Nobel Laureate Poets, Art and More

Chile: Culture, Children’s Books and Crafts for Kids

It all started with a post from PaperTigers about Mia’s Story. Having the same name, I had happened upon this book a while ago and was blown away by this picture book story of resilience and hope of a family living in a dump in Chile. While searching for more books, I thought that Pablo Neruda was from Chile and remembered a really great book sent to me by Scholastic a while ago. I though this would win a Newbery Honor that year, but alas, it did not. Still, it introduced me to his poetry meant for common people. Read more…
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan pragmatic mom

The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan: Book Club for Kids

Lost Boys of Sudan Book Club for Kids

Who Are The Lost Boys of Sudan?

“The Lost Boys of Sudan are more than 27,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups who were displaced and/or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–2005, about 2 million killed). The survivors, about 3800 Lost Boys arrived in the United States in 2001, where they are now scattered in about 38 cities. Read more…

Gauchada, Teach Me Tuesday Argentina Children's books picture books children's multi cultural literature, pragmaticmom.com, pragmatic mom

Argentina: kids books, artisans, and gauchos

Argentina for Kids with Books, Crafts and Culture

We travel this week to Argentina.  Why? Well, our Spanish tutor is from Argentina and my middle daughter made a new and lovely friend whose family also hails from Argentina.  When I think of Argentina, the first thing I think of is beef but there is more to Argentina than just cattle. I wanted to explore the gauchos (Argentinean cowboys) and indigenous people so that is what I dug around for.  I hope you enjoy this armchair family trip to Argentina.  Bienvenidos!  Welcome! Read more…