Read Around the World: A Multicultural Class for Beginning Readers
In this ongoing class, learners visit a different country each week through interactive reading of folktales and picture books. Each week will also include a fun phonics lesson for learners who are ready to sound out words.
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There are no upcoming classes.
Once per week
learners per class
How does an “Ongoing” course work?
Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills
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This ongoing class combines two of the things I'm most passionate about in teaching: introducing kids to the world of books, and introducing kids to the world of diverse cultures. I believe every child should have the opportunity to be exposed to quality literature that reflects the diversity of human culture and experience. In this class, young learners will be introduced to folktales, fairy tales, and ordinary life situations from a variety of cultures around the world. Since I also...
Students will become aware that different cultures may have different traditional stories, cultural values, or ways of life. Students will learn active comprehension skills: asking questions and making predictions, re-telling details, identifying story elements, making text-to-self connections, recognizing text structure. Students will practice phonemic awareness skills: syllabification, initial, medial, and final sounds, blending and segmenting, and phonics skills: letter-sound correspondence, reading CVC words, digraphs
In my undergrad and post-grad education, I've studied cultural and linguistic anthropology. This has given me a good foundation in respect for all cultures and the dynamics of multicultural societies. I also lived in a non-Western, developing nation for 7 years, further increasing my sensitivity to intercultural and multicultural issues. As a teacher, I've had the privilege of teaching students from a variety of diverse backgrounds, and experiencing their interest in both books that feature characters like themselves, and that open their eyes to the humanity of characters unlike themselves. I have done extensive reading and belong to several online discussion groups in order to keep current with best practices for presenting diverse picture books to children.
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55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
I am careful to choose books that are a gentle, developmentally appropriate, and positive introduction to different cultures and ways of life. I prioritize books by authors who are from the culture they write about whenever possible. Since these books are from a variety of different cultures, your learner may encounter customs, values, or life circumstances that are different from what they are used to. For example, a character in a book may celebrate a different holiday. A child may work to help her family, or a community's religious customs may be briefly mentioned. That's a positive thing! Cultural differences will be handled in a sensitive and respectful way in this class. You may want to be prepared to discuss cultural diversity with your child and clarify your own family values. I will add a note in the book list if I feel parents may need an extra heads up.
Karen WeloOutschool Teacher
139 total reviews
172 completed classes
I’ve been working with children for 15 years – from teaching reading classes to working in public and private schools to tutoring to now homeschooling my own children. I’m passionate about teaching students the skills they need to be...