Developed by: Round by Design
Spin the globe and learn about real children around the world with One Globe Kids. Each new friend invites you to play their games, learn their language and share their food. Destinations range from The Netherlands, Haiti, Indonesia, New York City, Burundi... always someplace new to visit. This app features real stories from around the globe, told child-to-child with full-color photographs and narration. There is even an option to record yourself speaking and counting in your new friend’s language. Children can interact with their new friends and learn interesting, kid-friendly facts about each country they visit.
Prepare to use this app by using any of the following activities:
It’s a gigantic world out there! Explore a world map with your child. Give them time to scan through it and make their own personal observations. Ask them guiding questions if they seem to be struggling with independent exploration such as “Which country is that? Where is that in relation to where we live? Which ocean separates this country from this one? And so on.
Talk about it! Discuss any places you have traveled to and what your favorite memories from those trips are. Ask your child if there are any places he/she is particularly interested in learning more about and why. Ask them where they would travel if they could go anywhere in the whole world and have them explain why.
Here I am! It can be difficult for a child to understand how gigantic the world actually is. Have your child draw one large circle on a piece of paper with four more inside of it and have them fill in the following in each circle: my city, my state, my country, my continent, my planet. Encourage your child to add illustrations to their work.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying any of the following activities:
Get down to business! Have your child enter their location on the globe and search for a country to learn more about, either through the globe or friends icon. Before they start exploring with their new friend and learning interesting facts, have your child keep the following guiding questions in mind: What do I find surprising? What is similar to the way we live? What is different? What do I want to learn more about?
Chat (if you want to) along the way! Your child may be more interested in exploring and learning on their own, which is great! If your child tends to like to talk through their findings, let them know that you are there for them to chat with along the way. Your child may want to share questions, observations or connections. If at any point they get a little off track, bring them back with the guiding questions mentioned above.
Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:
- That was surprising! Discuss the facts that your child found most surprising and why. Do they have any follow up questions? If so, encourage them to research more about it online or at the library.
- Want a pen pal? Is your child interested in writing letters (real snail mail, or emails if that’s more their style) with a child in another country? If so, research organizations online; ask your child’s teacher or librarian about potential programs.
- Show what you know! Have your child choose any of the following ways to reflect on and share their learning:
- Venn Diagram--Create a venn diagram made up of two circles that overlap. One circle is for your child, the other is for their new friend. In their circle they should jot things about their own life, in their new friends circle they jot things about their life, and where the circles overlap, your child should jot the things the two share or have in common.
- Poster or visual aid--Have your child create a poster or visual aid of their choice to record their learning. They could draw a picture of their new friend and jot facts about their life all around them. Make sure they include what country their new friend is from and the language they speak.
- Sing and dance--Have your child create a song, chant, rap, or poem about their new friend and the interesting facts he/she learned. Encourage them to incorporate their new friends’ language and add in dance moves if they so choose!