How We Live–Summer Reading Theme Three

Personally, this is one of my favorite Summer Reading Themes–gaining an understanding of how different and similar other childrens’ lives are around the globe is instrumental in creating empathy and perspective on the world. The downside, as with many of these themes is that there is so much to the theme that an entire SRC could be planned around each weekly theme.

This week we are having a special guest speaker, who has been to all seven continents and who probably will have been to 100 countries by the time she gives her presentation. While she is a traveler, a tourist, and not an expert on other cultures, she has an amazing ability to speak to the differences and similarities of countries around the world. Plus one of her favorite pastimes in other countries is to visit markets and shopping centers to buy food from locals and see what is there. (I should say I know this because she is my mother)

So this week our theme will focus on how one gets food in other countries, on going marketing, and on different kinds of food eaten in different ways around the world.

We’ll open with welcoming the participants and asking them if they’ve signed up for the Summer Reading Program, if they’ve been doing their reading, and if they’ve claimed their prizes if they’ve been reading. It is amazing how many kids come to programs, but haven’t signed up yet. I also like to remind kids when the next activity will be, since they are alternating weeks.

After making announcements, I want to plug a few books on the topic, to encourage kids to keep reading and learning.

Because it is my mother giving the presentation, I promised her I’d help get the talk together. In order to introduce the theme, I think I’ll read a story on Markets and then introduce my mother as a world traveler who has been to many, many markets.

First, I’m going to have her talk about a few of her favorite places she’s been. Tell them how she’s been to every continent, and show a map and some pictures of these adventures.

Next she’ll talk about how in many countries people don’t all have electricity, refrigerators, or enough money to buy much food at once. This means a couple of things, people have to buy things as they need them, even every day, and that they may eat more things that are dried–like dried fruit or meat.

Just like families eat different foods around the world, they also shop in different types of places. Some have open air markets, some have stalls, small shops, or others just trade with neighbors do get what they need.

Then I’m going to have her focus on four or five different countries and the markets she visited there.

After her presentation, I want to have a little activity, where kids make simple origami cups and then can bargain with pretend money for dried fruit snacks and other little prizes. This sort of depends on if I can get enough volunteers to help with acting as store keepers.

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