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Around the World

Understanding themselves, the world, and their place in it is a driving impulse for young children! Learning about other children and different kinds of families around the world provides a rich framework for children's first attempts to make sense of their larger communities. Early, age-appropriate activities can bring even complex ideas like conflict resolution and peacemaking within reach.

Start with hands-on exploration: a folk instrument, an art project, or a cultural celebration. Next, fire children's imaginations with photos and stories that reveal the fundamental needs all people share. Then, give them maps and books to satisfy their curiosity. The child's profound revelation -- that people around the world have more in common than not -- will surely bring a peaceful world one step closer.