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Multicultural Education Through Miniatures
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What's it about?
The title might be a mouthful, but MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION
THROUGH MINIATURES is really about how little things can have big meaning. The
site uses photographs of dolls and other miniatures to take kids on a worldwide
cultural tour. There are over 300 photos of handcrafted miniatures, each with a
description of how they were made, a story from the country or state they
represent, its flag, what currency is used, and which language is spoken in
that region. Simple educational games let kids test their multicultural
Is it any good?
Multicultural Education Through Miniatures is a delightful
approach to teaching kids about the ways of people near and far. The high-quality
photos of the dolls has the effect of personalizing each culture, making its "stats"
relatable and memorable. This unique concept delivers a wealth of information and
lets students easily find whatever region they are interested in. Kids may be
especially drawn to the games, which expand the offerings for each doll to
include a country's music, animals, clothing, dance, and other unique
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how each doll embodies distinct characteristics and what they reveal about their culture. Also, the author of this site has given permission for students and teachers to use the copyrighted photos, stories, and games in school projects. How might kids go about using material from Web sites where permission is not as clear? Do kids know how to credit sources when they use something for a school project?
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