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Parents' Guide to

Touchable Earth

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Kids showcase their cultures in short, categorized videos.

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Kids from around the world are charming ambassadors who show viewers what life is like in their country. Videos cover most of the basics of everyday life that might interest kids such as family, home, school, and what kids do for fun. Cultural topics such as dance and music, and facts such as geographic location, flag, and national anthem help give kids a bigger picture of the country. Videos are mostly solid quality, and most kids speak clearly understandable English, but there's also a transcript just in case. Videos are often very short, which makes them easy to watch in bite-sized pieces, but sometimes leaves viewers wanting to see a bit more. Though the information gives a pretty well-rounded picture of life in each country, there are some missing pieces. For example, typical food would be great to cover. There are a few basic suggestions for discussion, but most are fairly superficial. Most of the deeper learning and discussion depends on the users. Overall, Touchable Earth is a lovely collection of videos that show kids how life is different in other parts of the world, but can also reveal some surprising ways that kids' lives are the same, no matter where they're from.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Social Studies : citizenship, cultural understanding, exploration, geography, global awareness
  • Skills: Responsibility & Ethics : embracing differences, respect for others
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: September 19, 2020

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