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Design environmentally sustainable activities. The candidates will design a Jump start kit that includes a set of at least 10 developmentally appropriate children’s books that address local, global, international, and intercultural problems. Students should develop activities or book extensions towards finding solutions to global, international and intercultural problems.

1. Provide a rationale for the selected topic in connection with current local and/or global issues.

2. Select 10-15 children’s books around any attractive global learning topic for young children that will allow them to understand local and/or global problem (pollution, global warming, conflict resolution, poverty, technology and so forth). Bring them for your presentation.

3. Include books with different genre and multicultural and international literature

4. Take a close look at the developmental milestones of children from birth to grade 3 and explain why each of the books that you selected is age appropriate. Justify how your book selection supports children’s language, intellectual, personality, social-moral, aesthetic and creative development. Use course readings to sustain your claim for each book. Some help in judging books can be found in reviews of new books that appear in journals such as The Horn Book, The Journal of Children’s Literature, The Reading Teacher or in any of the websites listed in this document.

5. Book extensions (from one or different books, NOT from EVERY BOOK)

  • Select a book to design an activity that addresses an international, global, or intercultural issue and its solution
  • Design a felt board story for one of the books in your collection.
  • Design puppets for a story.
  • Choose a story and audiotape a story with music and sound effects.
  • Design a book extension that helps children identify Plot and sequence of events

*This assignment is different from the book file, it requires more connections with course readings regarding children’s development and they should focus on global learning topics.

For the presentation bring all book extensions equipment and have your power point ready.


In one PDF file submit:

  • Book description for each book describing how it promotes language, cognitive, personality, social-moral, aesthetic and creative development in young children (what applies).
  • Include a picture of the book cover and book reference.
  • Goal and description of activities or book extensions towards finding solutions to global, international and intercultural problems
  • Justification for selecting the books
  • Why each book is age appropriate (refer to child development characteristics)
  • Pictures of your felt board story, puppets, and book extensions and a script of the story.
  • Design an interactive electronic book (using power point, I-Movie or Windows Movie Maker uploaded to youtube)

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Mama Panya’s Pancakes illustrates about a young boy named Adika in
Kenya who visits the market with his mother. On their way he
decides to invite all his friends for the pancakes that his mother is to
make. This worries his mother because she cannot afford to make
enough pancakes for all those guests his son invited. But when the
guests show up, they all come with different gifts such as milk, flour
and butter for the pancakes that can feed everyone.

The story is about a boy anmed Kojo who lives with his mother and other
poor families in Ghana. He helps his mother to collect and sell firewood as a
means of living. They can barely make enough from this. Some of the
impoverished family decide to accumulate money which would later be loaned
to each of their members. When Kojos’ mum turns up, Kojo asks his mother to
give him some coins to start a business that he had an idea about. He then buys
a hen which lays and he sells the eggs. After some time, he has enough income
from his savings which he uses to buy more hens. With the income form the
eggs, he is then able to go back to school.

kojo asks his mother for money and buys a hen

The hen lays many eggs which they sell to make more
money to buy more hens which lay more eggs.

After saving from the eff income Kojo is able to resume school

Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary and Rich Chamberlin and Julia Cairns
One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi
Chandra’s Magic Light: A Story in Nepal by Theresa Heine and Judith Gueyfier
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli and Kadir Nelson
Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier and Lori Lohstoeter
The Hard-Times Jar by Ethel Footman Smothers and John Holyfield
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway and Eugenie
“Challah in the Ark” in The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales by Shoshana Boyd Belfand and
Amanda Hall
Mimi’s Village and How Basic Health Care Transformed It by Kate Smith Milway and
Eugenie Fernandes
Serafina’s Promise by Anne E. Burg
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
Rationale for choosing hunger and poverty as a topic to teach children
According to the World Health Organization (2019), they make an assertion that if the world goes
on with the normalcy of ‘business-as-usual’ the world cannot accomplish its mission of eradicating
poverty by 2030. Further, according to their statistics, by 2015, 736bmillion people were
depending on less than $1.9 per day in comparison to 1.85 billion people in 1990.Looking at this
trend, the poverty rate is clearly on the rise and therefore intervention is required This creates a
need to teach the children about the disaster since they are the holders of the future generations.

With the knowledge about poverty and dispensed to the young children at an early age, there is a
greater possibility of poverty reduction in the future. This is so because, with the knowledge about
poverty the children become aware of the causes, the impact and how poverty can be prevented.
Similarly, hunger goes hand in hand with poverty since when poverty prevails in a place you find
that the hunger rate is high. With this knowledge the children are able to learn on ways to curb
this, and in case it happens the measures that can be taken to reduce the impact of the hunger
among people.

Generally, the importance of knowledge about poverty and hunger to children who are the future
generation since it helps them become aware of the poverty disaster, its causes, preventive
measures hence making them responsible people in the future. Consequently, with the knowledge
of hunger, the children are given a chance of becoming compassionate towards those who are
facing hunger disasters.

Book descriptions


Moral development consists of the children knowing what is wrong and right, and making the right
decisions. Children normally distinguish between wrong and right when they are punished or
rewarded. With proper guidance the kids can be able to make correct decisions and have a sense
of being responsible towards other people by showing compassion, kindness etc.

Social development is concerned with the capability of a child to get along with the society or the
people close to them like family.

Social and personality development are closely related. Depending on how a child feels about
themselves has an impact on the relation with the other people around them children who have
good feeling about them have better personality and are able to relate better with other people.

social and personality development indicators of children include the ability to trust people and
other things, feeling great about themselves (self-esteem), getting along with other people.

Cognitive devel...

Excellent resource! Really helped me get the gist of things.


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