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Beating the Global Food System

Beating the Global Food System January 9 and 16, 2014 Can you beat the system? Our participants did. Over the last few weeks, global studies participants learned about the unfairness of the global food system through an interactive role playing game from Oxfam Education. Can your pupils beat the system? Playing this game will help them understand the global food…

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Global Studies: Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Peoples (November 14, 2013) The quietest voices Have the loudest meaning Every word said is like An earthquake. It sends a big movement It moves the biggest barriers down It can open a new state of mind. The quietest voices Can join and become A million voices. For what we say can Be pushed aside Forgot about. But when…

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Global Studies: Getting the Message

Global Studies: Getting the Message (November 7, 2013) The ability to communicate adequately with each other is a skill most human beings take for granted. What if you couldn’t tell people what you were trying to say? What if you couldn’t write it down for them? How would it feel, and how would your message be construed? Last week homeschoolers…

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Global Studies: Halloween

Halloween (October 31, 2013) The global studies group voted unanimously to have a Halloween party this year. The enjoyed a lot of snacks and games, made Day of the Dead masks, worked on some papel picado, face painted, and had a great group celebratory day.    

S.T.E.A.M. Maker: Projects of Every Color

Projects of Every Color (October 22 and 24, 2013) Autumn is a colorful, busy season. Classes and sports are in full swing. There are fairs, festivals and celebrations nearly every weekend. At home preparations are being made for holiday feasting and visits with family. Even the local animals are migrating, harvesting and settling in for the cold quiet season to…

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Global Studies: United Nations Day

United Nations Day (October 24, 2013) “More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.” ~Kofi Annan (Kofi Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2006. Annan…

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Global Studies: Language all Around

Language all Around (October 17, 2013) Language represents us everywhere, even in interstellar space. Global Studies began last week with a conversation about Voyager’s Golden Record. We listened to the audio recordings of greetings from Earth in many languages and voices. The participants were delighted that the English message, “Hello from the children of planet Earth,” used the voice of a child. The…

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Global Studies: Connecting Through Language

Connecting Through Language (October 10, 2013) The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives ~ Anthony Robbins Last week Global Studies participants at Talking Stick Learning Center began a month-long study of language and how we use it to communicate with the world. In order to travel, make international friends, and eventually…

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Global Studies: Speaking out about the Government Shutdown

Speaking out about the Government Shutdown (October 3, 2013) One of the goals of Global Studies at Talking Stick is to give homeschoolers a forum where they can discuss current events with their peers. The government shutdown that began on October 1st, was the perfect current event to begin with; confusing, timely, and directly impacting our country. Although everyone had…

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Global Studies: Discovering Place Through Exploring and Art

Discovering Place Through Exploring and Art September 26, 2013 Beautiful Autumn days at Talking Stick are not to be squandered. Upon arrival last Thursday participants were given maps of Awbury Arboretum and we began plotting routes to parts of the arboretum we had not seen before. With maps in hand we headed for the Secret Garden and Haines Field, stopping…

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