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E-Pals: Connecting the World…One Class at a Time

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Every day all over the world, children all over the world are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. They may not speak the same language. And their lives may be quite different. But inside they are just like you. (Excerpt from the book Whoever You Are by Mem Fox)

During their Library time on Monday May 21, Lore Fredette’s Preschool class experienced this first hand when her class connected via Skype with students from the Pueri Regnum Preschool in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Both classes exchanged classic children’s songs and dances in both English and Portuguese. The children also discussed each other’s country flags and the Portuguese students were able to point out the colors of the flags in English. St. Margaret’s students mastered a few Portuguese words as well. “This was such a great experience for all the children,” said Library Director Darla Magana.

To prepare for their visit with their Brazilian e-pals Mrs. Fredette’s students practiced songs that emphasized movement and vocabulary. The students also located Brazil on a map and were told a little about their Brazilian culture before the visit.

This opportunity was made possible through Library Technician Rosemary DeSa’s initiative to reach out to the teachers of Pueri Regnum Preschool where her grandson goes to school. A recent article in Parent Child magazine says that one-on-one contact with new people and places is probably the most immediate, effective way to teach little children about other cultures. Specifically, whenever possible, we should introduce our children to people from different countries and cultural backgrounds. Fortunately, these days we don’t have to travel thousands of miles across the world to expose our little ones to other cultures. All they have to do is log-in.

 

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  • Geraldine Anderson said:

    What a great opportunity!!! So incredibly adorable!
    It is so nice for the children to see that others around the world are just like them.

  • Stephanie Saavedra said:

    it’s so cute! I think that this is a wonderful opportunity for them!