One Planet, One People

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April 22th is a very special day in our calendars – it is the Earth Day. It is also special because just 10 days before Yuri Gagarin, the first astronaut, went to space! On this day people worldwide show support to environmental protection: some go out to clear parks and water sources; some turn off all energy for at least an hour to help save it. 
When I think Earth Day, I think of how important it is now, especially, to understand the Oneness of humanity. To understand that everything in our world is interdependent. And that if we don’t treat each other and this world as one, we will never be able to preserve our Earth for generations to come. Whatever little we do on one side of Earth, eventually affects the rest of it. 
To understand oneness, I usually introduce the concept of Unity – a very powerful virtue that teaches are about diversity and harmony. “One planet, one people” principle is not new and it gives out a call for us to concentrate on unity and interdependence of all of the creation.
Some time ago I posted a very special game my friend created which we called Ayyam-i-Ha game. To celebrate Oneness of humanity, I would like to add a simple activity which can precede this game and used instead of the cards that are suggested to be used in this game. 
Materials needed:
One sheet of A4 paper
Scissors
Globe
Colors (markers, pencils, crayons)
Process:
1. Fold the paper several times.

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2. Draw a figure of a person.
3. Cut it out. 

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4. Now, unfold to see few people holding hands together/
5. Take your colors and color these people in different colors, resembling the color of skin 

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6. Repeat the process
7. Now ask the children to describe differences in paper people they see
8. Have them to fold the cutout to make one person.  Talk about how we are all so different but at the same time we are all humans, one people.
9. Take the globe and stick the paper people around it. Tell the children how we all should embrace this planet – our home – and take care of it. 

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You would be surprised what kind of interesting ideas younger and older children will come up with during this simple activity!

 

Earth Day Books and Music Giveaway

To inspire earth-friendly practices with your family, I’ve teamed up with several kid bloggers to bring you this awesome Earth Day giveaway. Several publishers have offered earth-themed books and music prizes for your Earth Day celebrations. Hopefully, these wonderful resources will inspire a love of nature in your children and motivate them to make a difference in the world. Amazon affiliate links are below for your convenience.

The Earth Day Giveaway co-hosts are:
Kids Yoga Stories, Mama Smiles, Spanish Playground, Creative World of Varya, Crafty Moms Share, The PiriPiri Lexicon, All Done Monkey, and Eva Varga

 

EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY
PRIZE PACK #1

Water Rolls, Water Rises, by Pat Mora
Celebrate the wonders of the water on planet Earth with this poetic and illustrative bilingual book.

Call Me Tree, by Maya Christina Gonzalez
Act out this beautiful bilingual story following a young child mimicking the growth of a tree.

Kings & Queens of the Forest CD, by Kira Willey
Act out a journey to the forest with Kira Willey’s enchanting yoga-inspired music.

Imaginations 2, by Carolyn Clarke
Use guided imagery to explore nature while learning to calm the mind and body with these relaxation stories.

Sophia’s Jungle Adventure, by Giselle Shardlow
Join Sophia and her family on a jungle adventure while learning to appreciate jungle life and doing yoga along the way.

Every Day is Earth Day Kids Yoga Lesson Plan PDF, by Next Generation Yoga
Create an earth-themed yoga session with this kids yoga lesson plan.

Compost Stew, by Mary McKenna Siddals
Dig into composting with this engaging rhyming text.

Too Much Junk song, by Elska
Get inspired to enjoy nature and simplify your life with this new musical adventure.

Backyard Garden CD, by Earthworm Ensemble
Celebrate nature, green living, and gardening with this uplifting new music.

Earth Day Giveaway | Kids Yoga Stories

EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY
PRIZE PACK #2

Change the World Before Bedtime, by Mark Kimball Moulton, Josh Chalmers, and Karen Good
Find out how the simple things in life that can inspire huge differences that change the world.

Picture a Tree, by Barbara Reid
Discover new ways to experience trees in this book with stunning imagery.

This Tree Counts, by Alison Formento and Sarah Snow
Practice counting with animals that live in trees.

Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green, by Eileen Spinelli and Anne Kennedy
Join Miss Fox as she teaches her forest animal students how to go green.

In the Garden with Dr. Carver, by Susan Grigsby and Nicole Tadgell
Step into the historical world of Dr. Carver as he teaches children about gardening.

What’s So Special About Planet Earth?, by Robert E. Wells
Learn how planet Earth is different from other planets.

Polar Bear, Why is Your World Melting?, by Robert E. Wells
Learn why and how the world is getting warmer and what we can do about it.

Earth Day Giveaway | Kids Yoga Stories

 

EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY
PRIZE PACK #3

Earth Day CD and Recycled Musical Activities eBook, by Daria MarmalukHajioannou
Sing and dance to catchy folk music to celebrate our beautiful rainbow world.

Nature Anatomy, by Julia Rothman
Take a look at nature in a new way with this book that explains all about the nature with sketches.

Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun, by Michael J. Caduto
Learn about renewable energy with 22 activities on producing and using it.

Ecology eBook – Ecology Explorations, by Eva Varga
Explore your local ecosystems with this hands-on ten-week life science curriculum.

When the Animals Saved Earth, by Alexis York Lumbard
Read a tale about how animals teach humans to restore balance in nature.

Just Like Me, Climbing a Tree, by Durga Yael Bernhard
Explore trees all over the world and see what a child sees when climbing those trees

Earth Day Giveaway | Kids Yoga Stories

 

EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY
FREE DOWNLOAD FOR EVERYONE

The Garden Classroom Journal, by Nurture Store
Download this free Garden Classroom journal to record your gardening experiences.

Garden Journal

Some of the resources above were given to us bloggers free for review, but the decision to include them in the giveaway was entirely our own. Please read the full Contest Rules below for details.

We look forward to your entries. Thank you for taking the time to participate in our giveaway. Please let me know if you have any questions or problems with the Rafflecopter tool below by sending me an e-mail at giselle at kidsyogastories dot com.

Earth Day Giveaway

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Virtue Wednesday: Teaching the Virtue of Unity

All mankind are the fruits of one tree, flowers of the same garden,

waves of one sea.” ~ Abdu’l – Baha

Welcome to Virtue Wednesday. Today’s Virtue is Unity.

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When we talk about Unity, first thing that comes to mind is working together, living together, doing things together in harmony. Unity is pretty much about treating everyone as equal and never looking down on anyone for any reason.

This is what we teach our daughters and this is what we teach to our students. We talk about Unity of people, races, nationalities. We give examples of how it all works so much better when people unite their efforts and combine their ideas. And the best of all, it all works out better when everyone respects one another and thinks of others as a part of one whole.

So, how can we teach unity at home and in a classroom? Here are some ideas:

1. An example of the body: take a doll with removable body parts and ask the child to name all the visible body parts (arms, legs, head, toes, feet, hands etc). Now ask the child whether it is important to have eyes (talk about the nature of each body part – what is it for?). Then remove one arm and ask the child what happened now and how the doll will be feeling now. Going step by step, explain that the same is for all of us: we are like one body in our family. If we don’t listen to each other, if we fight we one another, it is like we lose an arm or a leg, or even eyes. We lose the ability to move better, to see better. Always emphasize the words “unity”, “united”, “together”.

2. We talk about the nature and how everything is connected in it: trees, flowers, animals, birds. For example, how we wouldn’t have such beautiful plants, vegetables and fruit if the bees weren’t pollinating them and the rain and the earth wouldn’t nourish them. And the earth wouldn’t be so good if the worms and insects weren’t living in it.

3. Make the Lantern of Unity. This is a very simple task for a child to do:

– Take a piece of any color paper, fold in half.

– Cut one strip.

– Now cut or tear the paper from the point where it is folded towards the edges,

leaving some space.

– Open the paper and fold it into a lantern.

– Glue the ends together.

– Glue the strip to make a handle.

– You can also prepare small pictures with faces of people from all over the world

and glue them on the lantern.

This activity is also great to teach about different races and countries. Instead of faces, they can be flags of different countries.

4. We learn and sing the Hawaii Unity Song. Here’s the version from Family Learning House.

Teaching Unity is not something we do once and forget about it. It is a part of our life and as our children grow, we guide them and explain them more about Unity, Unity in Diversity and all other wonderful Virtues that help them to grow into decent human beings.

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How do you teach your children about Unity? Share with me – I’d love to know about it!

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