Understanding……..

As I look around this world, I see many human beings that come from various backgrounds. I believe it is truly important to learn what those differences are through conversation. Learning from one another is super important. Gaining an understanding about how this person grew up, the values they were taught, and the culture they are from, will give you insight into why they act they way they do. In our American society, I feel we don’t spend enough time learning about other cultures. I look at the media, and many Americans believe what they hear on the news. Curiosity is a part of our human nature. Act on that curiosity. Learn, investigate, experience it for yourself. When you do that, you can form your opinion. Fear comes from not knowing something. We are naturally afraid of things we do not know. Instead of being afraid or apprehensive, research and learn. Gain an understanding. Things make sense when you know more information.  I love learning about other cultures. I think it would be so much fun to spend a year in another country. Learn the everyday life. Learn what it is like for those in that culture. Get to know the traditions, the recipes, the people. I have a lot of recipes from my grandma that are traditional in Yugoslavia. My great grandparents came from there. It is my goal to make all those recipes and know them by heart. Other cultures use different spices and ingredient combinations. I believe when we re-create them, we are seeing into their culture through a portal if you will. There is something in our brain that will connect the two. Who knows, maybe through DNA, we may experience a spiritual connection when we experience the tastes. When I was homeschooling my children, I designed a history lesson that focused on other countries. I have 5 children. Each week, one child would tell me what country they wanted to learn about. When the country was selected, their job was to gather information regarding the country. I didn’t outline a specific area they had to learn. I wanted to engage their inquisitive mind. Along with the information, we researched recipes specific to that country. The child chosen for that week would help design a dinner using the recipes of that country. We would shop together for the ingredients after we figured out what we were serving. Then that child would help cook the meal and everyone had to eat it, even if they didn’t think they would like it. During dinner, the child who did the research would tell the family what they learned about that country. I called this “Food from around the world.”  My goal in designing this lesson was to get the kids excited about learning a new culture, opening up their minds to other ideas, and engaging their mind and soul. I feel this unit helped them to be open to other types of cultures and people. To erase any fear of not understanding something. We did this for 12 weeks. Oh, and they learned how to budget at the grocery store. Let’s get curious! I challenge you to try this for yourself. Google a country you have been curious about and learn about them. Find traditional recipes, put a meal together, and eat that meal with an open mind. It is amazing what happens when you don’t have any barriers in your mind. I feel we become more empathetic and loving.

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