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As adults there are many big issues in the world that our children ask about.

How can you raise a child who is globally conscious, environmentally aware and who can solve problems to make the world a better place?

Many of these issues can be difficult to talk about with young children but through picture books, junior fiction and fiction we can make more meaning of these big issues and start to make changes in our lives to positively affect the world.

Issues such as rising water levels, change in the climate, destruction of natural areas, extinction of flora and fauna, increase in plastic waste, chemicals in our lives, displaced people, getting back to our roots and play can all be difficult to talk about so please use my teaching resources to help inspire you to talk.

Each week I will post at least one new book with some ideas on how you can talk about the big issues and link activities to make even more sense.

Work with me – Join the facebook private group (Growing globally conscious children) where we can share ideas about how to raise globally conscious children.

Work with me – I write teacher notes for novels and picture books, run gifted and talented sessions for teachers and parents, run workshops on living more sustainably and write lesson plans to link sustainability into your curriculum.

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I was watching a TED talk by Kristen Marhaver about growing baby coral to help replenish reefs.

She said this that inspired me to try and make a difference, to try and help others understand what is going on in the wider world and how it relates to us even in the smallest way.

And yet, almost everyone I meet, no matter how educated, is not sure what a coral is or where they come from. How would we get someone to care about the world’s coral reefs when it’s an abstract thing they can barely understand? If they don’t understand what a coral is or where it comes from, or how funny or interesting or beautiful it is, why would we expect them to care about saving them

This blog is here to inspire parents and teachers to read more often with their children. To make meaning within the books that can give us so much.

Take the time to read some of my reviews which link in teaching and learning ideas for parents and teachers.

Please let me know if you would like a book reviewed or some lessons planned for you.

I hope my blog can try to make meaning to real  issues – let me know!

nes.ryan@bigpond.com

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