January 4th, 2018
Mama Lisa’s World is 20 years old this year! Over the many years, we’ve been collecting songs with many versions around the world usually in different languages. Some examples are “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, “Happy Birthday to You” and “Frère Jacques”. Over the past couple of months, we’ve been working on making these songs available to you […]
April 7th, 2017
Did you know that the map used in most schools in the United States and elsewhere around the world is inaccurate? The map that’s most often used is called the Mercator Map. It distorts the size of land masses as the latitude increases from the Equator to the poles. The Mercator Map shows Greenland as being bigger […]
November 21st, 2016
Recently, Ayako Egawa wrote to us from Japan about how teachers in different countries use different symbols to mark right and wrong answers in school. She wrote: "I enjoy my teaching job and I found an interesting cultural difference between Japan and other countries. It’s about how to mark correct and incorrect answers. In Japan, […]
November 10th, 2014
Mama Lisa’s World now has a search box! You can search for songs, rhymes, poems, recipes and traditions. You can search for specific languages, countries and cultures. You can search for a particular word… like "apple" or "train". You can even put two or three words in… like "French Apple Song". We hope you find […]
June 20th, 2014
Here’s a wonderful song for preschoolers and kindergartners to learn about the head and face. This song is sung in English in Cameroon, Africa. It was sung for us by Nyango M. Nambangi. MP3 Recording of I Have a Head I Have a Head I have a head, a head, I have a head, a […]
March 26th, 2014
Math as it’s taught in schools in the US has become needlessly complicated. When we were kids, we learnt very straightforward ways to do Math. Nowadays, parents may find it hard to even help their 1st graders because the methods are so confusing. I recently came upon a great site called Mathisfun.com while helping my […]
February 22nd, 2014
Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. The Día! Diversity in Action 2014 Celebration is fast approaching, have you registered your program yet? Register your Día Celebration in the 2013 Día National Program Registry to build a national database that showcases all types and […]
February 11th, 2014
Pascal from Frenchy Bunny shared some creative language learning tips with us. You can read them below… I’m a self-taught guy, and I’ve learnt English with colors. No one ever suggested it to me, but I invented this trick to learn faster and make things easier and more fun. For learning vocabulary, I underlined nouns […]
February 4th, 2014
Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl ad celebrates the diversity of America with people singing "America the Beautiful" in many different languages. You can hear it below… The song was sung in English, Tagalog, Spanish, Hebrew, Hindi, Keres and Senegalese-French.
November 4th, 2013
Emanuela works in a school with young kids from different countries. She asked if anyone could help with some questions about how children are cared for and disciplined in various cultures. Here’s her letter: I have a special request to you and I think you can help me because you know people of many cultures. […]
September 13th, 2013
This week our kids went back to school where I live. Parents had Meet-the-Teacher Night where they meet their children’s teachers and hear about the year to come. My daughter’s Math teacher read the following poem to us about how teachers and parents have to work together to help children learn and develop. The poem […]
April 18th, 2013
Check out the short video below… Astronaut, Chris Hadfield wrings out a washcloth on the International Space Station. It’s so cool! Show it to your kids and watch it. It will make you feel like a kid again.
April 17th, 2013
Monique was here visiting from France for the past two weeks and we worked on creating Spanish and French versions of our books and apps. (They should be available soon.) Here’s a link to our current books and apps.
March 26th, 2013
Our friends at DIA asked us to post this message about their program… The Día! Diversity in Action 2013 Celebration is only a month away, have you registered your library or school’s program yet? Register your Día Celebration in the 2013 Día National Program Registry to build a national database that showcases all types and […]
February 7th, 2013
All kids should watch this video below for inspiration… it’s a good answer the question, "Why should I do well in school?"
January 31st, 2013
Written by guest blogger Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. Daria performs multicultural music from around the world. No one really knows what music sounded like in ancient Egypt, but we do know what some of their instruments used during that time looked like. A close look at some of the beautiful hieroglyphics found in the pyramids and in […]
January 8th, 2013
Here’s a video with a song explaining onomatopoeias… one of the coolest types of words out there!
December 3rd, 2012
This is cool… Radial symmetry is where an organism has almost identical looking parts if cut into a pie. Only the top and bottom look different. The sea anemones in this print display radial symmetry. The video below shows how to create radial symmetry artwork. It helps teach kids this scientific concept. Check out how […]
October 28th, 2012
Here’s a video of the song Dem Bones for Halloween. It’s a longer version to actually teach kids about dem bones… Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones… Enjoy dem bones! Mama Lisa
September 11th, 2012
Here’s a 3 minute video for kids about the 8 secrets to success. Psst… here’s what they are… Passion (do it for love, not money) Hard Work Get Good at It Push (through self doubt, etc.) Serve Others Something of Value Ideas Focus Persistence (through failure, etc.) (Warning: There’s one bad word used at the […]
September 1st, 2012
Here’s a short video about different sounds instruments make from around the world… Enjoy! Mama Lisa
July 31st, 2012
One way to teach children about both art and nature is to bring them on a trip outdoors and create Land Art. Monique from France chaperoned a trip last year and sent these ideas and photos of land art to create with children… How to create land art: 1, Use stones and dead wood to […]
June 19th, 2012
It can be difficult to roll your R’s when speaking in Spanish. This video gives some great tips to get those R’s a-rolling! Enjoy! Mama Lisa
April 4th, 2012
Most kids in the US have to learn where all the 50 states are at some point in elementary school. My daughter had to learn them for a test this week. We tried apps for the iPad and Android to help her learn them. None of the ones we found were very helpful. So we […]
March 14th, 2012
Happy Pi Day! Pi is the mathematical constant π which represents the ratio of any circle to its diameter. This number is approximately 3.14. Today is 3/14 and that’s why it’s held today. You can celebrate pi day by eating some pie! Bon appetit! Mama Lisa
February 17th, 2012
Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Maori, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swahili, […]
January 27th, 2012
A while ago, I talked about how my daughter’s class made drawings illustrating the literal meanings of idiomatic expressions. This is a great way to help children, and people learning English as a second language, to understand these sayings.. One drawing my daughter did was an illustration of the expression "follow your nose". "Follow your […]
November 23rd, 2011
To celebrate Thanksgiving this year in school, my daughter’s 5th grade class invited their families to an event called "Poetry and Pie". Instead of the traditional little Thanksgiving meal in class, the kids read poems and afterwards served seasonal pies to their families. Each kid chose their own poem to read. They practiced reciting their […]
July 23rd, 2011
Gulliver’s Travels is a novel written by Jonathan Swift in 1726. It’s about the extraordinary travels of Gulliver. He travels to exotic lands, including one country where everyone is little and he’s huge in proportion to them. This land is called Lilliput and everyone there is about 6 inches tall! Then Gulliver travels to Brobdingnag, […]
July 7th, 2011
Cyclops Wearing flip-flops is a book of multilingual poetry. There are poems in this volume by some of the masters… and they’re translated by kids! These children took part in a translation workshop called "Poetry Inside Out". There are also original poems by some of the students in the book. Here are a couple of […]
March 29th, 2011
A while back, Monique Palomares told me how she went to see a show held by a scribe museum in France about the old pens that used to be used in school. She remembers using them! Here’s what she wrote about it… The show reminded me of when I was a child and someone would […]
March 17th, 2011
Most Americans in their thirties and forties are familiar with "Schoolhouse Rock", the short cartoons on educational subjects that appeared in between commercials during weekend kids programming in the seventies. Who among us, of that age, doesn’t know the words that come after "Conjunction junction…" or "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly…"? What I never knew until recently […]
March 2nd, 2011
Emanuela Marsura is a preschool teacher in Italy. She wrote to me about how her students cook in her school: "We do cooking every Friday. We have prepared: gnocchi with potatoes, taralli napoletani, cakes and many biscuits! The Children love Friday!" Cooking is a great opportunity for kids to learn… they measure the ingredients (learning […]
February 8th, 2011
This year my daughter’s class is doing a nice, simple project. They’re not buying Valentines from the store to give to all the kids in the class. Instead, they’re each cutting out hearts out of construction paper. On one side they’re putting a classmate’s name and on the other side they’re writing something nice about […]
February 4th, 2011
There’s a science lesson in making natural brown food coloring. I recently wrote about creating natural red food coloring from the water made from cooking beets. Once you make red food coloring from beets it’s easy to get brown. Here are the basics to making red food coloring: Peel about 3 beets and chop […]
February 2nd, 2011
It’s very satisfying to make your own food coloring out of natural ingredients. It’s also educational for children to see how people used to get color out of fruits and vegetables. Not everything has to come pre-bottled from a factory! Since Valentine’s Day is coming soon, today I’ll explain how to make red and pink […]
January 10th, 2011
Sugar cookies are nice to make for holidays and special events. They look so festive. Making cut out cookies is a fun way to get your kids to learn about baking. They can start learning to follow a recipe, roll out dough and then make the shapes with cookie cutters. This recipe makes sugar […]
December 23rd, 2010
This reindeer went to visit my daughter’s school the other day. Actually, she made him… but look how he came alive! He’s ready to learn. All you have to do to make a candy cane reindeer is to glue a red pompom on a candy cane as a nose, 2 googly eyes above it and […]
December 22nd, 2010
Here are some simple instructions to create a handprint ornament. It can be used as a Christmas decoration or for Chanukah or Mother’s Day or any time you want to hang something cute! 1. Cut out a circle using a thick piece of paper of the color of your choosing (about 6 1/2 inches […]
December 17th, 2010
My daughter made these thumbprint guys in art class today. They’re made with paint and Sharpie permanent markers. All you do is dip your thumb in paint and make thumbprints in different places on thick paper. Let the thumbprints dry. Then add details with a black Sharpie marker. At top you can see a guy […]
December 5th, 2010
Our school district had a Faculty Basketball Game to benefit local families in need. Tickets cost $6.00 each. The teams were the faculty from the elementary school versus the faculty of the middle school. The kids loved seeing their teachers playing basketball. One principal even played! Guess who was the most cut-throat? The lady principal! […]
November 24th, 2010
You can now listen to and read My Very First Little German Book online or download them onto your computer. The book and recording are both in German and English. The book has nice little illustrations. View the 1st two pages of the book by clicking on the image above. The book includes a little […]
November 19th, 2010
I’ve helped at many of my children’s holiday class parties throughout the years. Often, the kids make a holiday craft and then engorge themselves on sweets. I don’t have a problem with the kids having some sweets at their parties, but it can get crazy. This year my daughter’s teacher is different. She has the […]
November 12th, 2010
8 x 7 = ? Parents, teachers and students are always looking for new ways to help kids learn their Math Facts, especially the multiplication table. Here’s a recording Marisa did with some tricks she uses to help her with the trickier multiplication facts she has to know. They’re those numbers in the middle that […]
November 10th, 2010
My daughter is in the 4th grade and she loves her class and her teacher! One thing the teacher does to make school special is to have stuffed animals that the kids get to take home on Friday evening. The teacher rotates who gets to take something special home each weekend. The first time my […]
November 7th, 2010
In the US, we have a test called the SAT that you take as part of the process for getting into college. American parents out there might not realize that the test has changed. There are now three parts to the standard SAT: Reading, Math and Writing (with an Essay section). You can score up […]
November 3rd, 2010
Furoshiki is a way of using cloth to wrap presents or to make a bag to carry things in. The Furoshiki is generally a square piece of cloth used to wrap things up and carry them. (I believe the word Furoshiki refers to both the square cloth and the style of wrapping things.) Furoshiki goes […]
Here are some links to articles about the emotional and social needs of the Gifted: Articles about the Gifted from SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) I found an article called Counseling, Multiple Exceptionality, and Psychological Issues to be particularly interesting. Here’s an article on a different site: Social & Emotional Needs of the […]
November 2nd, 2010
French Self-Taught, by Franz J. L. Thimm (1905) was just posted on Librivox with mp3 recordings. (You can listen to it streaming on Internet Archive if you prefer a player.) You can also read the book online while playing the recordings in the background. The recordings are broken down by chapter on subjects ranging from […]
October 19th, 2010
Every year our grammar schools have a Read-In. Each child can bring a parent or other special adult. The adults bring books and a blanket to sit on (like a picnic!) The whole school stops everything and the adults read to small groups of kids all around the school… in classrooms, in the hallway, etc. […]
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