This past month we’ve been really honing in on starting our homeschool adventure with Colette. It’s been interesting, to say the least, looking over curriculums and trying to identify what that special thing is that makes my girl tick so that we can come up with just the right approach.
I’m so excited to say that once we get past all of this holiday madness I’ll start sharing with y’all some of the little things we’re doing through the week to work on that. She’s four, so it’s nothing fancy, but our Waldorf ways make it easy to integrate the things that we already love to do (like baking and gymnastics) into lessons that’ll help her understand how the world works.
Education is important to us, and we’re so grateful to live in an area where we have access to all of the tools we need to teach our children. But some kids aren’t so fortunate.
Ouch. That’s a tough meme, right? But don’t worry, this isn’t a guilt-trip inducing post. I just want to introduce you to a sweet initiative that may help sway your Christmas-shopping decisions.
Soft Toys for Education is a good cause partnership between the IKEA Foundation, UNICEF and Save the Children, first launched twelve years ago. The idea is simple: for every Soft Toy or children’s book sold from November 2014 – January 2014, the IKEA Foundation donates 1 euro to children’s education projects.
The Soft Toys for Education campaign aims to provide quality education to children living in poverty in developing countries. Since the campaign started, donations from the annual IKEA Soft Toy Campaign have totalled €67 million, helping more than 11 million children in 46 countries enjoy their right to a quality education.
The donations will help UNICEF and Save the Children train teachers in child-friendly teaching methods, improve child protection systems, supply educational materials in the schools, help rebuild schools, provide better water and toilet facilities, and increase school attendance rates. Some of their recent case histories include work in South Africa, Ethiopia, Romania, Indonesia and Bangladesh.
In Mozambique, thanks to the IKEA Foundation’s contribution of Soft Toys for Education campaign funds, 55,000 children in 88 schools were reached with the five components of the Child-Friendly Schools approach: education; protection; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health and social mobilization. Children in these schools also received physical education and were trained in important life skills.
If you want to show your support, check out the website. All of the toys and books are very fairly priced and would make wonderful presents!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.