(PRWEB) November 1, 2004 -
Boston, MA Â American kids today are growing up in an ever smaller world. Our homes are filled with goods and produce from all over the globe. Our food comes from a multitude of different countries and the toys our children play with are usually made in China or Taiwan, India or Pakistan. WhatÂs more, as they grow our children will meet, make friends with, and do business with people from many different countries from around the world.
Despite these trends, surveys continue to show that Americans have very little global knowledge. In one survey of college age students only 37% could find England on a map, even though itÂs the USAÂs closest political ally. In a second survey 25% of high school students could not name the Ocean between California and Asia.
To help educate kids about the world, the new Children's World Map is specially designed to make learning fun and entertaining. It provides kids from ages 3 to 12 with a great initial understanding about our global village. The Children's World Map includes hundreds of illustrations and descriptions, and shows features such as oceans, rivers, mountains and cities.
ÂIÂve seen kids as young as three enjoying using this educational mapÂ said Janice Copley, owner of Mapkids. ÂThe youngest kids just enjoy finding their favorite animals all over the world, while older kids start to learn about other countries and understand global cultures.Â
ÂIt's important for kids to gain an appreciation for our diverse world and to have a global understanding of our similarities and differences. They can start this education at a very early age by being exposed to the world and learning about it's people and places.Â continues Copley.
She urges active encouragement from parents, grandparents and teachers. ÂParents, friends and relatives can help by showing the importance of international knowledge and encouraging children to be aware of and appreciate other cultures and countries. In our global village, knowledge of the world is becoming a necessity.Â
This large, durable, wall map is available online at http://www.mapkids.org/world-map-for-kids.html. It comes with a booklet thatÂs full of activities to help kids learn about and appreciate our world.
Mapkids provides educational maps, booklets and newsletters to help kids learn about the world they live in.
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