Project Wonder is a new tool to support young project leaders working on their own, or in a class or club. Whatever the learning environment may be, and whether or not you have experience with service learning, our new Project Wonder tool will provide advice and scaffolding for learners and facilitators alike.
Project Wonder guides students through planning, carrying out and sustaining a project of their own—all while documenting their work on their own project page that they can share with others. When planning activities are complete, projects can be submitted for funding. Wonderment staff will review the project page and consider a grant for the amount requested in the budgeting section, up to $250.
All along the way, Wonderment staff and project leaders will be available for guidance in...
We are so excited that the Wonderment has been nominated by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for a Webby for "Best Youth Website"! We feel so honored to be included in the top five kids sites in the world, along with youth media greats like Sesame Street, PBS Kids, Teen Vogue and Storybooth. This speaks to the power of connecting kids to create a better world through creativity. We're so proud of what we've all been able to create together with teachers and students from around the globe. Thank you!
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Happy New Year! We hope your start of 2017 is looking bright, hopeful and promising. The feeling of change is in the air in many parts of the world and we’re excited to see teachers, students and various organizations more engaged and committed than ever to creating a world of good. As we move forward into the "newness" of the year -- we wanted to share the continued impact created and sustained by YOU, our Wonderment community, in 2016 through Paths and Featured Projects.
Respect, understanding, cooperation, and goodness grow where people feel familiar and comfortable. When we recognize these same characteristics in others, we build connections. Our homes, neighborhoods, and communities are the familiar and comfortable spaces. Understanding the world's global village connects us to others in a positive way.
Begin by discussing the homes, neighborhoods, and communities surrounding you. Students can draw a map of their walk to school or the park, including homes along the way. Houses, just like people, come in many different shapes and sizes. As a special project, provide material for kids to design their own unique house.
Visit The Wonderment's Global Village Path. Each participant has contributed a unique piece of...
Textbooks conventionally spell out an area's representative animals, plants, and colors. These fun facts speak to tradition and commonality among citizens. However, when a student is asked what they love about the place they live in, they might not always give credit to the state bird.
Students at Reynold's Elementary in Texas, looked at the textbook and then beyond to connect with their state while working on the Wonder Map. Finding special or personal things to enjoy makes a place more than just a dot on any map.
Spending time learning about a city, state, or country can inspire WONDER! Many times, the places we live in contribute greatly to the people we are. Other times, a foreign land calls in a way that is hard to understand, but just feel right. As Reynol...
A few years ago, I had the chance to meet with the Thirteen Grandmothers, a group of indigenous elders from tribes around the world. A wise Lakota grandmother, Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance, impressed on us the importance of elders in our families and our communities. Most every culture around the world reserves its highest respect for their elders - they have the most life experience and have plenty of advice to impart. Grandmother Rita reminds us, "Our elders are our libraries".
Friday, September 30th is the International Day of Older Persons. In honor of our world's elders, we've launched the newest Wonderment Path: "Conversations with Elders". It's a great chance for your students to get out, spark up a conversation with an elderly family or community member, document and share their st...
Earlier this year, the Wonderment merged with the non-profit Student Ties. Student Ties has been working to bring globally connective experiences to students while engaging them to raise money for school supplies and renovations in developing countries. We invited Student Ties founder (and now our new favorite Wonderment colleague) Kelly Swanson to share her experiences with Student Ties engaging kids make real projects happen through their friendship bracelet fundraising initiative Friendly Ties:
"As students share culture, lifestyle, interests, and dreams, scholastic challenges and differences often show up too. During interactions with schools in developing countries, many students came to recognize the needs of other students; those who want to attend school, but may lack the ne...
Our Wonderment team had a great time at the 2016 Global Leadership Summit held this week at Edmodo Headquarters - hosted by our friends at the Global Education Network, VIF International Education, World Savvy and iEARN.
As "asking the kids what they think" is our JAM, we were pleased to kick off the conference with our Wonderment kids' thoughts on global education and why it's important. Enjoy!