Native Storytelling at the NMAI Rasmuson Theater

February 22, 2011

The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. will present The ECHO Project (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations) performance of Celebrate – Song, Dance and Story! It takes us on a journey down life’s paths – from childhood to love and marriage and beyond. “Through these songs, dances, and stories of challenges and triumphs, we learn the cultural values of these communities – whether about respect for ancestral ways or the dangers of jealousy and vanity.”

Dates: Feb 25 & 26
Time: 11 a.m. -12 noon
Categories: Celebrations, Demonstrations, Kids & Families, Lectures & Discussions, Performances
Co-sponsor: Presented in partnership with The Peabody Essex Museum, The Bishop Museum, The Alaska Native Heritage Center, The Inupiat Heritage Center, and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Venue: American Indian Museum
Event Location: Rasmuson Theater
Cost: Free.
For reservations for student groups, please call 202-633-6644 or
TTY 202-633-6751.

Visit Echospace for more info. This page has several videos of musical instruments from several different cultures. Personal and family values are illustrated and learned through cultural stories. Do take the family to experience this special performance if you are in the D.C. area this weekend!

Check out other ideas and activities to do with kids on by the author of the award-winning children’s book Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too!

Harlem Globetrotters: Spinning Life Lessons

February 7, 2010

Harlem Globetrotter Nate “Big Easy” Lofton taught some special lessons to kids at the Discovery Science Center as captured by Michael Mello in the Orange County Register. Photos and Video also document the presentation. Lofton’s visit was part of the kick-off for the new Secrets of Circles exhibit at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, CA. The exhibit will be available for kids to explore through May 2.

Two years ago Globetrotters Eugene “Wildkat” Edgerson and “Sweet” Lou Dunbar visited the Anaheim Boys and Girls Club on a Friday afternoon for similar life lessons.

One of the Harlem Globetrotters community outreach programs is C.H.E.E.R. For Character which aims to teach kids Cooperation, Healthy mind & body, Effort, Enthusiasm, and Responsibility.

Check out other places for child exploration at

Erin Breen’s Driving Home All Smiles

December 1, 2009

Erin Breen’s 11/29/09 Reno Gazette-Journal Family File article on “Driving Home A Lesson That’s Hard To Teach” describes a wonderful experience that all parents strive to have – the opportunity to know that something you tried to teach your children actually became embedded in their character. With the actual number of Americans actively saving money at such an all-time low in these United States, it is refreshing to hear about the small successes!

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Ethics for Toddlers

November 17, 2009

Today’s radio commentary by Michael Josephson isn’t on his website yet. – It was about instilling ethics and building character in the very young by example and struck me as a topic for my blog tonight – but this story is close. – Or maybe today’s been such a bad day that this was the lesson and I don’t remember any more!

Here are some other interesting links to read up on how to help your toddler develop a good character:

ERIC Character Development: Encouraging Self-Esteem & Self-Discipline in Infants, Toddlers, and Two-Year-Olds

Top 5 Principles For Helping Your Child Build A Good Character

Effective Character Building Tips

Character Building Lesson Plans

Building Self Esteem

Most important is what your toddler sees you doing – actions speak louder than words – and whatever you do, your toddler wants to do, too!

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