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Discussion Questions for Same, Same But Different & Growing Up Global

Illustration from Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw. Question answered by Rebecca Nunn, Manager of Administration

Discussion Questions for Same, Same But Different & Growing Up Global

For Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, I read and discussed these questions with my four year old:
  • What did both boys have in common?
  • What are the differences between them?
  • Which boy is most similar to you?
  • Is there something that the boy in India does that you would like to do?
  • What would you tell a pen pal if you had one?
Suggested activities related to Same, Same But Different:
  • Get involved in PTPI’s School & Classroom Program!
  • Look at different alphabets from different cultures.  What are differences and similarities?
  • Kailash says that Yoga is his favorite subject in school.  Go through some simple yoga poses.
  • Draw a picture of your home or community that you would share with someone from another culture.
  • Watch this video on how the book was written.
Suggested discussion questions for Growing Up Global by Homa Sabet Tavangar:
  • In chapter one and subsequent chapters, the author has an ‘international self-test’ quiz.  The quiz has questions such as “Do your children have friends from another culture? Has your family traveled outside the US? and Does your family own a world map?”  This is a great way to get the reader started thinking about the subject of each chapter.
  • What is your family already doing that is globally-oriented?
  • How does your cultural background or experiences shape how you talk to your children or students about global issues?
Suggested activities for Growing Up Global – this is just a sampling of the activities that are listed in the book!  There are hundreds of activities and ideas for global awareness for all ages.
  • Play a game from another culture.  There are many activities in chapter 3 related to soccer and how to involve kids in other cultures through FIFA. She also lists games from other countries that kids can try out.
  • Host a movie and dinner night. Pick one of the many kid friendly movies Tavangar lists and make a dinner that goes along with that culture.
  • Expose children to foreign languages.  Growing Up Global is full of interesting facts about other languages and how to incorporate them into fun daily activities (For example, did you know that Papua New Guinea has less than six million people but 832 native languages?)
  • Read multicultural books with your kids.  Same, Same But Different was chosen because I have a preschooler, but there are many different multicultural books for children of all ages and reading levels
  • For example, did you know that there are 500 different versions of the Cinderella story around the world?
  • Go to an art museum that features a different culture. Or if you don’t have one in your city, head to the library and find art books focused on a certain culture.
  • Learn about different holidays with your children.  Tavangar lists many different cultural and religious holidays and how to celebrate them. 
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The opinions expressed by PTPI staff and other book club members are entirely their own and are not necessarily the views of  PTPI or its Officers, Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.
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