Tea and Twittermoms are sponsoring a blogging contest, and I thought the topic really fit with my blog: “What does it mean to be a little citizen of the world?” So, I thought I would take this Wacky Wednesday opportunity and write what I think it means to be a little citizen of the world. For you teachers and parents, the photo is a picture of the book that Tea is giving away to winners of the contest–I’ll provide a link to the book on Amazon at the end of the post. Tea is also giving away children’s clothing as a prize, so if you think you might be interested in this topic, you can find details here. Also, you might want to ask your students or your children to write an answer to this question–especially those third graders on up who are studying citizenship and government in social studies and history classes.
So, here’s my answer to the question:
To be a little citizen of the world means the same thing as it does to be a big citizen of the world–to be a productive member of society, using your talents to make the world a better place. That’s pretty vague, and I mean it to be. A productive member of society can be a nurse who takes care of her patients or a neighbor who lets out your dogs when you are at work. For a child to be a little citizen of the world, he or she can do so many things–help a friend with a math problem, stand up to a bully on the bus, or pick up his or her room without complaining! Using your talents to make the world a better place is so easy to do. If you have a talent for playing the piano and you play beautiful or lively tunes, you have made the world a better place. Same goes for athletes who give hours of enjoyment to fans or teachers who spend their lives educating the young. A little citizen can be just as talented, if not more, than a big citizen: children can play piano for a grandparent, make neighbors laugh in a homemade play, or entertain younger children with a game of kickball. So, actually, being a little citizen of the world is quite easy when a child puts his/her mind to it. Everyone belongs to the world; everyone fits in, and it is our job as citizens to make sure we all understand that. If you really look at it, we could all be little citizens of the world for we are just one, single human among billions of people. But ONE can start so many good things. . .
photo by dkaz www.flickr.com
Here’s a link to the book on Amazon:
There’s still time to enter the book giveaway contest from Tuesday for the YA thriller, The Pricker Boy. If ghost stories around the campfire used to scare you and you worried about them being true (or still do!), you’ll enjoy this book! Leave a comment before Friday, 11/6 at 4:00 pm CST for a chance to win.