Friday, September 16, 2011

Families of the World New Releases: Germany and Philippines Giveaway Ends 10/2

I think teaching your children about other cultures around the world is incredibly important but unfortunately, it's very expensive to travel to some of those places. Because we probably won't ever get to take our children to all of the places we would love for them to see and experience, I love the Families of the World  DVD series.  For them to be able to watch a day in the life of a child in different countries is just amazing!  These DVD's are only about 30 minutes long but they are jammed pack with all kinds of information on how children live in other countries.  I can't wait to add more to our DVD library, especially as our children are getting older and are starting to write reports and study life in other countries. These are going to be valuable tools and educational aides for our children as they grow and I am super excited to share 2 new DVD's with YOU!

More About the Series

The series—27 titles and growing—enables future travelers to reach across the globe and visit other people and cultures, all from a child’s point of view. Always focusing on two children from differing households, one urban, one rural, and narrated by children themselves, the Families of the World program invites viewers to follow two families’ daily routines, introducing both the similarities and differences that exist between them, as well as us.

Families of Germany:

In Families of Germany, meet seven-year-old Sophia from the village of Reimershausen, who lives with her parents, sister Johanna and brother Simon. After a breakfast of bread, cheese and jam made from the fruit in their garden, she is off to school where she and her 19 classmates study English and biology among other subjects. Sophia studies guitar after school when she’s not helping out at a neighbor’s farm where twice a week she feeds cows and collects eggs from the chickens. Following dinner, she heads back to school for crafts and skits. During the weekend her family eats breakfast together, then enjoys activities – this particular weekend they are celebrating St. Martin’s Day, visiting Marburg Castle and attending her sister’s choral concert. A bedtime story from mom and dad and it’s off to sleep!

Ole is ten years old and lives in the capital city of Berlin with his parents, two brothers and two tortoises. It’s Halloween, so we get to tag along as Ole carves pumpkins, prepares treats for his neighbors before taking two trains to spend the day uptown, where we see conversation bikes, Segues and tour boats on the river. Upon their return, they head out for some trick-or-treating. The next day it’s back to school where Ole studies English and math while his dad, an engineer, works at a jet plane factory and mom teaches at an animal museum. After school it’s time for homework and dinner before heading off to handball practice. It’s been a long day, so bedtime is a welcome event!

Families of Philippines:

In Families of Philippines, meet 13-year old Khim, a boy who lives on the rural island of Cebu with his grandparents, aunt and her two children. Living close to the coast, see the dozens of outrigger boats Khim points out as he explains how the fisherman collect the fish that he and his family eat nearly every night. Awaking early in the morning from his sleeping mat, Khim bathes, eats, and then makes the 10-minute walk to his public school, which boasts over 10,000 students. On the way home from school, he stops in the local video arcade to play games with his friends. Later at home, he completes his chores, which include feeding their goats, collecting firewood and cooking the rice for dinner.

Shahani, 7, lives in the capital city of Manila, a thriving city boasting many modern skyscrapers. Living with her mom, dad and older sister, the early riser (5 a.m.!), gets help from mom getting started in the morning before she’s off to school, where she wears a name tag to help the teachers with the over 5,000 students. During the 10 months she attends school, she studies English among other subjects. Mom shops for fresh fish and vegetables every day while Dad works as a children’s costumed birthday party entertainer and also teaches dance, which Shahani also studies (and excels – she won a local competition and was featured on television). Enjoying adobo stew for dinner and mango for desert, she and her sister welcome friends over in the evening for games and fun, then it’s off to bed for rest before her big test the next day!

Both DVD's retail for $29.95 each and will be released this month!  If you have an interest in teaching your children about other cultures, definitely check these out!!


One lucky reader is going to win a copy of both The Families of German and The Families of Philippines!!!

Thanks for entering and GOOD LUCK!
Giveaway will end on 10/2 at 11:59 p.m.
Winner will be chosen at random via

*This is not a paid post. All opinions are my own. Review and Giveaway products were provided at no cost by the company and/or representing PR firm*

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