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May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
So of course, I had to hunt down and share some of my favorite books, booklists and activities to help us all celebrate this special month. Enjoy!
Crafty Moms Share: Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Lots of great booklist ideas!
Exploring Asia’s Edo Period | Heart of a Samurai and the Bamboo Sword
Several years ago I picked up a copy of her book Heart of a Samurai k because of the lovely cover, drawings, and illustrations inside. I was hoping the book would be as good as it’s cover and it didn’t disappoint. From the minute we started, we were taken away on a real-life adventure.
Then recently I stumbled upon another of her books, The Bamboo Sword-yet another book that gives the reader insight into the beautiful and mysterious Asian Edo Period.
Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep by Bette Killion and illustrated by Beatriz Vidal.
“I can’t sleep, mommy, I’m scared.” Human moms and dads have heard it many times before, and so too, it turns out, has Little Lek’s mother. Her little Argus pheasant was so gentle, kind, and handsome with his exceptionally long and brightly colored tail. But he had just one, very big, problem: he couldn’t get to sleep. Just like many little girls and boys, Little Lek’s nighttime fears kept him awake.
Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin is simply a book filled with artistic soul and authenticity. Another word that comes to mind is “organic.” Using elements to tell Maya Lin’s story, this very accessible and contemplative biography, like the artist herself, leaves us wanting to see the world and landscape through a new lens.
Something To Do
Once again, Wise Owl Factory has some wonderful Asian Pacific American Heritage Month printables and download to help celebrate.
Writing Chinese Characters
Here’s a simple, step by step work sheet so you can try a few easy words on your own.
Did you know that 70% of all kids quit organized sports by the age of 13, with girls quitting at 6x the rate of boys?
Alison Foley, Boston College’s Women’s Head Soccer Coach, and Mia Wenjen, parenting blogger at PragmaticMom.com, help coaches — both parent volunteer and professional — crack the code of how to keep girls in sports. As a mother of two daughters who played a lot of sports, Mia provides personal accounts to illustrate issues discussed throughout the book. Alison, also a mother of a young female athlete, has hands-on advice from coaching young women professionally for more than two decades.
Volunteer parents and experienced coaches alike will find invaluable advice on creating a successful team that motivates girls to stay in sports beyond the middle school years. Twenty-two chapters cover major issues, including how to pick captains, the importance of growth mindset, issues around body image and puberty, as well as the challenges of coaching your own daughter.
In addition, fifteen professional coaches from a range of sports, including former Olympian athletes, give their advice on what girls need from a coach to allow them to flourish in sports, and most importantly, have fun. This is a hands-on manual to help coaches keep girls in sports! Go HERE to read more about this much-needed resource for parents and coaches.