Families of the World is a highly acclaimed award-winning educational video series documenting how children and their families live in 17 countries around the world
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This website is an excellent resource tool for teachers to use as stimulus to formulate learning experiences around the topic: 'Families of the World'. This website provides information about video clips from a series by the same name, which explores the typical family structures and lives of over 50 families worldwide. Suitable for all ages, these videos are engaging and interesting, and allow students to delve deeply into the meaning of 'family' and how it changes depending on where you live. Furthermore, videos like these foster a global perspective amongst students, encouraging them to look beyond their personal, local and national borders. These videos could be selected to link in with other units of work concerning culture, food, flags, or anything of an international nature. They are a unique and engaging way to assist students to think beyond their personal lives, and start exploring concepts and family relationships on a global level. Showing one of these videos from a specific country to the class and organising a sister school from the same country, could be a fantastic opportunity for students to form penpal friendships through which they can learn more about family structures in other countries. This would develop their writing and communication skills, and potentially form the beginning of lifelong friendships. Most importantly, these resources will truly open the eyes of students to the greater meaning and importance of 'family'.