This is my home. I live here. But I am not the first… 

When a child finds clues that others have lived in her house before her, she begins to wonder about them, and about those who will come after her. The more she wonders, the more her sense of home expands, stretching to include an entire planet.

Readers are invited along for the ride, zooming through time and space to the outer reaches of our solar system for a new perspective on the planet we share. The child marvels: How can something so big seem so small? But also: How can something so small seem so big? Overwhelmed by the mess that humans have left behind, in the end she realizes that there is only one thing to do: start where she is.

In spare and simple words, Here: The Dot We Call Home helps children begin to think of themselves as both descendants and ancestors, and to comprehend that people of every place and time share one home, and the task of looking after it.

  • Used by people who call the work: Montessori Cosmic Education, Story of the Universe
  • Applies a deep time evolutionary perspective to: Ecology/Sustainability, Education, Religion/Spirituality
  • Learning Stages: Elementary 3 - 5, Elementary K - 2
  • Type: Book
  • Keywords: environment, ecology, earth, education, picture book, stewardship, overview effect, cosmic education
  • Why I love this Resource: Here: The Dot We Call Home is a little book about some very big ideas: the environment, climate crisis, our concept of home, and the relationship of different groups of people to the earth and to one another. These ideas are so big they can easily overwhelm children (and adults). Here offers children a way to think about and respond to these big ideas with a sense of agency and hope, starting right where they are.
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  • Posted By: Laura Alary
  • Date Added: August 25, 2022