November 21, 2010 is the 38th annual World Day Hello. It is an excellent opportunity to focus on communication and peace messages.
Hello World Day was launched in 1973 by Brian and Michael McCormack response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in 1973. Today, the World Day of Hello is celebrated in more than 180 countries.
There are many activities you can do to celebrate the world Hello, whatever the age of your child.
Here are some ideas:
Say Hello: Even young children can understand the concept of Hello Ask how it feels when someone takes the time to say hello to them (sometimes adults tend to ignore children) .. Explain the concept of the World Day Hello and go on a mission to say hello to at least 10 people - for an extra challenge, and say hello, share the concept of the World Day hello to those you receive.
There are people in your life with different origins of yours? If your neighbor is Turkey, you can greet them with "Merhaba," Hello in Turkish. This is a great way to introduce your child to different languages and foster a spirit of communication and global understanding instead of conflict.
There are other ways to say Hello also trying to learn how to say hello in Braille, Morse code and sign language.
An excellent resource to learn how to say hello in different languages are available on the Internet Public Library
What is the "peace" Hello World Day is an excellent opportunity to explore the concept of "peace" with your child. Help your child come up with their own definition of "peace." Older children could create a skit, poem or an artistic project. Younger children can draw pictures or make a collage, helping you to choose images to be cut from magazines (they can stick or tape!).
World Day Hello - Journal - World Day Concepts Hello does not have to be limited to one day a year. Say Hello to people when you're out and about - you never know what effect a kind Hello and a smile will be someone.
Say Hello to those you know. Pick up the phone, send an e-mail, note card or a letter for no other reason then to say Hello.