I am excited to introduce you to a cool kids product called Culture Agents which is designed to teach children (ages 7 to 12) about other cultures. Culture Agents is set up so that your child sets about learning about another culture in a kind of secret agent mission with the real goal of each mission being to spark a lasting interest in other cultures and set the stage for a lifetime of cross-cultural exploration. Today I will share my Culture Agents Review with you.
Culture Agents Review:
My seven year old daughter got to review the first edition of Culture Agent: Mission Beijing. Here is how it works. The child gets a briefcase box that says Mission Beijing and it comes in a Top Secret Envelop filled with missions. So right away it has a fun feel. It’s not just a book, or just a website, it is a special mission for her! She was excited. She loved looking through the folders, checking out the vocab ring, and trying out the trainer chopsticks. Then she wanted to start her first mission.
There are nine mission folders covering nine stand-alone subject areas that encompass all aspects of the culture and language of Beijing, China. She tore open a folder and we read it together and then she wanted to start her online mission. At first, I thought this is where she would lose interest but this is actually where it got really exciting. There are photos and videos from Beijing and there are games that help them really learn. I loved the game where she has to try to take photos of the super villain by using the Chinese words for where he is located. She was flipping through the vocab ring to find the answers and hearing the computer say them correctly. It is a pretty clever way to get kids learning a new language by hearing it and using it.
The next day after school, she wanted to do another mission. I was a little surprised she remembered it and she explained that she had to get more points. “I need to earn 1000 points mommy!” I hadn’t even told her about the points but you know how kids are on the computer and she caught onto it right away. The more they explore on the website and learn about Beijing, the more points they earn.
The goal of Culture Agents: Mission Beijing is to “set the stage for a lifetime of self-driven cross-cultural and linguistic exploration.” I think it certainly succeeds and I would even suggest Culture Agents for a school setting as an extra educational resource and for home schooling as well. As part of the experience, your child will learn Chinese words, play games related to bargaining in China, watch real videos about Beijing’s food, music and fashion scene, view the real-time weather report and lots more.
Travel, transportation & local information
Plus 5 more categories to learn about!
You can learn more about Culture Agents and buy it here.
I received a Culture Agent Mission Beijing in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own.